In 2007, Houston’s city council sold a block of Bolsover St. in the Rice Village to the developers of Randall Davis’s Sonoma project so that it could be used as a private drive and restaurant plaza linking two phases of the development. Davis and Lamesa Properties did manage to demolish the neighboring buildings, but Sonoma was never built. Now, the Hanover Company is saying it’s ready to build portions of a 6-story mixed-use building directly on top of part of that street. Plans for the new project, called Hanover at Rice Village, show a large plaza with restaurant seating on the eastern portion of what used to be Bolsover, facing Morningside. But the west half of the block is slated for retail space, apartments, and a private courtyard for residents:
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Two restaurant spaces totaling just under 13,000 sq. ft. line the former Bolsover space along Morningside, which widens into an 18,000-sq.-ft. courtyard labeled “public” in the plans. The restaurants will have outdoor dining space in that courtyard and along the Morningside sidewalk.
The only other ground-floor retail space in the 4.5-acre development is 10,000 ft. of space for shops in 3 separate units facing Kelvin, to the west:
According to the leasing agents, the parking garage will have 150 parking spaces for the retail tenants, and another 40 street-level spaces for anybody. The plans show about 17 angled head-in spaces along Kelvin and Morningside. Also: They’re showing a dedicated valet lane in the retail garage entrance from Morningside. The company expects to begin construction this summer.
- Rice Village Retail (The Retail Shops at Hanover Rice Village) [WPW Realty Advisors]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Plaza View for the Rice Village: Hanover Plans Smaller Development in Place of Sonoma Screwup, Sonoma: Bolsover Bulldozer, Council Bowls Over, So No More Street