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The Tease of Houston’s New $500 Million Development Draws a Powerful Crowd

36-Story High-Rise Turned into a Lego Creation by Master Builder

BY // 06.14.19
photography Quy Tran

We simply don’t know what to say when guests start arriving at a commercial open house an hour before the doors officially open. Such was the enthusiasm for The Residences at The Allen that more than 300 interested parties joined DC Partners for a preview of the first phase of the $500 million project rising on Allen Parkway, just east of the Federal Reserve.

Guests poured in at the newly-launched sales center on Gillette where visitors could explore two full-scale modern kitchens, two bathrooms showcasing the selections of finishes, fixtures and special features and a plunge pool. On this night, however, the throng packed all 2,900 square feet of the center making it difficult to take in the riches and the swell furnishings provided by BeDesign. A return visit must be in the cards.

We were able to snare a space overlooking the Lego architectural model of the six-acre development, which was created by master Lego builder Eric Hunter of The Art of LeGogh. The display includes one-of-a-kind 3-D models and a 7-foot-tall architectural model of the development. Our preference, though, was the soaring ice sculpture of the 36 story condo/hotel tower, for which sales have already begun.

The building will be part hotel — Thompson Hotels, a luxury chain of boutique hotels recently brought under the Hyatt umbrella — and part condominiums with two restaurants, 24-hour concierge service, room service, a spa and a helistop.

Chief among those attending was Roberto Contreras, president of DC Partners which is developing the project with Tianqing Real Estate Development LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of China-based Tianqing Group Real Estate Co. Ltd., and Westmont Hospitality Group.

Champagne, rosé and various cocktails flowed while guests mingled not only in the crowded center but also as they gathered beneath bright green umbrellas and banks of balloons overlooking the site where construction is expected to begin late this summer.

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PC Seen: Claudia Contreras, Armin Deutsch, Roberto Contreras IV, Moez Mangalji, David Du, Emilio Guzman, Acho Azuike, China Contreras, Roberto Contreras IV, Allison and John Heine, Anna and Nick Hernandez, Julie and Erich Kleine, Adriana and Mark Kardoush, Laura Uribe, Joanna Quijano, Frank Wei, Sepi Akhavi, and BeDesign’s Adrian Duanes and Marcelo Saenz.

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