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Hotel Alessandra Planned for GreenStreet

A planned luxury hotel will help bring new energy to a mixed-use development in the center of Downtown Houston. Midway Companies, owner of the GreenStreet complex, has partnered with hotel operator Valencia Group to create Hotel Alessandra, a 250-room boutique property that will rise at Main and Dallas streets. The 25-story project is slated to break ground this summer and open in mid to late 2016, just in time for Super Bowl LI. "This and other projects are going to rejuvenate downtown…

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Rice University Moves Forward With Plans For New Opera Facility

Rice University's Shepherd School of Music will soon have a new opera facility. Following a 10-month search, Rice University officials selected New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as architect of the school's new opera theater. In addition, Fisher Dachs Associates will lead the theater design, and Threshold Acoustics will provide acoustical The facility will be located just west of and facing Alice Pratt Brown Hall. direction for the project. The state-of-the-art…

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Construction Continues on Buffalo Bayou Project

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is continuing work to transform the bayou on which the city was founded into an attractive destination point for both Houstonians and visitors to the city. The 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park project stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street. Construction on the $58 million renovation is in its second year of projects including: New 10-foot wide trails (street and bayou side) See trail map here. New drinking fountains and benches will be located along the trails, and…

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A Soundtrack for Houston

If Houston were a song, it would sound something like this. The below video is just a sneak peek of what the Houston Symphony has come together to produce in collaboration with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Composer Jeff Walton and ZenFilm production company. The Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau developed the collaboration to showcase Houston's strong creative community and unique cultural gems like the Houston Symphony, now celebrating their centennial year. The…

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