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RREAF and Innisfree Hotels plan $110M Galveston resort

A 14-story hotel is coming to Galveston.

Dallas-based RREAF Holdings and Florida-based Innisfree Hotels are jointly developing the $110 million, 334-key project at 317 East Beach Drive under the name RREAF Grand Beach Development, according to a recent filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation...

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I didn't want to create a third thread about a 14-ish story hotel with 300+ rooms, but I did find this on The Mathis Group's website. Any chance it might be the Margaritaville Resort they mention?


"TMG+ is providing preconstruction and construction management on the new Margaritaville Resort in Galveston, Texas. The beachfront project will include a 314-guestroom tower, several restaurants and bars and an expansive water park. Gensler is providing the design."



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  • Feb 17, 2023

The property is zoned resort/recreation, which allows for a hotel and the associated amenities, said Catherine Gorman, assistant director in the city’s Development Services Department. But the developers will need a beachfront construction/dune protection permit and building permit to start construction, for which they submitted applications in October.

“The permits have been applied for but not yet issued,” Gorman said. “They are still under review.”

District 3 Councilman David Collins, who represents the island’s East End, was aware of the hotel plans but said developers would have to clear some hurdles, including with agencies charged with protecting nearby wetlands and the Texas General Land Office, which oversees public beaches.

Rumors about potential hotels rising in the Grand Beach development have for years made the rounds. Some residents of nearby condominium developments on East Beach Drive — Islander East and Palisade Palms — had initial concerns the development would be a Margaritaville Resort, which for several years now has been searching for a suitable island site, along with that lost shaker of salt.

Insiders say the worry was about whether the Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville would attract a hard-partying college crowd. But Margaritaville concepts generally are marketed as upscale, laidback and family oriented, according to some industry reports.

Officials with RREAF this week declined to discuss the Galveston development, telling Biz Buzz the company would reach out when it was ready to make announcements.

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