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  1. Yeah originally the building looked like a "mini Wal-Mart" and had only one entrance. Then after Jumbo Sports shut down it was subidvided. Bally Total Fitness took over the original side, and Computer City built out the other side, but was shut down by their CompUSA buyout before they could open the store. That corner of land has an interesting origin it started off much small as 59 cut across the property to meet up with it's old alignment (present 90-A). In the 70s it the freeway was expanded towards Sugar Land, and Spur 41 (present final block of Dairy Ashford) was designated as a Highway connector between the old and new alignments.
  2. Google Maps has the location wrong, it's actually up in the triangle between Dairy Ashford, 59 and 90-A. In front of the former Jumbo Sports parking lot.
  3. This may not actually be an EFC. HEB has one of two in the Houston Area currently permitted is nearing completion, nearby on Franz Road. https://goo.gl/maps/Kjd4drLXJhEAQwJv6 This may in fact be for a store, as a similar permit filed includes a Fuel Station and Car Wash. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2022021855 We will have to wait and see how this develops.
  4. The center building is an old Burger Chef, the sides were added on at some point. If you look at older Streetview you can very obviously tell where the old Burger Chef supports still hold the structure. https://goo.gl/maps/SMmk9TnAaLys9SwS6
  5. Work has yet to proceed although permits were filed to convert the space into a Banquet Hall.
  6. There's a unconfirmed location headed for North Oaks Mall.
  7. Demolition Permit filed for River Oaks Plant House, by Katz. Chances are they're gonna make that planned Summer 2022 opening.
  8. Already went into a bit of detail on the blog, but does anyone have any clue what's going on? Thrift Store suddenly closed, doesn't look like the property was sold. Maybe rebuilding?
  9. Unfortunately it looks like some web scraper went around and created the post without help. That first image is Houston Street in New York, and the sixth image is labeled as being from Rugby, England! I believe this photo is from Flickr? Some of the images are of Houston, but many, maybe even most, are not from the 30s. A few are from the 50s-70s, but a bunch are also very recent Black and White images, like the Terminal Building photo, which is likely no more than 20-25 years old, right before the renovation. Also, the building was even around until 1940! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1940_Air_Terminal_Museum
  10. Permits note Quanta Insurance Company Inc as occupant.
  11. You're correct, the perils of reading an article and going back to "find it" via Google exist. Here's the one for this portion of Shepherd. https://communityimpact.com/houston/heights-river-oaks-montrose/transportation/2021/01/15/txdot-opens-public-comment-period-on-shepherd-durham-project/ Basically the same plan, although a detail that I didn't notice earlier, it looks like there are plans to drop from 4 to 3 lanes in certain areas to add more sidewalk space.
  12. https://abc13.com/houston-traffic-shepherd-construction-montrose-road-us-59-work/10402823/ It's adding new storm drains, and rebuilding the sidewalks/lighting and making it more pedestrian friendly as well. No street widening, other than the turn lane here. https://communityimpact.com/houston/heights-river-oaks-montrose/transportation/2020/04/15/city-council-oks-purchase-of-shepherd-drive-parcel-for-road-project/
  13. The land was originally a Stuart's Drive-In, and later a Price's. Jack in the Box opened here around late 1974 building this new structure. The greenhouse windows were likely an addition as most other JITBs built it Houston during this time were later expanded. The building only hosted Jack in the Box, and the temporary COVID testing center in the Streetview screenshot. The demolition is related to the construction on Shepherd and has been in the works for a few years now.
  14. Finally, had some time to look into it. Al Fairfield according to county docs. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/houstonchronicle/name/al-fairfield-obituary?pid=155430597
  15. Demo permit issued for Chappell Jordan, house directly behind had a permit issued last week.
  16. I have it as Luke Market/Luke's Grocery from the 40s-50s. By the late 60s it had become Rutland Food Market, and seems to have been closed by the 1970s.
  17. Search the county property records, and you'll probably be able to figure it out. On the other hand, I'd be glad to figure it out for a research fee! 😂
  18. He does, and tbh this is probably just a clerical error. Also looks like all the money from the Nau Center was "refunded" in 2015.
  19. Found something very interesting this morning while working on the upcoming Demolition post. Check out who is listed as the occupant for the demo permit. This could of course be outdated info, but could the Nau Center be back on?
  20. I've found eBay is a good way to source old photos. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=%22finger+furniture%22&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=finger+furniture
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