Retail’s Advantage in an Oil Slump; A Landmarked Montrose House Up for Grabs

Westpark Drive at S. Rice Ave.

Photo of Westpark Tollway at S. Rice Ave.: Bill Barfield via Swamplot Flickr Pool


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  • That Exxon Building deal stinks to hell. It’s the kind of dumb-ass, probably corrupt stuff you see in Baltimore or New Orleans.

  • About that justice complex. Some things are better off being built-to-suit rather than being extensively remodeled into an structure with lots of incurable functional obsolescence. That applies to a lot of institutional uses. Another thing. For the purposes of security and the continuity of this particular city service in the event of a disaster, its probably not a great idea to put essentially all of the key functions and key personnel of a City’s law enforcement effort into a single really tall and high-profile structure. Its not likely that anything crazy would happen, but it would really compound the scope of the event if it did.

    On the other hand, the existing justice complex is on a really fantastic site and that also presents an opportunity that is presently being wasted. It is very VERY easy to conceptualize a scenario where the Houston-Dallas bullet train could be brought into that site and where the light rail that terminates merely hundreds of feet away from it could get routed into the site to provide a seamless set of transfers along parallel tracks. Its hard to imagine that happening at the Post Office site, Hardy Yards isn’t along the preferred rail corridor, and the long shot — METRO’s bus barn — is similarly out of the way from transit interconnects.

    There’s still a fair bit of land in the downtown area that would be suitable for a new justice center. It doesn’t need to be in a prime location. Arranging to sel their prime land for redevelopment and buying land that’s less prime for a new facility would get them half-way into that new facility.

  • @Niche
    What you said… X1000

  • I wonder how the area south of Toyota center would work for the justice complex. Lots of small parcels to acquire, but condemnation would help that process.

  • I heard a rumor a few weeks ago that Fred Griffin has the option to redevelop the Reisner facility if the City were to vacate it for another property. I haven’t been able to verify it, but if so then Fred’s making money on both ends of the transaction.

  • The residents of The Woodlands are reaching their breaking point, questioning the so-called leadership. People are paying higher and higher property taxes, yet decisions are all about supporting and attracting more unneeded businesses. The imbalance is now starting to destroy what attracted everyone in the first place. Shortsighted.