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On 3/24/2021 at 6:08 PM, ljchou said:

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not to change the subject, but it's amazing that the RR just redid all of the crossings in this area (including the McKinney crossing) when the goal is to make the area a quiet zone, and as part of the quiet zone, they are going to completely redo all of these crossings, either by grade separation, or complete removal.

they certainly needed the love, but I figured they were just pushing maintenance considering the long term plans.

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On 3/26/2021 at 3:07 PM, samagon said:

not to change the subject, but it's amazing that the RR just redid all of the crossings in this area (including the McKinney crossing) when the goal is to make the area a quiet zone, and as part of the quiet zone, they are going to completely redo all of these crossings, either by grade separation, or complete removal.

they certainly needed the love, but I figured they were just pushing maintenance considering the long term plans.

Can you tell me more about the railroad plans? Or is there another thread?

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44 minutes ago, wilcal said:

Can you tell me more about the railroad plans? Or is there another thread?

I spoke to one of Councilman Gallegos's assistants (maybe 3-4 months ago) who said the federal funding has dried up and they are not confident that they will be getting more any time soon. Some of the tracks in East End were converted, but sadly all of the crossing in EaDo will stay super loud.

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55 minutes ago, wilcal said:

Can you tell me more about the railroad plans? Or is there another thread?

there was a thread from 2015, feels more recent than that, but it also feels like so much has happened since then.

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the Commerce/Navigation part of this is supposed to be done in conjunction with the i45 realignment, so they are probably waiting on the whole project to happen, and actually the railroad may have given up on waiting?

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5 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

I spoke to one of Councilman Gallegos's assistants (maybe 3-4 months ago) who said the federal funding has dried up and they are not confident that they will be getting more any time soon. Some of the tracks in East End were converted, but sadly all of the crossing in EaDo will stay super loud.

oh wow, so we can forget the above ever happening. I wonder if the current infrastructure plan being put forth nationally changes any of that?

don't get me wrong, McKinney is my preferred location to cross that railroad track, so this project not happening is good for me.

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17 minutes ago, samagon said:

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oh wow, so we can forget the above ever happening. I wonder if the current infrastructure plan being put forth nationally changes any of that?

Based on what he said, the issue arises from the double sets of tracks along Sampson, York, and Milby. This makes the logistics and funding so far out of reach they are focusing on literally anything else. You would think they could do one half and then the other, but not much changes noise-wise after upgrading only half of the crossings.

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On 4/7/2021 at 8:31 AM, phillip_white said:

Based on what he said, the issue arises from the double sets of tracks along Sampson, York, and Milby. This makes the logistics and funding so far out of reach they are focusing on literally anything else. You would think they could do one half and then the other, but not much changes noise-wise after upgrading only half of the crossings.

and I assume if they had community backing (or even support), they'd have more chance of it happening. as it is, I think there's more people who don't want it to happen because of the streets they will close, than there are people who do want it to happen because they don't like the noise.

I think most people in the East End would consider it a win if the trains didn't stop for hours blocking crossings. the crossings at Telephone and Lawndale are getting ridiculous with how frequently they force people to cut through neighborhoods. a few years ago it was maybe once a month, now we're talking a few times a week, and for hours at a time.

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10 hours ago, EaDolivin said:

I like the industrial look with the bricks.  They match the building in the background as well as others around the east end.  This is actually looking to be a really nice gas station.  This area has been sorely needing one.  Any word on the restaurant that's going in?

Nothing yet, but if you look at some of the pics above, it appears that there might be 3 different tenants besides the gas station. 

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Looks like the entity that owns this development also owns another gas station branded as "Primetime" with additional retail units. So this may end up with three retail tenants (based on the three doors shown in the progress photo).
 

On 8/21/2021 at 11:02 AM, wilcal said:

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Here's the other property:
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19 minutes ago, phillip_white said:

Looks like the entity that owns this development also owns another gas station branded as "Primetime" with additional retail units. So this may end up with three retail tenants (based on the three doors shown in the progress photo).
 

Here's the other property:
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.6916775,-95.7414373,3a,52.9y,178.61h,87.87t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-97Nf9Gmf6hhc36PzHAYTg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That link wouldn't work for me, but I did search for some other primetime locations and they all had attached retail. The  gas station retail on the inside looks nice. 

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18 minutes ago, 77011transplant said:

A little bit of retail in that part of town would be nice! There's a few sad looking strip centers near there south of the rail road tracks that could also use a face lift. 

Yeah, one of my buds bought a place off of Nagle and he is displeased at the lack of donut options within dog-walking range. This would be a great spot for one. 

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I haven't driven by here in a few weeks, but the Shell they are constructing on Telephone I think is going to open first.

my guess is in both instances that these are direct responses to the Amazon distribution center, ever since that has gone in the Valero at Dumble and 45 is more often than not completely packed with Amazon trucks. 

whether the Amazon trucks shift over to those, or just neighborhood traffic cedes the Valero to Amazon and goes to these new offerings, I'd guess they don't care, they just see a huge influx of need so they are reacting.

I wonder how this will play in a few years when Amazon switches to an electrified fleet?

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I'm amazed at how many delivery trucks I see zooming around these days. I probably shouldn't be but I feel like every time I look out my window I see an Amazon, Fedex or UPS panel truck rolling by. These sort of vehicles are the perfect candidate for electrification -- pre-defined routes, limited highway driving, returning to the same spot each night to charge, no need for high performance and a lot of idle time when delivering packages or at stop lights etc.

I also love the goofiness of the proposed Rivian Amazon delivery truck

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22 hours ago, zbrow17 said:

Off topic but anyone have any info on any possibility of a grocery store coming to EADO? 

maybe I've lived in the area long enough to accept the fate of what we've got, but Kroger, Fiesta and Phoenicia provide pretty much any single quick grab items, once a week we do a big haul at HEB on Washington, or 288.

the time you hit these stores also makes a big difference, I remember when I was in my 20s I'd look forward to going out with friends to bars on a Friday, or Saturday night, now I'm looking forward to an empty HEB.

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