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  1. I was browsing the The Southwest Citizen magazine dated December 3, 1964 and noticed this business listing for Chuc Wagun Hamburgers located at 5210 Kirby Dr. Anyone ever eat here? Why did the Chuc Wagun brand go out of business? Merged with a bigger company?
  2. I thought there was already a thread about this, but I can't find one, so I will include all the information I know. At 2715 Bissonnet in West U, diagonally across the street from the old Coca Cola bottling plant, there is a two-story shopping center from the 1960s or 1970s, which is being torn down for redevelopment. Plans for redevelopment have been going on for a while; this flyer was posted in 2017 when a company called Edge was marketing it. More recently, BPI realty has been marketing it, with the following rendering common to both flyers, showing a one-story strip mall: And here is the site plan: In November, the city of West University Place had a hearing to replat it. The existing development is called The Upper Kirby Building, not to be confused with a building of the same name on Richmond, and other places have referred to it as the Shoppes at Upper Kirby and the Shops at West U, so I am uncertain of what the name of the final development will be. Swamplot reported on the imminent demolition of the existing buildings, including this pre-demolition photo: Here are some photos I took of it today during demolition:
  3. The hard copy paper version mentioned specifically that they anticipated the Bissonnet location would get redeveloped and cited its proximity to West U, but without zoning since it's in Houston "Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages plans to close its two existing plants, one off Bissonnet and the other off Gulfgate, after moving its production and distribution operations to Pinto Business Park." https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Coca-Cola-to-build-1M-square-foot-bottling-plant-12955383.php
  4. This will sit next to Chateau 10 Sunset in University Place. Site via Streetview SubdivisionPlatPDF_PLAT rev.pdf
  5. Anyone have insights on living in Breas Heights? Thanks.
  6. Don't forget Randall's & Whole Foods on Bellaire Blvd, plus the Randall's on Weslayen. The grocery market in the West U area is already saturated; when the "super Kroger" opened, it took a lot of business away from the Weslayen Randall's. The new HEB will probably put the nail in the coffin for the Weslayan Randall's, as it is the oldest grocery store in the area, and was designed to 1980s standards.
  7. Does anyone have any old pictures (1960's and early 70's) of the West University Place's pool or entrance building?
  8. Anyone know the low down on "Darth Vader's" house on the corner of Buffalo Speedway and University? That's what my kids call the all black house that's been there for quite a while. Very prominent.
  9. This shopping center is at Buffalo Speedway & Westpark. Across the street from H-E-B. This center is anchored by Kroger. Noticed Vietopia vacated their spot after a decade. They are now located at the Southwest Freeway service road by Whataburger. Went to eat there last night. Same great food! Definitely a smaller footprint. Probably had to downsize due to Covid. Found an old drawing from the realtor's website. http://www.rhsint.com/plaza-in-the-park.html
  10. Weslayan Plaza announcement: Goodbye Chuck E., hello Torchy http://www.instantnewsbellaire.com/weslayan-plaza-announcement-goodbye-chuck-e-hello-torchy/
  11. Upcoming road work at Buffalo Speedway near Holcombe Blvd. in West University. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Project/TABS2020021433
  12. Anchored by Randalls. Vanderbilt Square at 3003-3191 W. Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77025 https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/3003-3191-W-Holcombe-Blvd-Houston-TX/16840844/
  13. Found this today. I'm not sure how long it has been there. Pipeline Realty seems to have several projects in the area http://www.pipelinerealty.com/category/retail/
  14. Are being developed Nothing to write home about, but thread worthy perhaps. the eye center looks kinda cool. The Eastern Lot: The Western:
  15. Is looking like its going to be a master-piece! I love the way it engages the street, going right up to the setback instead of putting the parking lot in front. Has a butterfly roof. Really looking forward to this. Will take some pictures.
  16. Public hearing to be held at the Southside Place City Hall Council Chambers, 6309 Edloe Ave., Southside Place, Texas, on Tuesday, January 29 at 7pm. Southside Place wants allow 45 townhomes (3-1/2 stories tall) to be built at 3747 Bellaire Blvd. (the corner of Bellaire Blvd. at Auden/Braes -- the former location of Shell Oil Research). They are seeking to rezone the property from LIM (Low Intensity Mixed Use) to PD (Planned Development) and also would like to break the building height restrictions. Houses and townhomes in that area have been limited to 2-1/2 stories in the past, but the developer (5177 Builders, Ltd., dba Lovett Homes) wants to make these new townhomes 3-1/2 stories high. People in the area, including the residents of the 3800 block of Gramercy which is located behind the Shell Oil property, have raised a number of concerns. While people welcome the land being developed and new homes being built, they question the number and height of the proposed units. Residents are worried about increased traffic; overcrowding at the two neighborhood schools Mark Twain Elementary and Pershing Middle School; overtaxing of the existing infrastructure (electric, water, sanitary sewer, gas); safety issues (for the Southside Volunteer Fire Dept. and Southside police); not to mention the aesthetic appearance of 3-1/2 story tall buildings crowded next to the busy street of Bellaire Blvd. There also concerns that as to what might happen later on to the middle parcel of land (where the main Shell Oil building and water tower are now located) and the land parcel next to the Old Farm Ditch (which is currently a parking lot and some service buildings). What happens now with the corner property might very well determine what happens later for the rest of the Shell Oil property. People who are interested in the future of this property and the neighborhoods of Southside and Braes Heights should attend the meeting.
  17. It's been around since the 1950s. Definitely a modern style. Has it been renovated since its construction?
  18. View this email in your browser April Mod of the Month Houston Mod invites you to join us this Sunday, April 23, 2017 for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2 - 4 PM. MODern Month continues with several more events to round out the celebration, including a special Mod of the Month this Sunday. Please help us find new preservation-minded owners for two vintage modern houses located in the cities of Southside Place and West University Place, about five miles southwest of downtown. Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 3704 Carlon Street, Southside Place, Houston, TX 77005 HAR Link | Google Map Houston Mod ventures into the of preservation of newer modern architecture by featuring this handsome 1989 design by the noted Seattle architect Garrett Larsen. The design is a restrained postmodern style and reflects the owner’s interest in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Architectural historian Stephen Fox has provided a detailed description of the house and will attend Sunday’s event to discuss the design. Garrett Larsen is an architect in the Seattle area, based in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and became a registered architect in 1975. 6707 Buffalo Speedway, West University Place, Houston, TX 77005 HAR Link | Google Map Vintage modern houses are an uncommon find in West University Place yet here is one with nifty details and in great condition. Architect Matt E. Howard, Jr. designed this 1956 contemporary /modern style house. Howard designed several of the most interesting buildings at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas. He also designed two houses in Meyerland built for the 1955 Parade of Homes located at 5114 and 5126 Jackwood. Matt E. Howard, Jr. was an award winning architect and national president of the Society of American Registered Architects in 1960 and a fellow of the organization. The Mod Squad will be available Sunday to help renew memberships and provide Houston Mod publications. We hope to see you at Mod of the Month!
  19. The Location is 4211 Bellaire Blvd which is the site of Black Eye Peas
  20. http://swamplot.com/apartments-or-maybe-more-to-replace-the-black-eyed-pea-on-bellaire-blvd/2014-06-17/
  21. The Allusion West University is going to replace the old Courts at West University. Allusion will be 231 residences. Six stories - four residential over two parking. Linky: http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2012/10/developers-move-ahead-on-luxury-complex-near-west-u/
  22. Has anyone ever lived at Greenbriar Chateau (now named District at Greenbriar Apartments) located at 4100 Greenbriar Dr. I'm thinking about moving there and wanted some opinions. Thanks.
  23. You read that right. And its being built by Lovett Homes. Its great to see real architect designed houses pop up again in West U. http://search.har.com/engine/3212-Georgetown-West-University-TX-77005_HAR57132449.htm
  24. Dear all, I plan to build a house in West U. Am lookink for an architect to design a modern style 3000 s.f. home on a 50 by 100 lot. I have two questions: 1. I would really appreciate recommendation of a capable and affordable architect who can do the design work for me. I have a budget around 7 grand. I am not looking for some fancy stuff, just a modern style home with open floor plan and some of my own "wants and desires." 2. I learned from this forum that the design cost is around $2/s.f.; however, when I called a couple of architect company, they are asking for 4-7% of the building cost, which they estimated will be around $150 per s.f. This translates the design cost to $6-10/s.f. Are they trying to take advantage or the $2/s.f. average is no longer a standard today? Thanks a lot! Hunter
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