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Old Posted Dec 3, 2014, 4:05 AM
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...But, to me, Block 23 is pretty indicative of the type of project that turns downtowns into ghost towns. Everybody's gone by 5 or 6 o'clock except for a small waitstaff and a small, economically-privileged restaurant clientele, which is gone by 10:30-11:00. Then, it's just a big hulking beast for people to walk by, be mildly creeped out by, and subtly resent for being a sterile husk of corporate culture rather than something valuable to the community...
Not sure how accurately this applies to GW Block 23 (my fault for not being up to date on the details) but it is an excellent description of what I think we'd really like to avoid being built. With respect to the response that it provides value through jobs, buildings can provide that and be interactive and useful for residents and passersby who don't work there so that the immediate, automatic reaction to the building is more positive.

Should probably have just left it at "well said".
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2014, 9:40 PM
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Should probably have just left it at "well said".
I, for one, enjoyed reading your comment. Especially the part where you humorously undermined the usefulness of said comment. Now, as for this present comment, "usefulness" is not a concept that comes to mind as one of its possible attributes.
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Permit filing for barriers on San Antonio St for construction of Block 23:

https://www.austintexas.gov/devrevie...erRSN=11259142
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 8:33 PM
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Construction will start "immediately".

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/bl...wn-austin.html
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Awesome, that makes 3 400ft+ towers that have broke ground within 3 months.
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Hopefully once the bigger lots have dried-up there will be more motivation to go vertical. These large lots end up with short buildings with massive floor plates.
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2014, 6:26 AM
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So they're officially calling it by its address:

http://www.statesman.com/news/busine...fice-to/njP5k/
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Construction will begin immediately on the new tower, to be called 500 W. 2nd Street.
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The fence is up, the tree is down and in a pile, and dirt is moving.

Today:
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2014, 2:10 PM
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They are not wasting anytime on this project. There were about six large trucks lining up to haul dirt away right after sunrise this Sunday morning.
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Is all the parking above-ground on this one?
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There are 2 levels of below grade parking.
However, the foundation is a very thick mat slab, so the excavation ends up being +/- 38 feet deep.
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Massive hole dug already!



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Here's some more renderings of this project.




















I found these on the Design Commission's website. You can scroll down to the August 25, 2014 meeting and click on "backup."

Last edited by LoneStarMike; Jan 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM. Reason: Wrong meeting date (Sep 22) was changed to August 25
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I really do not like this project. I loathe those kinds of cutouts found on the southeast and northwest sides.

It's also incredibly bulky in a non-aesthetic way. They could have cut down on the floor plate and increased the height substantially.
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I really do not like this project. I loathe those kinds of cutouts found on the southeast and northwest sides.

It's also incredibly bulky in a non-aesthetic way. They could have cut down on the floor plate and increased the height substantially.
Yeah, from Auditorium Shores it looks like one whole bulky building next to North Shore. They need to increase the crown height or something.
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I'm liking it more, based on these new illustrations. I like the way it's broken up instead of being a uniform monolith. The wall effect is unfortunate in the view from the lake. It would be nice if it weren't so wide, and you could see some daylight between it and Northshore, but at least it's better than the drab office buildings that sprouted downtown in the early 80s.
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Hate to say, but this would be the typical suburban office tower in Houston.
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Hate to say, but this would be the typical suburban office tower in Houston.
yup
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