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Old Posted Aug 25, 2022, 1:50 PM
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Problem with planting trees is that they are small and highly vulnerable to being vandalized by the multitudes of shit bags who take delight in destroying stuff that isn't theirs. Downtown is still pretty seedy after work hours.

As for parking garages, they are badly needed. I would like to see all the surface lots redeveloped though.
That stinks. I didn't realize that there was such a Wild West element in DT Houston. They should increase the police presence. Despite the public hatred of cops, which is prevalent today, the NYPD are all over the streets of Manhattan, and they really maintain order.
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Based on the address, It would be the shorter but connected Mellie Esperson building to start, not Neils.


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The Chronicle piece today clarifies this a bit.

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Initially the work will start in what's known as the Mellie Esperson building, which is attached to the Niels Esperson building in the complex at 808 and 815 Travis Street, he said. Plans calls for creating 100,000 square-feet of residential space spread across both buildings, on top of about 400,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of flex/coworking spaces on the lower six levels, Cameron added.

About five residential units have already been pre-leased, he said. Depending on market demand, the entire office complex could be converted into residential use over the next decade. For now, it will stay a mixed-use project.

“We are trying to produce a vertical entrepreneurial village,” Cameron said. “We will respond to the market, but we always plan to have flex office and residential and perhaps some hotel/dorm-like rooms for young entrepreneurs.”

The proposal includes starting construction early next year an amenity deck on the 17th floor featuring a swimming pool, dog park, wellness facility and speakeasy, as well as indoor/outdoor lounge areas and space for catered meeting. Cameron Management has hired global architecture firm Gensler to design the renovations and Tellepsen Construction as the general contractor.
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Outdoor Amenity Deck - appears to be on the Neils side.
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Based on the address, It would be the shorter but connected Mellie Esperson building to start, not Neils.


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The Chronicle piece today clarifies this a bit.



Images from Chron piece.

Speakeasy



Outdoor Amenity Deck - appears to be on the Neils side.
The Pool views of Pennzoil Place & TC Energy Center - WOW
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Old Posted Aug 25, 2022, 5:32 PM
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Montrose is starting to form its own skyline.

That's a really sharp rendering.
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Based on the address, It would be the shorter but connected Mellie Esperson building to start, not Neils.
I thought as much, considering Niels was completed in 1927.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2022, 4:33 AM
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I would go for some overhangs for the sidewalks to provide some shade tho. Similar to I think it’s the Rice with the chipotle.

And the old Texaco building.


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Old Posted Aug 31, 2022, 12:52 PM
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Another small pre-covid office project has returned from the dead...

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/bus...s-17406091.php

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New 8-story tower coming to CityCentre area, where office space is in unusually short supply

Marissa Luck
Aug. 30, 2022
Updated: Aug. 30, 2022 12:32 p.m.

A long-awaited office tower is breaking ground in Town and Country Village after the developer secured a key lease in the west Houston project in the latest example of tenants gravitating toward newer offices in mixed-use districts post pandemic.

Greystar, a major national apartment property manager and owner based in Charleston, has signed a 68,000 square-foot lease in the yet-to-be-built office tower, called Town Centre Two, at 730 Town & Country Boulevard. Greystar is relocating its Houston offices by early 2024 from a 41-year-old building about seven miles away at 750 Bering Drive where it's been for more than 15 years.

Moody Rambin and American National Insurance Company broke ground this month on the 8-story, 167,141-square-foot tower. The building is within the 41-acre Town & Country Village mixed-use development owned and managed by Moody Rambin just south Midway's CityCentre and west of MetroNational's Memorial City Mall. Construction is expected to complete in the third quarter next year.
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Found by user BEES?! on HAIF - the potential of an incentive plan offered by the Downtown Redevelopment Authority to convert underutilized office buildings to residential.



1801 Smith is already undergoing such a conversion without any incentive program.
This may have legs. From user Texasota on HAIF regarding the latest meeting of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority...

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Pursuant to the DRA Board’s recommendation, Staff has distributed a letter of request to property owners inside the boundaries of TIRZ3, seeking participation in a feasibility study to go to an RFP later this summer. The study will evaluate approximately five opportunities for conversion of office space into other uses such as residential. The study is intended to inform the development of a financial tool that can be used to more easily facilitate the conversion of obsolete office space.



Also this sounds pretty interesting:

Staff has submitted a revised strategic annexation & term extension request to the City Planning Department for Mayoral review later in August. This request will come before the DRA Board in the Fall as a proposed Project Plan and Financial Plan, as has been exercised in the past. The limited annexation holds the promise of assisting the DRA in its mandate to address blight remediation and invigorating Downtown public spaces because the proposed annexation involves a significant redevelopment project that would generate significant incremental tax revenue.
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I am glad that Marissa Luck is still running around. Thanks for the info!
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Farb Hyde Park

The site of the formerly proposed Bowery on Montrose is now sporting a taller structure with GFR.

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20-story residential tower comprised of 256 units for a total of 541,657 S.F. Level 1 is Leasing and a whopping 12,185 S.F. of GFR. Parking is at Levels 2-6 while Levels 7-20 are residential. A 19,000 S.F. outdoor terrace deck and 4,500 S.F. indoor amenity area are located at Level 7.










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The Ion (District)

Marketing materials have been updated in the past couple of months, per InTheKnowHouston on HAIF

They tend to point to a more vertical development than previously indicated. The buildout plan is a total of four phases with the second phase is expected to begin next year and the last ending in 2030.





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[QUOTE=Wattleigh;9729220]The Ion (District)

Marketing materials have been updated in the past couple of months, per InTheKnowHouston on HAIF

They tend to point to a more vertical development than previously indicated. The buildout plan is a total of four phases with the second phase is expected to begin next year and the last ending in 2030.




They're going to be running off a lot of homeless people once they start building in that area....
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Looks like they will redevelop Greenstreet Labs
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Good that place has such a grotesque suburban design in what should be Houston’s most urban and walkable neighborhood.
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1661 Tanglewood


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lif...s-17450241.php

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'A tower of mansions' comes to Houston's Tanglewood area in new $300 million high rise

Diane Cowen,
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Sep. 20, 2022

For nearly 70 years, the Farrington/Miller family has handled its development and property management business from an unassuming brick building with a prime address – 1661 Tanglewood. Next spring, those offices will be demolished to make way for construction on what will be the city’s newest luxury condo high-rise, a $300 million building aptly named 1661 Tanglewood.

Kendall Miller, the youngest of the four children of Mary Catherine Miller, a fifth-generation Texan whose father, William Farrington, developed Tanglewood in the late 1940s and early 1950s, said that he and his siblings, Bill, Michelle and Jim Miller, are working together on a project that will launch a new chapter – business-wise, anyway – for the family.

“We started working on it seriously in the summer of 2020 – it was time to refocus the company and make a big transition,” Kendall Miller said of their decision after disposing of some family properties following their mother’s death in 2018. “This is much more in the spirit of the founding of the family business, developing, creating and selling rather than just managing assets. We’re so proud of this. We feel like it might be a crowning achievement, something to send along with the next generation.”
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Some interesting tidbits from the annual State of the Texas Medical Center address today...


TMC Helix Park (Formerly TMC 3)

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TMC 3 appears to have been renamed to TMC Helix Park - referring to the central landscaping element on that section of the campus, though the existing website has to be updated to reflect this. The first phase, consisting of several buildings, is set to be delivered next year.

TMC BioPort

Perhaps the biggest news from the event was the announcement of a 500 acre site, whose location is yet to be revealed, called the "TMC BioPort", signaling the continued physical growth of the TMC as an entity, now split into 4 districts (Medical Campus / Innovation Factory / Helix Park / BioPort).

From the press release

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BioPort is TMC’s newest initiative and will serve as the Texas Medical Center’s biomanufacturing and medical supplies distribution engine. The district will span several hundred acres driving the much-needed repatriation of critical medical supplies and new cell and gene therapies. In addition, TMC BioPort will provide on-site upskill training center, creating over 100,000 new job opportunities for residents in the Greater Houston region. This vital initiative is aligned with the expectation that the US will significantly increase its biomanufacturing capacity to assure ready access to pharmaceuticals, therapies and medical supplies.
More details will likely be forthcoming in the next few days and weeks. Hoping to see updated renderings and site plans soon.
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