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Lockmat discovered this development from a link that TheNiche posted in the "Dome over Houston" thread.
Europa at Houstonian Lakes, a 500-acre master planned community. LandQuest development group (or L Star, they've recently partnered with Starwood development) is the developer.
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Europa features a variety of new homes, upscale midrise
condominiums and town homes available at affordable
prices surrounded by pristine lakes with a European-style village
center.

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http://www.enzoinv.com/brochure/brochure.htm (pg. 20-23)

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gah!! these names make me crazy. But then I guess no one wants to live on a piece of barren, frozen rock in an atmosphere that cannot support human life. The Towne Centre would not be very pedestrian-friendly there.

I wish developers would think bigger when it comes to names. Europa was just a minor goddess, and only got a moon named after her. I'd prefer to see something a little more majestic, like, "Uranus at SugarLandian Shores".

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I wish developers would think bigger when it comes to names.

I wish they wouldn't create "Master Planned Communities" centered around some stupid phony theme. To me, this looks like you'd be living at Epcot Center. Pretty soon Houston will have it's own "Master Planned" Japan, China, Morocco, France, and Norway neighborhoods. I wonder if the "European" feel of Europa means they'll have fake statues like "The Thinker" lining each street.

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I wish they wouldn't create "Master Planned Communities" centered around some stupid phony theme. To me, this looks like you'd be living at Epcot Center. Pretty soon Houston will have it's own "Master Planned" Japan, China, Morocco, France, and Norway neighborhoods. I wonder if the "European" feel of Europa means they'll have fake statues like "The Thinker" lining each street.

There's always going to be a cheesy, phony theme. Less predictably cheesy would be a good start. I saw 'Europa' and was hoping to see them step up the game with an astronomical/greek mythology theme, but alas. The European village thing is so overdone.

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YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

No more themed garbage this close to town...ech.

Right, because in-town is authentic, like the river in River Oaks, the foothills in the Heights for the mountain in the Montrose, the completely pretentious practice of naming streets for bits of English literature and Ivy League colleges so the price tag can be larger, etc. An old method of theming, and to exactly the same purpose.

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I emailed and asked them this:

I am interested to know if Europa has been put on hold or cancelled. If not, what quarter do you expect to break ground?

Her response:

The timing will be dependent on market conditions and we do not have a definite target date at the moment.
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I think the names are cheesy too, but have you ever tried to name streets?

If you haven't, try making up a few names, then look in the index of the Key Map to see if someone else hasn't already thought of it before.

That being said, just when you think every possible combination of "River", "Prairie", "Hills", "Stone", "Green", and "Park" has been done before, here comes a bigger and better combination.

Sincerely,

The Original Timmy Chan

12321 Northwest Green River Prairie Hills Park Circle

Houston, Texas 77021

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I've known about this concept for some time, and personally, I'm convinced that it'd work. ...if and only if they market it adequately and with an air of exclusivity, build high walls around the entire perimeter, implement plenty of architectural status symbols at the points of entry, and form a special district to finance private schools exclusively serving the development. If they can make this as much like a master planned community as possible, and just as cheesy and boring, they'll succeed beyond their wildest hopes. Large-scale developments like this one have to have broad appeal, after all, and mass marketing doesn't go well with original or experimental design motifs.

It's definitely going to take a long time to get this under way, though. The economy probably won't allow the project to move forward beyond the conceptualization stage for at least another several years. I recognize that the alignment of Buffalo Speedway and the pipeline easements already on the property are a major limiting factor, but hopefully they've got a better land plan by that time.

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I would like to see Buffalo Speedway go through to Holmes Rd. Maybe the city would then finally improve/widen that road. That would take a lot of pressure off the highway 90 commute.

Buffalo Speedway will eventually go through past Holmes Road, so that it connect with a mile-long road-to-nowhere that the City has built in 2006 or 2007. Check it out on Google Earth, and then feel free to complain to City Council and the Mayor. You should also complain to to the Attorney General, since the premature construction of this road was a misappropriation of funds indicative of gross negligence on the part of Bill White and/or Andy Icken.

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  • The title was changed to Buffalo Speedway Near Holmes Rd. - Land For Sale
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5 hours ago, hawee said:

Just curious why the area south of 610 and NRG is so undeveloped. Any rhyme or reason why areas northwest of Houston and north east of Houston would develop more while south of 610 seems so undeveloped and just raw land. 
 

 

The area just South of 610 was an oil field, and the owners of the rest of the land were running their cattle businesses and had no interest in selling for development.

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Part of the answer is that decades ago the city placed landfills in the Black suburban development of Sunnyside. This article highlights present day reclamation of some of that land for a solar farm and provides historical context, particularly in the 5th paragraph. 
In Houston's Sunnyside, overburdened from decades of discrimination, you learn to provide for yourself

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

The area just South of 610 was an oil field, and the owners of the rest of the land were running their cattle businesses and had no interest in selling for development.

That would have been my guess. Old oil fields are typically seen as oil fields waiting on technology to surpass what existed when they stopped producing the last time.  Mineral rights owners will go generations waiting for it to come around, and I'd imagine no developer would want to build on top of land with a permanent easement for future development of wells, if doing so is even legal.  Mineral rights changing hands is a completely different economic ballgame compared to the real estate it is attached to. 

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Long ago there were plans to build a huge retirement community on the land where Astroworld used to be.  That blew up for many of the same reasons a lot of pie in the sky development ideas went down in flames in the early 2000s.  Not sure why the land still hasn't been redeveloped other than it is a lousy location.  

Otherwise, there are a couple of superfund sites around Wildcat Golf Club.  I think a lot of the land around there has too many environmental issues to allow it to be redeveloped.  

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On 10/22/2021 at 9:22 AM, Nate99 said:

That would have been my guess. Old oil fields are typically seen as oil fields waiting on technology to surpass what existed when they stopped producing the last time.  Mineral rights owners will go generations waiting for it to come around, and I'd imagine no developer would want to build on top of land with a permanent easement for future development of wells, if doing so is even legal.  Mineral rights changing hands is a completely different economic ballgame compared to the real estate it is attached to. 

They will get developed if the land value goes up enough. Lots of oil fields around Houston have been developed and now look like any suburban area - Humble, Tomball, Fairbanks, etc. Some have been mostly developed with just a small core area remaining. This link is fun to explore:

https://gis.rrc.texas.gov/GISViewer/

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Maybe someone who is more familiar with the history of the city can explain this. Why is it that there is this massive stretch of seemingly mostly untouched forest between Bellfort and Airport, right off of south main, and so close to the loop? How did it go so long without being developed, despite development on all sides and to the south, even farther from the loop? 

Was something in this area previously? Was there some sort of planned greenbelt at one time?

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Oil drilling back in the early 1920's -40's, underground salt domes used for storage caverns for crude oil, sand pits and old trash dumps. Wildcat Golf Club was a trash dump years ago before it was converted to a golf course in the late 90's to 00's

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38 minutes ago, aachor said:

Maybe someone who is more familiar with the history of the city can explain this. Why is it that there is this massive stretch of seemingly mostly untouched forest between Bellfort and Airport, right off of south main, and so close to the loop? How did it go so long without being developed, despite development on all sides and to the south, even farther from the loop? 

Was something in this area previously? Was there some sort of planned greenbelt at one time?


 

Wildcat Golf Club was a landfill. The big green square on the right was a landfill (and becoming a solar farm).

The main area had oil wells on it IIRC.

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On 1/14/2022 at 6:30 PM, aachor said:

Maybe someone who is more familiar with the history of the city can explain this. Why is it that there is this massive stretch of seemingly mostly untouched forest between Bellfort and Airport, right off of south main, and so close to the loop? How did it go so long without being developed, despite development on all sides and to the south, even farther from the loop? 

Was something in this area previously? Was there some sort of planned greenbelt at one time?

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For a long time, the entire south side, especially around the Dome, was not able to develop because City utilities did not reach it. Also, 288 was not built. Both of those developments, which occurred in the '80s, allowed both commercial and residential development to extend southward. 

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  • The title was changed to Europa At Houstonian Lakes: 500-Acres Buffalo Speedway Development
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I've been looking at this Loopnet listing for a month. That area has so much potential!  It's mostly contaminated forest land.  These parcels are also located across the 307-Acre UT Research Campus Proposal.

I know there was once a proposal, about 13 years ago, that covered a lot of the Buffalo Speedway forest land  Obviously that was never realized. Here's the Loopnet listing I saw.  Too much information to post in the thread.

https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/Holmes-Rd-and-Buffalo-Speedway-Houston-TX/8791075/

Across Holmes Road from the 320-acre University of Texas purchase, the 115 acres is a Texas Medical Center auxiliary property.

Mostly wooded, the property consists of nine parcels which adjoin the Wildcat Golf Course, of the Houston Texans, the University of Houston Cougars and the Houston Rockets, with frontage on the extension of Buffalo Speedway, one of the most prominent north-south major thoroughfares in Houston and the south side of Holmes Road, a prominent east-west thoroughfare now being 4-laned with curb and gutter and center esplanade over 42" to 48"sewer.

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The area of the proposed Europa At Houstonian Lakes development is now being split up into tracts.  Something may be finally happening with the Buffalo Speedway/Holmes Road saga. Of course the whole 307-Acre UT Research Park proposed development is still dormant.

Here is the property flyer by Land Quest Development from 13 years ago. See original posting by Urb.

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Buffalo Point/Holmes Road Wastewater Line

https://harriscountyrda24.org/buffalopoint/

The agreement known as Buffalo Point was executed 11/20/2014 for a participation amount of a maximum contribution of $3.5M for the purpose of constructing a wastewater line in conjunction with the paving improvements for Holmes Road, a designated major thoroughfare. This proposed infrastructure improvement opened approximately 1,300 acres within TIRZ area boundaries that could not previously obtain a building permit for wastewater services. Again, the purpose of creating TIRZ 24 was to open development opportunities to over 4,000 acres of vacant or underdeveloped acreage, in the southern area of the Zone, due to a lack of suitable infrastructure. This TIRZ investment will generate new taxable property values that “but for” the TIRZ investment otherwise would not have occurred in a timely manner within the service area.

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  • The title was changed to 115.28-Acres For Sale At Holmes Rd. And Buffalo Speedway
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Listening, reading rather, to the State of Texas Medical Center 2022.  Bill McKeon said: TMC Bioport will be the home of our bio manufacturing. This will be a new 500-acre campus and we are still in the due diligence phase. We believe this alone will add another 1000,000 jobs. 

Where exactly do they have 500 acres close to the medical center? Wishful thinking; are they grabbing up the Buffalo Speedway land?

By the way, did the TMC3 campus just officially get rebranded at TMC Helix Park?  "TMC3 is now TMC Helix Park which will become the new city center for TMC"

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43 minutes ago, Highrise Tower said:

Listening, reading rather, to the State of Texas Medical Center 2022.  Bill McKeon said: TMC Bioport will be the home of our bio manufacturing. This will be a new 500-acre campus and we are still in the due diligence phase. We believe this alone will add another 1000,000 jobs. 

Where exactly do they have 500 acres close to the medical center? Wishful thinking; are they grabbing up the Buffalo Speedway land?

By the way, did the TMC3 campus just officially get rebranded at TMC Helix Park?  "TMC3 is now TMC Helix Park which will become the new city center for TMC"

How do you listen/read this report?  Do you have a link?

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2 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

How do you listen/read this report?  Do you have a link?

The GHP and TMC social media accounts were updated every few minutes.  I was planning on doing a screenshot of the TMC Bioport tweet but the bank blocks the website. See below for GHP's Twitter account where you can read about it. 

https://twitter.com/GHPartnership

In two weeks GHP will upload the State of TMC 2022 to YouTube. Hopefully new renderings of projects will be revealed at that time.

Regarding the TMC Bioport project, I'm also hoping the 500-acre campus is not located outside of the city.  There are thousands of acres available at that point. I just don't know where they can get 500 acres. The area that I have in mind is Buffalo Speedway, Holmes Road, and West Airport. The University of Texas is selling hundreds of acres in that area, and UT is already established with the TMC due to MD Anderson and UTHealth.  Seems like an easy (or familiar) land swamp.

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  • The title was changed to Why Is The Area South Of 610 Undeveloped?
  • The title was changed to TMC BioPort: 500-Acre Bio Manufacturing Campus

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