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  1. Pearland Town Center has its site up. http://pearlandtowncenter.com/shop/pearland.nsf/index According to the site, the grand opening will be July 30, 2008.
  2. Pearland 34th on Forbes Magazine Growth List Last Edited: Friday, 10 Aug 2007, 5:13 PM CDT Created: Friday, 10 Aug 2007, 5:13 PM CDT Pearland is the 34th fastest growing suburb in the United States according to an article in Forbes magazine. The Houston suburb also is 10th in Texas and first in the greater Houston area. Pearland
  3. As George mentioned upthread, Pearland didn't want to be solely responsible for paying for a facility that residents of surrounding cities would take advantage of. I think they were looking for alternatives. Maybe shared funding?
  4. Update on Pearland Park & Ride http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/pea...ws/5036890.html Pearland city officials are counting on a study by the Houston-Galveston Area Council to turn the idea of a Park & Ride in the city to reality. Assistant City Manager Nick Finan said the study will look at a number of factors, including the location, cost, the parties that should be involved and the funding sources that could help get a Park & Ride off the ground. No timetable has been set for completing the study, Finan said. "It's a complicated issue," City Manager Bill Eisen said. "There are a lot of funding sources out there, and until we know more about them, it's hard to say if it's a definite thing that can happen or not." This spring, Pearland officials received separate proposals from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and a Texas-based consulting firm about starting a Park & Ride along Texas 288. Metro's proposal initially would provide 400 parking spaces at Cinemark Cinema on Texas 288 south of FM 518 until a permanent parking structure is built, Eisen said. The city would pay $500,000 a year for the temporary parking until a three-story parking structure is built that would accommodate 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles. After the structure is complete, the city would contribute $1.6 million a year under the plan. The Goodman Corporation, a transportation and urban-planning firm, presented a short-term proposal that would provide 250 parking spaces at a to-be-determined existing site, Eisen said. The corporation's long-term plan calls for construction of a permanent parking facility with 600 parking spaces. After holding several workshop meetings on the issue, Pearland officials decided to take a step back to explore all the options. "The Metro proposal would require a significant commitment of the city," City Councilwoman Felicia Kyle said. "It seems to be a financially challenged project." Kyle said City Council needs feedback from Pearland residents "about what they would like to see or not to see." City Councilman Kevin Cole also has concerns about the cost to the city of setting up and maintaining a Park & Ride. Finan said the H-GAC study also would gauge how a Park & Ride in Pearland would fit into a "future holistic transportation system for the city." "We wouldn't put it in a location that wouldn't benefit us in the future," he said.
  5. George - Can you explain the significance of this decision for those of us who are not in the know?
  6. Has anybody noticed that there's a new sign in front of the WaterLights site that says something like "Coming Soon - Restaurant Row on the Grand Canal"? I haven't been able to find any information but it got me wondering whether they may try to make the Presidential Park/Waterlights more restaurant oriented rather than retail oriented. To me, this would make sense 1) because will soon be so much retail in the area. 2) There's a shortage of good restaurant choices. What do you guys think?
  7. TCEQ Grants Contested Hearing On Blue Ridge Landfill The Texas Commission On Environmental Quality just ruled this morning at a hearing in Austin that sufficient evidence did exist to allow for a contested case hearing on the proposed application for the Blue Ridge Landfill Expansion near Missouri City, Arcola, Fresno & Pearland. This is good news for the nearly 1100 homeowners who signed the petition against this project. We will update this section as time and information permits. http://missouricitychatter.blogspot.com/
  8. Everything I've read indicates a Fall 2007 opening. So I'm going put my money on HEB opening the week before Thanksgiving.
  9. I notice that the Silverlake Randall's in Pearland is currently undergoing the new lifestyle remodel that has been talked about recently. I must say that I really like what they've done. I was a long-time Randall's fan but like many people, was turned off by what the stores had become under the Safeway regime. I notice that the new look has brought about better products, better customer service and more customers. I'm sure they had to make some changes with all of the competiton currently surrounding them as well as the planned HEB and Kroger stores. Surprisingly, I think they just might be able to compete as an alternative to the huge superstores.
  10. I definitely wouldn't call SCR a dump. It's still a beautiful neighborhood, with very nice homes, and a number of residents who were caught off guard by this mess. It's unfortunate that things have gone down the way they have. I wish them the best.
  11. I read that there is a MiMi's coming to the Pearland Town Center, which will open next summer.
  12. Minor update on retail development. Going up next to Best Buy: Half Price Books Party City Going up next to JC Penney: A smaller strip center that has the following businesses confirmed so far Charming Charlie's - An accesory store Wells Fargo Finanical Center There is an additional 8000 square feet available for another retail outlet. Also Randall's is adding a new Starbucks with a big lounge area and fireplace.
  13. I'm pretty sure that anything that is less than 3 years old is going to be deep down in Greatwood, making 59 access an issue.
  14. Hi NJ - Try Froberg's Market in Alvin. http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3722379287
  15. I actually prefer the hybrid markets. I love all of the amenities (cafe, butcher, seafood market) that Central Market has to offer, but I've noticed that since they tilt so heavily toward stocking "gourmet" brands, when I'm just looking for regular, everyday brands on many things, they don't sell them or they're stocked in much smaller quantities. I love trying new and different brands/foods, but more often than not, a common brand is more than sufficient. The hybrid markets give a good mix of both.
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