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Thursday, May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013 – 11:10 am
That excavator first rolled out here on La Branch and Binz last summer — and 11 months later this is how the site looks: Catty-corner from the Children’s Museum, the Museum Point Professional Building appears to be all but complete. The 4-story building at 1401 Binz was originally planned to be 30,000-sq.-ft., with retail on the first floor, a clinic and offices on the middle floors, and some kind of residence (“with a garden terrace”) up top. A 160-car parking garage was also planned.
11:10 am | | Read more about Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Neighborhoods: Museum District, Office Space, RetailRead more about: 77004, Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Museum District, Office Space, Retail
Monday, May 20, 2013
May 20, 2013 – 3:10 pm
“There’s a lot that’s recently been cleared immediately behind the Asia Society,” reports a reader. You know the one, at the corner of Oakdale and Caroline St.? The one whose owners refused to sell, forcing Asia Society architect Yoshio Taniguchi to design around it? Where there was that 1930s vine-covered home being used as a doctor’s office that was supposed to be sold and renovated into a restaurant, but never was?
Well, in February, 5219 Caroline appeared in the Daily Demolition Report. And this photo taken from the median shows what the site looks like now. The reader continues:
All of the neighbors have questioned who owns the property and what is to happen to it. According to HCAD it appeared to be owned by Balcor, the company behind the rather unpopular Parc Binz. . . . We’re wondering if the Asia Society is trying to buy the land . . . [T]he neighbors who live in the town homes across from Asia Society have complained that the social events held on site tend to be quite loud, quite late. Overall, the neighborhood couldn’t be happier to have this organization in its bounds. And, if they were to own that land, if only they’d open a little gourmet coffee shop. That would please hundreds of people. . . . I’ve heard from Asia Society . . . that they’re trying to purchase the land. I think there is something more going on there — but no one is talking at this point.
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: Palace Out, Passing on a Museum District Restaurant Reno, A Museum District Restaurant Conversion Cut Short, Inside Views of Yoshio Taniguchi’s Asia Society Texas Center, Houston’s Next Big Museum District Thing, Whoosh!! What the Bootsie’s Crew Has Been Cooking Up
Photo: Allyn West
3:10 pm | | Read more about Commercial Real Estate, Demolitions, Land Development, Neighborhoods: Museum ParkRead more about: 77004, Commercial Real Estate, Demolitions, Land Development, Museum Park, Museums
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013 – 11:00 am
Let’s do 2: As construction at U of H on the $105 million no-name replacement football stadium plows on, the regents have decided to go ahead and redo the basketball arena, too. It probably won’t look like this; the rendering shown here has been circulating since February. No, the regents’ decision this past Monday really means that other, newer designs will be undertaken to freshen up the 43-year-old Hofheinz Pavilion — where fashion mogul and Houston real estate player Hakeem Olajuwon first honed his shakes before opening his DR34M store in the old Jim West Mansion in Clear Lake.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, if approved, the project — which some reports have costing as much as $77 million — would introduce nicer locker rooms for the players and “premium seating” for fans, as well as a new sound system and video boards above the court. UH athletic director Mack Rhoades tells the Chronicle that as many as 9 other schools in the newly formed American Athletic Conference have, or are building, new arenas.
- UH board approves first phase of Hofheinz renovation project [Houston Chronicle]
- Board of Regents approves design phase of Hofheinz Pavillion [The Daily Cougar]
- UH set to vote on possible Hofheinz renovations [KHOU]
- Previously on Swamplot: New UH Football Stadium Will Point Team in a Slightly Different Direction, Hakeem Olajuwon Launches New Showcase Clothing Store in Former NASA Moon Institute, Goodbye, Robertson Stadium: Replacement UH Football Venue Gets Go-Ahead, UH: Fundraising for Robertson Stadium Replacement Halfway There
Rendering: UH Athletics
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013 – 4:35 pm
Near Brays Bayou’s switchback just east of SH 288, this relisted, refurbished 1941 abode in North MacGregor Oaks sports a few water features: a small fountain off the front walkway’s river rock border and a grotto (with koi) beneath a pergola out back. The midblock property has a sidewalk in front (not pictured), but its immediate neighbor in Timber Crest does not — giving the street the feel of a time-warp that’s also apparent in the architectural shift from prewar 2-story homes on urban-size lots to postwar ranch-style ones on deeper lots. Last week, this recently stuccoed property with full quoin dressing returned to the market, at $315,000, after a 6-month rest.
May 7, 2013 – 10:00 am
What used to be just a corner lot and one of those green tell-tale signs in Midtown is becoming a little more parklike, it seems: Parks department rep Estella Espinosa says that Elizabeth Glover Park at Elgin and Austin will be closed through August while crews upgrade lighting and drainage systems and install new features, including a crushed granite plaza, dog run, and bocce ball court. According to a post yesterday at Midtown Houston Rocks, there are 2 other parks getting a similar treatment: Midtown Park at Gray and Bagby and Baldwin Park between Crawford and Chenevert on Elgin, a few blocks southeast of here.
- Parks in Progress [Houston Midtown Rocks]
Photo: Allyn West
Thursday, April 18, 2013
April 18, 2013 – 1:45 pm
In the middle of last summer, Interfaith Ministries closed on almost 76,000 sq. ft. of Midtown property spanning 2 catty-corner blocks just north of HCC, including the PrimeWay Federal Credit Union building shown here at 3303 Main St.; the organization says it’s closing in on the $12.5 million needed to fund the renovation of the 39,000-sq.-ft. bank into its headquarters and the construction of a new 14,000-sq.-ft. Meals on Wheels distribution center at Elgin and Fannin.
1:45 pm | | Read more about Institutional Buildings, Land Development, Neighborhoods: Midtown, New Construction, Office Buildings, Office Space, Proposed Developments, Religious FacilitiesRead more about: 77004, Institutional Buildings, Land Development, Midtown, Proposed Developments, Religious Facilities, Renovations
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
March 8, 2013 – 3:00 pm
This is what’s going up on some prime spurfront property at the University of Houston. Next to a Chinese restaurant and that prideful parking garage on Spur 5 that inspired the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray and some student rappers back in 2010, the 2-story building at the end of Calhoun Rd. on campus is being billed as Cougar Den Plaza.
3:00 pm | | Read more about Neighborhoods: University of Houston, New Construction, Proposed Developments, Restaurants, Retail, SchoolsRead more about: 77004, Proposed Developments, Restaurants, Retail, University of Houston
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
March 5, 2013 – 12:00 pm
As a checkerboard of townhome development builds out the Rosewood neighborhood south of Midtown, this sunny yellow house with poppy red shutters rather emphatically states its enduring presence on a corner lot it has occupied since before the Southwest Fwy.’s south-of-downtown bypass cut a slice through the block 3 lots away. Today, the orderly 1930 property presents itself as an urban compound, though one softened by its back-in-the-day side porch, pergola, and garden.
12:00 pm | | Read more about Homes for Sale, Interiors, Neighborhoods: Midtown, Neighborhoods: RosewoodRead more about: 77004, Homes for Sale, Interiors, Midtown, Redevelopment, Rosewood
Friday, February 15, 2013
February 15, 2013 – 4:08 pm
Ah, Friday: Why not take a stroll down Binz St. in the Museum District and have a look at what’s going on? Let’s head east from here: the corner of La Branch and Binz, near the Children’s Museum.
Our guide, Swamplot reader David Hollas, provides the photos and the observations:
4:08 pm | | Read more about Apartments, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Materials, Land Development, Medical Buildings, Mixed Use, Neighborhoods: Museum District, New Construction, Office Buildings, Photography, Proposed Developments, Renovations, Retail, Senior Living, StreetsRead more about: 77004, Apartments, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Materials, Lots, Medical Buildings, Museum District, New Construction, Office Buildings, Photography, Retail, Senior Living, Street
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
February 13, 2013 – 1:00 pm
Thieves made off with copper wiring from UH’s University Center late Saturday night, a UH public safety department bulletin reports: A contractor noticed early Sunday morning that the wiring had gone missing; a reader tells Swamplot that this knocked out the building’s power and is delaying renovations. The Barnes & Noble and Cougar Byte stores inside the UC have been scrambling to set up temporary locations elsewhere on campus.
1:00 pm | | Read more about Construction Materials, Construction Problems, Crime, Institutional Buildings, Neighborhoods: University of Houston, New Construction, Schools, UtilitiesRead more about: 77004, Construction Materials, Construction Problems, Crime, Electricity, Renovations, Schools, University of Houston, Utilities