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Memorial Drive shopping center breaks ground — This rendering shows the newest strip center being built along Memorial Drive. The 10,000-square-foot stone and stucco building recently broke ground at 5801 Memorial near Westcott. The property owner and developer is a partnership led by Houston real estate investors Amir and Alan Taghdisi.

Houston rises to top of national real estate report — Houston was named the top market to watch for commercial real estate investment in 2015, according to the newest PricewaterhouseCoopers Emerging Trends in Real Estate , an annual report based on surveys and interviews with more than 1,000 real estate investors, fund managers, developers and other industry professionals.

Uptown parcel hits market — CBRE has been tapped to market this 2.7-acre property at the southwest corner of the West Loop and Post Oak Boulevard, sandwiched between Uptown Park and the Landry's headquarters building. The site is large enough to accommodate a high-rise residential building, office space, retail, "or a combination of it all," CBRE's Bill McDade said in a statement.

Offer deadline set for close-in tract — Buyers have until noon on Nov. 14 to submit their offers for a rare 21 acres of inner-city land just west of downtown. The property is a tile manufacturing plant, known as the Tarkett site, at 2728 Summer and 1809 Oliver. It's near the Washington Avenue corridor just south of Interstate 10 between Studemont and Sawyer streets.

Condo developer proposes downtown project — The units will be for sale, but Davis would not reveal additional details other than an emailed statement reading: "Marlowe is the END of RENT, the beginning of stylized condos." Davis was referring to the recent rush of new downtown residential buildings, all with rental units, under construction or in the planning stages.

Randall Davis plans downtown condo tower — Randall Davis, the Houston developer who made a name for himself with his involvement in redeveloping the Rice Hotel into luxury loft apartments, is back with a new project for downtown. Davis is proposing a condominium tower called Marlowe. He would not release additional details other than saying the project would mark the "end of rent."

Tall buildings to rise near River Oaks District — People will be able to walk to restaurants, high-end retail and theaters. A number of luxury brands, including Cartier, Dior, Hermès and Tom Ford, have signed agreements to operate stores in the 15-acre complex. An office building, a hotel and two additional high-rise apartment building are planned on the remaining Westcreek property, Bland said.

Prosperity is redefining real estate in The Woodlands — In reality, it's probably from the swirling ceiling fans above them or, on an especially windy day, a gust off the manmade Lake Woodlands, which is just around the corner from their million-dollar replicas of Charleston-style homes. [...]

Memorial City building “tops out” — A crane lifts a 20-foot Texas pine tree on top of the Air Liquide's new U.S. corporate headquarters in the Memorial City area Friday, Oct. 17. The company will move from the Galleria into the new building next year.

Woodlands to get lakeside hotel — Hughes Landing, the newest large-scale mixed-use development in The Woodlands , is adding an Embassy Suites to its planned mix of housing, office space and shops. The 205-room all-suite hotel will be open by the end of next year, according to The Woodlands Development Co., which will develop the property.
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Oct 23, 2014

Here's what's going up on that long-vacant piece of land on Memorial Dr. near Shepherd… @HoustonChron

Oct 21, 2014

RT @kfeser: Flashback to the 1990s. Randall Davis is looking at another downtown Houston project - condos:… @nsarnoff

Oct 21, 2014

RT @andrearumbaugh: Houston a hub of corporate expansion. In the past 4 years, @CBRE says 89 cos. moved or grew in this region @nsarnoff

Oct 21, 2014

Bellaire house could be 1st in Houston to earn three national green bldg certifications… by @erinmulvaney

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