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  1. Developer PDF for community layout: https://mccmeetingspublic.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/angletontx-meet-2aad8ca59ed246c285d1923fb1d214bf/ITEM-Attachment-001-b579d784e7f243d28ef640b5dafc1b11.pdf https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2023/05/02/ashton-gray-to-develop-ashland-angleton-brazoria.html?cx_testId=40&cx_testVariant=cx_27&cx_artPos=1#cxrecs_s "Development will happen in two phases. Phase 1 should begin in the fourth quarter of this year and include about 1,200 lots on the first 500 acres, Vembutty said. The community will include more than 200 acres of amenity space, including a nature preserve, detention ponds with an 8-mile trail system, a recreation center with a gym, a resort-style pool and a lap pool, and a playground. According to the developer agreement, the city of Angleton will annex Ashland, which is currently in its extraterritorial jurisdiction, into the city limits once it’s close to full build-out. The contract also gives Ashton Gray and the city two years to secure an agreement from Brazoria County and the Texas Department of Transportation to develop Highway 288 frontage roads. If no agreement is reached, Ashton Gray will be able to develop the tracts intended for commercial use as residential instead. If they succeed in getting a frontage road built, the plan is to develop a mixed-use retail district. “I would love to see something really, really nice like a town center or something of that architecture or that design,” Angleton Mayor Jason Perez said. “Because that is going to be the front door of the community.” With nearly 2,500 homes, Ashland could bring more than 7,000 new residents to the town, which hasn’t grown much in the past 20 years. Its population was 18,130 in 2000 and 19,437 in the 2020 U.S. Census."
  2. Not to be confused with the nearby Manvel Town Center... City page for project: http://cityofmanvel.com/454/Manvel-Municipal-and-Athletic-Center-MAC Feasibility report from December 2022: http://cityofmanvel.com/DocumentCenter/View/2159/Manvel-Sports-Complex-Feasibility-Report-PDF?bidId= https://communityimpact.com/houston/pearland-friendswood/development/2023/04/17/city-on-the-rise-manvel-focuses-on-infrastructure-growth-as-population-soars/ "Finally, city officials highlighted a proposed future downtown area adjacent to Valencia that would feature a new city hall and main city service buildings and an expansive sports complex. The 160-acre area would feature a series of multiuse sports fields alongside retail space for hotels, an amphitheater and other community spaces, according to a Dec. 5 feasibility study for the project. The study, conducted by The Sports Facilities Advisory for architecture design client PGAL, shows an estimated investment of $63.9 million from the city for the complex, which has no stated timeline yet. Current council officials touted the project as an opportunity to create a sports tourism destination that will attract visitors from across the state, boosting the local economy and providing a walkable downtown space for current residents. Davison said the project, which had its design recently approved and may see ground work start in the summer, is facing some criticism from citizens and council candidates."
  3. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2023/04/13/hines-sandy-point-iowa-colony-community.html?cx_testId=40&cx_testVariant=cx_27&cx_artPos=0#cxrecs_s "The Houston-based real estate company, along with Trez Capital and several limited partner investors, earlier this month purchased 954 acres of undeveloped land outside Iowa Colony, in southern Brazoria County. The community, to be called Sandy Point, is slated to have 2,100 single-family homes at build-out. Derek Graber with Dosch Marshall Real Estate represented Hines, and David Cook and Meredith Cullen with Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller. Flagstar Bank and Rocky Lai & Associates provided financing. Sandy Point will be located along the western side of State Highway 288 just south of Iowa Colony’s current city limits. The property will be annexed into the city in the next several months as part of a development agreement, Iowa Colony City Manager Robert Hemminger said. Hines plans to offer a variety of lot sizes ranging from 40 to more than 80 feet in width. While Brazoria County requires lot sizes in new subdivisions to be at least 80 feet wide, municipalities can set their own rules."
  4. https://thefacts.com/free_share/article_697b54b3-57d7-53ec-802e-62ea6f493434.html https://rebusinessonline.com/volkswagen-to-open-114m-importation-facility-in-freeport-texas/ $114 million, 120 acre site that is expected to import over 140,000 vehicles per year after it opens in 2024. The facility will consolidate existing sites in Houston and Midlothian.
  5. Surprised we didn't have a thread for this. Serves the areas of Angleton, Danbury, Rosharon and the surrounding areas and is the first trauma designated facility in Brazoria County. The campus is located at 132 East Hospital Drive. https://www.utmb.edu/utmbhealth/locations/hospitals-campuses/angleton-danbury-campus
  6. The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has an undivided 1/6 interest in 108.5 acres of flat coastal prairie land for sale in Brazoria and Galveston Counties. The property is located about six miles southeast of Alvin, north of FM 2004 and east of Halls Bayou. It is rectangular in shape and has limited access on unimproved county farm and rice field roads. https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/real-estate/property/halls-bayou-undivided-16-interest-1085-acres
  7. Earlier this week I was called for jury duty. I was not, as it turned out, selected for a jury, but I did get to spend all morning at the Brazoria County Courthouse in Angleton. There are actually three "courthouse" buildings. There's the 1895 building which now houses the county historical museum, the 1940 one which is a stripped down limestone Moderne building featured in _Houston Deco_, and the 1976 addition, which is classic 70's Brutalist. Anyway, the 70's one didn't do much for me, being sort of a lowest-bidder institutional thing, but the 1940 one is spectacular inside. The architect was Wyatt C. Hedrick, not Lamar Q. Cato as _Houston Deco_ says, and there is a lot of white limestone with little seashell fossils on the interior as well as the exterior. The corridors, while narrow, are spectacular with terrazo floors, inlaid detailing at the stairwells, marble paneling on the walls, floor to ceiling, and period stainless steel door hardware. The courtroom I was in had floor to ceiling cherry paneling in alternating bands of horizontal and vertical grain, and lovely Art-Deco detailing on the railing of the jury box, judge's bench, witness stand, and other railings. Stainless steel windows were moo, but it's part of the Moderne style, I guess. It was truly beautiful; hard to believe I've lived most of my life in Brazoria County and never seen it before. Edit: why on earth is the forum changing the word "m e h" to "moo?" Is it National Cow Day or something? Wyatt C. Hedrick (often misspelled as Wyatt C. Hendrick)
  8. Thought this was interesting. I don't know how to find the article on line, but I read in Saturday's The Facts newspaper (covers Brazoria County. ) Brazosport Water Authority unanimously approved the plan for the plant. "The plant will provide water to seven municipalities and industrial partners through a process of converting Brackish water. . . into fresh water." "The project will be funded through money the water authority has set aside from refinancing bonds and at a rate increase that will be passed on to the entities involved in the project.
  9. Near as I can tell, it's near the site of the old settlement Hastings, which was built around an oil field in the thirties. Brazoria CAD says it's owned by "Hastings Oil. Co." and was built in 1937. Rooming house for oil workers, maybe? Kind of a stripped-down deco style, sorta reminiscent of the Josephine and Wroxton Court apartments (though more rural) Anyone know anything about it?
  10. This just in... Please note that this thread is for discussing the 288/South Freeway project. There's a different thread to talk about the 290/Northwest Freeway/Hempstead Tollway project.
  11. I was looking in the Savannah Community off Highway 6 and looked at the mortgage calculator for a home I liked....The range was around $270K or so. Am I correct that taxes for homes in that range are nearly $800 a month or more? Is it because its Rosharon? Brazoria County? As for homebuilders, I was looking in Southfork and ran across this home builder named Cervelle Homes....I noticed these homes have the same amount of square footage and more garage space than alot of the higher priced homes in the area but for a cheaper price. Are these homes of good quality?
  12. Residents can comment on a proposed park-and-ride facility in Brazoria County near Texas 288 during two public meetings about the project this week. The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Harvest at 7505 Wilson Road in Manvel. A second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Garden Inn-Pearland at 12101 in Pearland. The proposed facility would be at the southwest corner of Texas 288 and County Road 59. The project is intended to help address growing transportation needs in Brazoria County and the region http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7114770.html
  13. Thanks Timnwendy. Check the State of the City update that Major Reid presented last night. New High School coming next door to ST. City of Pearland
  14. October. The Brazoria Co. Historical Museum has two lectures of interest. October 8, 6:30pm - Gregg Dimmick on his recent excavations at the San Jacinto Battleground. October 20, 6:30pm - Sheldon Kindall on his research over the years on SE Texas Indian archeological sites.
  15. 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" and "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.
  16. Public invited to share mobility ideas By ROBERT STANTON Houston Chronicle Brazoria County residents will get a chance to share concerns about mobility and transportation issues at a special meeting Monday in Pearland. The regional meeting is being organized by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and will take place at 6 p.m. at Westside Events Center, 2150 Country Place Parkway. It's one of several being held in the Greater Houston area. "We'd like to do a dialogue and ask them about their concerns," said Stephanie Lee, public involvement coordinator at H-GAC. "It's looking at planning for the future and dealing with congestion now." Updates to be given H-GAC officials will update the public on transportation projects that are under way or are planned. They also plan to discuss subregional planning, or partnerships between local governments. One topic to be discussed will be commuter rail, said Pat Waskowiak, program manager for planning and programming at H-GAC. A study found that a line would be feasible along Texas 35, benefiting Brazoria County residents. Such a route likely would tie into Houston's Hillcroft Transit Center and connect there to other light rail destinations, Waskowiak said. "If there appears to be public support, the next step would be to do specific studies on the specific corridors, looking at the details of where they would be located, the number of riders and other details," she said. A Park & Ride facility in Pearland is also another top priority. The city of Pearland is pursuing a six-month pilot program with H-GAC that would provide 75 percent of the estimated $500,000 cost to run a transit facility for six months. Pearland officials are talking to the Metropolitan Transit Authority about providing buses for the pilot program. "Transit in general is an issue that we have been working with the city of Pearland for a while now," Waskowiak said. "The city is in conversation with Metro about some type of transit service. They are close to having some type of proposal of where it would be and how it would be operated." Park & Ride funds sought U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Stafford, a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has requested $1.5 million for a Pearland Park & Ride facility as part of the House transportation budget. If Lampson's efforts are successful, the funds would likely go toward building a permanent Park & Ride facility in the Texas 288 area. The more people who attend the public meeting to share their views, the better the chances of seeing improvements in the area's transportation picture, Pearland City Councilman Kevin Cole said. "Since a lot of money comes from the federal government, they really need public input to drive public policy," Cole said. "The more people that can get out and express their thoughts and opinions on transportation items, the better it will be. If they don't show up, H-GAC will focus dollars on folks (in other communities) who get out." robert.stanton@chron.com
  17. Glenda Dawson High School will be built on Cullen near Hawk Road. It will be across the street from the "million-dollar house" on Cullen, and yes, about a 1/2 mile from the cemeteries. They are just about to start clearing the land. The third high school in Pearland will be converted from the existing and newly built Pearland Junior High South on Bailey Road, when a new Junior High is completed just south of Rogers Middle School. Marty
  18. Anyone have any new info on the large racetrack planned for off of Hwy 288 near Manvel and Alvin? I think financing is falling through. Just wondering.
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