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Old Posted Oct 11, 2007, 2:21 PM
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True, but one thing i really dont like about going to Minute Maid is that they always have the freaken roof closed. I want to look out and see the skyline. I know they do it because its hot and humid, and sticky, but i thought that was all part of the experience. Other then that, its fine...
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2007, 10:34 PM
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One other question, can someone give me a quick breakdown of how many towers over 350 or 400 feet are under construction (not proposed or approved) in downtown Houston right now?

I know that Houston has highrise districts all over the place so when I see the list of buildings uc I don't know which ones are actually in the CBD?

And why didn't condos go in near Minute Maid? Is there not a lot of demand for highrise residential in DT Houston?
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Old Posted Oct 12, 2007, 1:13 AM
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The only tower of that size under construction right now in downtown Houston is One Park Place.

One Park Place is 501 feet tall and 37 floors. It's an apartment tower with ground floor retail being built on the East side of downtown overlooking the new park.

Most of the "new" residential living in downtown proper is in converted loft space. For sale buildings include Commere Towers, Capital Lofts, Franklin Lofts, St Germaine, Hermann Lofts, Byrd Lofts, Bayou Lofts, Kirby Lofts, 2016 Main, Four Seaons Condos (top 5 floors of the hotel), Keystone Lofts, Nabisco Lofts, etc... Rental buildings include Hogg Palace, Post Rice Lofts, Humble Tower Apartments, Club Quarter Apts, Houston House, etc...

That said, most of the residential in the "downtown area" has been on the fringes across the Pierce Elevated (to the South of downtown in Midtown) and across US 59 to the East (old Chinatown/East Side). Thousands of condos (mostly 3-4 level townhomes) and apartments (mostly 3-6 story midrises) have gone up over the last 5 to 10 years.
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At 501 feet, One Park Place will be EXACTLY half the height of Houston's current tallest which is the JPMorgan Chase Tower which is 1,002 feet.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2007, 7:29 PM
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Here's a rendering for Simmons Vedder's apartment community at Old Spanish Trail @ Kirby near the TMC. This mixed-use project will replace big box stores and surface parking with ground level retail, 3 floors of apartments, and a garage.
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looks good...........this would be perfect for the open lot on Main Street in midtown.
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looks good...........this would be perfect for the open lot on Main Street in midtown.
I agree.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2007, 3:22 AM
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It's beautiful! All the new projects in Midtown just impress me and most of them are for the upper-class, it appears.

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Was around town again yesterday before the big chill

I was told they raised this crane on the site of One Park Place a few hours after I took these pics.




And a couple back toward the building itself




Also, a few other projects around town... Mosaic I looks to be finished from the outside. The fence has been taken back from the sidewalk along the retail area and base which front Almeda Road. Much of the work seems to be interior now, and a number of the doors are slid open to the balconies during work days. Looks neat.







Mosaic II has begun more recently just next door...




2727 Kirby is under construction, surprisingly enough


As is the first part of West Ave, just across the street
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Good updates. I do like the Mosiac, it looks awesome. Thanxs for sharing...

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Looks good... I took some pics from around town the other weekend too... Trying to load them soon.
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Cool shots! I'm really anticipating the completion of 2727 Kirby and West Avenue.
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http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5236474.html

State of Texas set to Restore 3 miles of Galveston Beach.. Biggest Project like this in Texas History...

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GALVESTON — Cars may once again be able to drive off the end of the seawall and onto 200-foot wide beaches once a $13.5 million beach restoration project to be announced today is completed.

The plan to widen three miles of eroded beaches west of the seawall with more than 1 million cubic feet of sand is the largest ever undertaken by Texas General Land Office, spokesman Jim Suydam said Monday.

A similar $5.75 million project will restore erosion-ravaged beaches in nearby Surfside, Brazoria County, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will announce here today during a three-day meeting of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2007, 5:22 PM
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Excellent construction pics! Thanks.

DNA Westway II just broke ground.


4425 West Sam Houston Pkwy at Clay Road
10 floors
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seeking LEED certification
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Nice pics Wattleigh. Not pictured in here, but I like how HP opens up on the sidewalk with the curve. I cannot wait to see how the project will change the streetscape along Dallas and Polk.
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I am really glad that METRO decided to vote on putting light rail on all of the new lines.
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"Was around town again yesterday before the big chill"

Looks like things have picked up in the two months since I was last in town.
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The Mosaic looks awesome. That base is slick.

Cool shot of this crane. For anyone wondering how cranes are raised, that red structure around the shaft of the crane is the jack. If you look closely you can see one of the hydraulic pistons that raises it. That structure can move up and down the shaft. When they want to raise the crane, this jack crawls up the shaft to the top of the crane. It lifts up the top of the crane, including the boom (part that swings around). The jack also includes a tray that slides out. New sections of shaft are hoisted onto the tray by using the crane's hook. The new section is bolted into place and the jack raises up another level. They keep doing that until they get the height they need.
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2007, 4:12 PM
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Yeah, you don't really get an appreciation of the beauty and sleekness of the entire project until you see it develop in person. It really is coming along. The best views of it, IMO, is from the east in Riverside Terrace and looking west towards the TMC skyline.
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