VicMan

What should be done with the Chevron campus in Bellaire?

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VicMan    46

So as we know Chevron's vacating its Bellaire campus, which was its research lab. A few possibilities:

* 1. New offices/businesses: Bellaire city officials may prefer this as they want the taxes. Could be new corporate offices, a mini-mall, etc?
* 2. New houses: Like Southside Place did with the old Shell building they could replace 'em with townhouses - could help recoup some tax money
* 3. New schools: HISD may be chomping at the bit to rebuild Bellaire High. All this land is now available. Hmmm.... HISD thought about it, but it would make the budget for rebuilding Bellaire higher.

Since I'm not in the Houston area at the moment I don't know what the officials are thinking...

P.S. HISD may be concerned about the high sticker price of the Chevron campus. While I believe they should NOT sell the former Gordon campus, as they should reopen that for West U Elementary relief, they should, if committed to the Chevron site, sell the former BHS campus... AND the old Dodson Elementary. HISD is smart in locating magnet schools in central Houston but I think they could make a killing selling the EaDo campus. That could help fund a new Bellaire High. Mike Lunceford said in October that he would no longer support that idea but maybe he could reconsider. HISD wouldn't have to tear down the old 10 story building: they could renovate it like what was done to North Atlanta High School.

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Scrubber    2

That would sure make Bellaire's attendance boundary look like a gerrymandered mess. I mean, a bunch of kids zoned to Lee would be a couple blocks from the new school, while that southern part of Meyerland would be about a mile to Westbury vs. 4 miles to the new school. And the kids in the south Med Center area would have the attendance boundary to Lamar separating them from Bellaire.

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VicMan    46
26 minutes ago, Scrubber said:

That would sure make Bellaire's attendance boundary look like a gerrymandered mess. I mean, a bunch of kids zoned to Lee would be a couple blocks from the new school, while that southern part of Meyerland would be about a mile to Westbury vs. 4 miles to the new school. And the kids in the south Med Center area would have the attendance boundary to Lamar separating them from Bellaire.

 

Bellaire's zone is a bit "deeper" than the Pershing and Condit zones, and there are some complexes zoned to Long Middle that are also zoned to Bellaire high. http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/domain/32468/boundarymaps/Bellaire_HS.pdf

 

Having said that it does remind me of how odd Westside High's zone is a bit strange http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/domain/32468/boundarymaps/Westside_HS.pdf

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Scrubber    2

Pershing is kind of a mess too, especially when you consider the kids just east of Main are getting zoned out of their neighborhood and across 288 to Cullen. But at least the school appear somewhat in the middle of the attendance boundary. Westside is just locked into that shape because of the surround school districts. Those kids used to be zoned to Lee, which was even stranger.

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CA77401    1

There's no great mystery about the city of Bellaire's intent toward the Chevron property. The Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing about it Tuesday. You can see the agenda, agenda packet and watch the video here: http://bellairecitytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1634&Format=Agenda

 

As for HISD, Mike Lunceford withdrew his support for having the district move forward with pursuing the Chevron property to rebuild Bellaire HS when it was clear that he had no support on the board. If you follow the board at all you would know that they are not going to pour more money into the Bellaire HS project.  There are two new board members as of this week, but they replace two who would have been supportive of the Chevron purchase, so their support really wouldn't make a difference in reopening the discussion.

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Fringe    327

I don't think Bellaire residents would go for a mini-mall. They rejected that in the 80's where the Episcopal school sits. Residential would be nice although not sure anyone could afford to develop it. No matter what they do the city is going to loose big on taxes.  Especially if HISD grabs it. The last thing they need is another non-taxable entity in a city that is already full of churches and schools. 

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VicMan    46
51 minutes ago, CA77401 said:

There's no great mystery about the city of Bellaire's intent toward the Chevron property. The Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing about it Tuesday. You can see the agenda, agenda packet and watch the video here: http://bellairecitytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1634&Format=Agenda

 

As for HISD, Mike Lunceford withdrew his support for having the district move forward with pursuing the Chevron property to rebuild Bellaire HS when it was clear that he had no support on the board. If you follow the board at all you would know that they are not going to pour more money into the Bellaire HS project.  There are two new board members as of this week, but they replace two who would have been supportive of the Chevron purchase, so their support really wouldn't make a difference in reopening the discussion.

 

It sounds like Bellaire wants to divide the property between some high density residential and some commercial.

 

I haven't yet read the minutes of HISD meetings related to Bellaire HS, but I'm trying to think of some ways HISD could get around this:

  • Ask for about half of the property (the half with the giant building), leaving the city to develop commercial next to BHS and multifamily on the site of the old BHS
  • For the board members who are against the deal, see if there's a quid pro quo that they would like. Things get through that way in politics.
  • Also see if there are some close-in-town properties HISD doesn't need anymore that it could sell. For example the old Dodson Elementary property, as Energy Institute is moving from there to Southmore. HSLJ is going up next to it but I don't think HISD has any future uses for Dodson.
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VicMan    46
31 minutes ago, Fringe said:

I don't think Bellaire residents would go for a mini-mall. They rejected that in the 80's where the Episcopal school sits. Residential would be nice although not sure anyone could afford to develop it. No matter what they do the city is going to loose big on taxes.  Especially if HISD grabs it. The last thing they need is another non-taxable entity in a city that is already full of churches and schools. 

If they simply move BHS so it gets a taller (but not larger per se) property, maybe Bellaire city officials will be more amenable? The old school can be full of townhouses, the school itself would just occupy the big Chevron building and maybe have an additional gym on site, and the commercial uses can be built on the leftover land from the Chevron tract. That may make Bellaire happy unless they think they could grab another corporate client.

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On 1/13/2017 at 9:09 AM, CA77401 said:

There's no great mystery about the city of Bellaire's intent toward the Chevron property. The Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing about it Tuesday. You can see the agenda, agenda packet and watch the video here: http://bellairecitytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1634&Format=Agenda

 

Printed out a page of their "meeting notes" that Ed Wulfe sent to the City of Bellaire.

 

Sorry for the size of the photo. May have to enlarge the photo to be able to read it

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texas911    23

What killed HISD's proposal to buy the old Chevron property was resistance from Bellaire about lost tax revenue. High end homes generate more income than tax free schools!

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Specwriter    201
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On ‎3‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 9:24 AM, texas911 said:

High end homes generate more income than tax free schools!

and even high end homes do not generate the property tax and sales tax income that commercial development does.

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corrected a typographical error

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Twitter1    1,696

These O&G companies leave such large pieces of land behind. All seem to be consolidating into a new campus in a single location.

 

Hopefully Fournace will be widened.  You cannot place a large development in the current traffic zoning. 

The City of Bellaire is planning huge changes over the next 20-years. I believe this (area) will be a park and mixed use. I looked at the drawings but was confused :lol:

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Urbannizer    33,406

Sounds like this won't be redevelop in the way we want it to be..

 

https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Chevron-s-30-acre-Bellaire-property-finds-buyer-13194970.php

 



Chevron Corp.'s former Bellaire office complex -- a rare 30-acre parcel of urban real estate along the West Loop -- has found a buyer.

 

Brokerage firm HFF has been marketing the site for about a year and its online property listing now shows that it is under contract.

 

HFF declined to say who the buyer is, but earlier this month real estate investor SLS Properties, submitted applications to the city for permits that would allow the property at 4800 Fournace Place to be further developed.

 

If approved, one of the permits would allow a parking garage to be built on the site. A second would permit the 10-story building formerly occupied by Chevron, to be leased to multiple tenants.

 

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month at a meeting of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, according to a city memo.

 

Houston-based SLS Properties owns several office buildings in the Houston-area. Last year it purchased two just across the West Loop from the Chevron property.

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