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  1. got an email from the Montrose Management District-- Breaking News: the Texas Transportation Commission received their recommended list of projects from staff and voted to approve the Montrose Management District’s application for funding to re-light the bridges over US Hwy 59 at their meeting Thursday morning. This project will replace the non-functioning original light strands with a state-of-the-art LED lighting system that not only will bring back the illumination that has been missing from the US 59 corridor for almost ten years, but will also create a safer environment both below the bridge decking and also for vehicular & pedestrian traffic on the bridges. The linkage provided by the Montrose bridge cannot be understated. Montrose is the only north/south connector west of the Central Business District that connects traffic from the heavily traveled I-10 to the Medical Center. The bridges not only provide a vital mobility link to communities on both sides, but also are a source of pride for the entire region due to their iconic nature. then I googled this: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/news/m-grant-awarded-for-lighting-of-bridges-over-hwy/article_b4584127-5b33-5eb0-ad79-dd1d1239f519.html
  2. Satya mixed-use development coming to Rosenberg - Houston Business Journal (bizjournals.com) New 312-unit multifamily project at the southwest corner of SW Freeway & 36, directly east of the Epicenter site. The existing shopping center will gain additional tenants. The project includes the return of Starbucks (under construction) to the intersection, as well as a return of Arby's to Rosenberg and a new Taco Bueno among other leases. Some of the comments from Satya's president in the piece were a bit odd IMO. The bit about it having been several years since a multifamily development was built in the city is not accurate given Sueba USA's two building project with three fewer units than this proposal opened at the start of the year in Brazos Town Center. A second multifamily project of 234 units from Sueba is also planned for that development as well, just behind the Hampton Inn. The other comment "...the next loop which is going to go around the city is Highway 36. That's the major thoroughfare plan" - I'm not sure what that even means. 36 is not a loop like 99/8/610. The only analogue to a loop locally is Spur 10, which has already been upgraded to accommodate truck traffic between 59 & 36. Maybe it's that 36-A proposal that hasn't really gone anywhere? I'm not sure.
  3. Found this rendering of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Campus. I don't think it was built as proposed. The tower definitely did not get built. June 16, 1971. An $80 million medical complex will be constructed at Beechnut and the Southwest Freeway it was announced Friday, by a spokesman for Memorial Baptist Hospital System.
  4. Noticed this on Loopnet. 2828 Southwest Fwy - Four Points by Sheraton Greenway Plaza https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2828-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/23923870/ The Property is situated on 2.38 acres (103,569 square feet) of land, presenting a rare opportunity for a developer with flexibility to reposition or redevelop the Property into a different asset type. Alternatively, a new hotel investor will have the opportunity to realize the significant upside of acquiring and renovating an asset in a highly desirable submarket, substantially below replacement cost.
  5. I was browsing The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan dated September 23, 1964 and came across a business listing for Palms Theatre. Palms Theatre - Sugar Land, Texas 10 Min. Out On S-W Frway. I never even heard of this theater. I don't see anything on the famous cinematreasures.org archive website either. Was this possibly rebranded? Is there an exact address for this place? Looks like it's somewhere off 59 South/Southwest Freeway. Very cool find! Anyone ever been here?
  6. Sonic Automotive to build a "big beautiful dealership" across the highway from Audi. LINK
  7. Kajani Capital Group will develop a multifamily community on 10.8 acres of land it recently acquired near Highway 59 in northeast Houston. The 300-unit multifamily project, will be part of the Kingwood Place development located in the HEB-anchored center at the southwest corner of Hwy 59 and Northpark Drive. https://realtynewsreport.com/kajani-starting-apartment-project/
  8. I was browsing the newspaper The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan dated March 5, 1975 and came across a business listing for Kettle Restaurant located at 5545 Southwest Freeway. Formally, in the ad, the restaurant is called Kettle Pancake House. I believe they go by two different names. Did anyone eat here? Any pictures of the building? I'm surprised a pancake house would offer employees both paid vacations and a retirement plan.
  9. The part where people had to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get off on Westheimer if going north on 610 was a 100% success with that excellent single lane off ramp that gets you off of the main lanes before you cross over 59 and then dumps you right on the feeder before Westheimer. The major failure was in the ramp that takes you from 610 north going to 59 south. Before they reconstructed this area that area of 610 right in front of the Home Depot was famous for wrecks. I still see the area jammed up at all hours of the day during the work week. They did improve the access to go to 59 north but the 59 south ramp seems to be too narrow and sharp for large commercial trucks and SUVs to take at high speed. Even when the traffic is not heavy people slow down to 25-40 mph on that turn. They should have built an exit ramp like the ones they have at beltway 8 and 59 north where it is a very lazy and gradual curve with lots of shoulder room for people to feel more safe about not hitting the wall. This curve should have gone over the old existing 610 bridge that goes over 59. The exit for the ramp should have been at least a mile before the actual exit by raising a wall protected with crash barrel to keep people from jumping on the exit at the last second and causing more slowing. With that intersection being in the top 10 more busy and dangerous in the USA the sky should have been the limit on funding a good solution.
  10. Per Bisnow, this memorial was recently dedicated in Memorial Park in Sugar Land. Haven't heard of using tilt-wall for this sort of construction before. More on the design and planning can be found here.
  11. Per last week's Deal Sheet https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/deal-sheet/this-weeks-houston-deal-sheet-90506
  12. AT&T is selling their 1.28 acres on the side of the freeway. Such prime land here. The marketing flyer says "High Profile". The small building has been for sale for about a year. Loopnet listing: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/3773-S-US-59-Hwy-Houston-TX/25983396/
  13. Does anyone re member when the POS opened and closed (years)? They were located @ the SEC of today's 610 and 59, just north of Bellaire. When they were demolished, I retrieved a metal post from a railing surrounding the horse ring. Also, in the late 1970's, Ranch 74 Beef had an outlet there (the stables were already gone). Thanks for responding!
  14. JLW, that place was Celebration Station. I think it is still there, it is totally seperate from the old Malibu Grand Prix that is now a used car dealership.
  15. This building went under renovations last year. You don't hear Class-B and River Oaks in the same sentence often. https://transwestern.com/property/river-oaks-medical-center
  16. Noticed this on Loopnet this week. Another Hotel to Multifamily conversion? The address is 6780 Southwest Fwy. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/6780-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/25052059/ https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/houswhf-hilton-houston-galleria-area/
  17. I saw that they are removing all of the vines on the spur entrances to 59 from midtown. I thought that those were the best looking part of any of our freeways in the whole city. Pretty pumped to see the grafiti that goes up on the walls instead of the vines.
  18. I saw this lot get gated on my way to work and was wondering if anyone knows whats going on here? Does it have to do with the i59/610 rebuild? There are way too many gas stations in the area (7 in a 1 mile radius), so whatever it is, I'm sure its better than a gas station. IMG_3611.heic
  19. Please help us make Cooper's Quest first visit to Houston a success! We are a non profit organization that raises funds to help disabled children of Texas fire fighters, police, and EMS employees. We help children with a range of problems including disabilities, genetic disorders, undiagnosed disorders or terminal illnesses. We will be hosting a Houston fundraiser music benefit on October 11th. Please help us spread the word! Who: Cooper’s Quest Music Benefit Where: Firehouse Saloon 5930 SW Freeway and Fountainview Houston, TX 77057 When: Sunday October 11Th 2009 2-7pm Why: Cooper's Quest: Working together to build a greater quality of life for children of fire fighters, police and ems living with and fighting against genetic diseases. What: Live Music -Joe K & Ron O -Brandon McDermott Band - www.myspace.com/brandonmcdermottband -Mark Miller - www.myspace.com/markmillerband -The Dragliners - www.myspace.com/thedragliners -Grady Skelton Band - www.myspace.com/gradyskeltonband Silent Auction Raffle -Two Southwest Airlines round trip passes to any SWA city. -Sharp - 32" LCD HDTV. -New 8G ipod nano with video. -Plus much more! Photo Booth– Take the Quest home with a personalized event photo. Barbecue- BBQ will be included in your ticket price! Tickets: -Adults: $15 pre paid from www.firehousesaloon.com events page $20 at the door -Children: 4 and under FREE!4 to 12 - $5 at the door Coopersquest.org Cooper Wilson 6/27/07-7/8/09 Cooper\'s_Quest_October_11_smaller.pdf CQ fact sheet.pdf
  20. Saw this on the news this morning. http://abc13.com/traffic/gulf-freeway-ramp-to-close-for-six-months/2716294/
  21. I searched for a thread in this but didn't see one. The realtor has for years put up all these signs saying it's back. To me, this is certainly a place for apts and GFR. Why, in this market is the shopping center dead except for Amy's Ice Cream and Freebirds? I would post a photo of it but don't know how yet.
  22. Always wondered when this would be sold for something of higher value. Prime location. Weslayan & 59. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/4015-Southwest-Fwy-Houston-TX/21166287/
  23. Does anyone remember there being a bungee jump right off the west loop ? It seems it was just south of 59. For those of you that do remember it, does anyone have pictures they can post?
  24. The City of Houston has renderings of the proposed Cap Parks over the soon-to-be-trenched I-69 at Fannin, Caroline, and Almeda at the link below: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nhhip/midtown/public-open-house-midtown.pdf The buildings in the rendering are speculative and subject to Rice University's plans.
  25. The Master-Planned Community will bring a town center, medical center, offices, multifamily homes, etc to the Porter/New Caney area. Tree's have already been cut down for Grand Parkway (visible to see on 59). The Grand Parkway will split the two sides of the community and will be 2 miles and a half south from the new Grand Texas Theme Park.
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