A Drone’s View of the 12-Story Apartment Building Going Up in Rice Village

Here’s the scene from above Morningside Dr. in the Rice Village, where Hanover is building a 12-story apartment structure between Tangley and Dunstan, just north of the 6-story Hanover at Rice Village apartments it completed last year. Ziegler Cooper Architects’ design for the 206-unit complex will include a pool deck on the top story and a courtyard on the third:


Rendering of Hanover Southampton, Morningside Dr. at Dunstan, Rice Village, Houston

Rendering of Hanover Southampton, Morningside Dr. at Dunstan, Rice Village, Houston

Video: Jason Lister via HAIF

Hanging Over the Hanover Southampton

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  • Look how close he gets to the power lines.

    I can’t wait for these things to be banned by the FAA, people do some truly stupid things with them. At least this guy appears to work for Hanover, it wouldn’t surprise me if people tried this on properties they don’t own.

  • Dag, it’s really no different from an RC plane or helicopter. They’re more capable now, and their numbers will increase quickly, so some regulation is justified; however there are far more urgent public safety issues that need to be addressed.

  • Rodrigo, most old school RC planes and helicopters can’t support a super high resolution stabilized camera. People are now purposefully flying them in areas they shouldn’t just to get the best possible shot. Just take a look at videos posted of people flying them from rooftops in NYC, one recently crashed into a building and fell to the sidewalk. These things aren’t very robust, if one rotor goes out it’s going to plummet. Not to mention the ones that can’t fly home if they lose connection.

    Old school RC fliers typically didn’t fly them in urban or highly populated areas.

  • Its interesting to see the bird’s eye view, but in the long run I’m far more concerned with the street level impact. I’m all for limited restrictions on construction, but the rate that apartments are going up in this area makes me wonder how anyone thinks they will be able to drive over there at all. It’s not like these buildings are only slightly increasing population density over there, it’s a MASSIVE bump. God I need to move out of this area asap before all these things go up. The one right next to my neighborhood HEB has me really worried.

  • The video is now private, so we can’t see it…bummer. MrEction’s comment about increasing population density surprises me a bit. Living in the city, what do you expect to occur? For population density to stay flat or decrease? I agree that driving around the village can be a little slow at times, but there’s also a significant amount of pedestrian/bicycle traffic, which is a good thing. People are finding alternate means of transportation. Personally, if I don’t have my kids with me, I ride my bike around the neighborhood.

  • @ MrEction: I completely agree with your comment! The streets around Rice Village are already congested with locals and visitors alike. Adding more residents only compounds the problem. And, we can expand this to include nearly all of the Inner Loop in terms of the congestion.
    I think its a race to see which will come first: (a) an actual workable mass-transit plan to move all of these Inner Loop residents, or (b) complete gridlock where we’re all locked inside our high-density homes since we can’t go anywhere.
    In the Mayor or City Council’s calculation, none of them care since they will all be long gone from office by the time it melts down. As an Inner Looper myself, I’ve wondered about selling – but I like my short commute to work too much for now.

  • Get out of your car and walk/bike like you see tons of people doing in Montrose. You don’t need to be stuck in the mindset that it’s drive or bust. Yeah, some trips are just too far (it’s Houston), but if you’re living in an area like Rice Village there’s no reason you should have to get in your car just to go grab a bite to eat or something.