Dolce Midtown on W. Gray Now Talking Leasing as Apartments Enter 38th Month of Construction

Dolce Living Midtown construction, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019Dolce Living Midtown rendering, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Leasing signage was tacked up not too long ago at the Dolce Midtown apartment development straddling Bailey St. along the north side of W. Gray, notes a reader relaying years of curiosity about the project’s slow-but-maybe-not-always-so-steady progress. The development’s website doesn’t offer any clues as to when move-in might be possible, but the company has opened a leasing office down the street (in one of the not-getting-knocked-down-any-time-soon segments of the River Oaks Shopping Center).

A few of the hawk-eyed cranewatchers over at HAIF claim to have spotted some backward clock-ticks on the work in the form of partial de- and re-construction of the 2 midrises’ upper stories during late 2015, possibly related to all the torrential rain that year on the building’s siding and wooden framing. But the buildings apparently re-reached their full heights not long after; as of last Friday, there’re even some relatively complete-looking facade sections on the eastern midrise (as shown above). The western building of the 2 still looks to have only been issued its Hardi-plank balcony flaps, however:

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Dolce Living Midtown construction, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Dolce Living Midtown construction, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

The skybridge across Bailey St. previously planned between the midrises also has yet to materialize:

Dolce Living Midtown construction, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

The exterior design of the structures has undergone a significant facial reconstruction or 2 since the project’s first introduction back in 2013. The newest renderings of the complex from the management company show the eastern building’s non-parking-levels floorplan as a U facing away from W. Gray, with a pool courtyard tucked into the nook — just barely subverting the full Texas Donut look, though embracing plenty of classic corner tower mortarboard accents:

Dolce Living Midtown rendering, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Dolce Living Midtown rendering, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Dolce Living Midtown rendering, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Dolce Living Midtown rendering, 180 W. Gray St., Midtown/Fourth Ward, Houston, 77019

Images: Lulu (photos), Dolce Living (rendering)

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7 Comment

  • No first floor retail? ;)

  • Don’t slack on the snark, it’s GFR.

  • This multi-family project was started when oil was $120/barrel. As the slide to $20/b happened
    construction slowed to a skeleton crew. Now that its up to $50 they do a bit of stucco and window
    work now and then. Not sure any electrical is proceeding. I understand this is a project of Vladimir Putin
    through a US subsidiary and the funding comes from Moscow.

  • 38 months is nothing compared to other apartment under construction on West Gray near Woodhead. I think that place has been under construction since 2010.

  • Given how slow the building pace has been and speculated to be tied to the price of oil, this could be the SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) of apartments.
    .
    Kept in storage/stasis, it will be ready to release on the market once we have a true apartment supply shortage. (Which will be never.) An alternative fact/theory could be they are going for a world-record in being the longest to take to build an apartment complex.

  • @Bernard….. 1916 W. Gray has been under construction since at least early 2013, maybe earlier than that. It was announced 2 years before that.

  • @walker- parking requirements make mixed use at this scale very difficult. Also increases the cost of the development exponentially. $30,000 on average is the cost of a structured parking space.

    #EndParkingMinimums