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Didn't the renderings of Regent Square have multiple building stylings/ heights etc to make it all kind of look like that it had grown up in independent organic/urban chunks anyway (not that the stylings were radically different, but subtly so).

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Wow, 3 projects that will revolutionize Houston: Regent Square, River Oaks District, and BLVD Place. There will be no excuse to not call Houston a walkable city in about 10 years.

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sweet!

So this is out to date to this extent at least. I wonder what else has changed. I hope they still build the condo tower on the SW side, that one is pretty sweet

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So this is out to date to this extent at least. I wonder what else has changed. I hope they still build the condo tower on the SW side, that one is pretty sweet

How is it that trees cast shadows in one direction and the buildings cast shadows in the opposite direction, as if the sun were in the northwest sky? Does this image foreshadow the initial full-spectrum flash of a nuclear apocolypse?

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Yes. New suns will rise over most major cities on this planet.

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Yes, that’s the plan.

John Darrah

Vice President

GID Development Group

125 High Street, 27th Floor

High Street Tower

Boston, MA 02110

jdarrah@gid.com______________________________________

Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:29 AM

To: Darrah, John

Subject: RE: Condos at the Svereign

Thanks John and good luck with the development, looks like it will be a game changer for Houston.

Can we expect regent square to continue construction steadily after the Sovereign

____________________________________________________

From: Darrah, John [mailto:JDarrah@gid.com]

Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:28 AM

Subject: RE: Condos at the Svereign

All of The Sovereign units will be for rent.

John Darrah

Vice President

GID Development Group

____________________________________________________

Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:55 AM

To: Darrah, John

Subject: Condos at the Svereign

Hi John,

I was wondering when prices for the condos at the Sovereign would be released.

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There has been a lot of ongoing work the last few days clearing the remaining slabs and grading the very large lot at the southwest corner of Dallas and Dunlavy, 2 blocks west of the Sovereign construction site. It looks as if they may be preparing an area for parking and/or equipment staging.

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A small detail, but one that I think some would enjoy. I don't know if anyone has noticed or pointed out that the corner of the Sovereign has a retail space, that at least on the rendering says, "cafe" and "convenience." It's not much, but it's a start. Also, looks like there are townhomes on the bottom and there is no barrier between the doors and the sidewalk.

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Yeah this thing is actually pretty good. I would prefer something a bit less architecturally banal, but at least its not faux Tuscan or something.

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six years after this thread began, I think it is time to admit that this project will never be what we had all hoped.  While it's encouraging that one building is being built currently, there is no reason to expect that the rest of it will be built any time soon (if ever).  So, I have a suggestion for the owners of this site (doubt they read this, but anyway) --- I think they should sell the land that is on Allen Parkway to the City at a discounted rate if the City will build a ten floor parking garage on the site with a skyway to Buffalo Bayou.  The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is putting a lot of money into the new trails (albeit at what can only charitably be called a snail's pace), yet there is no parking for Houstonians to use it.  I know the plans show a few small parking areas as part of the renovations to the trails, but it won't be enough (and this parking will disrupt joggers/bikers).  And while people can park in the neighborhoods, crossing Allen Parkway is awful and dangerous at ever intersection (why they  aren't building other sky bridges is beyond me).

 

The garage would create a hub of people on the "regents square" property that would potentially allow the owners to build the rest of the project.  Bayou folks might want to go eat or go to the bike shop or whatever other retail "regents" wants to include in its plans after spending time on the bayou.  Plus the future residents could use the sky bridge. 

 

In any event, I hope something is done with this property.  It is painful to see the empty lots everytime one runs or drives by that site, yet it appears it will be that way for the foreseeable future. 

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lol yeah I don't think the owner of the real estate is going to sell the property to the city at a discount.  They're not exactly in the business of charity.  There are a lot of other profitable ideas that will trump your suggestion.  Nice wishful thinking though.

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Painful to see the empty lots might be an exaggeration. That being said considering the amount of land owned by regent square could make for one hell of a parking garage...

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What makes you think Regent Square is going to fail or only be one tower? Sure, progress has been slow, but everything I have heard leads me to believe that the Boston-based company is in it for the long haul and that they aren't going to sell land that they have owned for decades so that an ugly parking garage can be built for the Buffalo Bayou.

 

Additionally, why would you want a massive ten story garage hulking over a beautiful new park space? There are plenty of garages downtown that will allow one to access the park. Additionally, there will be street parking in abundance. And, the majority of current park users actually walk, bike, hike, or paddle their way to the area. Isn't that the whole point of adding new pedestrian bridges and trails?

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Kinkaid -- what street parking is there for buffalo bayou where there is a pedestrian bridge?  The only bridge I know of on allen parkway is at allen parkway village, which is not an ideal spot. 

 

Yes, it is the 6 to 7 years after announcement with only minimal work that makes me doubt the project.  Just trying to brainstorm ideas to jump start this project.  I'm happy to hear other ideas. 

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what street parking is there for buffalo bayou where there is a pedestrian bridge?  The only bridge I know of on allen parkway is at allen parkway village, which is not an ideal spot. 

 

There is quite a bit of on street parking on Memorial Heights drive, which is a short walk to the pedestrian bridge running by Studemont.

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I don't know how long it's been there, but there is a crane on site south of w dallas/ west of dunlavy.

Something is also going up at the intersection. Looks like a model of something.

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Is the thing you say is going up at the same piece of land the crane is?

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That is the crane that was being used on the Sovereign before the tower crane was erected. I believe it is now being used for loading items that are constructed and moved to the Sovereign site.

As far as what is being built there, I think that is just a mock-up for the outside finishing of the Sovereign.

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They did say they were going to start developing other portions of Regent Square a few months after the sovereign began, correct?

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It looks like they are moving forward with Phase II of this development. There is an article about this on the Chronicle website, but is only accessible to subscribers which I am not.

 

 

HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- GID Development Group announced today details of the highly anticipated Phase Two of Regent Square, a 24-acre, 4.2 million square foot mixed-use development located in the heart of the Inner Loop off of West Dallas. Phase Two will include the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a sophisticated residential project featuring 160 apartments, and 15,000 square feet of restaurant spaces. Construction on Phase Two is slated to commence late 2013.

 

I'm kind of surprised they were able to land Alamo Drafthouse as a tenant. There is supposed to be another Drafthouse in Midtown which is not even open yet. This makes it 3 theaters that are going to be under construction soon in the West Loop.

 

There isn't a whole lot of residential construction in this phase, but I'm not complaining as this development is still moving along and not dead, This project was always going to take multiple phases to complete given that we are still recovering from a deep recession.

 

EDIT: I just read more of the press release. It says the Regent Square Alamo Drafthouse will be the first inside the loop, but the third location in Houston. I would assume they are referring to the one in Katy and the other at Vintage Park (which neither are technically in Houston). I wonder if they are dropping the Midtown location and changing to this location? I would be a little disappointed if that's the case because Midtown could use some more amenities besides bars and clubs. 

 

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I'm surprised that there will be an Alamo Drafthouse here as well. The one in Midtown hasn't even began construction yet, so I wonder if possibly they decided to change locations? 

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It looks like they are moving forward with Phase II of this development. There is an article about this on the Chronicle website, but is only accessible to subscribers which I am not.

 

This article?

 

http://www.chron.com/business/article/New-cinemas-in-Houston-give-luxury-a-starring-role-4276779.php?t=863144c6ed

 

 

For future reference, if you see an article on the paid Chron.com website, you can copy and paste the headline into google and find the entire article online for free. 

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This article?

 

http://www.chron.com/business/article/New-cinemas-in-Houston-give-luxury-a-starring-role-4276779.php?t=863144c6ed

 

 

For future reference, if you see an article on the paid Chron.com website, you can copy and paste the headline into google and find the entire article online for free. 

 

Yep, that one. Thanks for the article and reference.

 

According to the article, the Midtown location is up in the air with possible alternatives, although they are still committed to serving that market. 

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I'm surprised that there will be an Alamo Drafthouse here as well. The one in Midtown hasn't even began construction yet, so I wonder if possibly they decided to change locations? 

According to the aritcle:

"Looking in Midtown

Alamo Drafthouse had previously announced plans for a Midtown location at a proposed development on Louisiana, but Michaelsen said his group now is "reviewing alternate sites in Midtown for an Alamo and is committed to bringing the concept to that market."

He declined to elaborate."

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Sucks for the Midtown location for the time being, but I'm glad to see Regent Square moving forward. It's been a long time coming.

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EDIT:  Already covered above.  However, still very excited about this.  Will be interesting to see what this "Phase Two" will look like, given the comments in the articles below.

 

GID Development Group announced today details of the highly anticipated Phase Two of Regent Square, a 24-acre, 4.2 million square foot mixed-use development located in the heart of the Inner Loop off of West Dallas. Phase Two will include the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a sophisticated residential project featuring 160 apartments, and 15,000 square feet of restaurant spaces. Construction on Phase Two is slated to commence late 2013.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gid-development-announces-dynamic-phase-two-of-regent-square-development-2013-02-14

 

The 4.2 million-square-foot Regent Square project, already under construction, will include a 21-story luxury apartment high rise at 3233 West Dallas and other retail and residential components.

 

The Alamo Drafthouse, part of the project's phase 2, will begin construction later this year.

 

http://www.chron.com/business/article/New-cinemas-in-Houston-give-luxury-a-starring-role-4276779.php?t=863144c6ed

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I honestly can't see them opening up a location in midtown when they're going to be opening this one which would only be 2-3 miles apart. I hope they do becuase Midtown could really use a new concept like this. But maybe if they decide not to, they can make use of the new park and at least do the outdoor movie nights like they're planning at RS and already doing at DG.

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It is one or the other. They say that Crosspoint has delayed on the construction in Midtown and so they are going here. The Midtown location sounds dead.

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It is one or the other. They say that Crosspoint has delayed on the construction in Midtown and so they are going here. The Midtown location sounds dead.

 

Where did they say this?

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I honestly can't see them opening up a location in midtown when they're going to be opening this one which would only be 2-3 miles apart. I hope they do becuase Midtown could really use a new concept like this. But maybe if they decide not to, they can make use of the new park and at least do the outdoor movie nights like they're planning at RS and already doing at DG.

 

I get what you're saying and that might be true, but these two locations are probably a further apart than Alamo's two central (Ritz downtown and on South Lamar) locations in Austin.

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I get what you're saying and that might be true, but these two locations are probably a further apart than Alamo's two central (Ritz downtown and on South Lamar) locations in Austin.

 

That is exactly right.  They are in fact further apart than the 2 Austin locations.

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I wonder if GID will update the master plan birds eye rendering. Do they even have a master plan anymore or are they are more or less wingin it and planning it phase by phase. I'm starting to doubt it will have the same continuity it first promised.

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I don't think it was ever intended to have continuity as a uniform mega development. Even the early renderings had mixed styles and heights. It looked more like an urban environment that had grown organically rather than a master planned development.

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I wonder if GID will update the master plan birds eye rendering.

 

 

If they do they should add a couple towers like BLVD Place!

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I don't think it was ever intended to have continuity as a uniform mega development. Even the early renderings had mixed styles and heights. It looked more like an urban environment that had grown organically rather than a master planned development.

You're right about that, but what I guess I meant is that although not uniform, it flowed together nicely.it could still end up this way. The older renderings made it look more mixed use traditional with a lot or residential on top. It also interfaced well too. The final outcome could be less so.

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If you go to their website it shows 4 high rises and that's not counting The Sovereign.

2 along Allen Pkwy

1 along W. Dallas

1 along W Clay

http://www.gid.com/development/regent-square.aspx

Exactly. The Sovereign was not even in that plan and I don't see where the movie theatre would have fit in either, which leads me to believe that utopian rendering found the trash can. Maybe I'm over reacting.

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Funny, I was on West Dallas earlier today and noticed that there's construction taking place on the southwest side of the intersection of West Dallas @ Dunlavy about 2 blocks from the 21 story Sovereign that is rising. At first, I thought it was just part of the construction site for that tower, but I noticed on my second drive by that there is clearly work going on in the field above and beyond the staging for the tower going up. Looks like they might have been doing soil samples?

 

I love GID's plans and I think it's a BRILLIANT marketing strategy to build a central park that will have activities (outdoor movies, dog run, fountains, outdoor seating for the restaurants). It's the one thing that I think is missing from West Ave (public space for gathering).

 

The concept of having a "central neighborhood park" has been wildly successful in places like Rosemary Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, and other new communities. In the end, if done correctly, it will provide a MUCH nicer live/work space than one with a bunch of modern towers thrown about.

 

This project has the potential to change the game in Houston. My fingers are crossed.

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Exactly. The Sovereign was not even in that plan and I don't see where the movie theatre would have fit in either, which leads me to believe that utopian rendering found the trash can. Maybe I'm over reacting.

 

Finally I got home and read the press release, which brought me such great comfort ;)

 

 

 

The architecture planned for Phase Two seamlessly blends with the other project components and reflects the overall vision to create Houston's most visionary and ambitious walkable mixed-use district featuring residential apartments and condominiums, retail shops, restaurants, theaters and entertainment venues, office space, parks and courtyards, along with gracious tree-lined streets and sidewalks.

 

 Blending seamlessly with its surrounding urban fabric...

 

 

 

via.pngPR Newswire (http://s.tt/1zMhX)

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It seems like they could fit those residential/retail developments into 2 buildings. Since this is the start of the square that is the focus of the development, I wonder if they will start work just a few months down the road on the other buildings that surround it.

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From the new HBJ: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2013/02/regent-square-to-roll-out-phase-two.html

 

 

 

GID Development Group said Thursday it plans to carry out its Phase Two of Regent Square, a 24-acre, 4.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development inside the 610 Loop, later this year.

 

The second phase will include a new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 160 residential units and 15,000 square feet of restaurant space. Construction is set to begin in late 2013.

 

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Does anyone "in the know"  know if the developers of regent square plan on having the 2 original blocks (proposed in 2007-2009) up and running by 2017, when the Super Bowl is here? that would be another huger entertainment node that didn't exist in 2004, or now, for that matter.

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Developers are more interested in what the current market is in the Houston area and try to estimate how much profit they can make based on the more long term demand for apartments, etc. They are less interested in a conference, rodeo or short lived sporting event. If you're looking for construction of anything when it comes to Super Bowl LI, I would turn your eyes more towards the city. They will be improving infrastructure and what have you to get ready for the big event. Development could follow after those city improvements of course...

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Is this true? phase two has begun???

Regent Square, a mixed-use development in the midtown submarket, has started construction on its second

phase. Upon completion, the master planned development will have a total of 240,000 SF of Class A office space.

o Phase I will have an 11 story, 165,000 SF building.

http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2013-08-14/2013-2Q_-_Cassidy_Turley.pdf

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