From the space between Monday’s rain and today’s, here are some late-evening snaps of the scene around Greenspoint Mall, which became a staging center for flood rescue operations before dawn on Monday morning. Following the middle-of-the-night overflow of Greens Bayou, residents from several flooded apartment complexes nearby headed to the 1970s shopping center at the social media urging of city officials and rapper Bun B; flood victims were later bussed to the Campbell Educational Center on Aldine Bender Rd. west of the Hardy tollway.
The 1.4-million-sq.-ft. mall and surrounding parking lot, just northeast of the intersection of Beltway 8 and I-45, was put up for sale by Triyar Group in February, after nearly a decade of talk about redeveloping the property with the help of the Greenspoint TIRZ. Above is the view from the north on the I-45-facing side of the complex toward Dillard’s and Fitness Connection, currently holding a food and supplies drive and offering free showers to displaced residents. On the west side, here’s the Renaissance 15 Premier Theater, from Greenspoint Dr.:
West of the site, the dip of the Beltway 8 feeder road beneath the Hardy Toll Road had nearly dried out as of yesterday evening, though flood debris remained along the fences at the edge of the road:
- Displaced Greenspoint Residents Seek Shelter In School District Arena [Houston Public Media]
- Desperate Greenspoint Residents Flee Floodwaters [KHOU]
- Previously on Swamplot: Waiting for the Renaissance: What Could $32 Million Buy at Greenspoint Mall?; Comment of the Day: The Report from Greenspoint Mall; Before the Movies Start: What’s Eating JCPenney at the Greenspoint Mall
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