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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. https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/houston/072622.html?fbclid=IwAR3ivAMnO24msSi1KLOH91bSzdS2tlL7EEZqpf_CPlTbdtYtgXRQgG3fHK4 First Ward residents are concerned of the increased noise this would have on their area.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Saw this on the news this morning. http://abc13.com/traffic/gulf-freeway-ramp-to-close-for-six-months/2716294/
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 200 affordable housing units http://houstontx.gov/housing/FONSI%20Public%20Notice%20Fenix%20Estates.pdf
  11. 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
  12. This building (at least the large storage warehouse in the back) is being demolished. Any knowledge of what is happening here?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. I was driving down Beltway 8 and saw signs regarding the below development. Anyone know anything about it other than what's in the website? http://www.park8.com/en/index.html
  19. http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2015/07/new-aloft-hotels-coming-to-houston.html "Aloft Shenandoah Near The Woodlands will be directly across Interstate 45 from The Woodlands, and it will open in January 2018. Details for that hotel, such as the number of rooms, were not announced."
  20. 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
  21. Does anyone one know what the original business(es) were in that strip center?
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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?
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