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https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldjournal.com%2F6243373%2Farticle-休士頓旺區-亞洲商城預購熱烈%2F%3Fref%3D首頁

 

Here's a translated news article about the project. It reads like the proposal is only the 6 story "mall". Maybe it is planned in phases?

 

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Chinatown, the Huaying business district in southwestern Houston, once again launched the owner-occupied store investment project. In the prime location of the Chinatown heart district, Asia City Plaza, the new theme business district will be again Shuffle the Chinese business district and present a different Asian city style.

 

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In line with the strong demand for shops and offices in the Greater Houston Asian Quarter, it is located in the prime location of Baili Avenue and Asia Mall next to Highway 8, and will officially accept the pre-order of the first floor store area and the fifth and sixth floor office areas on May 4th. .

 

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19 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Looks to be a mixed-use development looking for investors. Can anyone make out the exact location?

 

The event was held April 18th

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Edit: So I searched for the Hilton Garden Inn where the event was held and it turns out the hotel matches the one in the background (lower left corner). 

 

Site for this proposal is a grass field along  Sam Houston Parkway

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 hours ago, AREJAY said:

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldjournal.com%2F6243373%2Farticle-休士頓旺區-亞洲商城預購熱烈%2F%3Fref%3D首頁

 

Here's a translated news article about the project. It reads like the proposal is only the 6 story "mall". Maybe it is planned in phases?

 

 

 



Also of note from the article AreJay linked above (this is loosely translated):

 

Chinatown, the Huaying business district in southwestern Houston, once again launched the owner-occupied store investment project. In the prime location of the Chinatown heart district, Asia City Plaza, the new theme business district will be again Shuffle the Chinese business district and present a different Asian city style.

In recent years, Houston's employment and economy have attracted attention in the United States. In addition, direct flights to and from Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan have been opened, attracting more and more people to move to Houston. The Chinese city, headed by the Chinese, attracts mainstream and ethnic groups to come to consume and further develop into an international city. In line with the strong demand for shops and offices in the Greater Houston Asian Quarter, it is located in the prime location of Baili Avenue and Asia Mall next to Highway 8, and will officially accept the pre-order of the first floor store area and the fifth and sixth floor office areas on May 4th. .

The debut of the Asian Mall will inevitably bring new impetus to Huaying's economic growth. The project was invested by Xu Wenzhong, the owner of the Hilton Hotel, and Li Shuzheng, the overseas Chinese commissioner. The chairman of Texas Real Estate and the head of the Southwest Management District, Li Xiong, said that Xu Wenzhong has rich experience and high vision, and this investment has great potential for value-added. He said that when Dunhuang shopping malls did not appear more than a decade ago, Xu Wenzhong created the most upscale Hilton Garden Hotel in Houston Chinatown. At that time, the surrounding area was still deserted. In less than ten years, the site has now evolved into the whole Chinatown is the most popular business district.

Li Xiong also introduced the history of the development of the entire Chinatown of Houston. The earliest Chinatown is now located in the old Chinatown in the eastern part of the city. It has been gradually declining since 1980. It turned to the southwest (DIHO Plaza) and the rise of the mall, which led to the future. The dynasty shopping malls joined, and the Hong Kong supermarket, separated by the No. 8 highway, was completed in 1999. Then the connection of the Vietnamese city formed an Asian business district along the Baili Avenue, which is dominated by Chinatown. The main factors are determined by the location and the design of the mall, while the Asian Mall is located in a prime location in the heart area.

The Asian Mall is designed by architect Wen Zhongzheng. He is also a designer of modern shopping lines, subverting Dunhuang mall designers who are crowded and chaotic in Chinatown. Xu Wenzhong mentioned that his work contains the elegance of the literati, the innovative and harmonious design style. The Asian Mall is also designed by Zhong Wenzheng, and the appearance and the interior as a whole give a sense of harmony and comfort.

Han Hong Bank's consultant Ye Hongzhi said that he is very optimistic about the Asian shopping mall. There is no sales in the entire business circle on the entire Baili Avenue, all of which are leased, and the Asian Mall is currently the only mall still selling, with shops and offices. 48 units, the store has only 12 units, and the project has not been made public and has been booked.

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That's just south of Bellaire along the feeder for Beltway 8 north.  If you could pan that rendering left, you'd see the First American National Bank building, which is about 12 or 14 floors.  So, yes, this area may become the "downtown" of Chinatown.

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Noticed a sign with a rendering of the project on this site today. It wasn't there last week 

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On 5/7/2019 at 2:03 PM, AREJAY said:

Noticed a sign with a rendering of the project on this site today. It wasn't there last week 


What was the name of the development on the sign? Is it Asia City Plaza? And was there a coming soon date?

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More details on what may be Asia City Plaza in Houston Chinatown.

WCA Architect was hired to design this.


From New Tang Dynasty TV, includes a video of the news broadcast highlighting the development:
https://www.ntdtv.com/b5/2019/04/20/a102561042.html

Google translated website

 

 

 

A loose translation of the transcript from Google:

 

Houston Chinatown , will add a new look, the 6-story " Asian City Mall " will start at the end of the year, pre-order will start in May.

The commercial retail and office building, called "Asian City Plaza," is located atthe intersection of Baili Avenue and Route 8 in Houston, Chinatown , and will begin construction at the end of the year or early next year.

Developer Xu Wenzhong, who is also the owner of Hilton Garden Inn Chinatown, began planning the "Asian City" mall five years ago. He said that the shopping mall is located in a prime location, the No. 8 road traffic is endless, the Baili Avenue is full of economy and trade, and the Dun Huang Plaza shop is hard to find. The multi-commercial form clustering effect will inevitably make the Asian City shopping mall full of business opportunities.

The "Asian City" shopping mall has 6 floors and 48 units. The first floor is a 12-unit shop, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are parking lots, the 5th and 6th floors, each with 18 units of office. .

Xu Wenzhong said that the middle three floors of the shopping mall are designed as parking lots, which not only have a new appearance, but also have an investment economy, and they are suitable for changing weather. It is more convenient to enter and exit the car and walk. More importantly, the parking entrance is equipped with monitoring equipment, which is equivalent to a “security and security wall”. To improve the security of the shopping mall environment.

The store and office unit of the Asian City Mall will open on May 4th, officially accepting the order of a store, 5th and 6th floor office stores. Prices range from $290 to $420 per square foot, with a maximum area of 2,608 square feet and a minimum area of 1,288 square feet.

 



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More details on what may be Asia City Plaza in Houston Chinatown:

http://www.famehall.com/realestate/story/20190418222147.shtml


 

The commercial retail and office building, called "Asian City Plaza," is located at the intersection of Baili Avenue and Route 8 in Houston, China, and will begin construction at the end of the year or early next year.
 

Developer Xu Wenzhong, who is also the owner of the Hilton Garden Hotel in Chinatown, began planning the “Asian City” mall five years ago. He said that the shopping mall is located in a prime location, the No. 8 road traffic is endless, the Baili Avenue business is busy, the Dunhuang Square shop is hard to find, and the multi-commercial form clustering effect makes the Asian City shopping mall full of business opportunities.

 

The “Asian City” shopping mall has 6 floors and 48 units. The first floor is a 12-unit shop, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are parking lots, the 5th floor and the 6th floor, each floor is 18 units each. office.
 

Xu Wenzhong said that the middle three floors of the shopping mall are designed as parking lots. They are not only new in appearance, economical in investment, but also suitable for changing weather. It is more convenient to enter and exit the car and walk. More importantly, the parking entrance is equipped with monitoring equipment, which is equivalent to a “security and recessiveness”. Walls to improve the safety of the shopping environment.

 

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More details on what may be called Asia City Plaza in Houston Chinatown:

Mostly same details as above.


 

Xu Wenzhong, head of the Hilton Hotel in Chinatown, officially publicly announced the construction of Asian City Plaza in the Asian shopping district at a press conference in mid-April. The first phase of the project will be built. 6 storey commercial building. The first floor is a shop, the fifth and sixth floors will be used as office floors, and the three-story building in the middle will be a parking lot, which is convenient for first-floor and top-level users. In order to ensure user safety, all incoming vehicles will be closely monitored and recorded. Enter and exit the license plate number (Xu Wenzhong).
 

In the current situation of the hard-to-find shop in Dun Huang Plaza, the Asian City Project will continue to provide entrepreneurial venues for entrepreneurs with lofty ideals, and also add more business opportunities to the already prosperous Chinese city. After the completion of the first phase of the Asian City project, it will be connected with the surrounding Dun Huang Plaza, McDonald's and Hengfeng Bank, so that the moving line will be unimpeded (Zhong Wenzheng Li Shuzhen).
 

Xu Wenzhong said that in order to expand the Chinese business sector, the construction of Asia City hopes to attract more ethnic groups into Chinatown and accelerate the prosperity of the entire Asian business district (Xu Wenzhong Ye Hongzhi).
 

The first phase of the Asian City project will be sold by 48 units, ranging from 1,288 square feet of 370,000 square meters to 2,608 square feet of more than 990,000 US dollars, suitable for all types of enterprises to enter, and will start at 10 am on May 4th.


http://homemem.com/Community/2019/Community_0502_2019.html

 

 

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In the 1980s Japan bought Real Estate in Los Angeles, they were considered the smartest guy in the room "American's think 5 minutes ahead, Japanese think 5 decades ahead."

 

I always hoped Chinese investors would build and buy in Houston, we had Yao Ming for one thing, but has anything happened and why not?

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15 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

More details on what may be called Asia City Plaza in Houston Chinatown:

Mostly same details as above.


 

Xu Wenzhong, head of the Hilton Hotel in Chinatown, officially publicly announced the construction of Asian City Plaza in the Asian shopping district at a press conference in mid-April. The first phase of the project will be built. 6 storey commercial building. The first floor is a shop, the fifth and sixth floors will be used as office floors, and the three-story building in the middle will be a parking lot, which is convenient for first-floor and top-level users. In order to ensure user safety, all incoming vehicles will be closely monitored and recorded. Enter and exit the license plate number (Xu Wenzhong).
 

In the current situation of the hard-to-find shop in Dun Huang Plaza, the Asian City Project will continue to provide entrepreneurial venues for entrepreneurs with lofty ideals, and also add more business opportunities to the already prosperous Chinese city. After the completion of the first phase of the Asian City project, it will be connected with the surrounding Dun Huang Plaza, McDonald's and Hengfeng Bank, so that the moving line will be unimpeded (Zhong Wenzheng Li Shuzhen).
 

Xu Wenzhong said that in order to expand the Chinese business sector, the construction of Asia City hopes to attract more ethnic groups into Chinatown and accelerate the prosperity of the entire Asian business district (Xu Wenzhong Ye Hongzhi).
 

The first phase of the Asian City project will be sold by 48 units, ranging from 1,288 square feet of 370,000 square meters to 2,608 square feet of more than 990,000 US dollars, suitable for all types of enterprises to enter, and will start at 10 am on May 4th.


http://homemem.com/Community/2019/Community_0502_2019.html

 

 

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what's the 2nd phase?

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Phase II is the proposed Asia City Plaza East Tower at 33 floors (estimated height of 438.85 ft), and Phase III, the Asia City Plaza West Tower also at 33 floors (estimated height of 438.85 ft) or vice verse depending which they choose first.

Designed by architect Wen Zhongzheng. As mentioned his work contains the elegance of the literati, the innovative and harmonious design style, and the appearance and the interior as a whole give a sense of harmony and comfort. With that said, 33 floors would be the ideal number as it sounds alike "double" life, as literaly translated growth or reproduction (of wealth).

 

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On 5/14/2019 at 6:19 PM, Timoric said:

In the 1980s Japan bought Real Estate in Los Angeles, they were considered the smartest guy in the room "American's think 5 minutes ahead, Japanese think 5 decades ahead."

 

I always hoped Chinese investors would build and buy in Houston, we had Yao Ming for one thing, but has anything happened and why not?

 

The lead developer and his wife are Taiwanese immigrants and Houstonians for decades.  In the 1980s they lived in Ponderosa Forest on FM1960W.

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After the completion of the first phase of the Asian City project, it will be connected with the surrounding Dun Huang Plaza

Such a smart move. They'll be getting a lot of foot traffic from Dun Huang Plaza. That plaza has to have some of the biggest nightlife, from clubs and hang out places, outside the inner loop. So packed on the weekends that it's quite difficult to find parking and it feels like there's a new milk tea or some other restaurant there every other month.

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Just a half block east from Dun Huang Plaza is the BELLAIRE FOOD STREET which is completed and scheduled to be open very soon -  https://bellairefoodstreet.com
It is an almost 2 acres lot being build on. The area around Bellaire Blvd and Beltway 8 is going to be even more congested and good for business.

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11 minutes ago, WakeUpHouston said:

Just a half block east from Dun Huang Plaza is the BELLAIRE FOOD STREET which is completed and scheduled to be open very soon -  https://bellairefoodstreet.com
It is an almost 2 acres lot being build on. The area around Bellaire Blvd and Beltway 8 is going to be even more congested and good for business.


Thanks. Can you create a thread for it in the forum Other Houston Neighborhoods so discussions about it can go there:

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/forum/34-other-houston-neighborhoods/

 

We want to try and keep this thread about Asia City Plaza. Thanks! ^_^

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On 5/15/2019 at 12:36 PM, WakeUpHouston said:

Phase II is the proposed Asia City Plaza East Tower at 33 floors (estimated height of 438.85 ft), and Phase III, the Asia City Plaza West Tower also at 33 floors (estimated height of 438.85 ft) or vice verse depending which they choose first.

Designed by architect Wen Zhongzheng. As mentioned his work contains the elegance of the literati, the innovative and harmonious design style, and the appearance and the interior as a whole give a sense of harmony and comfort. With that said, 33 floors would be the ideal number as it sounds alike "double" life, as literaly translated growth or reproduction (of wealth).

 

Now if KP Plaza at Beechnut and Beltway can get their 2 towers up.  

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