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He meant that could be Westin's first property downtown. In hindsight, it is somewhat interesting to see that the Four Seasons had the idea to do the condo thing at least 25 years ago while no one else has done the same in that part of town since. I think it's time for similar projects to start rising in the core.
You are correct. I did in fact, mean "Four Seasons" and not DoubleTree. I agree with you in that other similar projects should start to rise where none had done so before. We shall see.

Interesting though, I believe I remember one of the original proposals for the downtown hotel - aka The Hilton today - it included a spire (popular in the 90's) and it also was supposed to have been topped by condos.
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The proposal for the hotel would be another city/county funded convention hotel. The Hilton Americas has been wildly successful despite all of the naysayers who hate public/private ventures. The local government is now in a position to sell off the Hilton and make a profit. The profit from said sale would allow it to invest in a new convention hotel that would rise in that location. Early rumors are that it will have over 1,300 rooms and potentially have condos on top overlooking the new park. They envision a higher-end national brand coming in ala Westin or Renaissance.
And that plan is discussed in the Chronicle today...
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/5599859.html
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Whoa, hey now, I like 6 Houston Center. The other rendering was a bit vague. I like the top, and the lighting is interesting. I like the facade too.

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For all the One Park Place praise, Six Houston looks a lot better than it.
Exactly. One Park Place will be great for downtown in that it's adding new residential units and people, but for me, design-wise, it leaves something to be desired. Discovery Tower and 6 Houston Center on the other hand will be nice additions to the skyline. I'm excited about those two projects.
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And that plan is discussed in the Chronicle today...
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/5599859.html

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Thats great news, yes! With the addition of one more hotel Houstons downtown economy could be booming, especially if they attract more conventions. I had no idea until recently how important that big ugly convention center is to downtown.
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They're starting to demolish the small strip office center along San Felipe & Woodway for construction of the Azorim Condo project (two 27 story towers).

They've put up a series of green walls along San Felipe, and today they're placing a few banners stating that the developers are donating the salvaged components of the demolition to Habitat for Humanity of NW Harris County.

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[QUOTE=Wattleigh;3401540]They're starting to demolish the small strip office center along San Felipe & Woodway for construction of the Azorim Condo project (two 27 story towers).

No renders?
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[QUOTE=Wattleigh;3401540]They're starting to demolish the small strip office center along San Felipe & Woodway for construction of the Azorim Condo project (two 27 story towers).

No renders for the Azorim Condo project?
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They're starting to demolish the small strip office center along San Felipe & Woodway for construction of the Azorim Condo project (two 27 story towers).

No renders for the Azorim Condo project?
Nobody's released them yet.
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I *think* I may have seen some last week. Think Turnberry. Generic. Not too flashy or drastic. Think... typical. Safe.
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I *think* I may have seen some last week. Think Turnberry. Generic. Not too flashy or drastic. Think... typical. Safe.
They haven't been finalized, yet.

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And that plan is discussed in the Chronicle today...
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/5599859.html

The story was accompanied by an announcement that Houston's job creation figures for last year were boosted by 40,000. There were as many as 100,000 jobs added to city payrolls, which appears to be tops in the nation. That will support a lot of high-rise development.
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One Park Place will be great for downtown in that it's adding new residential units and people, but for me, design-wise, it leaves something to be desired...
Me, too. There's something about its profile that just doesn't seem to be, well, substantial. It looks like it should be in the Galleria area next to the Mercer, whereas 6 Houston Center looks like a part of the downtown fabric...

If we get more infill over by Discovery Park, OPP might start to look more in character. That, by the way, is a stunning addition to downtown; it should pay for itself in more convention bookings...
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Is Discovery Green finished? Or are they still working on it? When will it be finished? I'm looking forward to checking it out when I'm in Houston the next time. I remember years back riding around on my bicycle over there and thinking how cool of a location it would be for a park given the views of downtown. One of Houston's strong points are great parks. Probably the best in the state.

*EDIT* Never mind, I found it: April of '08. Sweet.
http://www.discoverygreen.com/en/rel...eases_view.asp
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When the park opens, someone let us know how the restaurants are
http://www.discoverygreen.com/en/cms/?276
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Is Discovery Green finished? Or are they still working on it? When will it be finished? I'm looking forward to checking it out when I'm in Houston the next time. I remember years back riding around on my bicycle over there and thinking how cool of a location it would be for a park given the views of downtown. One of Houston's strong points are great parks. Probably the best in the state.

*EDIT* Never mind, I found it: April of '08. Sweet.
http://www.discoverygreen.com/en/rel...eases_view.asp
It's technically not open, but they seem to be okay with people passing through some of the open areas during weekdays. The Crawford promenade and an entrance off Avenida de las Americas around the GRB seem to be open. Actually saw some families strolling through and some people playing frisbee near The Grove this afternoon.
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I went down to the park last weekend and was planning on eating at The Grove; however, it looked too expensive and I called and the food prices are extremely high. Think like the cheapest thing was $20.
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Those are DC prices!

Comes with having oil money...
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There are a bunch of things that are less than $20. Looks like a lot of people are willing to pay whatever though since it always looks packed when I've been by.

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