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I saw today that The Parks at Boulder Creek has started moving a lot of earth and excavating for foundations for the midrises planned. This is the lifestyle center for Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway and it should be Woodlands Town Center/Market Street-like in its scope. The plan calls for:

Midrise office towers (8-10 stories)

300 acre park

Upscale shopping (Williams-Sonoma, Virgin, Banana Republic, Restoration are a few names that I've heard tossed around)

Townhouses

Lofts

Restaurants

a small waterway (i've heard)

Discreet parking in garages and backs of property.

This is planned for both sides of Pearland Parkway and looks huge in scope. It is not a Big-box power center. Rather, it seems to be a real attempt to make Pearland a destination living, shopping, entertainment area, away from the 518/288 mess, that has gotten a little out of hand. This one looks to be quite well conceived and interesting. Go Pearland!

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I am glad to see development starting to make its way South along 288. I have always wondered when this would happen. Pearland will explode in the next few years. I am glad to see Brazoria county,my home county, pick up in "big city" developement.

Imagine mid rise towers in Pearland.

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There are signs now on both sides of Pearland Pkwy that must have recently been put up with renderings of the center. Looks like this place is going to cover a huge area. The Land of Pears is booming fast!

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The project sounds good but Boulder Creek? It's hard to find a pebble around there, let alone a boulder.

These suburban subdivision-type names are as bland and uncreative as the most of the homes themselves.

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I guess this is good thing for the Houston metro. I like Pearland. But watch out for the suburbs.....when they get strong and want more tax revenue, they'll find a way to lure companies out of the city.

For examples, see Plano in the 80s and more recently Frisco.

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they'll find a way to lure companies out of the city.

This is Houston, not Dallas. In Houston, we just annex-em. The only burb that even remotely competes with Houston is The Woodlands, but they will be part of the COH soon enough.

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The project sounds good but Boulder Creek? It's hard to find a pebble around there, let alone a boulder.

These suburban subdivision-type names are as bland and uncreative as the most of the homes themselves.

I agree about the name. But, it still will be the same place regardless of the name. It's weird that it's on Clear Creek though...which is definitely not clear. I drove over it and I didn't see a creek. Maybe its too clear.

I guess the waterway will be called Boulder Creek when it's buit and "real" boulders will be installed for the waterfalls. That kind of justifies the name.

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This is Houston, not Dallas. In Houston, we just annex-em. The only burb that even remotely competes with Houston is The Woodlands, but they will be part of the COH soon enough.

Yes, Houston is the Soviet Union of Texas cities. If any suburban area starts to threaten us, we take out their Homeowner's Assoc. and replace it with a puppet HOA. They then begin to address our city council members as 'Comrade'. It is really quite effective.

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The project sounds good but Boulder Creek? It's hard to find a pebble around there, let alone a boulder.

These suburban subdivision-type names are as bland and uncreative as the most of the homes themselves.

Bland, maybe, but uncreative? It seems someone is actually being quite creative to come up with a name like "Boulder Creek" for an area with nothing larger than a pebble... perhaps too creative.

;-)

Now let's just imagine the uproar on this board if they had named it "Pebble Creek"

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yeah remember the same development was planned for League City. Victory Lakes was supposed to have waterways and mid rise office buildings. Today, theyre putting in a Wal-Mart.

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yeah remember the same development was planned for League City. Victory Lakes was supposed to have waterways and mid rise office buildings. Today, theyre putting in a Wal-Mart.

This one now has an IBC sign to say they have financing in place. It is NOT a subdivision like Victory Lakes. It looks to be primarily a retail /office environment with some midrise and brownstone-type condos as the only residential component. The name, I'm guessing is coming from the Colorado-style architecture of the lowrise buildings I've seen in the renderings. I guess you have to make your own jugement about this. But, the type of development seems really exciting -- on par with a suburban version of Houston Pavilions, if I read their plans right.

There is no hard info available. I looked on the Jefco site, but all they say is "coming soon". Lots of area neighborhood developments are touting Boulder Creek as a nearby future amenity in their literature, though. Oh, and before you get too weird about the architecture style planned, this Colorado thing seems like it's really toned-down when you consider Jefco is the group that did that big "Italian" shopping center up near The Woodlands.

They do seem credible, though. And I hear one of the big partners is from Pearland and wants this to be like a gift to re-shape the town, which, by the way, is reported to have over 50,000 residents now and just over 100,000 in its ETJ (not sure exactly how this is calculated), according to the Pearland Journal.

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They then begin to address our city council members as 'Comrade'. It is really quite effective.

It's "Commissar". Get it right or you'll have us all in the gulag. :unsure:

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This one now has an IBC sign to say they have financing in place. It is NOT a subdivision like Victory Lakes. It looks to be primarily a retail /office environment with some midrise and brownstone-type condos as the only residential component. The name, I'm guessing is coming from the Colorado-style architecture of the lowrise buildings I've seen in the renderings. I guess you have to make your own jugement about this. But, the type of development seems really exciting -- on par with a suburban version of Houston Pavilions, if I read their plans right.

There is no hard info available. I looked on the Jefco site, but all they say is "coming soon". Lots of area neighborhood developments are touting Boulder Creek as a nearby future amenity in their literature, though. Oh, and before you get too weird about the architecture style planned, this Colorado thing seems like it's really toned-down when you consider Jefco is the group that did that big "Italian" shopping center up near The Woodlands.

They do seem credible, though. And I hear one of the big partners is from Pearland and wants this to be like a gift to re-shape the town, which, by the way, is reported to have over 50,000 residents now and just over 100,000 in its ETJ (not sure exactly how this is calculated), according to the Pearland Journal.

I hope they put in a 24 hour fitness or and LA Fitness in this development

Also this development will loose its attractiveness after the Beltway junction at 288 and the belt is built. It will hinder access and make it more noisy. I think that the fact that the 288 does not have a feeder road is the reason why this area has developed slower then other areas of town.

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Forgive my cynicism -- are there either boulders or a creek in that area?

Nope, but then again it holds the long Houston tradition of misnomers. For example The Heights, River Oaks(there is no river near the river oaks).

I think there is a creek and a ditch and it is on an old cattle land, but there are no boulders.

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There was a chart on SSP about these "creative" suburban community names. You could pretty much choose your neighborhood name.

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There was a chart on SSP about these "creative" suburban community names. You could pretty much choose your neighborhood name.

It would seem that the names are chosen through some software where you just plug in categories and the software spits out a random combination, then out comes Fall Meadow, Summer Falls, Spring Hill, Windy Springs, etc. The combos are endless.

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Also this development will loose its attractiveness after the Beltway junction at 288 and the belt is built. It will hinder access and make it more noisy. I think that the fact that the 288 does not have a feeder road is the reason why this area has developed slower then other areas of town.

I thought The Parks at Boulder Creek was going to be at Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway (Monroe).

See article here.

http://www.texasrebusiness.com/articles/MAR05/cover3.html

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Yes, as stated several times, this is at Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway , not 288.

That article provides the best info I've seen yet on this project. It seems it will cover hundreds of acres on both sides of the parkway, with pedestrian bridges spanning it. Very nice.

One problem -- Phase I is set fot Spring 2006 and they haven't even begun foundation work yet. The site is cleared and leveled, though, so maybe they're just running a bit behind....

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Nope, but then again it holds the long Houston tradition of misnomers. For example The Heights, River Oaks(there is no river near the river oaks).

Let's not get too carried away with the cynicism. After all, the definition of bayou includes "small river" and Buffalo Bayou runs by River Oaks. And The Heights is so named because it is at a higher elevation than most of its surroundings (at least compared to central Houston... The Heights' elevation is 23 feet higher than downtown Houston.)

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i guess that seals the deal on my search for suburbia... if we make a move, it will be pearland... close to the in-laws (but not too close)... close to the city (wrt suburbia)... close to the beaches (galveston or surfside)... decent schools... and a town center (and hopefully a town center affect that is positive.)

that is, if i can't find something in maplewood or the like that fits my criteria and budget...

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i guess that seals the deal on my search for suburbia... if we make a move, it will be pearland... close to the in-laws (but not too close)... close to the city (wrt suburbia)... close to the beaches (galveston or surfside)... decent schools... and a town center (and hopefully a town center affect that is positive.)

that is, if i can't find something in maplewood or the like that fits my criteria and budget...

all the new development going on in pearland at 288 and 518, is really making me think about that area more. Its relatively close compared to clear lake, kingwood, woodlands, etc. 18 miles from the center of downtown.

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Nope, but then again it holds the long Houston tradition of misnomers. For example The Heights, River Oaks(there is no river near the river oaks).

I think there is a creek and a ditch and it is on an old cattle land, but there are no boulders.

Agreed..except for the Heights. Anyone familar with the topography of late 19th century Houston will know why it's called the Heights.

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Just thought I would give a little insight to this development.

My wife and I put a lot hold on one of the "brownstones" in this community for phase I. We handed over our money in March and we were told about 8 months until completion.

We were also told that we would be updated on the status of ALL the unknowns...upgrades and such. The realtor from the broker handling the sales seemed to have no answers for us. EVERYTHING was always "we have to wait and see what the developer decides".

My wife and I were okay with this because we knew we had gotten into this development in the early stages...however, we never heard anything from ANYONE again. That was March, this is July. Four months later we decided to go with a true homebuilder and called to cancel our lot hold. Our realtor had left the brokerage office(for reasons valid), but we were never contacted. WHAT!!! Not a single soul from the real estate team tried to contact us, to let us know that our agent had left.

And if it could get any better...the developer doesn't own the land. Not yet at least. That might answer some of those "why haven't they started ANY construction yet" questions!

Beware of this development!! And real estate team...they seemed to have no idea what was going on!

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Just thought I would give a little insight to this development.

My wife and I put a lot hold on one of the "brownstones" in this community for phase I. We handed over our money in March and we were told about 8 months until completion.

We were also told that we would be updated on the status of ALL the unknowns...upgrades and such. The realtor from the broker handling the sales seemed to have no answers for us. EVERYTHING was always "we have to wait and see what the developer decides".

My wife and I were okay with this because we knew we had gotten into this development in the early stages...however, we never heard anything from ANYONE again. That was March, this is July. Four months later we decided to go with a true homebuilder and called to cancel our lot hold. Our realtor had left the brokerage office(for reasons valid), but we were never contacted. WHAT!!! Not a single soul from the real estate team tried to contact us, to let us know that our agent had left.

And if it could get any better...the developer doesn't own the land. Not yet at least. That might answer some of those "why haven't they started ANY construction yet" questions!

Beware of this development!! And real estate team...they seemed to have no idea what was going on!

wow, thats a real unorganized series of events. glad you got out.

If the project goes to plan, it will undoubtebly look great, but until then.......

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Just thought I would give a little insight to this development.

My wife and I put a lot hold on one of the "brownstones" in this community for phase I. We handed over our money in March and we were told about 8 months until completion.

We were also told that we would be updated on the status of ALL the unknowns...upgrades and such. The realtor from the broker handling the sales seemed to have no answers for us. EVERYTHING was always "we have to wait and see what the developer decides".

My wife and I were okay with this because we knew we had gotten into this development in the early stages...however, we never heard anything from ANYONE again. That was March, this is July. Four months later we decided to go with a true homebuilder and called to cancel our lot hold. Our realtor had left the brokerage office(for reasons valid), but we were never contacted. WHAT!!! Not a single soul from the real estate team tried to contact us, to let us know that our agent had left.

And if it could get any better...the developer doesn't own the land. Not yet at least. That might answer some of those "why haven't they started ANY construction yet" questions!

Beware of this development!! And real estate team...they seemed to have no idea what was going on!

I was thinking about one of the lofts. I got an estimate of about 2 years before they would be ready. I was told last week that they just closed on the financing....who knows. Did you have any trouble getting your money back? I was thinking of doing the same thing and holding a unit, and seeing how the project develops, since I'm not moving back to Houston for another year anyway.

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I was thinking about one of the lofts. I got an estimate of about 2 years before they would be ready. I was told last week that they just closed on the financing....who knows. Did you have any trouble getting your money back? I was thinking of doing the same thing and holding a unit, and seeing how the project develops, since I'm not moving back to Houston for another year anyway.

We were told over 3 mos ago they were closing on financing. We had no problem getting our earnest money back because we cancelled the check. They never cashed it!

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We were told over 3 mos ago they were closing on financing. We had no problem getting our earnest money back because we cancelled the check. They never cashed it!

I think not cashing the check is standard procedure on developments like this, before they send the contracts to the title company. The initial plan is to gauge interest and write "reservations" that are basically worthless. Then, when a certain benchmark is realized, they send the contracts to the title company and they get converted to earnest money contracts, which are more binding.

It sounds like this project is merely slow in developing -- not unlike Houston Pavilions...or Shamrock Tower.

If it happens, it will be cool for Pearland. The real interest will develop once the first concrete is poured. If it's poured.

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I hope they put in a 24 hour fitness or and LA Fitness in this development

Also this development will loose its attractiveness after the Beltway junction at 288 and the belt is built. It will hinder access and make it more noisy. I think that the fact that the 288 does not have a feeder road is the reason why this area has developed slower then other areas of town.

I heard there will be an "ANYTIME FITNESS" coming in February 2007 on Pearland Parkway, just outside the Lakes of Highland Glen. I went to one of these gyms in San Antonio and it is the best thing I have seen so far (they are all over the place in San Antonio). You get a card or keychain that lets you in the gym 24/7/365, the one I toured in San Antonio had security cameras all over the place and panic button necklaces that you can wear if you are working out after hours. You just push the button and the police are notified immediatley. But Kelly, the owner of the gym in San Antonio, said there are something like 300 of these gyms around the country and there has NEVER been any incidents! They had the newest state-of-the art fitness equipment and tanning beds, too. And the same card or keychain operates everything, the doors, the tanning beds, and even the vending machines (so you don't ever have to carry change or your wallet to the gym). You just swipe your keychain at the vending machine and get whatever you want, the dollar or whatever just automatically goes to your account. I have never seen anything like it, I can't wait until they open!

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IT LOOKS AS IF THEY ARE FINALLY BEGINING WORK! Another trailor has been added to the property. I think the townhomes will be built by a company from Florida. I am looking forward to the retail development. Will the University of Houston campus be built near this area?

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IT LOOKS AS IF THEY ARE FINALLY BEGINING WORK! Another trailor has been added to the property. I think the townhomes will be built by a company from Florida. I am looking forward to the retail development. Will the University of Houston campus be built near this area?

The UH campus is planned farther down Pearland Parkway, on the roundabout, at the entrance to The Lakes of Highland Glen. Truth be told -- I'll bet the announcement of the UH campus was the impetus that finally got this project going.

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The UH campus is planned farther down Pearland Parkway, on the roundabout, at the entrance to The Lakes of Highland Glen. Truth be told -- I'll bet the announcement of the UH campus was the impetus that finally got this project going.

Do you know what type of stores that will be located in the small retail center between The Lakes of Highland Glen and Lowes?

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Do you know what type of stores that will be located in the small retail center between The Lakes of Highland Glen and Lowes?

I don't. That retail area was in the original plans for the Lakes of Highland Glen, though. I don't believe the developer has anything to do with it now, however. I think retail development along Pearland Parkway is pretty restrictive. You'll notice that, aside from that small center, only the day school and now the UH campus have been announced.

The Lakes of Highland Glen had a lot to do with getting the parkway extended up to Beltway 8. So, I think this small zoning for a retail strip was part of their original bargaining for making the extension of the parkway go through. Looks like making this road go through is about to start paying off.

For those who don't know -- Pearland Parkway actually is a very nice parkway, not a misnamed tollway or freeway. It runs next to some flood retention ponds and growths of nice trees. There's a planted median and even a very nice roundabout at the entrance to The Lakes of Highland Glen subdivision. The parkway continues up to Pearland High School, with only residential streets intersecting, except where it crosses 518, which is Pearland's main retail street.

The "lifestyle center" being discussed here is at the north end of Pearland Parkway, at Beltway 8. It's been in a kind of limbo stage for over a year now. One thing they were waiting on is build-out of Highland Glen -- which has progessed well. Highland Glen advertises homes from the 130s-300s. 80% of those have been in the $210s-400s, though. There is only a small section with homes below the $210s. Highland Glen has spawned a couple of other developments along the parkway, with homes from the $130s-210s.

Nice area.

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BIG NEWS -

The developer of the Portofino shopping center, a 500,000-square-foot development near The Woodlands built to resemble a Venetian cityscape, is embarking on a new project in Pearland.

Jefco Development and the Maverick Group are developing the Parks at Boulder Creek at Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway.

The property wraps around a 360-acre park.

Construction on a two-story, 55,000-square-foot retail and office complex has started, and additional phases are planned that are expected to include more retail and office space, apartments, lofts and townhomes.

The developers also sold 26 acres to Florida Capital, which is building 533 units on the east side of Pearland Parkway.

This summer, more retail will be built. Tenants that have signed on include Wells Fargo, Spec's Liquor, Wachovia Bank and Kroger.

HTH Group of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Cre8 Design in Houston were involved in the design and architecture.

Tribble & Stephens is building the shopping center.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...iz/4484877.html

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BIG NEWS -

The developer of the Portofino shopping center, a 500,000-square-foot development near The Woodlands built to resemble a Venetian cityscape, is embarking on a new project in Pearland.

Jefco Development and the Maverick Group are developing the Parks at Boulder Creek at Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway.

The property wraps around a 360-acre park.

Construction on a two-story, 55,000-square-foot retail and office complex has started, and additional phases are planned that are expected to include more retail and office space, apartments, lofts and townhomes.

The developers also sold 26 acres to Florida Capital, which is building 533 units on the east side of Pearland Parkway.

This summer, more retail will be built. Tenants that have signed on include Wells Fargo, Spec's Liquor, Wachovia Bank and Kroger.

HTH Group of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Cre8 Design in Houston were involved in the design and architecture.

Tribble & Stephens is building the shopping center.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...iz/4484877.html

This sounds like a MAJOR scale-back from the original plans. Originally, the plans called for stores like Virgin Megastore. Now, they're putting up a Kroger?

Spec's will be nice -- especially since Pearland is dry. But as for the "lofts and townhomes" -- who in the world would want to live in a suburban strip mall complex? I wish I could see some plans of this new design.

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This sounds like a MAJOR scale-back from the original plans. Originally, the plans called for stores like Virgin Megastore. Now, they're putting up a Kroger?

Spec's will be nice -- especially since Pearland is dry. But as for the "lofts and townhomes" -- who in the world would want to live in a suburban strip mall complex? I wish I could see some plans of this new design.

Will Monroe Rd. to Pearland Parkway be opened for easier access from Hobby Airport?

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Will Monroe Rd. to Pearland Parkway be opened for easier access from Hobby Airport?

Eventually.

I don't believe any work has been done on Monroe to date, though, beyond putting "Future Monroe" on the exit signs. If construction of Monroe is anything like Pearland Parkway, it could take several years to get the road in.

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35 goes right by Hobby airport right? I hope so thats where i droped off my mother-inlaw after Christmas, I have pretty good knowledge that Monroe is going to be rebuilt from Beltway - 8 to Fuqua, the plans are already in the works, Id much rather have an HEB then a Kroger, but Spec's is nice.

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WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN THOSE 2 BUILDINGS. ARE THEY STILL GOING TO BUILD THE BROWNSTONES? DOES THIS PROPERTY GO ALL THE WAY TO BLACKHAWK?

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Here's a Mixed-Use development by Maverick Group and Jefco in Pearland.

20 Story Tower (14 stories of office over a six story garage)

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Multifamily Midrise a top a 5 story garage

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Retail Center rendered is completed (part of the first phase)

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http://www.maverickgrouponline.com/commercial.html

http://www.maverickgrouponline.com/plats/houston/theparks/new%20brochure.pdf

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Looks like 3 high rises to me! Great news.. I just wish this was on 288 so I could see it when i go to visit my parents. Hopefully that other mixed use destination south of Bass Pro happens..

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