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FIRST PHILIPPINE BAPTIST CHURCH’S NEW NEIGHBOR: SPIKE SPORT VOLLEYBALL CLUB Site work is about to begin on a volleyball gym off the Fort Bend Pkwy. that’ll fill in the gap between First Philippine Baptist Church (shown above) and the Missouri City drainage ditch officially known as VIII-BI. The planned 8-court gym is the latest from Spike Club, which previously held court in a complex next to the post office on S. Gessner north of W. Bellfort. Since moving out of there earlier this year, its players and staff have taken temporary refuge in the Westbury Christian Schoolâ€™s athletic complex over on Fondren Rd. They plan to arrive in the Missouri City location sometime next spring. Photo: Southern Baptist Convention
AN UPDATE ON THE LEAKY OIL WELL IN MISSOURI CITY All liquids that spewed from the oil well on McHard Rd. just west of the Fort Bend Tollway after its blow-out accident last Wednesday have been removed from the ground surrounding the facility, the Missouri City Office of Emergency Management now reports. But thatâ€™s just the wet stuff. Workers from Haz Mat Special Services have so far dug up 1,200 of an expected 5,200–7,200 yards of possibly contaminated dirt from the immediate vicinity, to be replaced with soil from somewhere else. What else can they do? â€œCrews have also sprayed the area to reduce the odor. Air monitoring is still on going. Crews are also trying to prep the area for the predicted rain fall the region may receive.â€ [Missouri City Emergency Preparedness; previously on Swamplot]Â Photo: Fort Bend County OEM
UN-RE-ZONING OF MISSOURI CITY TRACT PAVES WAY FOR SHIPMAN’S COVE MASTER PLANS The Missouri City council voted last week to approve a “planned development” zoning classificationÂ for aÂ woodyÂ 95.3-acreÂ tractÂ at the edge of the Creekmont and Newpoint Estates subdivisions off Hwy. 6 at Watts Plantation Rd., which master plan planner Ashton Woods wants to turn into aÂ 287-unit housing development called Shipman’s Cove. The January vote cameÂ after a determination by the city’s attorneyÂ that the failed September voteÂ on the same issue had technically passed:Â CouncilmembersÂ now says that the vote to change the undeveloped land’s zoning classification (an act that would have required a 75 percentÂ majority among the 7 council members, and fellÂ 1 vote short of that hurdle) actually only counted as a vote to zone it for the first timeÂ — which only needs a simple majorityÂ for approval. Amelia Brust reports that neither the city council nor city attorney “explained what prompted the further review, nor did they identify the outside legal counsel hired by the city” that helped review the situation;Â Missouri City mayor Allen Owen also said at the time of the vote that multiple lawsuits looked to be in the works. [Community Impact]Â Image of planned site of Shipman’s Cove:Â Missouri City
UTAH’S MALAWI’S PIZZA TO PLANT FAKE TREE NEXT TO DOUBLE MATTRESS FIRM IN SIENNA PLANTATION Malawi’s Pizza (which currently has 3 locations sprinkled along a stretch of northern Utah between Salt Lake City and Provo)Â is planning the first ofÂ someÂ 20 Houston-area locations,Â writes Katherine Feser. The fast-casual-with-fine-china chain’s main shtick, other than the life-sizeÂ acacia tree modelÂ in each restaurant? The company says it donates nutritional supplements and allotments of grain to folksÂ inÂ MalawiÂ in proportion to the number of pizzas sold each month. The first Houston spot is planned forÂ 8731 Highway 6 CenterÂ (a new retail strip immediately west ofÂ the double Mattress FirmÂ on Highway 6) in Missouri City. Â Another location may beÂ on the way toÂ Central Square in Midtown; the company says itÂ hopes to open 4 Houston-area locations by the end of 2017, while also expanding to Dallas and Virginia.Â [Houston Chronicle] Rendering of Highway 6 Center: Hunington Properties
If you thought it was kinda adorable how those 2 same-owner mattress stores are snuggling up right next to each other at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose Blvd. in Montrose, you’re sure to be enthralled by the suburban version of the same like-kind pair-up down about Sienna Plantation, what with their separate, straight-laced faÃ§ades and separate showrooms. Mattress FirmÂ has been open for a couple years already at 8741 Hwy. 6 South in Missouri City; the same company’s slightly larger Mattress Pro just opened up next door at 8735 last month. Better yet, the buildings are for sale, together!
Maybe the looks of this spa are too brutal a reminder of how the season went down the toilet? HoustonÂ Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing injured his knee in October and was forced to watch from the sidelines as his team bowed out to the New England Patriots in the NFL playoffs. Now, his 7,007-sq.-ft. Missouri City home is for sale, starting at $1,299,900.
MITT ROMNEY’S MISSOURI CITY MORTGAGE Among those who answered the clarion call to invest in Houston-area real estate back in the early eighties, just a few years before its big crash: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Long before he earned billions at the helm of Bain Capital, Romney bought 5 rent-to-own houses in suburban areas of Houston — “without putting up any of his own money,” according to Mike McIntire’s report. Romney got stuck renting out the houses until the late 1990s, when he unloaded 4 of them, “mostly at a loss.” The tenants of the fifth house wanted to buy their 1,836-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom home (at 1350 Gentle Bend Dr. in Missouri City’s Hunters Glen neighborhood) but couldn’t qualify for a mortgage. So Romney became their bank. Tim and Betty Stamps have been making out $600 checks to Romney every month for 15 years. They refinanced the property with him this June. [NY Times]