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The vote on the updated floodplain regulations has been pushed back to March 21st -- these criteria heavily effect development in this area so stay tuned for additional changes after public comment period has expired. #hounews

Mayor Sylvester Turner set the vote for March 21, following council member demands for a longer public comment period.
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Celebrating what inspires us to Dream Big in this year's Engineer's Week! #EWeek2018

It's Engineers Week 2018! Meet a few of BIG RED DOG's engineers and discover what inspires them to improve our world. #eweek2018 For more information: http:/...
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APPROVED! The Harris County Commissioner's Court has approved a $105 million project that will renovate the 8th Wonder of the World into an event center. Funds will be sourced from property taxes, hotel taxes, and county parking fee revenues. #HouNews #Astrodome

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The proposed update to the City of Houston floodplain regulations expands the regulatory area from the 100yr floodplain to the 500yr floodplain which could represent several feet and many thousands of increase to construction cost. #HouNews

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The Houston Council Committee on Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure are holding a special meeting today at 2:30PM on revisions to building code as it relates to flooding -- it is anticipated that these changes will significantly impact the cost of construction in the floodplain in Houston. #HouNews
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An immensely interesting mapping project by Jeff Reichman of January Advisors that helps owners in communities to determine the best way to approach petitioning for minimum lot sizes in their neighborhoods. #HouNews

Maps and information about minimum lot size in Houston and how residents can use it to protect their block from redevelopment.
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The Northwest Industrial Market in Houston finished strong with over 1.5MM SF of product delivered and a vacancy rate of 5.8% -- this isn't even counting the upcoming deliveries of the Amazon fulfillment center and spec developments in West Ten Business Park and Northwest Logistics Center. #hounews #CRE

Throughout 2017, the Northwest submarket in Houston was a hotbed of industrial activity, with warehouse and distribution centers reigning supreme. The Northwest submarket contains 156 million sq. ft.
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Mayor Turner is calling for floodplain regulations in Houston that closely resemble the recent Harris County changes — this update will have *significant* impacts to construction within the floodplain. #CRE

In a sweeping address, Mayor Sylvester Turner laid out what proposals he will be pursuing in the coming months.
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The Williams Tower retains its namesake tenant as its 345K SF lease is renewed --
great sign of continuing confidence in Houston market for 2018. #CRE

As office deals go, they do not get much bigger than Williams' 354K SF renewal.
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Positive movement on the research of the flooding landscape of Houston 2018

"The Metropolitan Houston Regional Watershed Assessment would take a more comprehensive look at how rainwater, from increasingly extreme storms, moves throughout the region"

The proposed study would provide the first comprehensive look at how storm water moves throughout all 22 of the regions watersheds, as well as how development in those watersheds contributes to flooding
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Office sublease inventory in Houston decreased in December -- perhaps we're seeing a new year's resolution from the market to absorb its empty space in 2018! It still looks like a tenant's market this year, but growth will continue. NAI Partners #CRE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Office Market Shows Signs of Improvement Houston’s overall vacancy rate remained relatively unchanged at 20.7% in Q4 2017, a decrease of 10 basis points quarter-over-quarter…
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A lot of great developments on this Preservation Houston list -- developers should be receiving more recognition for the creative adaptive restoration of our historic landscape in Houston.

Preservation Houston honors the latest crop of work to restore and preserve architectural history in Houston with its 2018 Good Brick Awards.
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A common experience for my fellow Houston commuters. Have you ever been stuck in traffic for seemingly no reason at all - with no accidents or emergency vehicles in sight. Take a look at this article for a great explanation by our Transportation team.

Hey! Why Are We Stopped? We all get in caught in traffic, sometimes in strange places where we least expect it. When a freeway goes […]
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The Amazon #HQ2 list has been pared to 20 cities -- great to see Austin and Dallas still on the list! discouraged that Houston didn't make the cut, but frankly didn't expect to be a serious contender given key infrastructure elements missing during RFP.

In addition to the Greater Houston Partnership's bid on behalf of the Bayou City, local developers like Midway Cos. with its East River property and McCord Development and its Generation Park project also tried to woo Amazon.
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The unprecedented flooding damage of Hurricane Harvey spurred authorities to get to work reviewing floodplain regulations. The updated Harris County Floodplain Regulations could mean as much as several feet & many thousands of dollars in development cost.

The unprecedented flooding damage of Hurricane Harvey spurred jurisdictional authorities to get to work reviewing their floodplain regulations. With the updated Harris County Floodplain Regulations could reflect a difference of as much as several feet and many thousands of dollars in increased devel...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a day of observance for a man who forever impacted this nation for the better, it's an opportunity to recalibarte ourselves towards the service of our communities.

While I was at the University of Houston, a MLK Day of Service was created out of this spirit. Join the UH community this weekend in their fourth annual volunteer event -- one of the largest attended in the school's history. Go Coogs!

http://www.uh.edu/mlk/celebration.html