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  1. What is going on here? This area has been completely cleared out and has a Caracon Construction sign in front of it. It is a massive area of just mud right now.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Here is a closer picture of the crane for the Alliance Bernstein basic apartments. I will be walking by later today, so I can try to snap a close up.
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    Tryon Place - Crescent project at Tryon and Stonewall

    @RDF: I seem to recall that you mentioned a year or more ago that the Hilton was built with an expansion option? Is that still possible? I know that would not resolve the overall room count, but, as I recall, conventions (and the super bowl) want a single 1k room hotel for hosting. The lack of rooms could then be filled in with multiple 300-400 room hotels (JW Marriott, possible Kimpton at Spectrum site, Beacon SE, and others).
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects were talking about an at grade crossing? I assumed this was a pedestrian bridge over the line! $2 million this seems out of control (not that I have any point of reference).
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Don't forget about the elevator on either side to make it ADA compliant.
  6. This is basically what I am finding myself. There are a lot of beautiful options, but they basically start around $800k for a 2400 sqft. home. I just don't know if that translates to a $200/sqft. site built home or a $350/sqft. site built home. It is virtually impossible to tell. This really makes it impossible to buy a prefab home, unless you are super wealthy or want an entry level one. There are plenty of traditional style homes that perfectly fine and pretty cheap. They just do not match the preferred aesthetic we like. I saw this too. Plant make s a lot of the living home plans that seem to be produced by a number of companies. They are really pretty houses, but also quite expensive from what I have been able to find out.
  7. We have had some ball park conversations, but nothing detailed. Realistically, we are probably 1-2 years away from actually doing something, so I don't want to waste someone's times. We met with an architect that focuses on modern architecture. We have seen his work and we really liked it. He gave us a ballpark of $250 per sqft. to add a second floor to our house or $180-$200 per sqft. for a new house. We also met with a semi-custom home builder, but we just do not like their options. Your comment about the variability in finishes and materials is our biggest issue. I feel like it is virtually impossible to compare apples-to-apples with any home builder. I do not know enough about the finishes to know the difference. I guess we can make a list of our must haves and our wants and then start pricing that out. I was really hoping to find a consultant or someone that could help guide us through the process. Are you aware of any websites or vendors that can help us see through the fog and compare offerings effectively? Edit: The other thing that throws me off is Turkel estimates $143 per sqft. to assemble the house and install the finishes. This is on top of an allowance of $50 per sqft. for the materials for the finishes. Their estimates are for a 2400 sqft. house. I know the $143 number includes the crane and assembly of the shell, which I am sure is expensive. However, if I can build a nice house for $180-$200 per sqft., how can it possibly cost $200 per sqft. to assemble their homes? I have some secondary connections to people in the prefab business, so I am trying to chat with them about the costs. I am not dead set on prefab, but I like the idea and want to fully explore it. Also, it would be really nice to have a shorter and more controlled construction time frame.
  8. Snooze is absolutely amazing. The Breakfast Potpie is my favorite, while my gf loves Juan's Breakfast Tacos. The sweet potato pancake is pretty damn good too... try a pancake flight to get a good sample. The lines in Phoenix were routinely 90 minutes long, but they used the no Wait app.
  9. I wanted to post a thread on this to see if anyone else was interested, curious, or knowledgeable about prefab homes. My girlfriend and I are considering either a major addition to our home or demoing the structure and building a custom home. I understood prefab to be better built due to the ability to build in a controlled environment, but also cheaper due to the economies of scale achieved by building similar homes in one location. This would be especially true for the modular homes. However, I am finding many of the prefab homes are priced in the $350-$500/sqft. range, excluding land costs! One company (Turkel Design) gave me a quote for $143 for site work costs, which would include running the plumbing, electrical, installing the cabinetry, etc. The materials (drywall, cabinets, counters, appliances, etc.) come as part of another $150,000 line item for the budget. The big issue I am having is comparing apples-to-apples. How do I confirm what a comparable house would cost to build on site? Does anyone have an personal experience with these types of homes or projects?
  10. It is not a building code thing. Modular have gotten a bad name. They are built the exact same way as site built homes, i.e. they are stick built. As I understand it, "manufactured" housing is what generally ends up on wheels. Modular homes can be far superior in terms of build quality as they are built in a controlled environment and frequently use higher end components because they can buy in bulk and ship materials for 10-20 homes to one site for storage. Since they build the same units (modules) over and over, they get really good at it. All this said, there are certainly some cheaper built modular/prefab homes out there. Prefab also gets a bad name. While most prefab homes are modular, you can get fully custom prefab homes, but those end up being fairly pricing. As a side note, I am a bit biased. I am looking at ripping down a traditional house that my neighbors love to throw a prefab contemporary home. Here are couple links to show examples of what is out there:
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    The RailYard SouthEnd

    They now have you covered.
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    SouthEnd Midrise Projects

    Instead of brewing it they grow it.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    They have over $28 billion in AUM, so there are bound to be some dogs. I think they also own 127 West Trade...the Hooters Building.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    Vision Ventures sold this to CIM Group a while back. CIM is a group out of LA that has an extremely mixed reputation . They have done some very interesting projects on the development end, but as a manager of properties I have heard nothing but bad new from them.
  15. Rezoning signs are up. I do not think this was there prior to the meeting referenced above, but it may have been. We also got an email a week or so ago about drilling on site, in and around the parking lot and gravel lot behind the paved lot. I assume that was geotechincal related...assuming Phase IIs, if any, were completed earlier.