Spectre of Looming East Pearland-ification Invoked in Friendswood Chick-Fil-A Rezoning Fight

FM 518 at Leisure Ln., Friendswood, TX, 77581

“I don’t think Friendswood needs to become East Pearland,” Eddie Carpenter told the Friendswood city council last week during a public comment session — responding to another speaker’s references to the chain-rich bustle of FM 518 and Pearland Pkwy. as an example of what Friendswood is lacking. What sparked the pair of assertions? A push to rezone the above corner lot at FM 518 and Leisure Ln., currently up for a potential switch from office use to commercial — with word being that Chik-Fil-A and Panera Breads are both interested in setting up shop on the corner. The space is just over a quarter mile down the road from Friendswood’s own relatively restaurant-franchise-dense hub on E. Parkwood Dr., near the town’s H-E-B. The lot in question has been cleared since the listing shot above was snapped, in conjunction with various acts of dirt-pushing.

Image of lot at FM 518 and Leisure Ln.: LoopNet

Lot To Think About

5 Comment

  • I thought Friendswood had been East Pearland for several years now…

  • Terrific. I am glad these places around Houston have zoning. I am reminded daily why I’m glad Houston has no zoning.

  • get over yourself. IMO Pearlnad and Friendswood (and Katy and all the rest) are 99% the same.

  • Call me crazy, but the least difficult path to development will always sound best to me. You’re not going to see office space in this area for a very long long time.
    Why inconvenience residents with lack of access to commercial space just to sit around and wait for an office proposal?

  • Just make sure the drive-thru doesn’t back up onto the road, like it does at some locations.