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  1. I agree completely about Mr. Antonini. This is actually the second time he has attempted to develop the land in the last 3 years. The first time the Civic Club officers went bonkers that anyone would think about building townhomes on the hallowed ground of Westbury Square. They viewed the development potential as potentially being a blight on Westbury. I still don't see anything wrong with building townhomes as long as they are valued at greater than $400K and they are required to pay dues to the Civic Club. The biggest issue with redeveloping Westbury Square is the entire piece of land boun
  2. Update on Westbury Square and Centerette The link below is to one of the signs that appeared on Friday afternoon on W. Bellfort. Al Antonini is attempting a spec development on the land currently occupied by Westbury Square's shell. Becky Edmondson, WCC President, told me yesterday she had lunch with him on Thursday and learned of his plans. I didn't count the number of residences he proposes. Becky did tell me the plan is to make it a gated community. There's not a whole lot of information available about the project. Hopefully this week at the Civic Club meeting someone will have some deta
  3. I am looking for a fence contractor to remove an old cedar fence and then install a new 8 ft fence on 2 sides of my backyard. The rear fence was replaced after Ike by a you man who did a great job using 5/8 inch thick cedar. Unfortunately he recently passed away so he is not an option. I really would prefer not to use a major fence company because of the quality of the work and materials I have seen around the neighborhood recently. Any suggestions on reputable contractors who are hungry for work and will do a great job are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  4. There was a Venture at Beechnut and Bltwy 8. I think it is now an Asian grocery. It's across the street from HEB. Also, there was a Venture at Hwy 6 and Westheimer. It was next to the Builders Square that was there. Can't remember if it is the flooring store or the building next to it. The Meyerland Target is on the site of the old Venture/K-Mart. When they elected to put a Target there about 80% of the building was destroyed to build Target. The foundation was not totally removed. If you walk the front aisle between the cash stations and the merchandise you will see the flooring falling apar
  5. The complex you are referring to had an official address of 10201 Westheimer. My dad worked there from the late 50's until the late 80's. When they were tearing down the building my dad worked in we tried to get a brick by were not allowed on the property. Brief history--no dates sorry. Complex housed Southwestern Industrial Electronics--purchased by Dresser Industries I believe in the early 60's. My dad started at SIE over on Post Oak near where KPRC used to be. Then they moved over off Hillcroft and Bellaire Blvd. behind what used to be Luby's. Then they moved out to the Westheimer location
  6. May 4 Update Drove by this evening and saw Kohl's sign was up. Opening date I believe is September 25. All of my sources are still saying the following-- Wal-Mart is closing in 2012 and will be demolished. One of 2 things may happen--Mid-rise retirement center or possibly mid-size box store. Academy is coming in early 2012. Still working out details on lease. Chili's will be demo'ed Blockbuster center is either going away or being renovated HEB is in negotiations with developer to have a 99 yr land lease. The deal is bogged down because HEB wants a gas station and car wash, but the developer
  7. No the grocery store in Meyerland Plaza was a Henke & Pilot and later became a Kroger. Then an antique store. Yes you are correct about the 2 locations on Bissonett
  8. Here are the locations I recall in Houston. It was interesting that a lot of the "anchored" Weingarten's were also in shopping centers with a Walgreen's. 1. Memorial City. The location is now where the Ice Rink is. The store was huge and could be accessed from the parking lot or the mall. It also had one of those "bucket" systems to send groceries out of the parking lot loading zone. When malls started getting rid of grocery stores it became "United Jewelry and Distributing". 2. Hillcroft and Beechnut. The space is now a Foodarama. I lived in Braeburn Terrace until I was 11. We would actually
  9. I was in BCS from 1974 to 1978 for undergrad and then 1980 to 1984 for grad school. Here are the stores I recall at that time. Weingarten's in Bryan on Texas Ave at the curve. Weingarten's in College Station in the shopping center next to Post Oak Mall. The store was very upscale when it opened. They had gourmet food like Central Market does, a coffee bar, and a huge candy/nut bar. They had a bakery that today would rival Central Markets. Being a Weingarten's they had the only Kosher section in the Brazos Vally. It then became another name when Weingarten's sold out on the verge of bankruptcy.
  10. Does anyone have any official word on what is going on at Meyer Park shopping center. Luby's is building a new location as a pad site in front of their current location. The AMC theatre is now a pile of rubble except for the front wall. Employees at Randall's say they are going to be unemployed in 2011 because that store is closing. I am hearing rumors from the Willow Meadows folks that Wally World is going to build a new Super Center there. Also from Westbury and Meyerland Civic Clubs there is a reponse "we've heard rumors" to the Super Center. I've asked several real estate folks and they a
  11. Today (Friday the 23rd) I come home and bring in the mail and what do I find, my letter from HCAD regarding my tax protest. I am nice and happy that I get to protest and exercise my right to question their over valuation. Lo and behold I open it up and find that they scheduled my informal hearing for July 19 and my board hearing for July 26. I have never done the board hearing and from everyone I have talked to who does the board does zero to change the appraisal. Plus I cannot go on the 26th because of work issues. I want to do the informal 1-1 with the appraiser. The letter is dated July 9
  12. Curious if anyone on here works for Metro or knows the best contact to actually get something done about modifying a route to make more sense. At least to me as a layperson it makes more sense. W. Bellfort is now completely through from Highway 6 to Fannin South. The last segment between S. Main and Buffalo Speedway was just opened. The currently bus line on W. Bellfort is the Number 8, South Main, route. It takes you down W. Bellfort to Stella Link and up Stella Link to S. Braeswood to S. Main to TMC Station to Wheeler Station. Now am I just not thinking logically. Wouldn't it make a whole lo
  13. Both Globe and Sage started off as membership type stores. My dad's employer, Dresser Industries offered their employees memberships via the credit union. I don't have many details on exactly how the membership worked. But Globe eventually stopped requiring a membership card to enter the store. Sage never stopped requiring the card until the bankruptcy. Sage had locations in Houston and Austin. It was locally owned. The departments inside the store were leased by different companies. An example was the housewares department. Arnie of Arnies on Hicks family owned the housewares department "fran
  14. Unfortunately I did not make it to the Civic Club meeting last night. Hopefully there would have been some discussion about the court date of Westbury Square. Also, an FYI for folks in Westbury. There are evidently plans for the shopping center on the SW corner of W. Airport and Chimney Rock. There is supposed to be a variance sign being erected by the city. The owner of the center was supposed to be at the civic club meeting last night to discuss the plans. If I find anything out on this I will let the group know. And thanks for listing sevfiv. Wow, brings back some memories of when life was
  15. Update on Westbury Square legal case. City Attorney informed civic club the case has been moved to sometime between July 27 and August 7. I don't have the details, when I do I will let y'all know.
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