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Probably because of our weak economy relative to the rest of the country. That section of Katy Freeway would appear to be especially hard hit.

Two things:

1. Am I wrong, or isn't the economy in Houston fairing much better relative to the rest of the country, and

2. Have you been to Mem City Mall lately? It's packed and you can't find a parking spot.

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Two things:

1. Am I wrong, or isn't the economy in Houston fairing much better relative to the rest of the country, and

2. Have you been to Mem City Mall lately? It's packed and you can't find a parking spot.

I think he was being sarcastic.

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I feel so stupid now.

Don't feel bad. Redscare's brand of sarcasm is subtle and understated; the gentle yet deadly sarcasm of yore. :lol:

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I can confirm that the crosswalk from the "hospital/hotel side" of Gessner to the "mall side" is still a crosswalk to no where. I just hope it doesn't stay like this indefinitely with the economic downturn starting to affect Houston now. After all, why build more retail when there are vacancies in the mall itself? So depressing. Hope I'm wrong.

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Say, looks like Target will be moving to the new development; there's a logo on the building kinda far back.

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Great find, Pi!!! I can't see how this is going to fit into the current footprint yet, but it still looks damn cool.

I'm with you sheeats, that would take away ALOT of needed parking space.

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Say, looks like Target will be moving to the new development; there's a logo on the building kinda far back.

That's be nice. Maybe get a Nordstrom to move into Target's place?

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That's be nice. Maybe get a Nordstrom to move into Target's place?

I don't think Target is moving anywhere. That "Target" sign appears to be on a wall that currently exists. It would appear to a be sign more along the lines of "This is the way to Target." (There simply isn't space between the current end of the skywalk and the current building to fit in all of that open-air space shown in the rendering PLUS a Target store.)

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Is there a Dell store at the mall? The internet says yes, but when I call it's not a good number any more. I need a laptop part and can't stand talking to the Dell people on the phone. Everyone hates them.

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Is there a Dell store at the mall? The internet says yes, but when I call it's not a good number any more. I need a laptop part and can't stand talking to the Dell people on the phone. Everyone hates them.

I think it was one of them kiosks.

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It looks like the crosswalk will lead from the Westin and the Med Prof Bldg to the Mall, but this is just from looking at it from the outside unfinished. I plan to do some walking around inside the area soon ( I take my dad to the Hosp for transfusions bi-weekly). I am curious about the layout of everything to do with the hospital area since he has quite a few hospitalizations and appts. there and I need to be familiar with changes.

My concern is that the crosswalk may be a "crosswalk to nowhere" for awhile. I suppose the economic situation could delay construction of the retail at the mall which the crosswalk will connect to eventually. Also, it seems like the progress of the Westin slowed. Just wondering if anyone knows what's going on.

Also, by the way the intersection of Gessner and Barryknoll is scheduled to be closed for week starting Monday.

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What was torn down on the mall where that sky bridge goes across? Also looks like the sky bridge was ate up at the end and doesn't connect to anything yet.

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What was torn down on the mall where that sky bridge goes across? Also looks like the sky bridge was ate up at the end and doesn't connect to anything yet.

Mervyns was torn down several months back. The sky bridge is waiting for the the new buildout where the Mervyns used to be.

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Mervyns was torn down several months back. The sky bridge is waiting for the the new buildout where the Mervyns used to be.

Okay, its been a while so I could not really tell what was missing. The whole area is getting crowded with lots of different things to see and do. Exciting!

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Is there a Dell store at the mall? The internet says yes, but when I call it's not a good number any more. I need a laptop part and can't stand talking to the Dell people on the phone. Everyone hates them.

I used to love the Dell kiosk, but they foolishly decided to discontinue it.

Dell made a really poor decision in choosing frustrating telephone service over personal human service.

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See Post #242 on page 9

I think I went through every page but page 9 before I posted that darn thing.

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I think I went through every page but page 9 before I posted that darn thing.

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It's okay. Has anyone driven by the old Mervyn's site recently? What's happening? :huh:

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I'm confused. There has been absolutely no progress made on that wretched-looking hotel next to the Decepticon *ahem* new medical tower in months. Did they run out of money? Permit issues? Does anyone know why the construction has completely stopped?

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I make weekly treks to Memorial City to play Saturday night hockey, so I can tell you this:

Nothing has happened to the Mervyn's site, either.

The pedestrian bridge still goes nowhere.

Gessner is all torn up between the hospital and the mall.

The empty storefront of the former Sun and Ski shop is still there, unused.

The mall is constantly packed every Saturday, however.

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I was eating at Rudi Lechner's on Wednesday with the folks, and decided to drive up Gessner to I-10 to get back to town, huge mistake, it took 5 minutes to get from there to Barryknoll, then I got stuck at the light at Barryknoll, and every single 1 of the 5 lights between there and I-10 are timed so you get to sit at them... at 10 o-clock at night.

Granted they are still doing work on the road, but I will be doing everything in my power to not drive down Gessner until this is completed.

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Just saw that they put up a new wooden fence around the old Mervins area. There are also a couple of bulldozers in the empty lot.

Looks like they might start construction on the outdoor section of the mall soon.

Interesting that they tore down the Olive Garden for more parking space. Perhaps Olive Garden is going to build in the new outdoor mall area.

Anyone know?

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Just saw that they put up a new wooden fence around the old Mervins area. There are also a couple of bulldozers in the empty lot.

Looks like they might start construction on the outdoor section of the mall soon.

Interesting that they tore down the Olive Garden for more parking space. Perhaps Olive Garden is going to build in the new outdoor mall area.

Anyone know?

Olive Garden moved to the HEB shopping center at Bunker Hill.

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Thx for the info. Hadn't noticed they had built over on the other side.

Any info on whether they are starting construction on the old Mervin's site at the mall?

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I heard there's still the fake building facades and the walkway to nowhere, just as it had been in March 2008.

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I heard there's still the fake building facades and the walkway to nowhere, just as it had been in March 2008.

I was there yesterday and all remains the same. In fact, there isn't even a fake building facade at the Mervyns site. It looks pretty bad.

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I am having lunch at the Panera in MC Mall. It looks like they are FINALLY continuing the construction on the bridge, maybe they will work on finishing the rest of it up.

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I am having lunch at the Panera in MC Mall. It looks like they are FINALLY continuing the construction on the bridge, maybe they will work on finishing the rest of it up.

My office is nearby. I haven't seen much of anything change in about a year. It's as if we ate too many "magic" mushrooms and time just stopped. It's a good thing they finished the actual hospital before time stopped. By the way, I've heard from someone on the inside of MetroNational that the company is struggling financially, and the whole thing could possibly implode altogether. We could end up with another partially completed shell of a building. It's a good thing we're growing accustomed to seeing those around Houston. It's not Lebanon, Father. It's the economy.

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My office is nearby. I haven't seen much of anything change in about a year. It's as if we ate too many "magic" mushrooms and time just stopped. It's a good thing they finished the actual hospital before time stopped. By the way, I've heard from someone on the inside of MetroNational that the company is struggling financially, and the whole thing could possibly implode altogether. We could end up with another partially completed shell of a building. It's a good thing we're growing accustomed to seeing those around Houston. It's not Lebanon, Father. It's the economy.

Not true. It drives me nuts on these forums that people keep posting this speculative crap. I've posted many times in this forum on this very subject that there was a problem with the windows in both the Tower and the Hotel. That's why things are moving slow, period.

I've seen people posting that funding was pulled, that Metro National was going belly up, etc. I don't get it. I remember that in a thread about the new condo's going up on the south side of I-10 and Bunker Hill someone was going ballistic about the faux-stucco being used over the entire face of the building when it was painfully clear to anyone that they were simply pulling the parking garage veneer around the front of the building for ascetics. Of course I posted that observation and now one can see I was correct.

I know that forums are built around the principle of speculation but why does everyone err to the negative rather than the positive when we're talking about any project happening outside of the 610 loop?

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I noticed a crane at the Mall side of the walkway over Gessner. Does anyone know what will be built at that connection point with the walkway. Will it be one store? or an additional "wing" with many stores?

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I noticed a crane at the Mall side of the walkway over Gessner. Does anyone know what will be built at that connection point with the walkway. Will it be one store? or an additional "wing" with many stores?

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They're definitely expanding/finishing the pedestrian walkway. No sign of building any addition to the mall yet.

The new brick crosswalks and street prettifications on Gessner are looking really nice. Hopefully the construction barriers leave soon and there are safer places for people to wait for the bus than the gutter of Gessner!

Also, the hotel facade is getting finished as well.

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Developments on the Sears space in Memorial City and Memorial City Mall in Houston.

From Houston Chronicle today:

 

Memorial City Mall is getting a major facelift.
 

Owner MetroNational announced Thursday it had hired Trademark Property Co. to create a 50-year master plan to re-envision the 1.7-million-square-foot mall. The Fort Worth-based company is tasked with reimagining the former Sears store on the south side of the mall, as well as developing plans for additional public spaces and mixed-use tenants to complement the 265-acre Memorial City campus in west Houston.
 

"We will be working closely with the Johnson family and other stakeholders in the community over the next 12 months to develop an actionable plan for taking Memorial City Mall to the next level," Tommy Miller, Trademark's chief investment officer, said in a statement.

"This strategic property is poised to enhance its position as the market dominant shopping destination in west Houston for many decades to come."

 

Plans for the mall's redevelopment comes a little more than six months after Sears shuttered its Memorial City location as part of the struggling retailer's ongoing efforts to streamline its operations. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, was one of the first tenants in the Memorial City shopping center when it opened in 1966. The Sears, which closed in late October, left a 209,000-square-foot vacancy at the mall.
 

Trademark Property, which developed Market Street in The Woodlands and is overseeing Rice Village, has developed or redeveloped 14.7 million square feet of retail and mixed-use projects worth $2.5 billion.
 

"MetroNational is excited to collaborate with Trademark to deliver a best of class development that will transform Memorial City Mall," MetroNational President Jason Johnson said in a statement. "With Trademark's expertise in mixed-use developments and MetroNational's six decades of experience in west Houston, the end result will be spectacular and undoubtedly benefit the community for generations to come."

More here: 
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Former-Sears-at-Memorial-City-Mall-to-be-13850644.php


 

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Actually, Sears was open in late 64 - early 65, before the rest of the mall was built.  Since helicopter parents didn't exist at the time, 3rd grade me would ride my bicycle over there from the other side of what is now BW 8.

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1 hour ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Owner MetroNational announced Thursday it had hired Trademark Property Co. to create a 50-year master plan to re-envision the 1.7-million-square-foot mall. The Fort Worth-based company is tasked with reimagining the former Sears store on the south side of the mall, as well as developing plans for additional public spaces and mixed-use tenants to complement the 265-acre Memorial City campus in west Houston.

 

A second CityCentre right next door? Who tf would want to live at the mall? "Hun, pick me up a cinnabon on your way up from the parking lot"

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1 hour ago, wilcal said:

 

A second CityCentre right next door? Who tf would want to live at the mall? "Hun, pick me up a cinnabon on your way up from the parking lot"

 

I'm not seeing in the article any mention of any plans for anything like that, so don't know where you're getting that.

 

 

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