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Old May 12th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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HOUSTON | Regent Square Tower | 28 fl | Pro




Architect: Handel Architects LLP
Developer: GID Urban Development Group
Website: http://www.regentsq.com/index.swf
Type: Residential, 1 of 4 towers and part of a $850 Million development.
Status: Approved, site cleared.
Groundbreaking: Early next year.


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Located between downtown Houston and the Galleria and adjacent to the upscale River Oaks neighborhood, this 28-story residential tower is part of a 15-acre masterplan intended to create Houston's first new pedestrian neighborhood.

Designed for the GID Urban Development Group (a part of the General Investment & Development Companies), the tower incorporates two distinctly different halves, both of which integrate the client's request for balconies in every unit. The eastern half is floor-to-ceiling curtainwall with views to downtown Houston. The western half introduces double-height outdoor space to each unit with expansive views out over low-lying buildings towards Houston's Memorial Park.
http://www.handelarchitects.com/main.html


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Southwest View, the other half of the building and with a cemetery located underneath the trees lol

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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:12 AM   #2
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Something weird going on in the cemetery behind this future tower....

Grave Discovery: The Secret Chicken Rituals Going on Next to Regent Square

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Okay, whichever of you folks has been doing that weird secret ceremony thing with the chicken and the bone and all down at the cemetery at West Dallas and Gross St.? Well, the gig is up! Swamplot is on to you! Or . . . at least a couple of camera-wielding readers are:

College Park Memorial Cemetery on W. Dallas (where Jack Yates among others is buried) is getting cleaned up and cleaned out, the better to walk the dog through. Interestingly enough, it may be getting used for other purposes as well. We have seen two dead chickens – having never seen any live ones there, and just yesterday, after discovering the second chicken, we also found a tableau of objects at the base of a hollow tree – a large, LARGE bone (about 15 in long), conch and scallop shell, nicely arranged, and a dead bird, stretched out to show his skeleton.

Hmmm . . . could this have anything to do with that 28-story Regent Square condo tower that’s slated to go up next door?

Parade of shocking, non-vegetarian-friendly photographic evidence follows...
To see the pictures, click the link below....

http://swamplot.com/grave-discovery-...-15/#more-9114
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:16 AM   #3
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wtf?
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Old May 24th, 2009, 04:43 AM   #4
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I really like the west view, but from all other sides it looks very boring.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 08:17 AM   #5
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Old June 20th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #6
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Located between downtown Houston and the Galleria and adjacent to the upscale River Oaks neighborhood, this 28-story residential tower is part of a 15-acre masterplan intended to create Houston's first new pedestrian neighborhood.

Designed for the GID Urban Development Group (a part of the General Investment & Development Companies), the tower incorporates two distinctly different halves, both of which integrate the client's request for balconies in every unit. The eastern half is floor-to-ceiling curtainwall with views to downtown Houston. The western half introduces double-height outdoor space to each unit with expansive views out over low-lying buildings towards Houston's Memorial Park.

When complete, the 450,000 SF Regent Square tower will be a LEED-Certified Green Building with 150 condominiums, a 15,000 square foot amenity deck, and 10,000 square feet of indoor amenity areas.
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Regent Square Tower Set For 2010 Cornation

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Regent Square is more the sort of name you'd associate to London but the Texan city of Houston seems to be getting in on the imperialist branding now with a proposed 28 storey residential tower.

The tower will stand on a site wedged firmly between the Galleria and Houston's downtown area as the first part of an $850 million dollar redevelopment of the area which will see developer, GID Urban Development Group, cash in on the proximity of the site to the plush River Oaks residential area.

Designed by Handel Architects, the scheme features low-rise buildings aping traditional terraces ringing much of the outer area of the site and enclosing a central courtyard. These will have ground floor retail outlets, apartments, and parking as well as a roof top pool.

The landmark element of the project is the tower which is designed by the architect to have a radically different look depending on which direction you are viewing it from.

Overlooking the courtyard on the western side is four vertical strips of acutely angled floor to ceiling glass facades with balconies on their corners as if they have has been concertinaed, a shape that's followed all the way to the façade overrun.

The back of the tower, the eastern face, is more regularly designed like a Miami apartment block, with heavy framing of strips of glazing, external balconies sticking strongly outwards and the upper floors which step back giving their occupants generous roof terraces.

The project has already been approved and groundbreaking on Regent Square is scheduled to begin in 2010.
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Heres the blocks that are involved...

Allen Pkwy/Dunlavy/W. Dallas/Tirrell

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W. Dallas/Dunlavy/W. Clay

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By Nancy Sarnoff

Updated 2:32 a.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012



A long-delayed residential project near downtown, primarily targeting well-paid professionals with upscale apartments and condos and a cluster of retail, entertainment and offices, is finally under way. More than five years after announcing plans for the 24-acre Regent Square project off Allen Parkway, GID Development Group has begun construction on the first building, a 21-story apartment tower called The Sovereign.

It represents an important milestone for GID, which had planned to break ground before the national economy went into a tailspin. "We went through a tough cycle in the real estate market and the overall economy," said James Linsley, president of Boston-based GID.

The project was one of several that were shelved or canceled as demand for space dried up and lenders stopped financing major commercial real estate projects.

GID said it remains committed to Regent Square, which is to go up in multiple phases on land abutting Allen Parkway near Dunlavy and Dallas, on the site of the old Allen House Apartments. The development could take 10 years to complete.

Plans include about 400,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space; more than 1,500 residential units; and 250,000 square feet of office space in what the developer refers to as an "urban district" where residents can walk to everything. The walkable nature of the project extends beyond its borders, Linsley said, with a pedestrian trail around Buffalo Bayou and high-end shops and a new Whole Foods a short distance away.

Additional construction could begin in about a year as the company is "moments away" from signing up a major retail tenant, Linsley said. The project is being built with financial assistance from the city of Houston, through the Memorial Heights Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, or TIRZ.

City assistance

In the spring of 2009, the Houston City Council voted to assist the project with up to $10 million in reimbursements for public improvements the developer agreed to make. At that time, the project was being pitched as an $850 million development.

The agreement was later amended to include the public infrastructure around The Sovereign. Linsley said that includes burying overhead utilities, upgrading drainage in the area and creating wide sidewalks with mature street trees, but he would not discuss the monetary details.

Mayor's support

In a statement, Mayor Annise Parker expressed her support. "This project is yet another reflection of Houston's economic upturn, which the rest of our nation is still trying to achieve after a severe recession," Parker said. "It shows the city's dedication to continuing to bring jobs and economic growth to Houston."

The apartment tower will be built at 3233 W. Dallas and include 290 units. It was designed by Houston-based Ziegler Cooper Architects to achieve a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Initial occupancy is slated for March 2014.

The apartments will start at the ground level to help create a pedestrian-friendly environment at the sidewalk. Units in most high-rise buildings start above the garage.

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Condo tower may have to wait a while but this is a good start!
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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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only the glassy side makes it look special..
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only the glassy side makes it look special..
And we'll be lucky to see even that. I fear for the final design of the highest tower in this development.
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And we'll be lucky to see even that. I fear for the final design of the highest tower in this development.
any updates on this tower? i know its 21 stories now and unfortunately doesnt have the cool glass side anymore. articles said it broke ground last August but i cant find construction updates for it.
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Tower has topped out


From Mathis Group FB Page:

Phase 2 of Regent Square should begin anyday now.
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