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New Morningside Plaza taking shape in Rice Village

Houston Chronicle
Written by: Katherine Feser

Trademark Property Co. is creating a public gathering space along Morningside as part of the transformation of the Rice Village shopping and dining district.

Known as Morningside Plaza, the space will provide seating and free Wi-Fi in front of D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Nao Ramen Houston, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar, which is set to open in March. It’s located between Times and University Boulevard.

“Within the tight confines of Rice Village, our biggest challenge has been finding opportunities to add much-needed public space for the community,” Tommy Miller, managing director, Trademark Property Co. ¬†said in an announcement.

“This plaza was basically created out of thin air. We’re creating an engaging gathering place framed by landscaped planter boxes with new shade trees and seating. It is time for this beloved but neglected stretch of Morningside known for its vibrant restaurant and bar scene to evolve and hopefully this will be a catalyst for future improvements.”

A new, wider sidewalk is also planned along Morningside to improve access to food trucks.

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