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From the rumor mill...

They have apparently had success getting some retail committments and are very excited about having signed up two significant restaurant partners. From what I hear they will be sizable spaces and are well known, local, and respected names that have been in the biz in this town a long time. And no, not Tillman Fertitta, and not chains.

The hope is for groundbreaking this fall, completion of some sort or another in the fall of 2012.

If I had to tell you how good my source was, I'd say she's connected, knows what she is talking about and has no reason to make this up. Of course this doesn't mean these dates and tenants are set in stone. Still, it's encouraging.

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From the rumor mill...

They have apparently had success getting some retail committments and are very excited about having signed up two significant restaurant partners. From what I hear they will be sizable spaces and are well known, local, and respected names that have been in the biz in this town a long time. And no, not Tillman Fertitta, and not chains.

The hope is for groundbreaking this fall, completion of some sort or another in the fall of 2012.

If I had to tell you how good my source was, I'd say she's connected, knows what she is talking about and has no reason to make this up. Of course this doesn't mean these dates and tenants are set in stone. Still, it's encouraging.

Encouraging indeed, Thanks for the info. Hope your source is reliable as you say it is in your last paragraph. :)

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From the rumor mill...

They have apparently had success getting some retail committments and are very excited about having signed up two significant restaurant partners. From what I hear they will be sizable spaces and are well known, local, and respected names that have been in the biz in this town a long time. And no, not Tillman Fertitta, and not chains.

Good rumors travel fast. I was at a party on Monday with much rumor spreading about Monica Pope in that location. Of course we were all drunk and in the pool by then, but hey. :D

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monica pope is definitely one of the most famous chefs in town

I didn't hear that it was Monica, although I think she'd be great there. She's been part of that neighborhood (cue the neighborhood borders debate) for so long and she has been a big part of the scene in this town going back to The Quilted Toque. One of the names I heard was Italian. I know that Popes tend to be italian, but I don't think Monica is. A few big names that come to mind. And just to assuage you once again, it wasn't Ferttita.

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this is one of the reasons Vallone pulled out of the River Oaks Shopping Center deal.

He and his son were going to open that place which is something they had wanted to do for awhile. It's possible that poor timing with the economy combined with the neighborhood hassle -- and maybe even a non-compte thing with Fertitta and Griglia (assuming they had one after Tony sold Griglia, et al to Tillman) -- just submarined the whole deal. And Tony would see the problems opening an upscale restaurant/wine bar right about now. I also wonder if the Mandola's are considering moving Nino's, etc. That place lost a lot of its mojo when the great view of downtown became a great view of 3 story, cookie-cutter, Perry Homes.

Or I could be way off and we'll be getting a Johnny Carino's in Montrose.

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Im falling in love with Regent Square...! :wub:

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I LOVE the developement (brownstone areas)

I LOVE the tower

But together they look like a hot mess... but thank the heavens that SOMEBODY in this town has figured out the concept of rooftop parking, and building the development to the street corner. That's some sweet action!!

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I LOVE the developement (brownstone areas)

I LOVE the tower

But together they look like a hot mess... but thank the heavens that SOMEBODY in this town has figured out the concept of rooftop parking, and building the development to the street corner. That's some sweet action!!

I think the tower and the urban townhomes will work out great together when complete. I like that it seems out of place to some people, while I think its a excellent combination of architecture.

Just take a look, this Modern building proposed in NYC thats out-of-place with its surrondings.

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Awesome!

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I LOVE the developement (brownstone areas)

I LOVE the tower

But together they look like a hot mess... but thank the heavens that SOMEBODY in this town has figured out the concept of rooftop parking, and building the development to the street corner. That's some sweet action!!

Yeah, Chicago has a few versions of the Tower/brownstone & townhome action going, specifically in the Museum Park Tower area http://www.museumpark.com/home.asp, and it's wonderful and looks really pristine. This may be new to Houston, but it's great for an urban environment that's in need of non-high rise living.

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I think the tower and the urban townhomes will work out great together when complete. I like that it seems out of place to some people, while I think its a excellent combination of architecture.

Just take a look, this Modern building proposed in NYC thats out-of-place with its surrondings.

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Awesome!

Wow. That is by far the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It nearly compares to our Federal Reserve building

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good news....just wonder when this project will advance faster....

Local media reports back in May/June indicated that their "stimulus" agreement with the city requires them to begin public infrastructural (utilities/streets) improvements by Oct. 1, 2009, and to begin private development by Oct. 1, 2010. My guess is that we'll begin to see some infrastructural work in a couple of months, and I would also guess that they would hold off on the private development as long as possible (depending on leasing).

A similar process is going on nearby at the Fingers/Whole Foods lot at Waugh/W. Dallas. They began utility work 6+ months ago and are still working on new roadways and concrete work on the property. It doesn't appear, however, that they are in any hurry at all to begin to actually build out the development. If GID is going to comply with the guidelines proposed by the City, I would expect a similar timeline: begin infrastructural work in a few months, then maybe begin to build out the development in 12-15 months.

This is lay opinion from tracking these developments in person and online.

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There is activity on both blocks of the Regent Square site today. There are 3 pieces of heavy equipment and about 10-15 workers on the site. The workers are surveying, spraypainting/flagging, and digging on the lots.

Given that the developers are supposed to begin public improvements by October 1, it appears that the work began today. I'm optimistic that this is the first step toward the ultimate construction of Regent Square. Regardless, the Regent Square corridor (W. Dallas from Rochow to Tirrell) is seeing a lot of construction activity, shown below:

Workers on the Regent Square lots:

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This building at the corner of W. Dallas and Rochow was demolished this morning. It was directly across the street from the developer's lot of trailers. The land is planned to be used as part of Phase 2 of Regent Square, so I don't know why it was demolished.

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Also, this land is not related to Regent Square, but the neighboring office building at 3410 W. Dallas has been under renovation for a few months. It will serve as the new Norwegian Consulate, as confirmed by Swamplot: http://swamplot.com/...ian/2009-09-14/

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I believe that in order to get certain kick backs from the city they must prove that they have started construction by the end of the year. If anything they are beginning to do the infrastructure work but not necessarily to start construction on the project.

Agreed regarding the infrastructure work. To get the City's stimulus money, they have to start infrastructural work by October 1, 2009, but they don't have to start the private development until October 1, 2010. So I wouldn't expect the actual development to begin until mid-2010 unless conditions change. I'm just glad to finally see activity on these huge lots that have been empty and untouched for the past 2 years.

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Agreed regarding the infrastructure work. To get the City's stimulus money, they have to start infrastructural work by October 1, 2009, but they don't have to start the private development until October 1, 2010. So I wouldn't expect the actual development to begin until mid-2010 unless conditions change. I'm just glad to finally see activity on these huge lots that have been empty and untouched for the past 2 years.

Does anyone have any updates on this project? There was some brief activity just north and south of W Dallas to the west of Dunlavy, and every now and then I see someone cleaning up the lots and performing general maintenance. Other than that nothing seems to be happening. However, there are always people around the complex of constuction trailers on West Dallas. I wonder if this project is dead.

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I saw on a construction search/bid engine with Regent Square phase II listed for groundbreaking of February 2011. It was reported on January 2010. I did not see anything about Phase I.

http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=15796856

Last Verified 5/26/2010 Listing ID 15796856

Space Available: 165,000 SFRental Rate: $26 /SF/Year<LI>Space Type: Office Building<LI>Min. Divisible: 15,000 SF<LI>Max. Contiguous: 165,000 SF<LI>Lease Type: NNN<LI class=last>Date Available: Jun 2011

Very interesting... maybe this is a good sign... says last verified May 26, 2010 and date available June 2011... I wonder if this is scheduled to go ahead with or without a certain percentage of pre-leasing..

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I just moved close to this proposed development and am selfishly posting in hopes of stirring up some more information on Regent Square.

The chic Regent Square office on Dunlavy has been empty (no cars, not sure if it is even open) every time I've driven by, but the construction office around the corner has been busy, although I'm not sure if it is related to the development.

Crossing my fingers. I really think this development can set the standard for inner loop mixed-use.

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I just moved close to this proposed development and am selfishly posting in hopes of stirring up some more information on Regent Square.

The chic Regent Square office on Dunlavy has been empty (no cars, not sure if it is even open) every time I've driven by, but the construction office around the corner has been busy, although I'm not sure if it is related to the development.

Crossing my fingers. I really think this development can set the standard for inner loop mixed-use.

Is the construction office on the Regent Sq property?

Thanks for the update.

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This thread is one of those that every time it pops up in new posts, I get really excited. So can we implement some rule (which I am violating right now) that you can't post anything to this thread unless there is some actual change or new information? Who isn't on the edge of their seat just waiting for this to become a reality!!??

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Annise kept name dropping them, didn't she, in the whole 380 tax deals debate in the Heights WM discussions? I thought that might be a sign that Houston would be pushing it along soonly

Name dropping who/what? This development or just the developers?

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I drove by the site this morning, and there is a large excavator on the site, along with a dumpster and fuel tank. They seem to have started breaking up the concrete pads just south of W Dallas near the cemetery. Perhaps this is to comply with the tax rebates they are seeking. For some reason a start date of October 2010 comes to mind.

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