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Regent Square: Mixed-Use On Allen Parkway At Dunlavy St.


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22 minutes ago, hindesky said:

"Regent Square steakhouse Georgia James officially unveiled its 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge and patio to the public on September 16, welcoming diners to enjoy a host of cocktails, appetizers, and a special menu with views of Downtown Houston’s skyline."

https://houston.eater.com/2022/9/16/23357076/georgia-james-restaurant-underbelly-hospitality-steakhouse-rooftop-openings

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Looks like they had a tight budget. 

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On 9/16/2022 at 11:24 PM, Texasota said:

Maybe a plant somewhere? Even just one?

The jokes about the quality, and lack of details,  of this project write themselves.

 

Que the Regent Square apologists.....in 3, 2, 1...

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I'm sure I qualify as a "Regent Square apologist", but this is pretty unimpressive. It wouldn't take *that* much to make this space look a lot more inviting, but the fact that the restaurant owners didn't bother (along with the loss of the original team) really makes this look poorly managed.

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4 hours ago, Texasota said:

I'm sure I qualify as a "Regent Square apologist", but this is pretty unimpressive. It wouldn't take *that* much to make this space look a lot more inviting, but the fact that the restaurant owners didn't bother (along with the loss of the original team) really makes this look poorly managed.

I drive by it everyday and other then the sign they placed, I still can't tell it is a restaurant. Just a total hatchet job with the redesign of this project and the original design DID think about these details.

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Let's hope this 16 story building and the rest of the design/quality of this block fronting Allen Parkway is a significant improvement form the bock just completed.

That side is the same side as Autry Park so it would be nice to have a continuous High Quality district along Allen Parkway.

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honestly, given how much people are complaining about a perfectly fine (at least above average!) project just because its worse than what was originally proposed, I kind of hope this just ends up a stripmall or a drive through carwash

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1 hour ago, Texasota said:

honestly, given how much people are complaining about a perfectly fine (at least above average!) project just because its worse than what was originally proposed, I kind of hope this just ends up a stripmall or a drive through carwash

you must have incredibly low standards in what you deem  "above average projects".

Where to begin.

-None of the retail spaces are leased and they are struggling to get the likes of "Nail Saloons"

-All of the rooftop condenser units are clearly visible from every angle. Increasing the parapet height would have solved that had anyone cared enough to think about it.

-They went cheap on exterior  building materials. fake stone?? really?

-The orientation of the  "anchor restaurant" is incredibly awkward. There is very little street interaction and the roof top balcony looks like an afterthought.

_ I drive by this project every single day and I se how it is used.

- I could go on and on why it is "below Average" for a site of this importance , in this location.

I am hard on this project because we all saw the project that they scrapped. That project had architectural diversity, paid attention to the details , and was integrated. These developers knew how to put together a quality project

I'm hoping the next phase is a start improvement. If not, sell this project to a developer who cares and can make improvements because it is clear this is a value engineered "get i to market and sell it " type of project.

Maybe Skanska will build a building to hide this project....

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My standards are irrelevant - what's relevant is the standards of the developers that build in this city.

If you think this, a mixed-use project with no surface parking, a garage completely hidden from Dallas, Dunlavy, *and* Clay, and a pleasant streetscape with street-facing ground floor windows, outdoor dining, and a retail plaza is "below average" for a local project (even just in central Houston) then you must be, consciously or not, ignoring most projects. 

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28 minutes ago, Texasota said:

My standards are irrelevant - what's relevant is the standards of the developers that build in this city.

If you think this, a mixed-use project with no surface parking, a garage completely hidden from Dallas, Dunlavy, *and* Clay, and a pleasant streetscape with street-facing ground floor windows, outdoor dining, and a retail plaza is "below average" for a local project (even just in central Houston) then you must be, consciously or not, ignoring most projects. 

Yes, I'm comparing it to Comparable mixed used projects:

City Centre

River Oaks Distict

Autry Park (next door!)

Those are all far superior in design, layout, and execution.

Why people defend this isn't a "cheap" project is beyond me.

We all saw what is was supposed to be.

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Even now that you've narrowed the comparison significantly (I notice no mention of Lower Heights or the Hardy Yards developments at a similar scale for example, much less smaller projects), I don't totally agree.

ROD does nothing to engage Westheimer, and, if anything, reinforces a drive-to urbanism in the area. I don't think higher quality materials and overpriced nonsense "luxury" retailers remotely make up for that. City Centre has similar issues, though Midway has made a lot of progress in that regard.

I never said they haven't cheaped out on a lot of things; I said this is *still* an above average development for the city. 

At the end of the day, I think this represents a huge improvement for the neighborhood. 

I will also admit I was never that enamored of the original renderings. I love old buildings. I *despise* new buildings designed to (sort of) look old. It's rarely done well, and the older renderings never convinced me it would be done well here. To me the actual loss is in the site plan; this is still *fine* (depending partially on how the next phases turn out), but it is a downgrade from what was originally proposed.

I just think Lower Heights deserves this kind of vitriol far more than this project. Or a brand new gas station under construction in midtown. Or the CVS that went in recently across from the Alabama theater. Or the tower in River Oaks Shopping Center that went in *behind a surface parking lot*. Or any number of other smaller projects that could have been far more than what was delivered.

 

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Local ice cream shop Flower & Cream is coming to Regent Square. According to plan review permit filed recently, it will be located at 3515 W Dallas St, Suite 700.

An architectural barriers project filing was recently logged into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations database.

The Regent Square outpost is Flower & Cream's third location. Their other locations are on the border of West U and downtown's Post Market.


https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Print/TABS2023005263

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On 11/14/2022 at 2:13 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

Local ice cream shop Flower & Cream is coming to Regent Square. According to plan review permit filed recently, it will be located at 3515 W Dallas St, Suite 700.

An architectural barriers project filing was recently logged into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations database.

The Regent Square outpost is Flower & Cream's third location. Their other locations are on the border of West U and downtown's Post Market.


https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Print/TABS2023005263




Kevin Chang of Flower & Cream tells What Now Houston he's hoping to open the Regent Square location by summer 2023. The local ice cream shop will set up shop at 3515 West Dallas St, Ste 700.

Here is more from an article published yesterday by What Now Houston:

https://whatnowhou.com/third-location-coming-soon-for-flower-and-cream/

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