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  1. Here is something recently mentioned on Swamplot. Does anyone know anything about this project? http://www.kirksey.com/project/buffalo_lakes_master_plan Page 10 of this PDF http://www.ridemetro.org/ProjectsPrograms/PDFs/90A_Media_Briefing_020711.pdf shows rail going through the project.
  2. I forgot the date to this business ad I found. I believe it was the 1940s/1950s. S.M. Griffis Company located at 5624 Buffalo Speedway. "For prompt, careful, efficient handling, list your real estate for sale with us today. There is a ready market for residential properties right now. "
  3. Saw this For Sale sign the other month. Lots of vacant land on Buffalo Speedway. Probably will all slowly develop over the next 20 years.
  4. I've been looking at this Loopnet listing for a month. That area has so much potential! It's mostly contaminated forest land. These parcels are also located across the 307-Acre UT Research Campus Proposal. I know there was once a proposal, about 13 years ago, that covered a lot of the Buffalo Speedway forest land Obviously that was never realized. Here's the Loopnet listing I saw. Too much information to post in the thread. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/Holmes-Rd-and-Buffalo-Speedway-Houston-TX/8791075/ Across Holmes Road from the 320-acre University of Texas purchase, the 115 acres is a Texas Medical Center auxiliary property. Mostly wooded, the property consists of nine parcels which adjoin the Wildcat Golf Course, of the Houston Texans, the University of Houston Cougars and the Houston Rockets, with frontage on the extension of Buffalo Speedway, one of the most prominent north-south major thoroughfares in Houston and the south side of Holmes Road, a prominent east-west thoroughfare now being 4-laned with curb and gutter and center esplanade over 42" to 48"sewer.
  5. Greystar Buffalo Speedway Total Cost: $42,365,000 Scope of Work: 378-Unit, 3-Story surfaced parking, garden style apartment complex. Owner: Greystar Development Architect: Meeks + Partners
  6. I know there has been a lot of vacant land in this area up until recently, but the neighboring single story storage facilities seem like such a massive waste of real estate. Discount mini storage (9419 Buffalo Speedway) alone has about 5 acres of land. Unfortunately, this stretch of South Main is littered with them
  7. Reading up on the subject and I'm very intrigued. Tell me more about Pierce Junction. Texas State Historical Association says a small city called Myrtle Texas, originally known as Myrtle Turf became the Pierce Junction oilfield. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvmbh https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/htp12 Pierce Junction Oil Field in 1927 - Where the Astrodome and Reliant Stadium Sit Today https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2014/04/06/the-weekly-oil-gas-follies-29/#429de0753211 Solarized Effect of the Pierce Junction Oil Field, Houston, TX https://oilmanmagazine.com/article/solarized-effect-pierce-junction-oil-field-houston-tx/
  8. I always pass by here and wanted to know what this was. I stopped by today and took a picture of the street signage. Bo's Place is a Houston based non-profit bereavement center offering free grief support services for children, families and adults in their grief journey. https://www.bosplace.org/en/
  9. This is one of the Mitchell (Michael) Louis Westheimer's companies. Westheimer storage was founded in the late 1800's. I was doing some research on Mr. Westeimer, he had a lot of companies! I almost bought some antiques on Ebay I stopped by the other day to snap a picture. I wonder if this is the last standing modern-day building of theirs. The family no longer owns it. The family sold the company some 50-years ago.
  10. Today I noticed the empty lot at the corner of W. Alabama and Buffalo Speedway was being cleared. Over the past few weeks i have noticed survey crews and soil sample crews out there as well. Does anybody know what may be going up on that site?
  11. Lockmat discovered this development from a link that TheNiche posted in the "Dome over Houston" thread. Europa at Houstonian Lakes, a 500-acre master planned community. LandQuest development group (or L Star, they've recently partnered with Starwood development) is the developer. http://www.enzoinv.com/brochure/brochure.htm (pg. 20-23)
  12. Noticed this the other day. I wonder if it's Crown Castle's?
  13. Alcon is an American Swiss medical company specializing in eye care products with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and incorporated in Fribourg, Switzerland. Alcon began as a US company and its US subsidiary’s headquarters remain in Fort Worth, Texas, where the Alcon division of the company was founded. https://www.alcon.com/ I drive by this large complex located at the intersection of West Bellfort & Buffalo Speedway with an address of 9965 Buffalo Speedway. I often wonder what such a large parcel of land could turn into. Alcon must own 20 to 40 acres right there? The next major BioTech campus once TMC3 and Levit Green are completed? Of course, I'd hope, that UT and others would have finally developed the 307-acres down the block at Buffalo Speedway, Willowbend, and Holmes road.
  14. I looked at these apartments the other day. They were nice and across the street from The RO. https://invernessapts.com/
  15. Noticed a large housing development a long Buffalo Speedway ear West Orem by K. Hovnanian Homes. Brentwood subdivision. Looks like some of the land is reserved for a church expansion and other future uses. Lots of land out in the area of Buffalo Speedway. I've been watching it develop. In 20 years all the trees will disappear.
  16. Does anyone remember the Ribald Club back in the 70's off Buffalo Speedway??
  17. Upcoming road work at Buffalo Speedway near Holcombe Blvd. in West University. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2020021433
  18. Info from the Lovett commercial web site being discussed elsewhere. http://www.lovettcommercial.com/Detail.aspx?idwebarea=1&webid=237
  19. Went to the UT research site this week and passed up a block of town homes going in. This part of Buffalo Speedway is actually coming together nicely. COH extended Buffalo Speedway over a bayou.
  20. It's been around since the 1950s. Definitely a modern style. Has it been renovated since its construction?
  21. I've got some great memories of this location. I found a blog referring to it as the "old people's Luby's" even before the old folks home was built behind it. This was spot on! Some other info points to the fact that it was built as a Romana's (the original concept that Luby's launched in Houston). I was very sad to see this location go. Some of the things I remember include, the driveway/ramp in front of the entrance. Those HUGE wooden doors, but IIRC you actually used smaller doors, which may have been glass? Inside the line started at the right side of the building. They had a huge board, some menu/restaurant information was posted on it. I think other information might have been pasted on it, but I'm not 100% sure about that though. There was a small lobby directly inside which bordered the serving line. They had a gigantic clock, must of been 2 or 3 feet in diameter. This location did not have a soda fountain, they did have it in bottles however. When you finished grabbing food, you were given a receipt, but didn't have to pay. The cashier was a separate endeavor, that you had to go through when you exited. The dining room was huge and segmented, there were floor to ceiling glass panes, and I believe they had live plants indoors. (I also believe that there was a sun room on the edge of the building but could be wrong). This location did not have the modern waitresses that Luby's now has. They had the women that pushed the carts around. These carts had Ice, Water, Tea, Silverware, etc.. on them. If you needed sauce it was kept in a bookshelf like space in between each dining room segment. So what does everyone else remember about this location, and does anyone else have anymore pictures?
  22. Does any one know/remember the name of the private club that used to be on Buffalo Speedway north of S.Main on the east side on the street between Durhill St. and Elmridge St.? It's building were there from the early 50s to sometime around 1976. I think at one point it became someones private property. It had either a large swimming pool or a huge pond on the property. Here's a pic of the location off Google Earth 1953. In fact if you go to Google Earth you can still see where the property was.
  23. I don't think so, but I'm not positive. I always thought that the track came after the park was built. Maybe Sparky can comment. There was a dirt track off Stella Link between Bray's Bayou and Bellaire Blvd back in the late 20's - mid 30's, referred to as Bellaire Speedway, I think.
  24. Drove by yesterday and they are tearing out all units at 9604 S Main (the old America's Best Value Inn) here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Americas+Best+Value+Inn/@29.679122,-95.426589,3a,75y,305.44h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sBytyiD3zHAWaelOmoKiDYA!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xfe8313a5a4dffe69!6m1!1e1 According to HCAD, ownership changed 1/30 of this year to "9604 S Main LTD" w/ an address that matches In-Town Homes. Anyone know what's going on?
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