CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. has announcedthat a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement withSongy HighRoads, a commercial real estatedevelopment firm based in Atlanta, to develop the HyattRegency Houston Galleria. The hotel will be managed byAimbridge Hospitality and is scheduled to opennext fall.

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“The Hyatt name is synonymous with excellence in hospitality andis among the world's most recognizable brands,” DavidSongy, Chief Executive Officer of Songy HighRoads,told GlobeSt.com. “This franchise agreement continues the momentumof Galleria Place and our urban mixed-use vision for thishigh-profile block. Over the next year, this former office andretail park will evolve into a vibrant stay-work-play destinationand a gateway to the Galleria.”

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Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria is being built near the HoustonGalleria shopping mall at 2626 Sage Road, on the northwest cornerof Sage Road and West Alabama Street. It is part of the 7.6-acre,mixed use development, Galleria Plaza, whichincludes a Whole Foods Market, high-end retail andspecialty stores, luxury apartments and recently completed officetowers. The 325-room, 14-story hotel will feature more than 12,000square feet of meeting and conference space as well as a largefitness center overlooking a pool deck.

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“We began construction of Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria inDecember 2013, and are looking forward to a fall 2015 opening,”says Todd Nocerini, Chief Operating Officer ofSongy HighRoads. “The Galleria area is one of Houston's mostimportant commercial sub-markets, and we are delighted to bebringing the Hyatt Regency brand, in tandem with AimbridgeHospitality as our hotel manager, to business and leisure travelersvisiting the area.”

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“The Galleria area of Houston offers an incredible opportunityto interface with the formidable office and retail population inthe vicinity. We are pleased to add Hyatt Regency Houston Galleriato our portfolio, and look forward to working with the great teamat Songy HighRoads,” says Dave Johnson, presidentand Chief Executive Officer of Aimbridge Hospitality.

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