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My buddy keeps telling me of developments happening in lake Jackson and how they are projecting the population increases to 40,000 or so (not sure by when, it's probably in a The Facts article).

Here are some of the developments I snapped pictures of this weekend when I was visiting my parents..

Courtyard by Marriott at the Brazos Mall.

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Panda Express and Starbucks

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Buffalo Wild Wings and a few other retail spots

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And of course the new 900,000 sq ft Dow building

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There is also another hotel going up on 288/332 near the old Randall's, and an HEB Plus going in near downtown.

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For sure.. A lot of it is. It's just nice to see the city my parents live in growing up..

The mixed use development is going off of oyster creek drive just west of the bucees at the corner of old angleton rd

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Thanks. It's nothing crazy compared to what's going on in Houston, but it's noteworthy for Lake Jackson. I also recently saw a sign advertising a mixed use development behind and to the side (forming an inverted L) around the big Bucees on 332/288 at Plantation, planned with retail, office, and residential.

More of the Dow complex.. Apparently there will be 4 buildings when all is said and done. I just noticed a third today. It's only 2 stories though (with something coming up off the roof), tucked back in the trees.

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Can a mod fix the typo in Development, in the thread  title? thanks in advance..



Turns out that 2 story building tucked in the trees is the amenities building. There are actually 5 buildings if you count the "energy house" facility. 3 of them will be 4 stories. I found a video I'm surprised I never saw before highlighting the entire campus. It's actually fairly impressive for little ole Lake Jackson, population 28,000.. The skyscraper aficionado in me just wishes they built taller buildings. Heh.

Texas Administration Building (and the rest of the campus)
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R&D building 1 (the newest 4 story to start going up)
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Partial campus overview facing south(ish).
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Most of the campus, minus the first 4 story (TAB)..
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the video is here, in the link..
http://m.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2014/03/dow-chemical-r-d-site-to-be-developed-at-massive.html?r=full

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It's pretty amusing that Lake Jackson has two major streets, one named This Way and the other That Way.  

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Don't forget Any Way, Circle Way, Winding Way, Center Way, and a few smaller ones like West Way and His Way (church driveway). There used to be a Run Way to the old airport too..

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I stumbled across this article that's a few months old describing the first phase of the new mixed use development planned for behind Bucees.

http://m.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/breaking-ground/2014/09/exclusive-lake-jacksons-massive-industrial-growth.html?page=all&r=full

And an article was printed in The Facts a few days ago about a bunch of new high end developments coming to Lake Jackson, including a luxury apartment complex and retail pads beside the new HEB Plus, next to downtown.

Also the mixed use development (sign previously pictured) near Dixie and Oyster Creek Drive is going to be a residential development, 30,000 sq ft of retail, and a 123,000 sq ft Krogers Marketplace.

http://m.thefacts.com/news/article_051f1646-984d-5ac0-9519-1d9dfb46522e.html?mode=jqm

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Kind of sucks for this neighborhood.. These 2 4-stories and the energy building are basically right behind some of their back yards..

But alas, the Lake Jackson skyline added 3 new midrises in the course of 6 months.

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i dont know why this pasted so weird.. but heres a recent Chron article about Lake Jackson development heating up..

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/As-Houston-prepares-to-cool-Lake-Jackson-s-6090374.php#/0

But as an unprecedented construction boom takes hold in the petrochemical industry, a growth spurt is transforming this and the other towns collectively referred to as Brazosport, even as Houston's growth is tapering. Big industry has $30 billion in projects slated for the region, with impact reverberating far from the plants.

Hundreds of new homes and apartment complexes are proposed and new grocery stores are opening to serve their residents. These days, it can it can be hard to find a lunchtime parking spot downtown, where city officials are wrapping up a $26 million revitalization project. The local hardware store and mom-and-pop restaurants remain popular, but chains like Starbucks, Panda Express and Buffalo Wild Wings pepper the landscape, too.

"People thought we were building to accommodate construction workers," said Barton Kelly, project coordinator for BHW's new Plantation Park, the first Class A apartment complex to be built since 2008; it broke ground earlier this month.

 

The company is hoping to meet demand for granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Plantation Park will also have a resort-style pool with a cabana, a dog park and a fitness center.

 

"It's different from what is currently available in Lake Jackson," Kelly said. "Everything you expect in Class A apartments in Houston, you'll find here."

 

The reason, he said, is the industrial expansion.

 

"So much of what's going on will lead to white-collar jobs for engineers," he said. "We are hoping to cater to those longer-term renters."

 

In addition to Plantation Park, other proposed apartment projects include a 288-unit complex by a San Antonio developer scheduled to begin construction soon.

 

A higher-than-usual number of single-family home subdivisions have been pitched or are being built.

"The private sector is rising to the need," Worley said. "People all over - Dallas, Austin and San Antonio - are getting word of what's going on down here.

 

"It's hard to keep $30 billion quiet."

Downtown has new lighting and freshly paved streets. Within walking distance, The Texas Innovation Center office park is planned for some 2,000 Dow Chemical workers.

 

Already the retail hub for Brazosport - the area also includes Clute, Freeport, Richwood, Surfside Beach, Jones Creek, Oyster Creek and Quintana - Lake Jackson is home base for Buc-ee's, and it houses the Brazos Mall, where occupancy has risen to 100 percent, up more than 30 percent from just three years ago. In addition to new apartments and housing, the town is about to welcome a new H-E-B and a Kroger.

 

Yenne said it's time others took notice of the city's "high quality of life."

 

"We hope people will see us as a way to cut down on their commute," Yenne said. "This is a great place to raise a family. Hopefully, one day we can entice young people to live here, too."

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I haven't been to Lake Jackson much in the last ten years.  Funny that the article says the lows were never that bad - when I was dealing with my Dad's estate in 03-04 the market was so depressed because of lay-offs I had a hard time selling the house and got a lot less than I expected and the estate sale brought in pennies.  I still have a storage room full of my mother's antiques that wouldn't sell and I refused to just put out on the curb.

 

What the city has allowed to happen to its historic legacy is depressing to me, the sad state 'Carriage Square' was allowed to deteriorate to before it was almost completely razed and the sad state of most of the rest of the original downtown laid out by Alden Dow.    The historic Lake Theater is derelict with the roof caved in.  And I know the 'government duplexes' weren't any sort of architectural wonder but, dammit, that was a neat neighborhood with winding streets like Trumpet Vine, Coral Vine and Grapevine Turn. It just became a slum right on the edge of downtown and now it's going to be an HEB parking lot.  Lake Jackson was a very unique town to grow up in in the 40s and 50s.  I can get intellectually upset over the loss of Houston history but Lake Jackson hits me in the gut.

 

Freeport, hated rival that it was, is even sadder.  Downtown Freeport has been a ghost town for decades.

 

But thanks for posting about all this.  Maybe someday I'll get psyched up and go take a look at the old burg again.

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please forgive my herky jerky movements and repetitive shots.. i just got the quadcopter yesterday. still tinkering with things and going through the learning curve.. its tons of fun though!

heres my "first" (real) video..

the Lake Jackson Dow campus. i just noticed you can see the new HEB U/C in the background when i panned towards the highway..

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a few development updates, the Kroger Marketplace development/Woodshore neighborhood, the new HEB, and the Dow campus.

be sure to watch in HD

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I haven't been to Lake Jackson much in the last ten years.  Funny that the article says the lows were never that bad - when I was dealing with my Dad's estate in 03-04 the market was so depressed because of lay-offs I had a hard time selling the house and got a lot less than I expected and the estate sale brought in pennies.  I still have a storage room full of my mother's antiques that wouldn't sell and I refused to just put out on the curb.

 

What the city has allowed to happen to its historic legacy is depressing to me, the sad state 'Carriage Square' was allowed to deteriorate to before it was almost completely razed and the sad state of most of the rest of the original downtown laid out by Alden Dow.    The historic Lake Theater is derelict with the roof caved in.  And I know the 'government duplexes' weren't any sort of architectural wonder but, dammit, that was a neat neighborhood with winding streets like Trumpet Vine, Coral Vine and Grapevine Turn. It just became a slum right on the edge of downtown and now it's going to be an HEB parking lot.  Lake Jackson was a very unique town to grow up in in the 40s and 50s.  I can get intellectually upset over the loss of Houston history but Lake Jackson hits me in the gut.

 

Freeport, hated rival that it was, is even sadder.  Downtown Freeport has been a ghost town for decades.

 

But thanks for posting about all this.  Maybe someday I'll get psyched up and go take a look at the old burg again.

interesting. i dont recall the market being that bad in 03-04, but then again i was all of 15 years old back then.

what is "Carriage Square"? google searches seem to indicate it is the historic Alden Dow Office building, which is preserved and serves as a museum. as for the sad state of downtown, the city recently spent like $26 million revitalizing downtown with nice brick pavers and landscaping, along with updated signage and what not. now, depending on what day/time you are downtown, it can be hard to find a parking spot due to all the people. if you "haven't been down much in the last ten years", it might be worth a visit.

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Well, I'm late to this party.  Born in Freeport 1961, grew up in Lake Jackson, Brazoswood High School Class of 1980.  Lived in Houston since graduation, but inherited my family home in 2011.  Currently completing a book about the mid-century architecture of the area, hoping to be published by Houston Mod for Christmas 2015, funding permitting.

 

Carriage Square was the block-long low series of office buildings on South Parking Place.  This was one of the first Alden-Dow-designed Lake Jackson buildings, with an oversailing front awning.  It did deteriorate into unsalvageable condition and was demolished about 2005.  However, the Alden Dow office at the north end was donated to the city by the owner and the Lake Jackson Historical Association restored it beautifully.  That section, still standing, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

While the Oakwood Housing Development is gone now (and its loss was hotly debated in the community) a great deal of the historic fabric, particularly houses, remains.  Preservation, beyond the ABD office and the archaeological site at the Lake, hasn't needed to be a priority up until now.  Oak Drive, Oyster Creek Drive, Plantation Court, Azalea, and Magnolia, to name a few, still display several well-kept architect-designed mid-century houses.  I fear with all this growth that there will be teardown pressure on the desirable creekside lots of Oak Drive and Oyster Creek Drive and on the modest single family Alden Dow houses west of Yaupon and along Winding Way.

 

All is not bleak for downtown: the Rainbow Center, Lake Jackson Clinic, and Lake Jackson Professional Building are still standing in decent condition and there has been a major revitalization effort, which to its credit emphasizes mid-century design over Plantation-style details.   Word is that the Lake Theatre will become a restaurant although I understand the project has been delayed by city inspectors.  The building does have roof issues but it is not caved in.

 

There is actually some new development in Freeport and some effort to spruce up the historic downtown area near Park Avenue.

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interesting about the Lake Theater restaurant renovation. i always envisioned it as one of those dinner theater/performance type things.

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been a while since I've updated this thread.

Lake Jackson is "booming", in the most suburban sense.. heh.

heres a few newer revelations.. gotta love small town news.

http://thefacts.com/free_share/article_148be3a8-bce3-5ed5-9454-770f24257331.html

La Quinta "Del Sol" concept (2nd in the state) to be built behind the Hobby Lobby shopping center.

new retail strip popped up in front of Khols with a relocated AT&T store and the areas first Panera Bread.

two new retail plots rezoned from Targets parking lot along 332. one will be a Raisin Canes.

new retail building in front of Ryans, at 332/288.

dirt moving for a new ~300 unit "Urban Crest" apartment complex at 2004/332.

plans are in the works for at least one other apartment complex (on 2004 near Bucees/Old Angleton Rd).

the Parks & Recreation board has suggested the city finance a feasibility study for the development of a water park.

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