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Our second category in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate has its official slate of candidates!
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The nominees for Best Project Cancellation or Delay are . . .
1. Archstone Memorial Heights Redevelopment. Earlier this year, Archstone began work on its secretive 5-year plan to redevelop the 12-year-old apartment complex along Washington between Studemont and Heights Blvd. And then? “Management indicated that they would start in the second quarter, and here it is year’s end with the plans on an unannounced hold. The hold, alas, was not soon enough to prevent the stripping of fixtures and air conditioners from two of the three buildings slated for Phase 1. The final building was lucky to have been untouched long enough to be used as temporary housing while Hurricane Ike forced tenants from other buildings.”
2. Boulevard Place. Over by the Galleria, Wulfe & Co.’s Post Oak redevelopment is still under construction, but the proposed 37-story Hanover apartment tower and 30+ story Ritz Carlton hotel won’t be joining the fun at Boulevard Place anytime soon. “Who’s dropping out next? Whole Foods?”
3. Regent Square. Nixing the underground parking set off a series of chain reactions in GID Urban Development Group’s grand pedestrian experiment planned for the site of the former Allen House Apartments. The result? The new scheme is a lot less kinky — and the schedule’s been pushed back a whole year.
5. Sonoma. “First there were delays as Randall Davis and Lamesa Properties tried to convince the city that it should close a public street in the Rice Village and sell it to them; then there was the announcement that Davis would build phase II before phase I; and then there were more delays as he tried to sell enough units to get enough financing to start even one of the phases. And finally, there was the announcement that the project was on hold, but that they now have until 2015 to do something with the property. Meanwhile, a perfectly good mixed-use building with several popular restaurants and hangout spots was torn down, and the neighbors get to look at a work in progress for the next 7 years.”
6. Ashby Highrise. “The easiest way to start a fight on Swamplot? Just post some news about the Ashby Highrise. I hate to think what will happen if the project goes ahead — or if it’s killed. Clearly, the Ashby delay is the best delay of them all this year, because the limbo has managed to keep things relatively peaceful.”
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Update: The winners have been announced!
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Photo of Sonoma site on Bolsover St.: Miya Shay