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  1. 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.


  2. 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?

  3. Update on Pearland Park & Ride


    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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. No more than two years ago, SCR was the hottest thing in suburban Houston. Now, it is starting to sound like a dump (no pun intended).

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Guys, thanks so much for replying - I can see now why Telfair is more expensive. Actually my budget is around 260/270, which is the maximum that I can afford - at the same time I want something as close as possible to hwy 59 and the house shouldn't be more than, say 3 years old. I guess, with my budget, Telfair is out of question - is there a chance I can look elsewhere to satisfy my requirements ( Greatwood ofcourse, as you guys pointed out, is a place I need to go and look at ) - any other suggestions?


    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Just look at those 7 guys. Same story, new generation. When will these black women learn to stop letting these druggies, criminals, and lazy losers impregnate them so that 17-18 years later, the child bands together with other guys who have the same father situation and they go out and terrorize people all over the city.

    It's getting to the point where I'll see a woman out in public with her small children around 6-7 years old, and I look at the woman and all I can think about is how the kids will be future criminals in 2019. They need to take pre-emptive measures to stop certain people from having children until we have a civilization of people who were raised properly.

    How sad... I pray you're never in a position to make hiring decisions. I wonder if the parents of those black children you look at in disgust look at little white children and wonder how many will grow up to be ignorant and prejudiced.

  12. I live in Silverlake. I guess it's all relative but I don't consider myself being next to Blue Ridge, nor or all parts of Shadow Creek.

    I'm sure it's making many potential homebuyers think long and hard about whether or not they want to buy in the area, as it should. But I know in my particular neighborhood in Silverlake (and I can only speak for my specific subdivsion/village) people are still buying and homes don't stay on the market long.

    And yes, KTRK, KHOU and Fox are all filing a lawsuit to stop the expansion. This is along with the ongoing suit by Shadow Creek, Teal Run and other Fresno residents.

  13. For those of you who live in Pearland, I'm sure you're aware that the Pearland and Alvin portions of Brazoria County are dry. There is a petition drive underway to have an election to change the laws.

    There are two seperate issues so there will be two petitions circulating. 22,000 signatures are needed. They call for the following:

    "The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage

    certificate holders only"


    "The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only"

    Today, petitions will be available to sign at both Pearland Walmarts

    located on Broadway (518) from 1pm to 7pm.

    If you know anyone in Alvin, there will be petitions at the Alvin

    Walmart as well - I'm told the same times will apply.

    On Wednesday (tomorrow) petitions will be available from 9am to 7pm at:

    Pearland Krogers

    Walmart Supercenter on N. Main

    This Friday and Saturday evening, petitions will be available at local

    restaraunts. I'm still waiting on clarification for which restaraunts

    and times, so be looking for that soon.

    Things are moving quickly now that the 60 day window is open.

  14. Based on the updated site plan and a little neighborhood gossip :) it appears that the HEB-anchored development will also have Hobby Lobby, Academy, McAlister's Deli, La Madeleine, Taco Cabana, Candelari's Pizza, Finger's Furniture, Lupe Tortilla, Pei Wei, Compass Bank, and Wachovia Bank.

    Site Plan is here http://www.fox-properties.net/availprop/propdesc.asp?ID=1

    As mentioned, PeiWei and Candelari's are not on the site plan but this is the word on street.

    Also, the big presidential head display at the WaterLights retail development in Pearland was discussed last week. The following press release that discusses the project mentions that the it will include an retail outlet center.


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