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  1. Bernicia Place: Scottcrest Drive @OST

    OK, saw some info through Harris County Housing Authority that indicates that this complex would be built partially on undeveloped portions of the Southeast Transit Center. My best guess is that they're using the undeveloped east half of Southeast Transit Center, plus the commercial strips & movie theater fronting OST. All of that adds up to 6 acres. Of course I've been wrong before....
  2. Bernicia Place: Scottcrest Drive @OST

    Yes, but as a frequent customer of the Walgreens pharmacy, sounds like my wait time will increase. Just kidding of course...as I get older these jokes about old folks just aren't as funny as they used to be. Hits too close to home. Looks like a nice development. I also don't see an available 6-acre parcel for this development, but whichever corner it goes on, it will be an improvement. Wouldn't mind it replacing the run down strip center south of OST next to the transit center. Wouldn't mind it replacing the warehouses and apartments north of OST.
  3. If you're in City of Houston you can check their GIMS map to see if it's water, sanitary or storm. http://www.gims.houstontx.gov/ If you're in a Municipal Utility District, ask the Operator (usually the same person you pay your water bill to). They would know. Either way, if it's a sanitary sewer in an easement, that's an indication it's a public line, not just the service line to your house. You don't need an easement on your own property for your own sewer service, which is why I suspect it's serving someone (or many someones) outside of your lot. Getting a public line relocated could be a big problem... I'd start with the COH GIMS site, or contact the MUD Operator ASAP.
  4. Clutch City Lives

    You forgot the air-quotes for "MVP" David Robinson.
  5. HCAD 2015 Appraisals

    Interesting...for at least the fifth year in a row, no increases on our block (land or improvements). Our land price is holding steady at $3/sf. Earlier in the 2000's we were capped at the 10% increase for several years in a row (3 or 4?) Strange that development keeps moving closer and closer, but appraisals not reflecting it. I'm not complaining, mind you. But it does seem curious. I think right around the time our land gets to $50/sf from its current $3/sf will be time for me to cash out and retire.
  6. Old Spanish Trail and Scottcrest Dr

    My roots in the area don't go nearly as deep as many long term residents in the area, but I have frequented the area for 25 years (since my days as a student at UH), and I've been a resident of the area for 12 years. This intersection is I'm the Almeda OST TIRZ, and there have been definite improvements with landscaping and aesthetics over the last few years. The stretch of OST is seeing development now. It may be fast food and nail salons (as is most strip center development in Houston) but it's an improvement over used tire shops and abandoned buildings. Your comments about the nail salons and beauty shops are just ignorant. There are also nail salons and beauty shops in River Oaks, Galleria, and Memorial. It doesn't degrade those neighborhoods any more than it does my neighborhood. Only difference is the demographics. Your comment about safety is just wrong. What evidence do you have to say HEB, CVS and Walgreens aren't safe? I've not heard of any problems there.
  7. The underlying criteria for anything built in the floodplain would be that it cause no adverse impacts to existing flood conditions. The City is not exempted from these requirements. A no adverse impact certification is typically accomplished by ensuring that the project doesn't reduce floodplain storage, doesn't reduce the ability of the waterway to convey flows, and doesn't increase water surface elevations upstream. There are also requirements to mitigate the impact of increased runoff due to increased impervious cover. Depending on the location in the floodplain the requirements vary. Developments on the floodplain fringe, where depth and conveyance are minimal, generally only require an analysis of floodplain storage (no net fill in floodplain). Areas closer to the center of the channel that have greater inundation depth and conveyance require more detailed modeling and analysis. The area designated as a floodway is typically a "no-go" zone. No fill our development allowed there, at least not without a great deal of analysis, channel improvements, and floodplain map revisions. Also vastly different requirements for an insurable structure (house or office) than a road our trail.
  8. Casinos coming to Texas?

    And even the minor ones too! Can't wait...
  9. My solution to everything...
  10. Any Family-Owned Grocers?

    KG Food Center on Tierwester at Mount Pleasant, owned by the same Korean family since the 1960's. The mother has been up front at the cash register for the last 50+ years, with one son alongside her, and another son who runs the meat counter. Unfortunately I think it'll likely be killed off by the new Pyburns coming on Scott Street.
  11. Metro Rail East End/Southeast Line Downtown Construction pics and updates

    Funny, I saw the same train the same afternoon. Were you also bypassing whatever it was that had the South Loop shut down? Anyhow, it's the first train I've seen them testing on the SE line, and I drive along the line somewhat regularly (at least once a week). I don't know if they've been testing the line before that day, but I certainly haven't seen it. Interesting coincidence that we both saw it. I didn't have my son with me but I know he'll flip his lid when he finally sees a train on those tracks. He's been watching them build the lines for the last few years. I was hoping we'd be able to take the train to a UH game this season, but that's not to be.
  12. To reduce number of cars crossing the UPRR lines at grade. It reduces the risk of accidents between cars and trains at that crossing. I thought at one time they were going to completely eliminate the at-grade crossing there by forcing all cars to go on the bridge, with u-turn lanes on both sides of the UPRR tracks allowing access to properties on both sides of the bridge embankment. Doesn't look that way from the images...looks like the at-grade crossing remains.
  13. 288's median

    I was also going to say that there's no use in trying to come up with fantastic plans for rail down the 288 median...that space is already spoken for with toll lanes. I know that the construction plans are nearing completion for the Brazoria County portion of the toll lanes. Construction could begin next year, I believe? I do love the landscaping in the median of 288 north of Binz, but know that's it's days are numbered. I only hope that TxDOT will use that area as a "nursery" and transplant some of those trees rather than simply clear cutting them. There are great number of mature trees in that median now. Those trees are nearly 10 years old. I don't know for a fact, but I assume it's not cheap to buy 10-year old trees.
  14. Go back and read the rant that I wrote this morning about people walking in the street (often with kids) when there's a sidewalk 10' away. I can't say whether they're risking the lives of themselves and their kids knowingly or out of sheer ignorance, but I see it every day. Yes, it is the driver's responsibility to avoid a collision with a pedestrian, but how much of the responsibility also lies with the pedestrian?
  15. I'll admit I did not read the report. Did it discuss the predilection for certain demographics to walk in the street, regardless of the existence of sidewalks? I see it every day and it never ceases to confound and amaze me. While I agree that car drivers are often at fault, you can't ignore the fact that sometimes pedestrians are just idiots. For instance, I have no sympathy for those that try and cross a freeway. They're idiots, no two ways about it. I feel the same about the parents of a family walking three wide in a narrow street that's barely wide enough for a truck and a bus to pass, when there's a perfectly good sidewalk parallel to the road. Especially considering the history in our neighborhood...the neighborhood demanded sidewalks about 20-30 years ago after a child was killed in the street. Now they're ignored by these idiots. The parents are idiots. I do try to educate the kids when I see them out by themselves, they might listen. A 40 year old should know better. You can't justify it.