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going through a zoning obstacle course, complicated
by environmental considerations of how the land was
contaminated in its former use. The developer has scuttled his
interest in building multi family housing, and how has a mixed
use retail-entertainment-office-hotel complex in the works.
Now the 11.4-acre SBC/AT&T property on the West Loop is
for sale, with the Realtor seeking permission to turn it from a
single occupant into a multiple occupant facility and to change
zoning on an adjacent 2 acres into a separate piece of property
that could be developed as a midrise office-retail-restaurant
And the 15-acre Coca-Cola plant, in Houston but adjacent to
West U, is on the market, considered a prime location for a
large development combining high-end multi-family housing
with commercial and office uses.
What’s caught our interest on that property is a suggestion from
West University City Hall that the city might be interested in
purchasing the land for flood detention. We’ll explore that next
What’s to become of HISD?
The application window was scheduled to close Jan. 2 for those
wishing to serve on the new, appointed board of managers to
replace elected Houston ISD trustees, as part of an announced
state takeover of the district for
chronically poor performance
and questionable activities by
some board members. But with
a rolling process, the Texas
Education Agency didn’t waste
any time, hosting informational
meetings, training sessions and
conducting background checks
on and interviews with applicants
starting last November.
TEA Commissioner Mike Morath is ultimately responsible for
appointing the new board, which will serve two to five years,
and for naming a superintendent — with word that both actions
are likely to take place by spring. HISD has operated with
Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent for nearly two years,
with TEA halting the board’s search for a permanent leader
last year, leading up to the takeover. You won’t find any of the
current and newly elected trustees, who were to take office
this month, on the new board. They’ve been told they are not
eligible to apply.
Still to be determined: What this will mean to day-to-day
district management and individual campuses.
Construction on the new Bellaire High School has hit a milestone. Houston ISD reports
about 30 percent completion with all the steel erected for the academic, performing arts
and common areas. This main phase is scheduled for completion by the end of the year,
with occupancy expected early in 2021, according to HISD.