- 1644 County Rd. 180 [HAR]
That’s not a retention pond pictured near the center of these aerial shots highlighting the vacant lot at 12906 Memorial Dr. — or at least that wasn’t its original main purpose: It’s the Sam Houston Tollway, shown filled almost to the brim after Hurricane Harvey flooding. “Lot has been cleared and is ready for construction,” declares the listing description for the featured 11,760-sq.-ft. vacant property, one house away from the corner of Memorial and Beltway 8. It’s now marked down to $505,000.
The only photos of the lot included in the listing are drone views that include the adjacent Memorial Dr. underpass, shown in its full-of-water configuration:
Currently listed for an undisclosed amount on CBRE’s website: a 10.69-acre chunk of the former Union Pacific railyard brownfield property previously sketched upÂ for future conversion to theÂ Hardy Yards mixed-use development. The section up for grabs appears to snuggle up to the west against a piece ofÂ land owned by Metro, whose Burnett Transit Center and light-rail Red Line are elevated above that semi-catchingÂ segment of N. Main St. tunnel; the parcel extends east to the new-ishÂ segments of Fulton and Leona St., likely not too far fromÂ the spot where that rail car full of lithium batteries blew up back in April.
On the other side of the site, meanwhile, the Residences at Hardy Yards apartments are under construction, perÂ photos fromÂ theÂ Zieben Group publishedÂ back in May:
Sure, nervous economists and friends, go ahead and fretÂ about howÂ the coming robot revolutionÂ is likely to decimate the availability of middle-class jobs. But the likely wide-ranging effects of technological change are notoriously difficult to predict. For example, after viewing the dramaticÂ promotional video above, which brings toÂ the treed expanse of a 0.78-acre vacant lot in The Woodlands the full power ofÂ remote-controlled robot-camera cinematic glory, does another possibility come to mind? With this marriage of drone footage, music-video-intro aesthetics, desktop video software, and soundtrack punch,Â has a Woodlands-area real estate agent stumbled upon the secretÂ to unleashing desires hidden deep inside us all . . . to feed a new vacant land boom?
As delicate orchestral swells matched toÂ lingering aerial pans and zooms tug at our emotions and the full majesty of 67 N. Glenwild Cir. (conveniently located Â between The Woodlands Preparatory School and the entry gate to the Club at Carlton Woods Creekside) comes into view, can we imagine a new — dare we dream? — vacant-lot-buying frenzy, the wider availability of new technologies enabling craftily orchestrated drone footage toÂ surround and temptÂ us,Â andÂ transforming thisÂ once dowdy sector?
The 500 or so animals on display at the Bayou Wildlife Zoo on FM 517 east of Alvin areÂ still up for grabs along with theÂ zooÂ itself,Â Ralph Bivins notes recently in Realty News Report. Bivins writes that owner Clint Wolston has been shopping the 80-acre property around since deciding to retire last November, but so far hasn’t found a buyer who can pull together financing for aÂ $7 million purchase. Wolston’s goal is to sell the place and its myriad exotic creatures to someone who will keep the gang together, either continuing to run the place as a zoo or turning it into a private ranch with periodic public visit opportunities.
On top of the variety of imported and domestic animals featured in the zoo’s listing photos, the property’s perks include a living space for a couple of humans or so:
As the digging around hasÂ started recently across the road, the Chase BankÂ onÂ W. 20thÂ street has gone up for sale, a reader notes. Most of theÂ land west of Nicholson St. between 19th and 20th streets isÂ owned by Chase (which has a drive-in on the block), as is the parking lot on 20th across Lawrence. The property is wedged in with those 2 pieces of Heights Waterworks land (outlined here in red) that the city sold last year to Alliance; the apartment developer’s plan for the catty-corner sites includes a pair of 8- and 6-story midrises plus a conversion of the protected reservoir structure itself for restaurant and-or retail use.Â The signage at the corner of 19th and Lawrence St. (shown above) note that the bank will be seeking its fortune elsewhere.
Images: “Random Property Gossip” (top); City of Houston (bottom)
Beacon Island (nÃ©e Lighthouse Island, in its more pedestrian days) is up for sale once again, Brandon de Hoyos writes this week. The eponymous prison-striped beaconÂ at the northern tip of the property has been in place since at least the late 1980sÂ — by which time theÂ 35-acre piece of land had also completed its transformation from Clear Creek shoreline to peninsula to fullÂ island,Â as channels were carved intoÂ the southern edge of Clear Lake to expand waterfront access.Â The land also currently hosts the roadways and underground infrastructure installed by woulda-been joint developers The Verandah Cos. and Crow Holdings, right before the housing market collapse and 2008 recession.
Current owner Isola Ventura previously had previously plannedÂ forÂ aÂ mixture of residential structures on the island, from townhomeÂ toÂ highrise. The island has already been divvied up and okayed for those various Â purposes by League City’s planning department, roughly as labeled below in the current leasing materials:
HITTING THE BRAKES ON THE BELLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL CHEVRON CAMPUS SWAP TALK Prior to this afternoon’s closed HISD executives meeting, trustee Mike Lunceford told Charlotte Aguilar thatÂ he’ll no longer be supporting that plan to turn the former Chevron campus at 4800 Fournace Pl. into a new campus for Bellaire High School, citing the potential price and a lack of support from the HISD board for the plan. Bellaire got money to replaceÂ the 1955 schoolÂ at its existing locationÂ alongÂ S. Rice Ave. during the 2012 bond election; Aguilar writes that the redo “has lagged behind schedule and increased in cost because of the complexities of dealing with Bellaireâ€™s tight zoning regulations, and the question of what to do with the schoolâ€™s 3,500-plus students during construction.” [InstantNewsBellaire; previously on Swamplot] Photo of Bellaire High School atÂ 5100 Maple St.: Houston ISD
HISD TOSSING AROUND A BELLAIRE HS REBUILD ON THE CHEVRON CAMPUS UP THE STREET On Monday some HISD folksÂ pitched the idea of buying Chevron’s soon-to-be-empty land on Fournace PlaceÂ to aÂ committee overseeing the lately-stagnant push to rebuild Bellaire High School, Charlotte Aguilar reportsÂ this week. The 28-acre tract, which goes on sale on Saturday, is about 2 miles northÂ of the school’s existingÂ 17-acre campus and also frontsÂ S. Rice Ave.Â HISD trustee Mike Lunceford tells Aguilar that Bellaire, “while one of the largest high schools in HISD,Â is on the smallest property.â€Â Principal Michael McDonough emailed stakeholders to say that if HISD decides to back the plan and is able to buy the land,Â fundingÂ would probably be put to a bond election; meanwhile, the existing school would still need some work while aÂ new one was built.Â The Chevron landÂ currentlyÂ has aÂ 10-story officeÂ midrise on it; the shot above looks out the window of that building toward theÂ West Loop and theÂ freeway-side Shell station next door (alsoÂ up for sale). [Instant News Bellaire; previously on Swamplot] Photo fromÂ 4800 Fournace Pl.: Alvin A.
Up for grabs just down the road from the Monaville General Store: family-friendly biker bar and pool hallÂ The Thirsty Parrot Bar & Grill. A PR rep tells Swamplot that the owners are retiring from running the Waller County restaurant, which has been open since 2006. ConcurrentÂ listings on LoopNet and HARÂ (at 13200 and 13302 FM 359, respectively) are both running with a $1.6-million asking price, which includes the 14-ish-acre swath of land that the bar sits on, all kitchen equipment, and all of the other buildings on the property: that’s a 3-bedroom ranch house, a second guestÂ house, a pavilion, a barn, and a stocked fishing pond, plus a few other hangers-on. Here’sÂ a quick tourÂ around the place, including a stop by the live parrot collection:
Chris Andrews has caught a few snapshotsÂ of what appears to be a soilÂ sampling crew at workÂ at 1901 N. Main St.,Â formerly the site of Uncle Johnny’s Good Cars. Most of the 37,679-sq.-ft.Â property, occupying the block onÂ the east side of N. MainÂ between Hogan and Gargan streets (including the 1950s auto shop and the next door 1930s Beer’s Building), was transferred to a legal entity called Cerveza FourÂ in May of 2015. Shortly thereafter,Â Keller Williams RealtyÂ postedÂ the cheerily-soundtracked video listing below showing the ins and outs of the property, nestled between the Casa De Amigos city health clinic to the south and the former home of Alamo Thrifty Bail Bonds (now bike shop HAM Cycles 2) across Gargan:
CHEVRON TO SELL OLD BELLAIRE CAMPUS, ALL THAT NEW LAND ON CLAY RD. Nancy Sarnoff notes this afternoon that Chevron will be selling off that 103-acre Clay Rd. tractÂ it bought in 2014, along withÂ the company’s Fournace PlaceÂ campusÂ in Bellaire (whose sale was notedÂ last week by Michelle Leigh Smith). Â Despite assurances last year that theÂ office midriseÂ at 4800 FournaceÂ would remain occupied, the company saysÂ it willÂ moveÂ all of those employees to some of its downtown officesÂ by the end of next year, and willÂ start shopping it around inÂ October. Leigh also notes some of the 28-acre property’s recorded history, including the 1940s and 50s laboratory buildings previously demolished on the site, andÂ Chevron’s (then Texaco’s) purported 1970sÂ request to the Bellaire city council to rename the roadÂ to something not reminiscent ofÂ their competitorÂ Gulf Oil — the property was originally listedÂ on Gulfton St., which now changes abruptlyÂ to Fournace Pl.Â at ofÂ the intersection with S. Rice Ave.Â [Houston Chronicle; Southwest News via Realty News Report] Photo of Chevron’s office tower at 1500 Louisiana St., previously Enron Center South: Jordan R.
The 24.5-acre plot along the W. Sam Houston Pwky. formerly snagged by Schlumberger’s Cameron International looks to be back on the market, a reader notes.Â Dow Chemical’sÂ quadruple-decade-plusÂ facility got clearedÂ off the landÂ at the end of 2009 following the purchase of the property by an entity connected to Apache Corporation; the spot was sold to Cameron in 2013, whenÂ rumor had it that the company would build a skyscraper’s worth of office space on the site. The propertyÂ was listedÂ afresh by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank around the end of April.