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I too believe the trend toward medical service centers began before passage of the ACA but its implementation will certainly accelerate the building of these centers.

On a side note, does anyone know what is going in to the space once occupied by B&N and Pesce at the southeast corner of Kirby and Alabama?

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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?

So true. They are also likely cashing in on the poor saps who don't take care of themselves. I'm sure the baby boomer population may also play a role.

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This is right on the fringe of transformation of this area, and will be a nice sight too see as the areas around here begin to redevelop.

The area around Meyerland Plaza is full of million dollar mansions so I would say it's well beyond redeveloped. This shopping center is the only thing lagging in this area.
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The area around Meyerland Plaza is full of million dollar mansions so I would say it's well beyond redeveloped. This shopping center is the only thing lagging in this area.

 

Although the previous renovation job on Meyerland Plaza is outmoded, I don't think many of the stores there are suffering for lack of customers. Even people who live in million dollar mansions shop at places like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, SteinMart, etc. Anyone who wants upper-end merchandise will find plenty of options just a short drive away in the Galleria, Highland Village and adjacent shopping districts.

 

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Although the previous renovation job on Meyerland Plaza is outmoded, I don't think many of the stores there are suffering for lack of customers. Even people who live in million dollar mansions shop at places like Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, SteinMart, etc. Anyone who wants upper-end merchandise will find plenty of options just a short drive away in the Galleria, Highland Village and adjacent shopping districts.

Sorry, I was trying to say that the demographics of the area will easily support even more retail in this area. The current options are great but the center itself feels tired and the layout is built around the car. I'd also love to see more restaurants and retail fill up some of the concrete sea around it.

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16 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

I couldn't find a rendering of the planned H-E-B Meyerland Plaza, but I can't wait to see how the design looks. Meyerland Plaza is prone to flooding, so I'm wondering why there will be first floor parking? Wouldn't it be more feasible and better in the long run (due to the area's known flooding problems) to leave the first floor has a loading area with a ramp leading to second floor parking? The grocery store could be on the second floor too or on a third floor (or both!).

 

From a layman's point of view, I avoid areas like Meyerland Plaza were the surface parking lot is known to flood during big and fast-moving rain storms. On the off chance I'm caught out in a torrential rain while I'm inside shopping or if I worked there, I'd feel safer knowing my car would be less likely to receive flood damage in an elevated parking structure. I think developers of retail, regular apartments, and mid-to-hi-rise residences should eliminate underground (like the Calais at Cortlandt Square in Midtown), surface, and first floor parking and focus on elevated parking with Houston's flooding in mind for future projects.

Ha. Although that would be nice I'm sure the last thing developers are worried about is keeping your car dry. 

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Retail Wrap: Meyerland Plaza gets $93 million loan for refinancing

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Meyerland-Plaza-gets-93M-loan-for-refinancing-12293372.php

 

A joint venture of Fidelis Realty Partners has obtained a $93 million loan to refinance Meyerland Plaza, an 860,308-square-foot retail center at the southwest corner of the West Loop South and Beechnut. JLL Capital Markets, led by Tom Fish, Jimmy Board and Molly Leinsdorf, secured the loan through John Hancock. Tenants include a J.C. Penney store, Palais Royal, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshall's, Best Buy, Chick-fil-A, Saltgrass Steakhouse and Beck's Prime. Fidelis, in partnership with BlackRock, acquired the property from Ronus Properties in 2013. The 1957 center was redeveloped by Ed Wulfe in the mid-1990s.

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The company’s new store inside Fidelis Realty Partners’ Meyerland Plaza isn’t expected to break ground until early 2019, per a December press release. It will replace the grocer's original Meyerland-area store that closed after Hurricane Harvey flooded the location. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/12/29/here-are-the-houston-area-stores-h-e-b-plans-to.html?ana=e_ae_set2&s=article_du&ed=2017-12-29&u=pbnlCxEJO%2F7olDPBaRyzWw0ec272ab&t=1514594968&j=79418071

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From the above meeting.

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The two-level Meyerland Plaza grocery will have a pharmacy and curbside pickup at street level, with a kosher bakery, a coffee shop, New York style bagels and cheese and meat section upstairs. “There will be a full service seafood section, along with sushi, a large produce section with organics and more than 1,600 wine labels. He and his team met with the Chabad House and Levi Donin on Wednesday to review requirements for Kosher offerings, both in the kosher bakery and throughout the store.

 

http://realtynewsreport.com/2018/03/23/this-h-e-b-wont-flood-grocer-shows-meyerland-residents-the-plans-for-two-story-store-at-meyerland-plaza/

 

 

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The Gary Herod memorial tree at Meyerland Plaza was cut down. An arborist determined the tree was in decline and was going to die. There were also worries that the tree and plaque would be damaged in the construction of the new HEB. The plaque has been moved to Herod Elem., the tree was given to the Woodworkers Club of Houston which will use the wood for souvenirs including possibly a cane for Herod's wife, or a memorial bench at a proposed new park dedicated to Herod on Brays Bayou. Additionally, some seedlings were given to the Herod Family. The new park will be closer to the original crash site.

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-Air-National-Guard-jet-crash-memorial-tree-13090100.php

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I believe it was announced the store will be 90,000 sq. ft.  That's significantly bigger than the new Bellaire Market or the Montrose Market which are both bigger than the Buffalo Speedway store.  I think that will include space for a new bank facility, though.

 

HEB's competition in the wine dept is Belden's on N. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock which is known for catering to the Jewish community and also for a big wine department.  A few years ago a feature, in the Press?, said it was one of the largest wine departments at any grocery store in the city.  I think both CM and the HEB Montrose stores are bigger but I haven't counted or measured.

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