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  1. Just wanted to follow up on this. It's nearing the 2 year anniversary of HEB getting approved @ Pearland Pkwy & 518 with their plans to build a store asap & get in on their books for 2012 7 bringing all the jobs and tax base that all supporters were in favor of. Any news of their intent to build a store here? It's begining to look like a long term hold which will slow down any future growth at that intersection without the hard corner available.
  2. Pearland shoppers push retail growth to top of 5-year charts By Carol Christian | January 17, 2013 | Updated: January 18, 2013 8:35am Anyone who drives in Pearland, or commutes to and from the south Houston suburb, knows the community is booming economically. A recent report by the Texas Retail Survey confirms that, for the five-year period between 2006 and 2011, Pearland was the state's fastest growing retail market, with a growth rate of 9.2 percent. In 2011, Pearland had nearly $962 million in retail sales, according to the survey. The 2011 report marks the third straight year that Pearland's retail growth over the preceding five years was the highest among the state's 50 largest retail markets. By comparison, the state's retail growth for the five years was 2.7 percent. In 2009, Pearland's retail growth rate for the prior five years was 17 percent, far surpassing Sugar Land at 4.4 percent and Houston at 4.3 percent. Pearland's shopping centers have contributed to that retail growth, said Matt Buchanan, Pearland Economic Development Corporation president. He cited four major retail developments, all near Texas 288 and FM 518: Pearland Town Center, Silverlake Village, the Crossing at 518 and Shadow Creek Ranch Town Center. Pearland's retail sales are driven by strong population growth, Buchanan said. The 2010 U.S. Census showed that Pearland, with more than 91,000 people, grew about 142 percent since the 2000 census. That spurt made it the nation's 15th fastest-growing city among cities with at least 10,000 people and the second fastest growing city in Texas, Buchanan said. "People need places to shop and eat," he said. "It's a natural progression of the growth the community has seen for these retail numbers to play out the way they have." In the Houston metropolitan area, only Houston and Pasadena now have larger populations than Pearland, Buchanan said. He credited the population growth to the community's quality of life, with its good schools and a location convenient to various jobs in the region. The retail growth is not happening in a vacuum, noted Brad Lybrand, a land broker with TGB Croswell. "Importantly, in Pearland, it's not just the retail component," he said. "The medical component is also on fire." For example, he said, Kelsey-Seybold is building a corporate campus that will have about 1,200 employees and a separate medical office building, he said. HCA has announced construction of a $70 million hospital at Shadow Creek Parkway and Texas 288, Lybrand said. All this activity is drawing restaurants, with "many more coming," Lybrand said. In 2011, Houston ranked No. 10 among the 50 largest markets, with a 4.1 percent annual average retail growth rate over five years. Other Houston-area cities in the top 50 included Sugar Land at 2.6 percent; Pasadena, 2.3 percent; Conroe, 1.3 percent; and Baytown, 1.2 percent. Dallas was No. 44 with zero average growth in the period, according to Texas Retail Survey. http://www.chron.com...-of-4203343.php
  3. HCA Gulf Coast Division Announces $71 Million Plan To Build Pearland Medical Center Specialties in Pediatrics, Women’s Services, Emergency Care and Cardiovascular Health Planned to Meet Needs of Growing Community Houston, TX, October 30, 2012―HCA Gulf Coast Division announced today that it is building a 30-bed, acute care hospital in Pearland at the southwest intersection of Highway 288 and County Road 2234 (Shadow Creek Parkway). Pearland Medical Center will be built on the 48-acre site that is currently home to a full-service, freestanding 24-hour emergency department, imaging center and a 3-story, 80,000 square-foot medical office building. “We are excited to expand our presence in Pearland with a state of the art hospital that will allow the citizens of that community to receive quality healthcare close to home,” said Maura Walsh, President of HCA Gulf Coast Division. Pearland Medical Center will be a 144,000 square-foot, $71 million facility featuring surgical suites, medical/surgical beds, intensive care beds, an emergency department, and an imaging department that will include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), catheterization lab, echocardiogram testing, and nuclear medicine modalities. The hospital’s women’s services will provide digital mammography, labor and delivery suites, cesarean section operating rooms and a newborn nursery. Pearland Medical Center will be designed with the future growth of the community in mind with plans allowing for incremental expansion to meet the needs of the community. “HCA Gulf Coast Division is delivering the right care at the right time to our residents in their own neighborhood,” said Tom Reid, Pearland Mayor. “HCA is fulfilling a need to provide people with highly technological, high quality healthcare within the community.” “Pearland Medical Center will benefit the local economy creating jobs in construction service as well as jobs in healthcare and its supporting industries,” said Matt Buchanan, President of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation. “It’s been a desire of our growing community for several years, and we’re very excited that HCA has chosen this site to build a hospital.” The ground breaking for Pearland Medical Center is scheduled for 2013 with project completion by the end of 2014. http://www.pearlandedc.com/HCA-.aspx
  4. It amazes me given all the people & especially those who commented here on a topic I started over a year ago don't have anything to say about this. The piece that HEB bought is a prime corner. All these pro HEB were talking about the increased tax base & jobs that would be created. So here you go - Nothing! Nothing now & nothing in the near future - I guarantee it. If the City had not bowed down & rather would have stood up to HEB maybe they would not have bought the land & left the door open for other projects. Now - Not gonna happen with key piece not available - that whole tract is toast! No tax base / no jobs / no other retail for the sorely lacking east side - my as well keep on going to Friendswood. Somebody please tell me I'm wrong.
  5. Yes - apparently local residents have done in depth analysis and found that criminals prefer medical facilities to rob over the sitting ducks in grocery store parking lots -
  6. As you may recall there was a big stink last year over allowing HEB to change from PD to a general business zoning. After much heated debate HEB was allowed to scrap the PD and the property was rezoned to general business. HEB said they could not develop under the current PD and if it were rescinded they could go ahead with development of a new store and have it on their books for 2012 year. So here we are a year later & where do we stand? To my knowledge HEB has not started anything on that site is now going back and forth with the City over the height of Lighting in parking lot. The city has given away all their bargaining chips. I'll be surprised if HEB builds on that site anytime in the coming years. The only reason they bought that site was to keep another competitor from building there - period. They will probably restrict the property against grocery and sell it. Please chime in here if you have any more recent information -
  7. Arby's is & has been closed for quite some time. Seems the entire chain is in a downward spiral & with out much of a fan following. OTB closed & the restaurant is now home to Lupe Tortilla. OTB has made 3 or 4 attempts to enter Houston market & have failed miserably every time. Chain tex-mex has to bring their "A" game when entering Houston or they will fall be the wayside!
  8. Building projects advance in Pearland area By Karen Zurawski Published 11:43 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2012 0 Pearland City Council approved amendments to the performance agreements between the city, Pearland Economic Development Corp. and Kelsey-Seybold to add a 60-day extension to the completion deadline. The $36 million project, including land, construction, all equipment and fees, now is on schedule, said Nicholas Ro, Kelsey-Seybold's chief legal and strategic officer, and that means some 800 employees will be moving to new offices in July 2013. The facility can accommodate another 400 employees, and the 18-acre site at Kirby Drive and Shadow Creek Parkway has room for another building and/or parking garage. Kelsey-Seybold started the design process for the facility in 2008, Ro said, but the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers financial services firm and its impact on the economy stalled the project. Confidence in the economy returned in mid-2010 and Kelsey-Seybold restarted its expansion process. As part of the process, the company discovered that more than 60 percent of its employees live in the southern part of the Houston area - including Friendswood, Clear Lake and Pearland. Pearland stood out as a site for the administrative building for a number of reasons, Ro said. "It has great amenities. There's lots of retail and lots of restaurants." The city also offers a great potential for an employee base with a highly educated work force, he said. Other important criteria on Ro's list include affordable housing, great schools, reduced commute times for employees and lower land costs in Pearland compared to some other areas of Houston. Lower land costs in the Pearland area are a definite draw to developers, especially in the last six to eight months, said Brad Lybrand, broker at TGB Crosswell, which was involved in the land deal for Kelsey-Seybold. In December, the company sold land to Sam's Real Estate Business Trust, which is building a 136,000-square-foot Sam's Club on 16.5 acres at Texas 288 and Discovery Bay Drive. The project will include a fuel station. "I think construction crews are working every night till 9 p.m.," said Lybrand, referring to the Sam's Club site. "They're supposed to have a grand opening in mid-October. I understand they're on target to hit that." No timeline exists for TGB's development of a retail center at Discovery Bay Drive and the Texas 288 frontage road nor for five commercial pads adjacent to Sam's Club. As far as tenants, Lybrand said, "We're talking with several groups right now. We'd like to see sit-down restaurants." Behind Sam's Club at 2500 Business Center Drive is a 370-unit apartment complex, Retreat at Shadow Creek Ranch, which is near the 347-unit Discovery at Shadow Creek Ranch. McCann Realty Partners developed both projects. Mark Wood, McCann Realty Partners director of development, said the goal is to open the new complex around Feb. 1. The project will have units with one to three bedrooms, ranging in size from 650 to 1,478 square feet. Preliminary monthly rents are $850 to $1,400. "We love Pearland. "It's been very good for us," said Wood, citing its proximity to the medical center, schools and shopping centers. The second phase of Residences at Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway, opened a few months ago adding 172 units to an existing 62. Square footage ranges from 668 to 1,463 and monthly rents from $1,015 to $1,845 in the Sueba USA Corp. developments. The selection of Pearland by Kelsey-Seybold is part of an evolution in development, said Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corp. The city experienced tremendous growth in housing first, he said. In "Growth, Pearland Demographic Overview," published by the Pearland EDC, the U.S. census reported the city grew 142 percent to 91,252 between 2000 and 2010. This growth means that Pearland was the 15th fastest-growing city in the United States and the second fastest-growing city in Texas, says the EDC. The overview reports more than 16,000 single-family homes and more than 4,000 multifamily units were built between 2000 and 2010. Retail growth followed the residential growth. In the last four to five years especially, strong retail growth has occurred in the city, he said, and now, companies like Kelsey-Seybold are coming. PEDC encouraged Kelsey-Seybold's move by providing up to $413,000 in assistance for the development of the infrastructure that supports the headquarters facility. Other incentives relate to new jobs created over a 10-year period and 60 percent refunds by the PEDC in the half-percent sales tax and by the city in the 1 percent sales tax over the same time period. And growth continues. Last October, for example, the EDC announced that Utah-based Merit Medical Systems Inc., a global medical device company, would build a research, development and manufacturing facility on 12 acres at 14646 Kirby Drive, just north of Shadow Creek Ranch. The two-story, 118,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 200 employees. "We have a high concentration of medical providers," said Buchanan, adding that the city's proximity to the Texas Medical Center is a factor. "It does seem a natural lure for companies in the medical field - manufacturers and providers of health care and life sciences." The city also is targeting energy companies. Ref-Chem, an engineering firm in the energy field, broke ground in June on 11 acres at Beltway 8 and Tom Bass Parkway, he said, and will have 100 employees. http://www.chron.com...rea-3750181.php
  9. Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:29 pm | Updated: 2:28 pm, Wed Jul 18, 2012. By JIM MOLONY Construction on a new’s Sam’s Club at Shadow Creek Ranch is proceeding as scheduled with the 136,085 square feet facility expected to open in October. The new Sam’s Club, to be located on a 20-acre parcel at the southwest corner of the State Highway 288 South feeder road and Discovery Bay Blvd., is expected to employ more than 500 and include a pharmacy, fuel center, tire and battery center, snack bar and mezzanine with office space. The contractor for the $4.74 million project is Roche Construction Inc. of Greeley, Colo. The transaction was brokered late last year by Allen Crosswell of TGB Crosswell and Brendan Lynch of CBRE. In conjunction with the sale to Sam’s Club, TGB Crosswell will be developing a 16,000-square foot retail center. Sam’s Club is hiring Associates for the new location. Those interested in applying should visit the temporary hiring location at 3145 Silverlake Village #104 Pearland, 77584 (Next to the Armed Forces Career Center) Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Or apply online: Visit walmart.com/apply and select Sam’s Club #4843 in Pearland, TX as the location of interest. For more information call 713-340-2184. TEXAS CHILDREN’S CLINICS Texas Children’s will open a pair of clinics at 9001 and 9003 Broadway, respectively, later this year. One building will be a pediatric clinic and the other will be an OB/GYN clinic. The two buildings will cover approximately 14,000 square feet and will be located in front of the Candlewood Suites, next to Spring Creek Barbecue. TDK Construction of Houston is the building contractor on the $1.032 million project. MANVEL STATION TDK Construction is also involved in another construction project not five miles from the Texas Children’s site. The new convenience store will be located on the corner of the Manvel Road and C.R. 101, just south of Massey Ranch Elementary and across the street from Joseph’s Nursery. Coffeehouse coming NewQuest Properties announced a commercial leas in Pearland of 1,500 square foot site for Scooter's Coffeehouse and Yogurt at The Parks at Boulder Creek. "This is a great example of how strong continuing business growth is in Texas," says Shannon Parker, Director of Marketing at NewQuest Properties. Bob Conwell represented NewQuest in the lease to Coffee District, LLC, for Scooter's Coffeehouse and Yogurt at The Parks at Boulder Creek. Richard Buxbaum of Wiles Interest, Inc. represented the tenant. The Parks shopping center is located at 10555 Pearland Parkway, situated on 140 acres at the rapidly growing intersection of Pearland Parkway and Beltway 8. http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/sam-s-club-texas-children-s-clinics-due-in-pearland/article_3138cd03-9757-50ab-9824-9dcbc23fffcf.html
  10. Kelsey-Seybold putting down roots in Pearland Next courtesy Kelsey-Seybold Kelsey-Seybold putting down roots in Pearland Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (left) and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid. Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 2:29 pm By JIM MOLONY Construction has started on Kelsey-Seybold’s new administration building at an 18-acre site at the northeast corner of Kirby Drive and Shadow Creek Parkway in Pearland. City and Kelsey-Seybold officials were on site last Wednesday for the official ground breaking on the $21 million project, which will include a 170,000 square feet building and eventually mean 800-1,200 jobs in Pearland. “We’re excited to be moving our administrative offices here,” Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P. Chairman of the Board and Managing DirectorKelsey-Seybold Clinic, told The Journal. “I think Pearland is a very good fit for us, a lot of our employees already live in the area and we have a lot of patients that live out here.” Mayor Tom Reid welcomed Kelsey-Seybold officials to the community. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for Pearland to have a world renowned medical association like Kelsey-Seybold in the community,” Reid said. “I am delighted to have them here in Pearland. “I’ve been a long-time admirer of Kelsey-Seybold. I met Dr. Seybold many years ago and as we both served in the military around the same time we shared stories of that. It’s a pleasure to see the firm that he started coming to Pearland, it’s a great thing for our city.” The facility is expected to be completed during the summer of 2013. Kelsey-Seybold officials cited geographic location, a talented pool of workers locally and the efforts of the city to work with the firm on the project among the reasons Pearland was selected. “Mayor Tom Reid and (City Manager) Bill Eisen have been very proactive in helping bring this project along and I want to thank them as well as the people of Pearland,” Berthelsen said. “They made it very easy for us to be a part of the community.” The facility, which will have entrances in the 11500 block of Shadow Creek Parkway (across from Nolan Ryan Junior High) and on Kirby Drive, backs up against a wooded area and will have ample parking. “We wanted to take advantage of the natural landscaping,” Ro explained. The new administrative offices will support Kelsey-Seybold’s 370 physicians providing primary care and specialty care at 20 clinic locations throughout the region, including two already in operation in Pearland. “Initially this will hold 800 employees with a capacity for 1,200,” Kelsey-Seybold’s Nicholas Ro said. The facility was designed by Powers Brown Architecture and is being built by E.E. Reed Construction, L.P. TGB Crosswell, formerly CG Commercial Development, developed the property and coordinated the sale with CG-Shadow Creek Ranch Village, L.P., owner of the Shadow Creek Ranch commercial site. TGB Crosswell Managing Partners Allen Crosswell and Tod Greenwood, and Director of Construction Stan Beard, worked on the sale. Thad Armstrong of Thompson & Knight LLP provided legal representation for Kelsey-Seybold on all aspects of the project.
  11. Not in my backyard: Residents storm out of council meeting following medical complex approval Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:57 pm | Updated: 3:39 pm, Tue May 22, 2012. By KRISTI NIX A zoning variance requested by developers of a proposed medical development received final approval by the Pearland City Council at a meeting held Monday (May 21). After the vote, a group of angry residents stormed out of the council chambers. A few people yelled and shouted at council members as they left, vowing to make their voices heard at the next election. “Build that hospital and we guarantee you 1,000 homeowners won’t vote for this,” one resident called out. “There is going to be a lot more voter turnout the next time around,” said another resident. “It really, really, really shows that (the council doesn’t want to) keep Pearland beautiful!” yelled one person. “You guys are worthless!” shouted another person as he walked out the door. Most of the roughly 75 people who came to voice their concerns were residents of the Lakes of Highland Glen subdivision which sits squarely next to the proposed medical development. According to developers, the project includes plans for a 40-bed hospital, a medical office building and a senior-living community devoted to memory care. The 123 acre area affected by the zoning request includes land on both the east and west side of Pearland Parkway, just north of Barry Rose. However, developers say construction will only affect a 17-acre parcel of the land. Among the issues raised by residents who spoke during public comment involved potential problems with light and noise pollution; voicing concerns about around-the-clock ambulance sirens and bright lights from the hospital and parking lot shining into people’s homes. Drainage and potential flooding were also an issue that was brought up by residents. Others said the development should be moved to west Pearland or the site of a long-awaited HEB store to be built at the corner of Pearland Parkway and FM 518. Some speakers accused the council of playing dirty politics and unethical behavior. “Why change it (the zoning) here when there is an abundance of commercial land all over town including the property at the corner of Pearland Parkway and FM 518? Why doesn’t the hospital develop one of those tracts?” Alfred Ramirez asked the council. “The answer is simple but hasn’t been discussed: money. The hospital saves a lot of money when it buys residential land because it is far cheaper than commercial real estate. Then (the developer) turns around and asks the city to rezone the land. It is a bait-and-switch plain and simple. The hospital is in it to make money but to make it work the city has to play along. “Our property values are going to decrease because the city government chose to side with big business looking to make more money at the expense of my neighbors,” he also said. “A big outfit comes to town, hires an insider as a consultant and lobbyist who is able to spearhead this effort through despite the objections of the local population.” Dr. Ryan Coleman, a resident of the subdivision who said he worked in the medical center as a pediatric ICU doctor said he opposed the proposed hospital because it did not offer medical services for children. He went on to say it was unethical for the physician owners to be able to refer patients to their own for-profit hospital. “These are for-profit physicians who are referring to themselves which is questionable,” Coleman said. “This will not provide the care that people need. I don’t think this is a hospital for the community; this is a hospital for the physicians. “ “We expect you to do your job and represent us,” he also said. “Should you choose not to represent us and instead represent a small for-profit company that has questionable bottom-line business ethics you can also know that we will choose (someone else) who will better represent us in the future.” Tim Delgado, who spoke on behalf of the developers defended the project and claimed some opposers had launched a smear campaign against University General Health System. “This development will be a first-class physician-centered hospital, a faith-based senior-living community for memory care, a small medical office building and possibly a small scale nursing facility; all of which are adjacent to a strip center with a restaurant, a bar, a 24-hour emergency room and a massage spa,” he said. “After reading and hearing some of the derogatory emails and statements it appears some of those opposed want to turn this into a personal attack or an attack on University,” he said. Delgado also alleged some residents who opposed the medical development were reportedly spreading misinformation. “This type of distortion where opinions attempt to outweigh the truth and where a few loud individuals try to drown out the voices of reason and common sense are unfortunate and in my opinion, do not serve the interests of the entire Pearland community,” he said. After more than an hour of public comments, council members each voiced their views prior to the vote. However, residents shouting from the audience repeatedly interrupted the council discussions. “We are the third largest city in an 11-county area. It is Houston, Pasadena and it is us and we don’t have a hospital,” Councilmember Woody Owens said. “Build a bigger one; you’ve got plenty of land!” someone called out from the audience. A few minutes later another person interrupted Owens again, calling out “That’s inappropriate,” and “You’re wrong!” Councilmember Scott Sherman said it was wrong to make personal attacks and expressed his frustration that several people had accused the council of being dishonest. “I have no problem with residents coming here and expressing their opinions, expressing their concerns, expressing their frustrations. But I will not sit up here and have my integrity questioned based on false accusations, on made-up stories or past history that I had no involvement in. I am here to listen to you. I am here to represent you and the entire city of Pearland,” he said. “That is not why we are here; we are here to make an informed decision. We are not here to be attacked,” he said. Councilmember Greg Hill also voiced concerns about alleged personal attacks and unwarranted accusations. “I don’t think anyone takes too kindly to threats,” he said. “I understand it is an emotional argument. But we all are responsible for our comments whether emotion is involved or not. But, we are up here doing a service to the community. If you don’t want to vote for me or you don’t think I work hard enough then just vote me out of office. But that shouldn’t be a threat; it just means I’m not doing my job.” “It is also disingenuous, and quite frankly insulting, to suggest that none of us have done any research on this,” he said. “I’m not taking this issue lightly; I’m doing my homework.” Councilmember Susan Sherrouse encouraged the residents to stay involved in city government and make their voices heard at the polls. “The reason I got involved in city government is because of zoning. This is my passion; this is what I think is very important,” Sherrouse said. “We need to develop. We need to plan for what our city is today and we need to plan for what it will be tomorrow. We all have a common vision. We all love our town; that’s why we moved here.” During Sherrouse comments, someone shouted to her from the audience. “We don’t think you listen to us!” he called out and others yelled out in reply “Yeah!” causing the room to break out in loud applause. After asking for any final comments from the council, Mayor Reid finally ended the discussion and called for the vote. The council then voted unanimously to approve the zone variance request. http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/not-in-my-backyard-residents-storm-out-of-council-meeting/article_98f9d84e-a437-11e1-ba54-0019bb2963f4.html
  12. HA!! My favorite is when people post that inner city punks will ride the bus into park n ride & commit a bunch of crimes & hop back on metro with their stolen treasure!!! Still makes me laugh!
  13. They should be so lucky to have this type of amenity in close proximity. Worried about crime - please - they are lucky it's not a big retail center - that's what attracts crime! Not hospitals - http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/gas-station-customers-robbed-at-gunpoint-at-west-pearland-heb/article_ac7cc5d1-a0e4-526c-9500-7057a4cf39b8.html http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/houston-forgery-suspects-accused-of-trying-to-run-over-pearland/article_0031df38-d011-53b4-bb71-2c73e803eac8.html http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cypresscreek/fbi-releases-photo-of-f-m-robbery-suspect/article_20417aba-9c54-11e0-99f2-001cc4c03286.html
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