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The Sovereign at Regent Square - 21-story Tower at Allen Parkway and Dunlavy

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Construction has begun at The Sovereign, one of the buildings planned for the Regent Square development on Allen Parkway and Dunlavy.

There's a full discussion of Regent Square here:

But since The Sovereign was underway, it seems finally worthy of its own thread for people to post pictures in, etc...

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I wonder how this will stack up against other towers along allen parkway.

Per an internet search, towers on or within the Montrose - Dunlavy & Memorial - W. Clay rectangle:

RESIDENTIAL

The Royalton: 33 stories, 360 feet

Legacy at Memorial: 25 stories, 315 feet

The Sovereign: 21 stories, (unknown height)

COMMERCIAL (all in American General Center)

America Tower: 42 stories, 590 feet

Wortham Tower: 25 stories, 337 feet

Woodson Tower: 15 stories, 208 feet

Riviana Building: 15 stories, 208 feet

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I called Ox, the company that provides the camera and they're only allowed to give out the link to the client :(

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They are supposed to be burying the lines on West Dallas and the lines down Rochow.

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Where did you hear that?

It's not so much what I have been told, but:

Through a pioneering Development Agreement from the City and Tax Increment Zone 5, Regent Square and The Sovereign will be reimbursed for critical improvements to the public infrastructure in the area. These improvements will include burying overhead utilities, upgrading drainage in the area and creating wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks with mature street trees.

And that the city and JE Dunn surveyors have been marking the poles and lines down W Dallas and Rochow for the last 2 weeks.

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Well, I finally spoke to someone at JE Dunn.

They are not going to bury the lines down Rochow, only down W. Dallas between Rochow and Rosine.

They current road construction on Rochow should be complete in 2 weeks.

They also said that they are going to do a full street replacement on Rochow, but not until Feb '14.

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Couldn't find this development elsewhere on this site. May need to be merged...either way, something to look out for. This is the first installation of many high-rises by GID in The proposed 9-acre development. Piles going in now for the 21-story multi-family structure with a modest sundry shop at the NE corner of W Dallas and Rochow.

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Couldn't find this development elsewhere on this site. May need to be merged...either way, something to look out for. This is the first installation of many high-rises by GID in The proposed 9-acre development. Piles going in now for the 21-story multi-family structure with a modest sundry shop at the NE corner of W Dallas and Rochow.

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here it is

many high-rises? did you misspeak and mean midrises, as in say 6-8 story buildings? It'd be nice if you didn't. Any other info you can give up?

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For what it's worth, on W. Dallas and Dunlavy, they have a big collection of rebar. I am assuming they are using this spot as a holding site for the soviergn build. All this being said they are building a small structure on the site...looks like a mock building they sometimes do to show what it will look like.

Is this ALL connected to the soviergn or could they possibly be moving forward with other phases of RS?

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For what it's worth, on W. Dallas and Dunlavy, they have a big collection of rebar. I am assuming they are using this spot as a holding site for the soviergn build. All this being said they are building a small structure on the site...looks like a mock building they sometimes do to show what it will look like.

Is this ALL connected to the soviergn or could they possibly be moving forward with other phases of RS?

Very exciting! It's certainly progress to see something from Regent Square moving forward.

Yes!....and they're working on the next phase which will be built where the brick mock-up ChrisP referred to is located.

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what's included in the next phase? more apartments/retail i'm assuming?

To my knowledge, nobody has a clue. There has been no official word that I'm aware of either. You got anything?

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To my knowledge, nobody has a clue. There has been no official word that I'm aware of either. You got anything?

Mid-rise apartment and a movie theater and appears to be a different architect for each. Though, there hasn't been official design approval of either...

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Mid-rise apartment and a movie theater and appears to be a different architect for each. Though, there hasn't been official design approval of either...

There sure are a lot of movie theaters coming to the area with this one, the one at River Oaks District, and the Alamo in Midtown. Which exact corner of W. Dallas & Dunlavy will this be going on ?

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There sure are a lot of movie theaters coming to the area with this one, the one at River Oaks District, and the Alamo in Midtown. Which exact corner of W. Dallas & Dunlavy will this be going on ?

Inner loop desperately needs more movie theaters. Edwards Greenway and the one downtown are basically your only options.

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Crane is going up.

Saw it last night, and this is a construction cam picture from their Facebook page:

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Man that's a clean construction site! I have total faith in this responsible developer (GID Development) and of all the projects going up in Houston over the next few years, this is the one I'm most excited about!! And that includes City Centre, BLVD Place, and the River Oaks District. The only project(s) that come close are what's going on in the "Convention District" downtown. :)

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Man that's a clean construction site! I have total faith in this responsible developer (GID Development) and of all the projects going up in Houston over the next few years, this is the one I'm most excited about!! And that includes City Centre, BLVD Place, and the River Oaks District. The only project(s) that come close are what's going on in the "Convention District" downtown. :)

What makes this project more exciting to you than say a BLVD place or new convention center hotel?

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By 'this project' I'm referring to the entire Regent Square development and not just this Sovereign residential tower. It's the one current Houston development that I believe adheres the most to conventional urban planning IMO. All others, accept the Convention District projects taken collectively will mostly require driving to a destination, parking, then getting out of your car and meandering around limited boundaries before getting back in you car and leaving.

I believe GID is being careful to blend its development into the surrounding neighborhood strategically enough where casual observers are not exactly sure where the existing neighborhood ends and where Regent square begins. http://www.gid.com/d...ent-square.aspx

Their overall design creates a truly walkable urban streetscape where none exists today - one in which buildings relate to each other and lower levels are built to a human scale allowing ample on-street parallel parking along with wide sidewalks and street trees that encourage and buffer pedestrian activity from traffic. With the exception of Allen Pkwy to the northwest, the streets all involve slower moving traffic which least intimidates pedestrians.

Additionally, I appreciate the fact they're using a combination of 10+ distinct architects in an 'attempt' to avoid creating a homogenous development. They have a 10 year development plan and appear to be sticking to their guns to get things right rather than just throwing something up and moving on. I'm in the construction business and although it seems overly simplistic, I can usually gauge the quality of a developer or builder by the cleanliness and organization of their job sites.

Yeah, super excited about this one! :)

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By 'this project' I'm referring to the entire Regent Square development and not just this Sovereign residential tower. It's the one current Houston development that I believe adheres the most to conventional urban planning IMO. All others, accept the Convention District projects taken collectively will mostly require driving to a destination, parking, then getting out of your car and meandering around limited boundaries before getting back in you car and leaving.

I believe GID is being careful to blend its development into the surrounding neighborhood strategically enough where casual observers are not exactly sure where the existing neighborhood ends and where Regent square begins. http://www.gid.com/d...ent-square.aspx

Their overall design creates a truly walkable urban streetscape where none exists today - one in which buildings relate to each other and lower levels are built to a human scale allowing ample on-street parallel parking along with wide sidewalks and street trees that encourage and buffer pedestrian activity from traffic. With the exception of Allen Pkwy to the northwest, the streets all involve slower moving traffic which least intimidates pedestrians.

Additionally, I appreciate the fact they're using a combination of 10+ distinct architects in an 'attempt' to avoid creating a homogenous development. They have a 10 year development plan and appear to be sticking to their guns to get things right rather than just throwing something up and moving on. I'm in the construction business and although it seems overly simplistic, I can usually gauge the quality of a developer or builder by the cleanliness and organization of their job sites.

Yeah, super excited about this one! :)

Well let's just hope their updated plans are what we have been seeing this entire time. I am more confident than not that it is the same or close, however.

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From the side street. W Dallas is a smaller street. This will feel very cozy

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Is it just me or does it seem like this project has been moving quite slowly?

 

 

 

Yea it has been too slow, seems like they gain 1 floor per month or something.

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Yea it has been too slow, seems like they gain 1 floor per month or something.

 

unfortunately i think your assessment is right. i drove by the site today and it looks like theyve only added one floor since the last update. they have started putting up siding though on the lower floors, does this mean cladding will start soon?

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It could be a sign that there are problems with the vendors or suppliers of certain critical components.

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I hear there is a problem with a giant radar detector on the ground  floor.

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I hear there is a problem with a giant radar detector on the ground  floor.

 

haha, those reflections can be killer. 

i dont quite understand your post ricco. what was it referring to?

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haha, those reflections can be killer. 

i dont quite understand your post ricco. what was it referring to?

 

I agree they can be killer and I hope what happened to Ocean Towers in South Padre Island doesn't happen to The Sovereign. 

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unfortunately i think your assessment is right. i drove by the site today and it looks like theyve only added one floor since the last update. they have started putting up siding though on the lower floors, does this mean cladding will start soon?

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The last update was only 1 week ago. 1floor per week is a good pace.

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