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Twitter1    1,696

Saw this last week and was confused.  Thought it was the Bellaire Triangle shopping center.

 

Wait! This is the strip center where Auntie Pastos and Lemongrass Cafe are! I think.

 

Great none the less.

 

Edit: The new Bellaire H-E-B coming is really making the surrounding area a hot redevelopment. So many things are getting rebuilt and worked on! I know Alexan Southside Place isn't technically in Bellaire but I bet it's apart of the redevelopment craze.

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Fringe    327

Auntie Pasto's is supposedly in the works of building a new restaurant directly behind the existing one. 

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CrockpotandGravel    4,336

From Houston Chronicle about the Bellaire Town Center at Bellaire Blvd & South Rice Ave

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A local real estate developer has finalized plans to demolish a midcentury shopping center on Bellaire Boulevard and build a more modern center in its place, the latest retail project planned in Bellaire's transforming urban core.
 

The new project will increase the size and scale of the existing Bellaire Town Center, bringing more restaurants to the property and adding second-story office space.
 

In the coming months, SDI Realty will begin a two-phase process to demolish the existing 37,000-square-foot Bellaire Town Center and replace it with approximately 72,000 square feet of new space and a parking garage.
 

The two-story complex will have service retailers and office space above first-floor restaurants and shops, Shears said.

 

The first phase is to include a 16,000-square-foot building where some of the center's existing tenants will move as the rest of the property is demolished and rebuilt. The entire project is expected to be completed by spring 2019.
 

Shears said there could be as many as five restaurants on the property.
 

Existing tenants Costa Brava Bistro, Lemongrass Cafe, Coldwell Banker and Dream Dinners are expected to move into the new space.


More here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Bellaire-Town-Center-redo-latest-example-of-11183596.php

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texas911    23

Its about time. Bellaire has one of the wealthiest zip codes in Houston, yet is underserved retail wise. Like the lone Starbucks is so small and closes at 8! All these Bellaire residences having to leave and go to the Galleria or Upper Kirby for upscale shopping is losing Bellaire dollars to Houston.

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Houston19514    2,457
14 minutes ago, texas911 said:

Its about time. Bellaire has one of the wealthiest zip codes in Houston, yet is underserved retail wise. Like the lone Starbucks is so small and closes at 8! All these Bellaire residences having to leave and go to the Galleria or Upper Kirby for upscale shopping is losing Bellaire dollars to Houston.

 

Crisis averted. ;-)  There are at least 2 Starbucks in Bellaire. 

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kbates2    818
14 minutes ago, texas911 said:

Its about time. Bellaire has one of the wealthiest zip codes in Houston, yet is underserved retail wise. Like the lone Starbucks is so small and closes at 8! All these Bellaire residences having to leave and go to the Galleria or Upper Kirby for upscale shopping is losing Bellaire dollars to Houston.

 

I think that it is underserved by MetroRail as well.  I think that we can both agree that they should look into putting rail to Bellaire.

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texas911    23

Oh I totally agree. Rail should go down Bellaire Blvd. Although Between West U and the Bellaire transit Center, there aren't a lot of commercial nor high density housing to service. Bellaire has a trolley on display to show its history. So I'm sure they are rail friendly.

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IronTiger    805
12 minutes ago, texas911 said:

Oh I totally agree. Rail should go down Bellaire Blvd. Although Between West U and the Bellaire transit Center, there aren't a lot of commercial nor high density housing to service. Bellaire has a trolley on display to show its history. So I'm sure they are rail friendly.

It can't go through the median because that's designated as parkland. Dedicating one lane as rail might work but I have yet to see an example in Houston where METRO hasn't taken up more than one road lane (in a given direction) or required permanent additional right of way.

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cspwal    2,140
19 minutes ago, IronTiger said:

It can't go through the median because that's designated as parkland. Dedicating one lane as rail might work but I have yet to see an example in Houston where METRO hasn't taken up more than one road lane (in a given direction) or required permanent additional right of way.

 

If you had the rails embedded in grass, could that still count as park land?

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IronTiger    805
11 minutes ago, cspwal said:

 

If you had the rails embedded in grass, could that still count as park land?

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The only way that would work (especially without some sort of guard to keep people off the tracks) is if the train went at a slow pace. What you're describing is kind of like what New Orleans does (actual U.S. example instead of, what is that, Italy?) but the trolley pokes along at an average speed of 6.1 mph (source: Washington Post), and even buses move faster than that. Either way, I still didn't get an answer to my question.

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cspwal    2,140

Yeah I remember riding those NOLA trolleys.  They were more like amusement park rides than actual rail transit

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