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Old 02-04-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Houston
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PEARLAND, TX (KTRK) -- A new development could soon bring "urban" living to an undeveloped area of Pearland. The proposed $300 million project would be built on 48 acres near Highway 288 and Clear Creek Boulevard.

That area, formerly dubbed the "WaterLights District," used to be home to presidential busts designed by Houston sculptor David Adickes. It was an area discussed for development by another party until the economic downturn in 2007 stopped a prior developer's plans.

But the developer went belly up. The land was purchased by another developer, intent on turning it into more of a center of 'urban living.'

"The advantage that Pearland has today is that the property value is among the lowest in the Houston area and the opportunity for growth in the Pearland is among the highest," said Architect Steven Biegel.

Beijing-based Modern Green Development says it chose this location over anywhere else in the U.S. They want to build out the 48 acres to include retail, restaurants and residential. The $344 million project would include about 900 condos, 400 apartments and at least one hotel.

Developers say it would be 'multi-generational' but would be geared toward seniors and would even include some assisted living.

"Complete with the kind of amenities that you might need for that aging population," Biegel said.

Developers say proximity to the Texas Medical Center makes it a draw for those who would be going there often for treatment.

Assistant City Manager Mike Hodge couldn't say what the potential sales or property tax implications could be. He says city staff will be reviewing the proposal over the next month.

"Our growth is important to us and this is an area that obviously we'd like to see something happen there," said Hodge.

City officials cannot yet say what impact the development would have on traffic, specifically up and down Highway 288. Nor could they yet say what economic impact the plans could have for the area.

The development will be discussed at a public hearing on March 17. The city council must give approval before the project can move forward.
Planned new development could bring 'urban' living to Pearland | abc13.com [Vid in link]

This is not good for Pearland, especially for that side of Pearland.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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wait. did you say its not good for Pearland? what did you expect to happen to the area? its the last remaining major corridor that is largely undeveloped. as the other corridors fill up it will be Pearland/288s turn to be built out.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Richmond, TX
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How do condos and apartments geared towards seniors classify as urban?
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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that part im unsure of. i hope it turns out to be more of a mixed use development with an assisted living component. if the whole thing is going to be geared towards seniors Pearland probably isnt the best market for the development.. i guess we will have to wait and see. interesting a Beijing firm picked Pearland out of all places in the country though.

"Developers say it would be 'multi-generational' but would be geared toward seniors and would even include some assisted living."

hmm.. i wonder what they mean by geared toward seniors. everything being very handicapped accessible, or like the stores and restaurants being old peoples clothing outfitters and applebees/places with early bird specials? hopefully its the former, with a nice blend of retail and cafes for everyone. it sounds like not all of the 900 apartments and 400 condos would be assisted living. maybe not even half..
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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That's a confusing post. It doesn't seem that the term 'urban' (which in the last decade seemed to be code for black people) fit here. It doesn't really go with an earlier meaning like (mixed development area targeted toward singles and young families with businesses, restaurants, living spaces, bar/nightclubs, parks, grocer, etc.). Is it a nice way to say 'active living community' (55+ area, with targeted amenities, and no kids)?
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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I'd imagine the development would see a decent mix of both old and young, but probably not too many families.. They said they wanted it to be multi generational..
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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It seems like they don't know what the heck they are going to build there. Buzzwords don't make a cohesive plan.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Urban in Pearland - that doesn't go. Urban is inner city not suburbs.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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you should see the renderings of the place to get an idea of just how "urban" it will be.. parking garages everywhere... (i assume thats what all the gradient changes represent)



i wonder what the difference between the beige and the brown buildings is?





im not sure what if the tall dark shadowy figure in this rendering is supposed to represent anything, but maybe its a condo or apartment high rise? too tall to be the hotel rendered separately.







heres a bare bones rendering of the hotel. it would be the first high rise in Pearland if im not mistaken (i dont think there is one in the older east side of pearland?) at 12-13 stories..

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Old 02-04-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Galveston, Texas
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Urban in Pearland - that doesn't go. Urban is inner city not suburbs.
Nothing wrong with bringing urban living to Pearland. We do have urban developments that are not within the city/ in the suburbs. CityCentre in west Houston, The Woodlands Waterway, Hughes Landing in The Woodlands and the planned urban development for the Energy Corridor in Katy. The last project proposed for this site was also an urban project.
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