At a meeting last week at Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli organized by Jim “Mattress Mack” MacIngvale, owners of businesses located along Post Oak Blvd.’s vast double phalanx of front-loading strip centers — and representatives of a few of their landlords — groused about Metro’s design for the new Uptown Line and prepared for possible battle. The Examiner Newspapers’ Michael Reed first brought attention to a few quirks of the latest design for the Post Oak stretch of the light-rail line late last year: It features 7 stations, 5 gated crossings, and in all close to 2 dozen traffic signals along the 1.7-mile path from Richmond Ave. to the 610 West Loop. It also blocks all instances of that staple of sprawl-style shopping-center development: the non-intersection left turn.
Had Metro been communicating its plans to the property owners? Had the property owners been relaying any information they received from the transit agency to their tenants?
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In response to [Reed's] December article, a Metro spokeswoman said, “Metro worked closely with the Uptown Management District and area property owners and in further discussion with the city of Houston to determine the best possible placement of driveway locations to maintain access along the length of Post Oak …”
However, the Examiner found few merchants along Post Oak who said they had been approached about the rail plan by anyone, including their landlords.
“Nobody said anything to me,” said McIngvale, at the time. “It sounds like another mess.”
His Gallery Furniture location at 2411 Post Oak, had just opened in March.
- Post Oak businesses meet to oppose rail [River Oaks Examiner]
- Previously on Swamplot: Trimming Uptown Trees and Driveways: Where Metro Is Shopping for Land on Post Oak Blvd. and The Lights of Post Oak: Two Dozen Stops Along the Uptown Line
Photo: Isiah Carey