Amid much local hullabaloo Â in Aggieland today, Houston’s Midway Cos.Â unveiled its plans for a newÂ campus-adjacent mixed-use complex. By fall 2016, Midway hopes that Century Square will feature anÂ outdoor concert space, a midrise office building and conference center, an apartment building, shopping and dining outlets, and, at least judging from the site plan below, ample space for a pad site or six along busy University Dr. Â Not one but 2 new boutique hotels are also slated to go up at the corner of College Ave. and University Dr. across the street from Texas A&M’sÂ polo fields and Emerging Technologies BuildingÂ and the local IHOP.
Century SquareÂ is a joint venture between CityCentre developers Midway andÂ Texas A&M, with which Midway signed a 75-year ground lease on theÂ 60-acre site. AÂ portion of the site was formerly home to some of A&M’s married couples and grad students.
That concert venue will host not just shows but also Aggie tailgates. Out-of-towners will have two choices of where to lay their heads; as befits a development so near a certain presidential library, the larger of the hostelries (at 160 rooms) will be known as The George, while Cavalry Court, the slightly smaller 140-roomer, apparently offers a stiff salute to the Aggie Corps of Cadets. Houston’s Valencia Group –Â of Hotel SorellaÂ fame — is partnering with Midway on both hotels, and Midway claims that the inns will feature “a mixture of outdoor elements and high-end accommodations not traditionally seen in the area.”Â
- First Look: CityCentre developers embark on major mixed-use project near Texas A&MÂ [Houston Business Journal]
Rendering & site map: Midway Cos.