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On Houston’s city planning agenda this week: a variance request from Caldwell Communities which seeks permission to forgo building a public north-south street through its planned Willowcreek Ranch neighborhood just north of the Grand Pkwy. in Tomball. Caldwell’s plans currently call for the neighborhood to include just one longitudinal road — a short, private street dubbed Three Bars Trl. It intersects Holderrieth Rd. — an existing public street — at the spot shown in more detail above, the boundary between what’s being developed now and a northern parcel set aside for future building. Because Holderrieth’s 2 nearest junctions with other public streets are currently about a mile-and-a-quarter apart from each other (more than double the city maximum), Caldwell — in building along the road — would be required to create one within its own property.
The reasoning it gives for why it shouldn’t have to: “A public street connection north from Holderrieth is infeasible due to the location of a tributary of Willow Creek,” the development’s namesake. The tributary includes a swath of 100-year-floodplain, shaded lighter blue in the map below:
Salem Lutheran Church has plans to expand its current religious and pre-K–8 school campus, which sits just over 2 miles west of Hwy. 249 in Tomball. The idea: to develop roughly 100 acres adjacent to its existing facilities, adding new school structures and landscaping behind the pond-front church building shown in the photo at top, taken from above Lutheran Church Rd. The parking lot pictured on the left would also be enlarged, and a new complex of athletic fields would abut it to the south.
The master plan also includes not only these additions, but also a 73-lot residential area to the far west:
A relatively sleek new style of Walmart Supercenter (rendered above) is set to open next week, hugged on 2 sides by the Timbercrest Village RV Park just north of Hufsmith Rd., Beth Marshall notes this week. The prototypical “smart Walmart” at 25800 Kuykendahl Rd. appears to have taken over part of the property that was previously part of the trailer park’s land, and will take the name Walmart Augusta Pines in reference to its east-west cross street (August Pines Dr.).
The new store will include a health clinic, a means of checkout-line-free purchasing mitigated by phone app, and that previously noted first Chobani Cafe to open in Houston (or outside of New York, for that matter). The clinic is also the first in the Houston area since Walmart began its pilot program to move into broader healthcare and disease management services in 2014, with an initial focus on Texas, Georgia and South Carolina — 3 states that didn’t accept federal money to expand Medicaid and also have a high concentration of uninsured residents.
Rendering of Walmart August Pines: Walmart
For Arbor Day, the Uptown Houston District is showing off the 800 live oaks earmarked for Post Oak Blvd. now being trained in Tomball for a life on the streets. The tree reboxers and transplanters at Environmental Design are breeding the trees on the company’s Tomball campus at 23544 Coons Rd.
Cattle grazing, dairy farming, and crops of hay and vegetables have been the order of business at this updated 1860s German farmhouse property, designated a “Century Ranch” by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture for its continuous operation by a single family. (Actual reported time of tenancy by the Hillegeist family: more than 130 years.) The Tomball homestead, outbuildings, and pastures occupy 133 acres west of SH 249 near the Oaks of Rosehill area off FM 2920 (which places it about 20 miles west of the new ExxonMobil campus, in case you’re calculating). The property has been on the market since June 2014, for $6.64 million.