Slooooooowly we are prying information from the OliverMcMillan Company, the firm that is developing and leasing the new River Oaks District, a 650,0000-square-foot prodigious shopping and entertainment development opening late 2014 on Westheimer bordered by Westcreek Lane to the west and Bettis Drive to the north.
What we do know: The façades will be white marble and Texas limestone in grays and creams, with oak trees providing shade — 60 mature oak trees will be planted for immediate atmosphere. “When we are done,” says managing director of the Houston project Greg Wattson, “it will look like we have been here 20 years.”
By the numbers: 650,000 square feet of retail, office, restaurant, luxury apartments, of which 270,000 square feet will be luxury retail and restaurants, 99,000 square feet of office space, 279 luxury residential apartments. New York restaurant Le Bilboquet has purportedly signed, as has Le Colonial restaurant. Five to six more restaurants are being considered, all with outdoor seating. iPic Theaters, which is known for its luxury cinema seating (fully reclinable seats, pillows, food and drink service) and cocktail lounge, has also signed.
Now for what you’ve been waiting for … the retail stores. The Oliver McMillan people will not release a thing. Rumored to be opening at River Oaks District: a three-story Hermès flagship, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Akris, Tom Ford, John Lobb.
What else we love: Valet parking in key areas, but you can call for your car from any location at the center. Sixty percent of the retail stores are new to Houston, and all the restaurants are new to the city.