A fence is up and some demo work appears to be beginning at Galleria Plaza, across Sage Rd. from Galleria III. The mixed-use site, which stretches between Westheimer and West Alabama, is indeed the planned location of the new Hyatt Regency hotel that Swamplot reported on last month. The 14-story hotel, which was designed by Gensler and is being developed by Songy Highroads and the Carlyle Group, will fit into the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Sage and West Alabama shown here:
It looks like the strip center facing the Galleria’s west flank (called Sage Plaza and pictured just below and at top), however, will be a goner.
Though the project’s rendering does show a 2-story structure in the same location (at center in the rendering below), the Chronicle‘s Nancy Sarnoff reports that “most of the retail space” in the center will be demolished to make way for the hotel.
Swamplot reader James Griffiths, who sent in these photos, reports that the new chainlink fence along Sage has gates open so customers of stores still open in the center — including the D’Agostino Salon — can park. A number of the shops have already closed.
After it’s gone, there’ll be one fewer “Sage Plaza”s to confuse.
- 325-room hotel headed to Galleria area [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: Is This New Hyatt Regency About To Go Up Next to the Galleria?
Photos: James Griffiths. Rendering: Gensler