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Katyville grows as fast as Katy.

I'm not totally dissapointed with this suburban development. I know that in 10-20 years when we are in a big upswing the suburban style development wI'll be knocked down for something better.

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I am fine with some of the suburban stores. I would really like another large movie theater inside the Loop. All we have right now is Edwards, plus a couple smaller options that show less mainstream films (e.g. Sundance Cinemas, River Oaks). A large AMC theater with some Cinema Suites screens would be quite nice to serve the influx of new residents inside the Loop. This may be a few years off.

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Maybe the Heights will finally get a new HEB

 

It would be grocery store HQ.

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Most of the northern edge of this property is at a different grade than the frontage road. Does the NW corner of this land have access to the feeder, or will it have to be accessed via the Kroger and/or Summer St?

 

Given that this is surrounded on all four sides by big box retail, freeway and railroad, those expecting walkable mixed use may want to temper their expectations.

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Most of the northern edge of this property is at a different grade than the frontage road. Does the NW corner of this land have access to the feeder, or will it have to be accessed via the Kroger and/or Summer St?

Given that this is surrounded on all four sides by big box retail, freeway and railroad, those expecting walkable mixed use may want to temper their expectations.

City Center is in a similar island, yet they made walkable design work.

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High chance that it will be a suburban style development, but a strip mall thingy with a [central market, whole foods, trader joes], [nordstrom, saks, neiman marcus discount store], twin peaks, in-n-out burger, torchy's tacos and other austiny places, alamo drafthouse (or alike), or whatever else caters to the hippish/well-offish will probably piss off a lot less heightsters and heightster wannabes than an equally pedestrian unfriendly strip mall with a Ross, Fiesta, you-name-it mattress store, applebees, jack in the box, lubys, and maybe another starbucks to top it off. They should just make the whole 21 acres into a bass pro shops for all the city-country folks.

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Best Buy, Michael's, Sephora, Leslie's Pool Supply.  And maybe a Fry's since it looks like Radio Shack is going away.

 

And I don't think any of those will displace an existing small, family-owned business in the Heights.

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Here is a letter I sent to the winning bidders yesterday.

I congratulate you on your winning bid. I believe that you have made a very wise and calculated move that will serve you well in the future.

I must say that I'm concerned with a suburban developer coming into this part of town and putting together a suburban designed mix use development.

At a time when more and more people are moving to cities at unprecedented rates, this is not the time to develop a suburban designed project for the inner loop, especially this close to downtown.

Those are all well and good out in Katy, Sugarland, The Woodlands and Pearland. However the city's working hard to develop a more urban feel and we don't need another cookie cutter shopping mall practically in downtown. So I hope that you either partner with a company that has successfully produced urban mixed use developments, environments for the 21st century, or that you hire a really good urban planning architecture firm who knows what they're doing. We'll be watching with anticipation to see your plans for this tract and how you plan on approaching this inner city site.

Wishing you and the inner city the best of luck with this venture.

And here is the response from the president of Gulf Coast Commercial Tom Lile

Bob,

We are working hard to develop a plan we believe will be embraced by the surrounding neighborhoods and future tenants of our project.

Thank you for your thoughtful note.

Best,

Tom Lile

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lorraine Beddingfield <lorraine.beddingfield@gulfcoastcg.com>

Date: February 3, 2015 at 1:28:34 PM CST

To: Tom Lile <tl@gulfcoastcg.com>

Subject: FW: gulf coast wins 21 acre parcel bid

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Best Buy, Michael's, Sephora, Leslie's Pool Supply.  And maybe a Fry's since it looks like Radio Shack is going away.

 

And I don't think any of those will displace an existing small, family-owned business in the Heights.

 

I'd love to see a Fry's there, but given the locations of their other stores and the fact that they apparently haven't ever deemed an inner-loop store needed up until now, I'm not holding my breath waiting for one. 

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And maybe a Fry's since it looks like Radio Shack is going away.

 

On the one hand, seeing a retailer close 32 stores is never a good thing. On the other hand, retail vacancy in H-Town is 4%, so I get the feeling most of those vacated sites will be snapped up. For all its growth, Houston is still under-retailed.

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I know the guy who bought this land. Hilarious to see the chronicle's dollar amount, it's way off. Secondly it won't be a suburban style development so calm down.

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I know the guy who bought this land. Hilarious to see the chronicle's dollar amount, it's way off. Secondly it won't be a suburban style development so calm down.

Cool!

Any hints?

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Keener: Developer planning first "stacked anchor" development in Houston on Tarkett site just west of downtown @CBREHouston

From Nancy Sarnoff twitter

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What does that mean, exactly?

I take that to mean higher density, multiple floor retail.

I hope I'm right

From Nancy Sarnoff twitter

This isn't the correct thread for this

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Devil is in the details, but that sounds like very good news.  I was very afraid that a developer would get weak kneed at the energy markets and just strip mall it up.  There are so many great things happening in the 1st Ward and so much potential for further growth.  The Tarkett property can really be the make or break development for the area.

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What does that mean, exactly?

 

stack-of-old-banacle-encrusted-marine-an

 

I guess that makes sense since we're a port city...you gotta put all those old anchors somewhere...

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This is in the wrong thread, right?

 

 

 

plans for an industrial site along Interstate 10 just west of downtown, where a developer is planning a "stacked power center" that features multiple box stores like Ross or TJ Maxx built atop each other.

 

 

I think this is actually for the intersection of Jenson and Clinton.

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Yeah it in the wrong thread I couldn't find the thread for the tarkett warehouse site.

 

Also does anyone have an update on this development I can't find anything for Studemont Junction 

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This is in the wrong thread, right?

 

 

 

I think this is actually for the intersection of Jenson and Clinton.

 

"plans for an industrial site along Interstate 10 just west of downtown" does not sound like it's going to be at the intersection of Jensen and Clinton.  (Of course, it's always possible that the Chron got it wrong.)

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2015/07/whats-next-for-the-former-tarkett-site-near-the.html

 

The $40 million sale of the former Tarkett property, off Interstate 10 near the Heights, closed July 22, but speculation on what's next for the 21-acre site has been running high for months.

 

The new owner, Gulf Coast Commercial Group, is still forming plans for the site, said Patrick Egan, a partner at the company. The area has been changing rapidly from a primarily industrial neighborhood to a mix of retail and residential — the site sits in between a Target and a Kroger.

 

Retail will be a key component of whatever ends up on the site, Egan said.

 

 

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More retail will be nice. A premium grocery store would work well for the Heights-area. Also, I still think the Inner Loop needs another movie theater.

You think a premium grocery store would survive in between a kroger and target?

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That Kroger is most assuredly a Kroger, surly employees and all, yet it remains packed at all times.  The next Krogers over for the Heights are Shepherd and 11th or Yale and 20th.  Sprouts over on Yale at the Katy seems to be making the rent - its parking lot was full this afternoon, and all registers were going with lines.  An HEB would do just fine, methinks.

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You think a premium grocery store would survive in between a kroger and target?

A premium-concept HEB would do quite well, I think (a la Montrose or Buffalo Markets).

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Maybe a Lowe's or a Home depot - there isn't one that close to downtown.

I like the movie theater idea too

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Maybe a Lowe's or a Home depot - there isn't one that close to downtown.

I like the movie theater idea too

A Home Depot would be amazing. Or Lowes.

Also a movie theater.

For all the home decor oriented, a home goods would probably have a solid customer base.

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I remember a lady post this on the height life Facebook page in late june

 

 

 

Just in: Studemont & I-10 area (Kroger & McD side) is getting MORE stores; REI, Nordstrom Rack, Container Store, Lowe's, Costco, movie theaters & bar , etc....Also, a new back road that will connect these stores on over to Target (Taylor Rd.). Construction starts around 12 months. Just seen the construction plans. How much more does this city need?

 

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I remember a lady post this on the height life Facebook page in late june

That sounds awesome!! I'll let katyville haters go nuts on that info but as someone who lives over here, that would be amazing to have all of those so close. Surprises me that they don't build a connector to Studemont/Studewood on the westbound side then. There's not even a u-turn under Heights Blvd.

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Man an REI would be hella dope in that area. It would be awesome to see if they could redevelop one of the bigger warehouses for it. It wouldn't be as awesome as the REI in downtown Denver (which was a former RailRoad warehouse; now a 4 story REI) but it would still be cool

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As long as its not just some run-of-the-mill suburban tract plan then sounds good to me. Was already disappointed with the planning of the Kroger area and then the Target area....third time a charm?

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As long as its not just some run-of-the-mill suburban tract plan then sounds good to me. Was already disappointed with the planning of the Kroger area and then the Target area....third time a charm?

Hahahahahahaha good one bruh
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As long as its not just some run-of-the-mill suburban tract plan then sounds good to me. Was already disappointed with the planning of the Kroger area and then the Target area....third time a charm?

 

LOL funny.

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