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Old Posted Aug 20, 2015, 1:57 PM
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Luxe condo to replace former museum in Houston’s Museum District

A Houston developer plans to replace a former museum in the Museum District with a luxury condominium.

Oxberry Group is planning to build The Mondrian, an eight-story, 20-unit condominium project at 5104 Caroline St., on the former site of The John C. Freeman Weather Museum. The 13,000-square-foot plot — located on the southwest corner of Caroline and Palm streets — is near the Asia Society Texas Center on Southmore Boulevard.

The Mondrian, designed by the Houston and Washington, D.C., offices of Perkins + Will, will offer one- and two-story condo units averaging 3,000 square feet.

Plans for The Mondrian are scheduled to be heard by the city of Houston planning commission on Aug. 20. If plans are approved, Oxberry Group plans to demolish the 5,097-square-foot Weather Museum building — built in 1930 — and begin construction on The Mondrian in the coming months. Presales, which will be managed by Houston-based Sudhoff Cos., are expected to start in September.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2015, 6:08 PM
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And what happened to the Weather Museum?
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And what happened to the Weather Museum?
Permanently closed in 2012, the building has sat unoccupied since then.
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Historic downtown building reopens as hotel

Maryland-based RLJ Lodging revamped one of Houston's most historic downtown buildings into a hotel and opened its doors on Aug. 24.

The SpringHill Suites by Marriott in downtown Houston is located on Dallas Street in the former Humble Oil Building complex, which was placed on the national register of historic places in 1999.

The company first acquired the complex's three towers, which span an entire city block, in 2013 for $79.5 million. The previous 82-unit apartment tower has now been converted into a 167-suite hotel.
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^^^ the new SPRINGHILL SUITES, shall have to perform an upgrade to their landscaping. as it currently stands, it seems quite ragged. however, if one should behold the beauty of the well coiffed main street medium directly in front of the hotel.... now that is a thing of beauty.
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Was their occupancy too low?
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photo link to nextcity.org https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/hou...ta-los-angeles credit Astronautilus

From NextCity an interesting take on the unique opportunities that the Bayou Greenways Project presents vis a vis related projects in L.A. and Atlanta. The figure that jumped out at me...300 miles.

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With Phase One opening in October, the Greenways hopes to reclaim about 4,000 acres of that channelized space, turning the land around Houston’s bayous into public parks and roughly 300 miles of continuous hiking trails and bike paths. But the vision doesn’t end there. According to the Bayou Greenways website, it will eventually sync up the entire city via non-car transport.

“We may have a sprawling city, but the sprawl of our city is powerfully matched by the sprawl of our waterways,” an intro reads. “Our bayous cut through every neighborhood in Houston — they connect them all.”
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