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OT-Old Sears/ New Rice Building
Quote:The roughly 200,000-square-foot former Sears building at 4201 Main will be renovated into a startup incubator featuring co-working spaces, classrooms, meeting areas, offices for academic, medical and corporate partners, as well as as a cafe and other amenities.

The $100 million redevelopment, formally announced by university, city and business leaders Thursday morning, aims to cultivate and attract new technology companies and venture capital firms to a region known more for its established energy corporations and hospitals than disruptive startups and tech titans.

https://www.chron.com/business/article/R...828606.php
https://www.click2houston.com/news/houst...n-district
04-12-2018 12:42 PM
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They'll have to pretty much gut the building. IIRC, under the dull fa├žade is the original art-deco exterior of the building which is well worth preserving and restoring, which is why the building isn't being dynamited.
04-12-2018 01:22 PM
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This is good news.
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right now there are a bunch of lurkers hanging around the bldg and parking lot across the street.....pretty sketchy area.

maybe the construction crew will run them off; I wouldn't leave anything outside the fence.

I was downtown awhile back and was going to stop in to Sears on my way home. I took one look and kept right on going.
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I got my first bed there. Also several pairs of cutoff jeans shorts, back when those were something you could buy.
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guess Sen. Whitmire and Tilman couldn't stop this one since Rice isnt a public institution like UT
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Did Rice actually own the building already? It sounded like that on the news.
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(04-13-2018 07:29 AM)OldOwl Wrote:  Did Rice actually own the building already? It sounded like that on the news.

IIRC, yes, for years.
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Wow! The profits should be funneled to the Owl Club or athletic schloraships. :)
(04-13-2018 07:30 AM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(04-13-2018 07:29 AM)OldOwl Wrote:  Did Rice actually own the building already? It sounded like that on the news.

IIRC, yes, for years.
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(04-13-2018 07:32 AM)OldOwl Wrote:  Wow! The profits should be funneled to the Owl Club or athletic schloraships. :)
(04-13-2018 07:30 AM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(04-13-2018 07:29 AM)OldOwl Wrote:  Did Rice actually own the building already? It sounded like that on the news.

IIRC, yes, for years.

It was a long term lease to Sears like Rice village I believe. We bought them out early to use for the Houston Amazon bid.
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(11-21-2020 09:19 AM)dragon2owl Wrote:  Update

https://abc13.com/8121848/?ex_cid=TA_KTR...e=facebook

Permit for construction on the Ion parking garage was issued this week. Wish we would get a nice one in West lot to free up some room and increase our parking capacity.
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