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  1. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5473590.html The replies are hilarious, too.
  2. I couldn't find an actual topic on SH 249 (Tomball parkway) and its expansion up to ~ Navasota. So here's some background for anyone interested: HCTRA expanded SH249 to Tomball as Phase 1 of a multi-phase extension of SH249. This was completed and opened in 2015. https://hctra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=527d9322e2244039b0bc3e93fe2c4fc1 The plan is for SH249 to ultimately terminate at SH 105 roughly close to Navasota, hence the nickname the "Aggie Tollway" or "Aggie Highway". This extension seems to be broken up between the Houston TxDOT office and the Bryan TxDOT office. The Houston office is over the section from the current terminus to Todd's Mission. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh249-extension.html The Bryan office is over the section from Todd's Mission to ~ Navasota... well actually SH 105 east of Navasota and west of Plantersville / Stoneham. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/bryan/sh249.html However, it seems as if there is "significant" local opposition to the last segment of the project from Todd's Mission to SH 105: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Texas-249-growth-proceeding-despite-vocal-6234179.php http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2015/05/01/59957/txdot-to-move-ahead-with-249-toll-road-despite-local-opposition-2/ https://communityimpact.com/houston/news/2015/12/11/txdot-holds-public-meeting-on-updated-hwy-249-extension-plan/ Here are two more recent articles as well: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/03/grimes-county-residents-turn-out-against-toll-road/ https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/21/rural-land-owner-preps-sue-state-transportation-de/
  3. Hello all. I'm fairly new to the forum but really enjoy spending time on here. I've always been interested in learning about life in the 'good 'ole days' (as I'm only 24 years old) and have always had a passion for finding/learning about abandoned places. Anyway, I decided to stroll through Tomball this weekend to do some antique shopping and general browsing. While walking between shops, I stumbled upon this. Does anyone have an idea what used to be here and when? The figure on the pole appears to be some sort of old pizza restaurant sign if I had to guess. Maybe '70s/'80s? But the most interesting part of the area (in my opinion) was the safe-looking structure behind it. It's a door surrounded by brick and concrete that has clearly been picked at/worn down over time. Behind it (didn't take a picture unfortunately) was a set of stairs that was attached to the structure. I didn't go up the stairs, altough I guess I should have. There was no doorknob/handle on the door, but instead had what appeared to be a spot for a lock (similar to a standard locker). The floor in front of the door appeared to be extremely dated as well. All of this is located on a flat concrete slab in between shops that line a main road through the area. Does anyone know what the character on the pole was for? And more importantly, can anyone tell me what the safe-like structure might be? It's just interesting that it has made it this long and is sitting in its current state without having been torn down. There were no historical markers near the area. Anyway, here are some pictures:
  4. While on my weekend ride I found Woodtrace hiding in the woods. Seems like a nice place on a lake, great location, and all the road & utility development is in place. Does not appear to be in a flood plain or have other problems. http://maps.google.c...+Texas&t=h&z=17 What is the story behind Woodtrace? One would think a developer would snap up the plots and finish it off.
  5. According to HBJ, the Lone Star College system plans to implode two former Compaq buildings in their University Park campus. The implosion will be on September 18th and will take up to six weeks of cleanup. Lone Star cites the need for more green space as the reason for the demolition. Does anyone know which buildings in particular are being imploded? HBJ doesn't really specify. HBJ link
  6. I''m thinking they budgeted for a helicopter but were told to cut their budget. article
  7. A recent aerial photograph shows continuing construction of Tomball Memorial High School in the southern portion of Tomball Independent School District at 19100 Northpointe Ridge Ln. Construction is well underway at Tomball Memorial High School, Tomball Independent School District's second high school, which is set to open to students in August 2011. Read Article Tomball Memorial HS
  8. Construction started a few months ago for the new St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage. "St. Luke's newest facility is coming the northwest Houston. Located just south of Vintage Park the facility is projected to be open by 2011. It will be approximately 3-5 stories tall and house between 80 and 100 beds. There will be approximately 50 to 70 active medical staff memebers and a medical office building of about 60,000 square feet."
  9. My wife and I ate at the Le Gourmet Bistro in Tomball this evening. This is a GREAT restaurant!!! It's located between Cherry and Commerce streets, right off of 2920 in downtown Tomball. I've been wishing to find a small, quaint restaurant that had the charm of a New England type of Inn feel (but also has the southern charm). The food and atmosphere are INCREDIBLE (the duck and lamb are out of this world). The owners are absolutely sweet and friendly-kinda makes you feel like you're eating in a living room of an old house. The website is: www.legourmetbistro.com Definitely a gem of a find!!!
  10. This is part of HGACs Livable Centers Plan: brochure link || Main Page Tomball study: link Schedule: Data Collection / Needs Assessment- September
  11. Tomball ISD names PBK designer for district's second High School The Tomball ISD (TISD) announced this week that PBK will serve as architect for the programming and design of the District´┐Żs newest high school. Only the second high school in the community, the new campus will accommodate 3,000 students (core) and is scheduled for completion in 2011. This project is part of a $198 Million bond program that was approved by TISD voters in May 2007. PBK has enjoyed an existing relationship with the TISD since 2002, and served as architect for the "extreme makeover" to the original Tomball High, which won the prestigious Caudill Award from TASA-TASB in 2004.
  12. http://www.gadfy.com/projectdetails.asp?id=5 Apparently it's already under construction and 60% leased. more pictures at the link
  13. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=...&id=6128838 http://www.click2houston.com/news/16212859/detail.html http://www.khou.com/news/local/education/s...l.e32f9396.html It's not every day something like this happens.
  14. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyf...ws/5035352.html Local chamber and city of Tomball leaders will join Santikos Theatres officials next week in the planting of the first tree on a property near the Texas 249 and Northpointe Boulevard intersection that is being transformed into a theater and retail development. Richard Cieplechowicz, director of business development for Santikos Theatres and Santikos Developments, said the planting of this first tree sends a message to the community that the Silverado Theater is taking shape and will be open soon. He said the company will plant hundreds of trees and lush landscaping around the 200,000-square-foot Silverado Station complex. Read the rest of the article here More... The 100,000-square-foot theater complex under construction will include a 5,000-seat multiplex theater with 19 screens and IMAX viewing, a restaurant, two bars and a gelato stand, which will feature 20 flavors of gelato made fresh daily. Opens Nov. 1st.
  15. http://www.globest.com/news/1056_1056/gsrs...t/166805-1.html These are where Spring, Tomball and The Woodlands meet for the most part.
  16. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/spr...ws/5073383.html I predict little ole Tomball ISD is going to explode with growth over the next decade and a half. Methinks their estimates are a bit too conservative.
  17. Good to see this center is finally getting a re-do, it's about time. I think this and the center across Louetta from HP are prime for redevelopment, considering their location, growth and strong demographics of the surrounding area.
  18. Anyone know what is going in at the southwest corner of the new 249 Bypass and 2920? They have clear cut there for what looks to be another humongous shopping center. There are already plans for a big shopping center on 249 near Baker. I know the area is growing, but don't know about it being able to support all these centers.
  19. I may be way behind here since I don't know how long it has been gone but does anyone know what happened to La Tavola in Tomball? That was such a great restuarant...big city taste with a small town atmosphere.
  20. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/cyf...ws/4924786.html Tomball city officials have been given the green light by the Texas Legislature to annex the 600-acre David Wayne Hooks Airport property in unincorporated Harris County even though it does not border Tomball city limits. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1349, authored by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on June 16.
  21. Does anyone know what is the latest on the timeframe for commencement/completion of the expressway to and through Tomball?
  22. From the May 7th Houston Business Journal Sounds like that place that Microsoft's Paul Allen built in Seattle.
  23. Development continues in new Woodlands neighborhood Tomball schools looking ahead to influx of pupils http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/spr...ws/4089268.html By LAURA ISENSEE Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle With house lots now being paved, the eighth and newest village of The Woodlands is on track to open in 2007. Tim Welbes, co-president of The Woodlands Development Co., said that house lots are expected to be delivered to builders in the fourth quarter, which begins in October, and model homes to be shown by mid-2007. In the meantime, the signage, drainage and utility work is being put in place. Creekside Park Village When the 6,000-home development of Creekside Park Village opens to residents next year, it will be the first village of The Woodlands to be located in Harris County and in the Tomball Independent School District. The geographical location won't open any cans of worms in terms of public safety, governance or schools, Welbes said. "If you do an aerial photography, you won't be able to tell the difference. There's creeks, there's roads, we're going to have continuity of our land plan so churches and schools will all be commingled as we've done elsewhere," he said. He said future Creekside Park residents will receive a resident's manual just like other homeowners in The Woodlands, only the reference numbers will be different. "I don't think to the consumer the lifestyle will be any different," Welbes said. New features The first phase of the development
  24. What is your opinion on Tomball ISD? How is it better than Cy-Fair ISD? What does Cy-Fair have over Tomball? Can anybody give me some suggestions on researching the quality of these districts? Thanks for any help.
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