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  1. Noticed some graffiti on the new shopping center along the feeder rd. of 290 past Barker-Cypress next to the new HEB...it was on the back of the building, barely visible, then they painted over it. Low and behold now it has been "tagged" on the glass windows of the shopping center facing 290!!! What the hell is going on here? Are there gangs in this area? It looked like a pretty professional job...not just some vandalizing kids. Makes me sick...I hope they can catch these a**holes...I also wonder why they chose this shopping center and no others that I can tell?
  2. I had not heard this or seen this posted before so I thought I would pass it along. I'm glad someone will finally be occupuying the old Compaq building. http://impactnews.com/northwest-houston/335-recent-news/7446-sysco-corporation-plans-to-open-new-facility-in-cypress
  3. TxDOT creating new Highway 290 HOV lane for reverse commuters
  4. WOW! My small town hometown will never be the same after this. Beacon Hill is being developed between Waller and Prairie View, TX. My parents always said it was only a matter of time when the city comes to the country. Guess it's finally here "BEACON HILL". #acreage #community #forsale #realestate #pvamu #wallercounty 1607536138122 (800×450) (licdn.com) Massive development coming to former Waller County farmland houstonchronicle.com • 3 min read
  5. US 290 Program Reaches Milestone with First Major Construction Contract "Construction on the IH 610/US 290 interchange begins this summer." HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) took bids earlier today for the US 290 Program's first major construction project located at the IH 610/US 290 interchange. Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., had the winning low bid of $151.5 million. The Texas Transportation Commission will award the project at their May 26 meeting. Work on this first contract, known as Project K, includes constructing an inbound direct connector from US 290 and the IH 610 North Loop to IH 10 Katy Freeway, thus eliminating the traffic weaving currently present on the IH 610 West Loop southbound mainlanes. In addition, workers will reconstruct the IH 610 North Loop from Ella to the US 290/IH 610 interchange. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed early 2015. The US 290 Program Office opened in October 2006 and it is from there that all design, right-of-way, utility relocation and public involvement is coordinated for the 38-mile corridor from the IH 610/US 290 interchange to FM 2920. The Federal Highway Administration granted the program environmental clearance through a Record of Decision in August 2010, allowing the program to move forward with right-of-way and construction activities. TxDOT's Houston District Engineer, Delvin Dennis, P.E., adds, "The beginning of construction signifies a major accomplishment for the US 290 Program. This long awaited project will relieve congestion and improve safety on a portion of the IH 610/US 290 interchange. Motorists will realize peak travel time savings of nine minutes on eastbound US 290 and six minutes on westbound IH 610." Although TxDOT is excited to begin the major reconstruction of US 290, the reality of the transportation funding crisis still presents real obstacles for advancing the Program. With the projected cost of the US 290 corridor improvements totaling $2.8 billion, there is still approximately $1.5 billon of the program unfunded. The program's next funded project is tentatively scheduled for construction in late 2012 and will build the outbound direct connector at the IH 610/US 290 interchange, from IH 10 to US 290 and the IH 610 North Loop. There is also funding programmed for fiscal years 2014-2019 which would allow construction at the US 290/Beltway 8 interchange and portions of US 290 between Beltway 8 and W. 34th Street. However, at this time there are no construction funds for the US 290 projects west of Beltway 8. Despite having currently allocated funding, the US 290 Program continues to move forward with corridor wide design plans, which will allow the projects to be ready to go to construction once funding is available. For more information regarding the US 290 Corridor Program, please contact Karen Othon, US 290 Public Information Officer at (713) 354-1532 or visit the program website at www.my290.com.
  6. This is going to be a huge facility. It's interesting to watch these manufacturing companies find new homes in the Grand Parkway corridor out west and east. From what I hear, their current, smaller site in Timbergrove will be vacated--most likely becoming townhomes. http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/cy-fair/daikin-industries-to-build-facility-in-northwest-harris-coun/ http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/01/07/major-hvac-manufacturer-to-build-417m-houston.html
  7. Drivers this weekend heading downtown or traveling on major roadways in Houston this weekend can expect various delays due to construction. Here are six major connector closures to help drivers plan ahead: 1. The eastbound connector ramp from 610 Loop South to I-45 is closed continuously until Sept. 30. Drivers can detour by taking the I-45 southbound connector ramp, exiting on Broadway and making a U-turn. 2. IH-10 will have 3 alternate lanes closed eastbound and westbound from T. C. Jester Blvd. to Smith and Louisiana Streets from 9 p.m. Friday, April 7 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 10. The post Multiple closures on 610 Loop, Hwy. 290 set for this weekend, April 7-9 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. View the full article
  8. Signs outside say "Are you curious yet" and Brazos contractors. Anyone know what this going to be?
  9. Along 290 Frontage Road: Bank of America (currently under construction) Chase Bank Taco Bell (currently under construction) Chick Fil A Whataburger Jack in the Box Olive Garden Longhorn Steakhouse 2 open parcels similar size to Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse Shopping Center: Kohl's Party City Star Cinema Petco Joann's Ulta Old Navy Buy Buy Baby HomeGoods Academy
  10. Over the last week I've heard from more than one person that there's a Cracker Barrel coming to Cypress to be built by Buc-cee's. Each also mentioned an Olive Garden in the same general area. I've lived in this area since 2005 and have heard these rumors about both restaurants before, but does the following information found at the below link finally give this rumor some validity? Project Name: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Project Address: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 27040 Northwest Freeway Cypress, TX 77433 County: Harris Building/Facility Name: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Facility Owner: Us 290 Retail Ltd Phone: 713-438-9507 Owner Address: 327 Fm 2004 Rd, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 Contact Name: Jason Kieschnick Phone: Design Firm Name: Design & Engineering Phone: 615-370-1779 Firm Address: 1645 Westgate Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027 Designer Name: Colleen W Atwood Type Of License: Architect License Number: 13896 Start Date: 08/2012 Completion Date: 02/2013 Estimated Cost: $750,000.00 Type Of Work: New Construction Scope Of Work: Proposed New Full-Service Commercial Restaurant And Gift Shop Source: http://www.theaustin... - Houston.html For all I know they've put a sign up, but I haven't driven out by that way recently.
  11. Check this out http://www.cullinanproperties.com/Lifestyl...er/WallerTX.asp
  12. There has been a very large lot cleared just west of 290 and 1960. At one time a sign indicated a new hospital was to be built there. That sign, however, has been missing for a few years. Anybody know what is going up there?
  13. Today some land surveyors were surveying the empty lot next to Gringos with a sign for Captial Retail Properties. Not sure how old the flyer is, but it shows a Cracker Barrel between the soon to be new retail space and Gringos and a Papa's BBQ on the other side of Gringos. Strangely enough it also lists a "proposed" Kroger's a bit further down 290, before Mason and "Memorial Herman", presumably taking the Fairfield Driving Range's lot. http://capitalretailproperties.com/brochures/Mueschke.pdf
  14. Anyone know what's going in at 290 & Mueschke? Next to Buc-ees. Lots of dirt movement lately.
  15. Proposal would add toll lanes to U.S. 290 and Texas 288 Commissioners will soon vote on deal to jump-start project By Mike Morris Updated 11:41 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012 Projects to widen U.S. 290 and Texas 288 with a mix of free and toll lanes in an attempt to ease congestion in the traffic-choked corridors would get a jump-start under a proposed agreement between Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation. The deal, scheduled for a vote by Commissioners Court next Tuesday, also foresees the state building a direct connection from Texas 288 to the Texas Medical Center, as well as improving nearby Almeda and Cullen. TxDOT spokesman Bob Kaufman said work on U.S. 290 could start early next year; he declined to say when dirt could turn on Texas 288, but said environmental work is under way. "This is an important step that says we're going to work on this program together, we're both going to bring funding to it, the toll road authority will collect tolls to help pay for it, and it's going to address in an aggressive way the congestion on 290," said Art Storey, the county's director of public infrastructure, who oversees the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Storey said the details of each project still need to be worked out. 2 commissioners wary County Judge Ed Emmett called the agreement exciting, and said it was the product of months of negotiations between state officials and court members. "It's a lot of projects at a time when everybody else is wringing their hands going, 'Gee, what are we going to be able to do?' " he said. "To finally tell people who use 290 and 288, 'Here's a definitive plan and it's going to start sooner rather than later,' I think is a big plus." Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, through whose precinct a large part of U.S. 290 passes, was more wary. The county, he said, has not been repaid for $77 million it spent developing Segment E of the Grand Parkway before turning the job over to the state. Radack said he would like that back before the county contributes a proposed $400 million to help build U.S. 290, which is under the state's jurisdiction. "What they're asking the county to do is participate in order to get something done," Radack said. "So, we're saying we'll look at participating, but let's look at what y'all are proposing and is it a good plan for the county. It's not Harris County's fault that the state of Texas doesn't have the money to do what is their responsibility." Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman also expressed skepticism, but for a different reason. TxDOT must not neglect Texas 146, the widening of the southeastern portion of Beltway 8, or the expansion of the Ship Channel bridge, he said. "We need a funded plan for all major Harris County projects," Morman said. "So far the focus has been on Grand Parkway and 290. That's fine, but I won't let the east side take a back seat." In 'striking distance' The proposal envisions a free lane being added in each direction on U.S. 290 between the 610 Loop and the Grand Parkway, and two to three managed lanes in the center. There is disagreement about which directions those lanes should flow at what times. The plan for Texas 288, according to the agreement, would see two toll lanes added from U.S. 59 to near the Brazoria County line. TxDOT's Kaufman said it is too early to discuss details on either project. Alan Clark, head of transportation planning for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, said the agreement puts long hoped-for improvements "within striking distance." Both stretches of U.S. 290 and Texas 288 are among TxDOT's 100 most-congested road segments. "None of this would be possible if it weren't for our ability to use toll financing on some of these projects," he said. "The funding shortfall is still very much present when we're talking about adding or constructing lanes that would not be tolled." Cautionary note Citizens Transportation Coalition board chairwoman Marci Perry and advocacy chairwoman Carol Caul said they support improvements to the congested section of U.S. 290 inside Highway 6, but said population statistics do not support such an investment much beyond that point. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, whose district is home to a large section of U.S. 290, said there is no question that both projects are needed. "If we want to continue the economic growth and the prosperity that we have, we have to address mobility," Cagle said. "If this agreement is signed, it'll be a signal to everyone, not just within our region but … to the entire nation, that 'Houston is ready to do business - come on down.' " http://www.chron.com...and-3462888.php
  16. Two new public housing projects slated for Cypress With the announcement of Barry Kahn's new tax credit insta-slum housing project proposed for Fairfield's front-door, are the residents of Fairfield and surrounding communities organizing? Fairfield Creek Estates - 27800 block of Hwy 290, E of Fairfield Creek Dr. Also, residents of Cypress have another one or two projects that have crept up on the radar...in North Cypress...a few doors down from the Pinnacle insta-slum at Huffmeister & 290...a new insta-slum for the 'elderly' is being proposed for Huffmeister & Cypress North Houston. AT Villages at Cypress - SE of Huffmeister & Cypress North Houston Rd. If you oppose these types of community-destroying projects, it's time to get organized quickly! FYI - there are dozens more of these types of projects proposed each and every year throughout Texas and the Houston area. I suggest you check the link above to find out what's being proposed in your area. Please refer to the following site for more info about these projects: http://www.tdhca.sta...ultifamily/htc/
  17. OK, I know Grand Parkway has been hopelessly delayed and this won't to fruition for years, but how would they connect 99 to 290? I saw this map (http://www.grandpky.com/images/maps/segE_Map4of4.pdf) but it wasn't entirely clear. Would they move the railroad to add space, or would they do something like how Grand Parkway and Interstate 10 was done prior to the MKT abandonment? Also, around that area, a power center was planned, anchored by an H-E-B. There was a sign there for several years, will that ever get done?
  18. Looks like Cypress is getting another Mexican food restaurant...Gringo's. Construction has started already... http://www.crosstori...hke20101007.pdf
  19. I see there is a new 1-story building on the northbound side of 290 near barker cypress exit...any idea what it might be?
  20. The Harris County Commissioners Court is set to approve the fast-track development of Segment E of the Grand Parkway in Tuesday's meeting. The plan is for the tollway to ease traffic off of the heavily congested US 290 and feed some of the traffic onto the newly widened Katy Freeway. Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6277272.html More info about Segment E of Grand Parkway: http://www.grandpky.com/segments/e/ Here is a map showing the extent of the project:
  21. There's been land cleared for quite some time now (over 6 months) on the south side of 290/west of Hwy. 6, next to the Hampton Inn/Shell corner. Any idea what's going in there?
  22. Just a head's up: Since just after Christmas, at least two Cypress-area residents have given accounts of their family members being robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot outside of the Cinemark Theatres at 290 and Spring-Cypress. In each, guns were pointed at or pressed up to victims' heads and/or chests. In neither case was the victim alone, they were part of a pair or group of 3 who were accosted by 2 gunmen. Both incidents were at night.
  23. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2009/09/merche_new_restaurant.php
  24. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has fast-tracked its plans to partner with private developers on real estate deals throughout the county. In its latest deal, Metro will join forces with a private commercial developer to build a $32 million mixed-use shopping and transit center at the corner of Skinner Road and U.S. Highway 290. The project marks the second joint development agreement engineered by the transit agency in the past month, but the first of its kind for Harris County. Under the agreement, Metro will pay Houston-based NewQuest Properties $17 million to build a multilevel parking garage and bus transit center on undeveloped land owned by Metro. The garage will accommodate 1,500 cars. In addition, Metro will contribute 11 acres of public land to a joint partnership led by NewQuest that will develop an adjacent $14.3 million retail project near the park-and-ride facility. In exchange for its contribution, Metro will own 25 percent of the development. The still-unnamed project will be made up of 28,000 square feet of restaurant space and 92,000 square feet of retail space. UPDATE Apartments added to retail in new Metro Park & Ride Houston Business Journal - July 28, 2006by Jennifer DawsonHouston Business Journal Northwest Houston commuters soon will be able to roll out of bed and board a bus to get to work downtown. The newest Park & Ride facility being developed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will include 252 apartment units. This project was originally described as a RETAIL project, however it is now also to include an apartment component? I'd like to see the plans for this. Metro is a public entity, so this development needs to have a forum for public debate. Further, I'm not sure if Metro has any business doing commercial/residential real estate development anyhow. Need more info.
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