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  1. Plenty of red meat here both in the article and in the comments. I think the downtown roundabout idea is pretty intriguing, although the years of construction to make it a reality makes me shudder. Could suffocate downtown the way LRT construction suffocated those corridors. http://www.chron.com/news/article/Here-s-a-roundabout-way-to-ease-traffic-congestion-3836900.php
  2. HBJ reports today that ExxonMobil plans to build a new very large campus in Spring (west of I-45 at the point where the Hardy Toll Road intersects with I-45). The plan is to consolidate pretty much everything except for the downtown operations. Also reports a rumor that at least parts of the Refining & Marketing HQ operations may move from Virginia.
  3. New multifamily midrise to go up in Shenandoah Additional information and renderings here. http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/shenandoah/published_documents/Government/Planning%20and%20Zoning%20Commission/Agendas/2014/041514%20PNZ%20Agenda%20Pack.pdf
  4. Feb. 2, 2005, 6:37AM Investors want to switch Northline from regular mall to open-air center By NANCY SARNOFF Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Sometime next year, Northline Mall, one of the oldest enclosed retail centers in Houston, could be a thing of the past. A new ownership group has plans to demolish the struggling mall to make way for an open-air shopping center filled with big-box retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy. By early 2006, the new owners expect to be building nearly 900,000 square feet of new retail space along the perimeter of the 77-acre property. When that's done, they will tear down the mall for parking space. Before going forward, the new owners need to bring in the new tenants. And some real estate observers say they could have a hard time persuading national retailers to open stores at Northline because many of them already have locations nearby. Eastbourne Investments, a New York investment firm, has purchased a 50 percent interest in Northline from the original developer and owner, Berenson Associates of Boston, which will retain the remaining stake in the property. They hope the mall's current stores will relocate to the new center
  5. Saw this on the news this morning. http://abc13.com/traffic/gulf-freeway-ramp-to-close-for-six-months/2716294/
  6. The Bryan District will pick up where the Houston District stopped and continue the reconstruction and expansion of I-45 to six lanes through southern and central Walker County. The first phase will be from Montgomery/Walker County line to SH19. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/bryan/i45-walker.html
  7. I just posted online a comprehensive listing of my concerns about TxDOT's plan. http://houstonfreeways.com/analysis I would certainly be interested in getting any feedback for errors in my analysis, or issues I missed. Of course, some of these issues are matters of opinion, but many are serious and need to be looked at by TxDOT. I'm going to submit the final list (pending any changes based on feedback) as public comment.
  8. Can anything be done about the billboards on 45? Some cities don't allow them at all... why do we? Hopefully something can be done to rid this city of that. BR
  9. Land donation gives a lift to veterans museum project Development of a veterans museum in Houston got a boost last week when ExxonMobil donated a 35-acre tract at the corner of Interstate 45 and Scarsdale Boulevard to the Veterans Museum in Texas, the nonprofit group spearheading the project. Houston was selected as the site because the more than 200,000 veterans who live in Harris County represent the largest concentration of veterans in the state. The museum's design will recognize each branch of service. The main museum building -- in the shape of the Lone Star of Texas -- will consist of three floors totaling 203,000 square feet. Space in each point of the star will be allocated to each of the major services -- Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. - Jenna Colley
  10. This building (at least the large storage warehouse in the back) is being demolished. Any knowledge of what is happening here?
  11. Was at Hobby this weekend and drove down the redone Broadway (great job) and was once again reminded of how the street is essentially lined by apartments once you cross Sims. If I had to guess they were all built in either the late 1960s or the 1970s, at which point the plan was for HOU to close to commercial traffic with IAH opening in summer 1969. My question is does anyone remember what was there before? It’s a pretty unusual development pattern for Houston because it looks like the development was entirely coordinated over a large chunk of space. I’m sure the apartments were nice when they opened—some seem in decent condition now with a couple of noticeable exceptions. The only other place I can think of in Houston like this is Fountain View—all of those apartments, I think (could certainly be wrong) were built by the same developer, albeit with different themes. Dallas has a similar development off of Central, I believe called The Village. Was it the same case with these apartments? Thanks to anyone who can shed any light.
  12. I'd read Kathryn Casey's Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields a few years ago, particularly interested in the case of Kim Pitchford who was abducted January 3, 1973 from my alma mater, Dobie High School. Just a heads-up if you've followed any of these unsolved murders along I-45 during the early 70s, A&E is premiering a series on the man who has confessed to eleven of them. It's prompted the opening of two of the cold cases. The series starts this Thursday night if you're interested. http://www.aetv.com/blog/news/ae-network-to-premiere-new-nonfiction-limited-series-the-eleven-on-thursday-october-19-at-9p
  13. One of the more fascinating things I've read on HAIF in recent years is the existence of green neon tubing along the overpasses at Beltway 8 and Interstate 45. While I can visualize it decently, I'm wondering when it went away (when North Belt Road became a full highway?) and if anyone has any pictures?
  14. didn't see a topic for this, but I think I recall someone mentioning it somewhere, at some time, so I probably just didn't search thoroughly enough. From just east of Lockwood to the loop they are doing extensive work on the feeder roads and they are adding connectors from gulf SB to 610 SB, and from 610 NB to gulf NB. Are they doing more to the freeway? Is the reconfiguration of spur 5 part of this construction? As a resident of the area that is inconvenienced by this, what is the scheduled timeline? I can only find information on transtar about what all's closed, I can't find anything else.
  15. The Interstate 45 Causeway linking to Galveston has been named after the late George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/bayarea/news/article/I-45-Causeway-into-Galveston-named-after-George-10419891.php
  16. Looks like the Exxon-Mobile campus has sparked more development; this time a 10-story building for Southwestern Energy. Per the article, the building is to be located at the corner of I-45 and the Hardy (which is probably just a generic location for SWV itself). http://www.bizjourna...ds-village.html
  17. On the SW corner of I-45 North & Woodlands Parkway/Robinson Road, they have dug a cavernous hole, and there are huge fans being stored at the job site. See the photos.
  18. It appears the long awaited Costco (I guess?) is finally coming to The Woodlands. http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/the-woodlands/the-woodlands-lands-costco-store/ Also what makes this different then Sam's Club?
  19. There is substantial clearing and site prep on the north side of FM1488 just west of the Valero gas station and south of the motocross park. Have not seen signs indicating the project. Anyone have an idea of what will be built there?
  20. The article incorrectly states that there is no connection from I-45 south to I-610 east and there are no plans to build a connection. Maybe there's no plans to build a connection because a connection from I-45 south to I-610 east has existed since the late 70s? http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Ramps-planned-to-ease-I-45-and-I-610-southern-4879771.php?cmpid=btfpm
  21. In Oak Ridge, investors will be building Main Gate Plaza at the southeast corner of 45 and Woodlands Parkway. They plan to break ground in May. It's via the EB-5 green card program. It will include office, retail and a hotel although not all will break ground at the same time. pdf: http://goo.gl/ovqdB
  22. According to Swamplot, looks like they are planning on building a Supercenter just between the Idylwood Subdivision and the Gulf Freeway. There isn't much that can be done in that area due to the lousy location (sight of the old Oshman's warehouse), but I was hoping for something better than Walmart. What sucks, is that I planned to live near there. The traffic IS horrendous as it is, I can't even fathom what it is going to be like once it's completed.
  23. In the 1970s and the 1980s, I remember going to Pizza Hut or was it Pizza Inn on Boardway driving to Hobby Airport (driving away from I-45). It in the parking lot by Red Lobster! It had a beautiful stain glass window in the Pizza Hut or was it Pizza Inn. I love sitting by that window! If anyone remember that table which people wrote on, it was pretty interesting. I do not believe it is a good thing though. I love the 1960s or the 1970s style picture of that woman with long flowing hair. Pardon my grammar and spelling. That bring back great memories! ~Juliet Shohreh Nour~
  24. The Chronicle has the scoop on a new master-planned community on the Vaughn Tract in Montgomery County -- Think I-45 North Freeway at Grand Parkway. The developer is Toll Brothers, a pretty large national builder. It bills itself as a "luxury" homebuilder, but then they all do.
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