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  2. Kinda off topic but wow our downtown looks so much more dense then it used to be
  3. On Tuesday afternoon, the 20 Republicans in the state Senate banded together behind a bill to mandate voter identification. The coalition ensures a vote on the floor of the Senate, and absent any changes, passage to the House. Altogether, Senate Bill 5 follows a court decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who ordered in September that Texas must change its voter identification law that required only photo identification be used to vote. Changes came in time for the November election that allowed voters to sign an affadavit claiming a reasonable impediment to obtaining photo ID in […] The post Revised voter ID bill in Texas gains support from coalition of Republican state senators appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
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  5. Does anyone know what may have happened with the main anchor space (the former Randalls / Kroger location)? They had been doing a fair amount of work inside over the past year to convert it into what appeared to be another grocery store but with a spanish-language bent. It appeared to be pretty colorful inside with what I would describe as a "mercado" theme - each department along the walls was laid out as a small storefront of sorts. Hadn't seen any activity on my last visit a month ago and the windows were covered once again.
  6. Since Albertsons took over in January 2015, one new store in Austin was built, another is planned, the Midtown store was renovated, and one of the Katy stores closed.
  7. CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy)—Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes will not be seeking re-election and mayor pro-tem Chuck Brawner has resigned as the council member of Ward A to run for Hughes’ position. The election is in May. Hughes had earlier filed to run for re-election, so his decision to step down comes as a big surprise. Hughes was eligible for one more two-year term as mayor under term limits. When reached for comment, Hughes said a news release explaining his decision was forthcoming. Covering Katy will post an update when the mayor’s statement is released. Meanwhile, Braner said he learned Friday afternoon that Hughes might decide against seeking another term. “He and I were together at an event,” Brawner said. “On our way back from the event he started talking to me about the possibility that he was not going to run again. It caught me off guard. To me, he’s been a great leader for the city.” Hughes represented Ward B as a member of city council and was re-elected to that post in 2009 and 2011. He was elected mayor in May of 2013, and was unopposed in 2015. Insurance executive Hill Adams and Steve Jurovic will also be running for mayor. Jurovic describes himself as a semi-retired author. Brawner is a retired police chief of the Spring Branch Independent School District. Adams is the husband of former Katy City Council member Carol Adams. Carol Adams ran against Hughes in his first race for mayor and lost by a very close margin. Incumbent J. Gary Jones is running unopposed as council member in Ward A. Jones is retired. Incumbent Ward B council member Jimmy Mendez will be challenged by Jessie Campbell and Kayse Kendall Johnson. Campbell is an attorney. Johnson owns a business in Houston. Mendez works as a parts driver for O’Reilly and was first elected to the council in 2015. The Katy City Council will appoint a person to Brawner’s Ward A seat. That person will hold the position until the election in May. The city has yet to open a filing period for candidates to run for the seat being vacated by Brawner, but that is expected to happen soon. It appears that the filing deadline will be sometime in March according to City of Katy City Secretary Missy Bunch. Early voting hours are as follows: Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 –7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The post Mayor Hughes Will Not Seek Re-election appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  8. KATY (Covering Katy) – Katy Independent School District Council of PTAs President Jeannie Griffith has some strong words to say about One Voice for Texas Public Education, the same coalition that caused a fiery Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting in January. In January, the board was set to vote on joining this coalition, which was spearheaded by board member Henry Dibrell. Board Member George Scott was blindsided by the agenda item, and questioned how he, as a member of the Katy ISD Legislative Committee, had no knowledge of the organization, whose purpose is to promote legislative agendas. The issue was tabled, brought to the legislative committee for review, and is an action item on tonight’s (Tuesday) Work Study Meeting agenda. On Feb. 15, a call was made to the Texas PTA by board members of school district’s that have voted to join the coalition, as well as Dibrell and a spokesperson for the Katy ISD Legislative Committee. According to Griffith, the call was an attempt by One Voice to collaborate with the Texas PTA. Griffith says it was made clear to One Voice that there would be no collaboration “due to the rules that govern our association.” “It has come to the attention of Katy ISD Council of PTAs that the group calling itself ‘One Voice for Texas Public Education’ intends to lobby on its own behalf at the Texas PTA Rally Day, February 27, 2017,” wrote Griffith in an email to all Katy ISD board members and Superintendent Lance Hindt. “This group is not endorsed by Texas PTA or National PTA. It has sought the endorsement of Texas PTA but was told that they do not make such endorsements. In spite of that, ‘One Voice for Texas Public Education’ continues to advertise on social media that it will be joining Texas PTA on Rally Day.” On Feb. 20 the Fort Bend Independent School District sent out a press release inviting people to “Join One Voice for Texas Public Education at the Texas PTA Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol on Monday, February 27, at 1 a.m. The Rally begins at 11:30 a.m. #SupportTXPublicED.” “Please join our coalition and let our legislators know you support public education and oppose school vouchers,” said Kristin Tassin, Fort Bend ISD board president, in the press release. “The fact that this group was told it would not be collaborating with Texas PTA and is still advertising that it will be is potentially damaging to the reputation and brand of PTA,” said Griffith. “Katy ISD Council of PTAs will not have any relationship with ‘One Voice for Texas Public Education.’ For us as a PTA, this is not a voting matter. It is a matter of complying with our affiliation and remaining true to our purpose.” Griffith further says that any Katy PTA members who choose to lobby with One Voice on the day of the rally will be asked to step down due to a violation of the PTA Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy. Griffith is also asking board members to vote against joining the coalition at tonight’s meeting. “By voting for Katy ISD’s legislative agenda to join with that of this group, you are tying our hands and will diminish our voice. You will divide us as a district,” she said. “I have deep concerns about how the legislative agenda for Katy ISD has been handled. As the council president, I have witnessed what I believe to be an intentional misrepresentation of information presented to both myself and our PTA presidents. It is my opinion that the 25,000 plus members of the Katy ISD Council of PTAs were purposely manipulated so that the strong, and unified, voice of our membership could be used to support something without our knowledge or consent.” “Kristin [Tassin] wanted to try to get people to come to their rally next week through her network in FBISD and the other trustees around the state to support them in their causes,” Dibrell told Covering Katy. “One Voice and Texas PTA have some of the same priorities.” Dibrell says they were told on the phone call that Texas PTA “didn’t have space to collaborate.” Tonight’s Work Study Meeting, during which the board will vote on whether or not to join One Voice for Texas Public Education, begins open session at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 South Stadium Lane. Below is the entirety of Griffith’s message to the school board: Katy ISD Board of Trustees Members: It has come to the attention of Katy ISD Council of PTAs that the group calling itself “One Voice for Texas Public Education” intends to lobby on its own behalf at the Texas PTA Rally Day, February 27, 2017. This group is not endorsed by Texas PTA or National PTA. It has sought the endorsement of Texas PTA but was told that they do not make such endorsements. Texas PTA received a phone call from “One Voice for Texas Public Education” on Monday, February 15. A Katy ISD Board of Trustee’s Member and the “Spokesperson/Chair” of the Katy ISD Legislative Committee were both part of that call. It was communicated to them that there would be no opportunity for them to collaborate with Texas PTA due to the rules that govern our association. In spite of that, “One Voice for Texas Public Education” continues to advertise on social media that it will be joining Texas PTA on Rally Day. The fact that this group was told it would not be collaborating with Texas PTA and is still advertising that it will be is potentially damaging to the reputation and brand of PTA. Katy ISD Council of PTAs will not have any relationship with “One Voice for Texas Public Education.” For us as a PTA, this is not a voting matter. It is a matter of complying with our affiliation and remaining true to our purpose. By voting for Katy ISD’s legislative agenda to join with that of this group, you are tying our hands and will diminish our voice. You will divide us as a district. We will not be allowed that any of our PTA members lobby on Rally Day for “One Voice for Texas Public Education” because Texas PTA has already made it clear that it will not partner with this group. Those who choose to do so and serve on a PTA Board will be asked to step down from their position due to a violation of the PTA Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy. I have deep concerns about how the legislative agenda for Katy ISD has been handled. As the Council President, I have witnessed what I believe to be an intentional misrepresentation of information presented to both myself and our PTA presidents. It is my opinion that the 25,000 plus members of the Katy ISD Council of PTAs were purposely manipulated so that the strong, and unified, voice of our membership could be used to support something without our knowledge or consent. I have always been one of Katy ISD’s biggest cheerleaders and a huge supporter of the work that our Board of Trustees does on behalf of our students. This experience has not changed that. However, I will move forward in my position as Council President much more guarded and a little less joyful. My top priority is to protect the local PTA leaders who give so much to make Katy ISD the very special place that it is. My only reason for this correspondence is to make sure they never question that is my priority. Jeannie Griffith Katy ISD Council of PTAs President The post Katy ISD Council of PTA’s President Fires off on “One Voice” Coalition appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  9. Subdivision plat: SubdivisionPlatPDF_02.07.17_ANCORIANATDURHAM.pdf
  10. Republican lawmakers representing rural interests have filed a slew of bills taking aim at a proposed high-speed train between Dallas and Houston. The legislators who filed 18 different bills include state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury; state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe; state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock; state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown; state Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia; state Sen. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana; state Rep. Leighton Schubert, R-Caldwell; and state Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie. Perry, Schwertner, Ashby and Schubert represent areas with little land that would be affected by the proposed train. The post Dallas to Houston high-speed train opposed by rural Texas lawmakers appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  11. More than 80 percent of Texas voters approved a proposition in November 2015 to allocate $5 billion in sales tax funds to the Texas Department of Transportation starting in the 2018-19 biennium. But Texas lawmakers may now use a little-publicized backout option to help fill an estimated multi-billion state revenue shortfall. Roughly 1.2 million Texans voted yes on a proposition to supply the State Highway Fund with $2.5 billion per fiscal year beginning in fiscal year 2018 as long as the state collects more than $28 billion in sales tax. If state motor vehicle sales and rental tax revenue exceeds $5 […] The post Texas lawmakers might reverse voter-approved $5 billion allocation to TxDOT appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  12. RaulCano82 has added a photo to the pool: Many Circular shapes in Downtown Houston's Skyline. View the full article
  13. There has to be a way pedestrians can cross without worry. Maybe if all of our highways had some sort of bridge? Idk
  14. Before we further discuss this topic I think its important to understand what discovery green is and the directive. The quote below is direct from their website with a key part in bold. "Discovery Green exemplifies a successful public-private partnership between the City of Houston, the Houston First Corporation and Discovery Green Conservancy, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates and maintains the park. The Conservancy produces hundreds of free events each year and receives no direct city funding." Being a resident of midtown and a worker in downtown I frequent this area quite a bit. I would love for the park to be in pristine condition year round but like everything there is a cost. Many of the times I go to the park it is because there is a special event. I think complaining about the number of events is a non starter as one of the conservancy's main goals is events. The national mall example I think is the best way I have heard to address the issue. For any of us that may know someone associated with the Discovery Green Conservancy I think we should bring this example to their attention.
  15. There's a hidden section on Post HTX's website with tabs for features and leasing. Nothing is filled in but more information may be up soon. http://posthtx.com/leasing/ ________________________________________________________________ There's also this section, where they're probably testing out the layout of the actual website, showing more details: Rooftop Dining Incubator Space Event Space And this description: Grab a bite while soaking in the unimpeded views of downtown Houston. World class restaurants and lively lounges will create a new destination for many people.
  16. Two projects under construction in Allen: One Bethany 125,000 square-foot speculative office in Watters Creek 2018 completion DMN WatchGuard Video headquartes 200,000 square-foot office, two phases Early 2018 completion phase one, 2022 phase two AllenAmerican
  17. A restaurant and cocktail bar from Ian Tucker (Balls Out Burger) is opening this year at Sawyer Yards. It's being called Poitín. From Eater Houston: If you’d like something a little fancier than a restaurant named after testicles, Tucker will also open a restaurant-cocktail bar concept called Poitín (pronounced “put-cheen”) later this year at Sawyer Yards in the Washington Avenue Arts District. Described as a “concept driven cocktail bar,” Poitín will serve approachably-priced craft libations and food (menu is, at present, TBD). http://houston.eater.com/2017/2/21/14684832/houston-heights-balls-out-burger-opening
  18. More on Balls Out Burger from Eater Houston: The bar from a new restaurateur brings even more beers + burger to H-Town He may be new to Houston’s restaurant scene, but Irishman Ian Tucker will soon bring a ballsy new “burger and beer joint” to the city in the coming weeks. Announced via release, Balls Out Burger will open its doors in a building that was once a gas station on Durham Drive near the Heights. The restaurant will, not surprisingly, serve up a menu of “high quality burgers” and “local craft beers,” plus a typical bar vibe with plenty of TVs for watching sports and a porch where you can drink all that beer that Balls Out Burger will be serving up. If you’d like something a little fancier than a restaurant named after testicles, Tucker will also open a restaurant-cocktail bar concept called Poitín (pronounced “put-cheen”) later this year at Sawyer Yards in the Washington Avenue Arts District. Described as a “concept driven cocktail bar,” Poitín will serve approachably-priced craft libations and food (menu is, at present, TBD). As for the man behind these two new Houston concepts, Tucker brings a background in hospitality and restaurant ownership from Ireland, where he was born and raised. In Dublin, Tucker opened a much-lauded gastropub called The Exchequer, along with a wine bar of the same name. How the hell did he end up all the way in Houston from Ireland? His wife, who he met while she was vacationing, lives here. No opening dates have been announced yet for either Balls Out Burger or Poitín, but both concepts are expected to arrive before the year is out. http://houston.eater.com/2017/2/21/14684832/houston-heights-balls-out-burger-opening
  19. Lennar plans new apartments, retail on Garland Road Project Location
  20. Does anyone know if the house/offices at 3110 White Oak Drive, between Heights Vinyl and Onion Creek Cafe, is being redeveloped? There's a LLC for 3110 White Oak LLC belonging to Ancorian. Here's an old Loopnet listing for the strip from 3110 to 3122 White Oak: White Oak Multi-Use This property has 3 units of retail/medical space, 1 Property management/business office, and 6 residential lease spaces. Located on a great corner in the popular Houston Heights. The corner strip center has two retail spaces and one veterinary/medical space. Building 2 has 4 residential 1 bedroom units and a property management/business office. building 3 is a duplex with 2 - 1 bedroom residential units. All buildings are 100% occupied. All reasonable offers will be considered.
  21. @EddiePappii @memeprovider mewow

  22. Yawn. From the siteplan and the article, Flying Fish is going in the space in the lower right corner. Why do we need more restaurants? Couldn't this space be used for something else?
  23. More on Balls Out Burger from The Leader: In the winter of 2016, developer Bryan Danna bought a former gas station/car wash at 1603 N. Durham that he had big hopes for – and now they are coming to fruition. Balls Out Burger – a no-frills, straightforward burger and beer joint will open this spring in the former gas station. A press release on the venture says that, “the menu may be simple, but the atmosphere will impress with industrial clean lines, a massive porch area, stellar music, outdoor games of all kinds, and strategically placed flat screen TVs for game day gatherings.” Balls Out Burger is Ian Tucker Hospitality Group’s first Houston concept. http://theleadernews.com/balls-out-burger-coming-to-the-heights/ Facebook for Balls Out Burger: https://www.facebook.com/ballsoutburger
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  25. its going to be a little hectic maybe during the process but wow i am blown away by this project and cannot wait for my neighborhood to be this beautiful...wow!!! (i have lived and worked within a 2 block radius of Post Oak for the past 21 years!)
  26. in related news...here is information on the Post Oak Blvd Project: https://theboulevardproject.com/
  27. watch here for updates on the Post Oak Blvd Project : https://theboulevardproject.com/
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