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    Brays Bayou Master Plan

    The greatest, most well-thought out plans to improve a big city will always be stained somehow by the lesser members of the population. Littering is a behavior that is hard to police and the damage seems temporary; give it a little time and it will be blown or washed away so no one feels its damage, and so it persists. The picture below is ironic because the litter ended up in a pond designed to purify runoff. All the pointy-heads who designed this project surely had to have accounted for this scenario? The good thing is that this won't go unnoticed and will likely be dealt with. When I went to the park this weekend to take some shots of the Project Brays freshwater tidal basin work at Mason Park, I intended to post the progress here to show the non-East Enders something positive that is taking place in town. This project is a combination of flood control, habitat restoration, water purification and recreation. Really a textbook, inner-city, all around winner. However, here is what one of the water purification ponds looked like after the minor rain we had. This was disturbing to me. Prior to this rain, this pond in particular had started to have large water birds in them just about every time I've went. Now, I'm guessing they'll stay away. Here are some other shots of the project; Looking from the Forest Hill bridge, which will be replaced as the bayou is widened, northwest towards Downtown (skyline visible in the background) The only way I can imagine this can be solved is by, perhaps, to tether a giant net off of the storm drainpipe upstream and empty it after each rain. If nothing is done, this wetland habitat will become the beginnings of a landfill in a matter of months. I think the mayor should see this and get HPD to crack down on litterers and, if they ever catch one, assign them to that pond with waders, gloves and a bag. Then, get one of the local channels to do a piece on it to help teach people to behave.
  2. All steel frame house being built in Meyerland. It has 72 piers, 18 ft deep and is over 10ft in the air. Will have a stucco-like exterior, but is sprayed on hardy board, and is made of cork. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, fire and water resistant and steel.
  3. iBurn, one of Houston's only dedicated hot sauce stores will be moving into this retail center soon. At the corner of Hillcroft and South Braeswood. Property is owned and managed by MC Management with addresses of 9600-9611 Hillcroft Ave. https://looplink.mcmanagement.com/Listing/9600-9611-Hillcroft-Ave-Houston-TX/12047418/
  4. https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/development/2020/02/19/meyerland-apartment-community-nob-hill-is-for-sale/
  5. TIRZ pitched as answer for Meyerland infrastructure woes https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/government/2021/09/08/tirz-pitched-as-answer-for-meyerland-infrastructure-woes/ It was on July 14 during the Brays Bayou Association’s monthly meeting that its president, Charles Goforth, presented to the neighborhood group an option for revitalizing the Meyerland area’s aging infrastructure: a tax increment reinvestment zone. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Goforth said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper. “Being somebody that is born and raised here in the community ... I keep looking at the state of the infrastructure, especially in the older parts of Meyerland.” Goforth’s vision for a TIRZ comes mainly because projects through both a Harris County Flood Control District bond program and those under the ongoing $480 million Project Brays flood damage reduction initiative have not been enough, Goforth said. Tapping into neighborhood tax bases along the Brays Bayou watershed, like Meyerland, is key to making significant headway on those projects, he said. Goforth, a realtor in the Meyerland area, estimates that the more than 2,300 homes in Meyerland constitute a tax base of more than $1 billion. Currently, the two nearest TIRZs to the Meyerland area are being considered in an annexation process—TIRZ 16, also called the Uptown Houston TIRZ, and TIRZ 25, also known as the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend TIRZ.
  6. Maybe I am posting this in the wrong section, but I live in Meyerland and I have often wondered why we do not have a Super Walmart in the SW Houston/Meyerland area. We have a normal Walmart off of South Post Oak and 610 (which is always REALLY crowded), but not a Super WM. Anyone else think there needs to be one?
  7. Retail strip center at 4946-4990 Beechnut Street. https://www.frpltd.com/properties/meyerland-commons Visionworks will be a new tenant.
  8. Does anyone remember this plane crash? http://es.houstonisd.org/herodes/About_Herod/Our_Hero.htm We were living in Marilyn Estates and I had just gone to bed when I heard the plane go over the house and then heard it crash. The explosion lit up my window. I actually thought the Russians had dropped the bomb - this was the time of the cold war. My dad (who was a professional photographer at the time) grabbed his camera and ran out of the house. He was joined by our neighbor who was a mortician. They got wet running across Braes Bayou and were the first ones at the site. My dad told me that he saw the helmet on the ground and then realized that it wasn't empty. That's all he would say and I never saw any of the pictures. A short time later a tree was planted near Meyerland Plaza with a plaque dedicated to Captain Herod.
  9. Advance Meyerland is the small retail strip center next to the Kroger's on South Post Oak at West Bellfort. Was browsing permits and noticed a proposed building going up here.
  10. http://swamplot.com/doctors-without-borders-kelsey-seybold-clinic-taking-over-pole-position-at-meyerland-plaza/2012-07-18/ where are there other examples of medical biz setting up new facilities to cash in on the affordable care act? Either in previuosly underserved areas, or currently well served areas?
  11. On today's demo report http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-force-removal-2/2019-01-21/ Stopped by early evening to take a look. Built in 1969.
  12. Building permit issued for their rebuild. They flooded years ago and just now rebuilding.
  13. My old boss did plans for this shopping center back in the 80s or 90s. I also helped with the drawings for the Chase bank addition on the corner. This shopping center is anchored by the famous Belden's Supermarket.
  14. from Cohen enewsletter TWO Flood Recovery Workshops TONIGHT Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 5601 S. Braeswood, 77096 5PM - 6:30PM & 7PM - 8:30PM During this meeting, Federal and City officials will present requirements for filing claims and permitting repairs, which are unique for each individual structure impacted by flooding. In addition, beginning at 4PM, residents with proper documentation of their home values and the cost estimate of repairs will be able to visit with experts to have specific questions answered, including whether their homes are considered to be ‘substantially damaged’ by FEMA guidelines. Please note that residents whose homes are located in the floodplain must contact the FMO prior to making repairs: (832) 394-8854 or fmo@houstontx.gov.
  15. Not surprising. It would only have made sense to try to re-open it if they could double-decker it and that might not have been worth the investment. From discussions on Next Door it seems quite a few homeowners in Meyerland are hoping for a Fema buyout offer and the population of the neighborhood is probably going to decline. A thread on Next Door today says a new 85,000 sq. ft. location with Kosher bakery and deli will be announced by the end of the month. Another poster says the deal is not final but close. That's 'new' and 'to be announced' so presumably it's something other than the Bellaire store. I'll be interested to know where they'll find that kind of space close to Meyerland. When the store was closed after the Memorial Day floods in 2015 posters on ND said HEB would have abandoned the store then if they had not already known they'd be shutting the Bellaire store for months, leaving the nearest HEB stores on Buffalo Speedway, off 288 in Pearland, on Hwy 6 in Missouri City and Hwy 6 @ 90 in Sugar Land. Another post on ND claimed HEB was trying to get the JC Penney space in Meyerland Plaza. Meanwhile, the WM Neighborhood Market on Hillcroft, between Meyerland and Maplewood, is undergoing upgrades. Looks nice so far. Probably already planned before Harvey but timely.
  16. The old Johnston Middle School, JMS, was renamed to Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School a few years back. The school opened in 1959 making it 62 years old. Any word on a demolition and rebuild? Major remodel or renovations planned?
  17. The two buildings next to the apartments are on the demo report today also - says new construction by Suvera properties http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-you-lucky-dog/2019-03-01/
  18. http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.asp...ALat=29.6251737 hey there guys, my name is scott and i was looking for info on meyers speedway..... i was looking for south main and this is what i got for you guys, i hope this helps scott harvick2win@yahoo.com
  19. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/4545-Beechnut-St-Houston-TX/18710621/ Sits behind the Lowes.
  20. We are looking at HISD magnets and vanguards for our son for kindergarten next year. I toured Roberts and loved it, and have heard great reports from many friends with kids there. But it's nearly impossible to magnet into. I was also really impressed by Twain and Kolter, but I don't know anyone with kids there. Can anyone give me their impressions of or experience with these schools?
  21. https://www.hcfcd.org/Find-Your-Watershed/Brays-Bayou/Z-02-Stormwater-Detention-on-City-of-Houston-Right-of-Way-at-South-Braeswood-Boulevard-and-West-610-Loop
  22. Searched and couldn't find a thread for this strip center. We can keep track of the comings and goings. 4770-4782 Beechnut Street Houston, TX 77096 Kagan Realty Investors. Although, I couldn't find Meyerland Court on their website. https://www.kaganrealty.com/ Fadi's Mediterranean Grill Meyerland has some of the best hummus in the city. Their spicy hummus made with jalapenos is great!
  23. Their campus in Meyerland was hit by Hurricane Harvey. Currently, classrooms are being held in trailers in a parking lot across the street from the main campus. https://www.stes.org/campus-master-plan
  24. http://www.newquest.com/pdfs/South_Cross_Center.pdf Goodbye outback steakhouse hello new development!!
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