Got a question about something going on in your neighborhood you’d like Swamplot to answer? Sorry, we can’t help you. But if you ask real nice and include a photo or 2 with your request, maybe the Swamplot Street Sleuths can! Who are they? Other readers, just like you, ready to demonstrate their mad skillz in hunting down stuff like this:
Not sure the “answers” readers provided for this week’s Street Sleuths feature were satisfying enough to merit a summary post, but it’s nice at least to have another excuse to run Jason Tinder’s dramatic photo showing the end of the Komart Marketplace. Here’s what we, uh, “learned”:
- Spring Branch: So yes, Tinder now does have some “clues” that might help him figure out what’s going on with the Gessner Place Shopping Center on the west side of Gessner just north of I-10, and the remains of Komart. The property is owned by MetroNational, but any redevelopment schemes the company is hatching from its Death Star overlook remain a mystery. Harmonica adds another tidbit to the Memorial City Mall area rumor mill:
I also understand that they own the center on the other side of Kingsride from the professional building on the South side of 10 and have not been renewing leases.
In this photo, the Death Star surveys its vanquished foe:
- Midtown: So, uh, yes, the developer who planted a new sign on the surface parking lot on West Alabama between Travis and Main appears to have a medical complex, and is looking for investors to help him cure it. If any of y’all wanna call the number and get the scoop, let us know.
- Montrose: The redevelopment rumor about the strip center on the south side of Westheimer at Montrose anchored by Half Price Books at one end and Blockbuster’s ghost on the other was met with — more rumors! The juiciest, from mt:
I was told that the corner of westheimer and montrose is under a long term ground lease by HEB. They are banking the land to keep anyone else from locating there, and to box in the Kroger next door.
We’ll post the next set of reader questions on Tuesday. Send us what you’ve got before then!