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Old Posted May 10, 2017, 8:42 PM
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Next phase of Rice Village transformation begins

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Rice Village, a shopping district near Rice University, has begun the next phase of its ongoing makeover.

Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., which manages Rice Village, has been overseeing a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Rice Village District since 2015. The latest phase will update the retail space and streetscape on the south side of Amherst Street between Kirby Drive and Kelvin Drive.

Additionally, the tops of several retail facades will be removed and greenery will be added to “offer a visual glimpse of Rice Village’s rooftop parking.” Rice Village launched its new parking plan earlier this year, switching the location of the area’s free and low-cost parking. Now, customers can park for free for up to two hours in the central parking garage and rooftop parking area.

There also will be a new soft seating area with a crushed granite surface at the intersection of Amherst and Kelvin. Similarly, Morningside Plaza, another open space, opened earlier this year near D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Nao Ramen Houston and Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

Other changes include widened sidewalks separated from vehicular zones with landscaped planters boxes, new crosswalks and public art added throughout Rice Village. A mural by Houston outdoor artist Daniel Anguilu will be added on Amherst, while both sides of Morningside parking garage will feature murals by another local outdoor artist, Tierney Malone. Elsewhere in Rice Village, other recent art installations include an origami-shaped aluminum owl by California metal sculptor Nathan Mabry and a mural by Houston artist Mario Enrique Figueroa Jr., better known as GONZO247.






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