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02/22/2015'Grandfathering' old buildings from new codes is the norm, experts say

Feb. 22--After the fatal fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living apartments in Castle Hills, questions swirled about how a high-rise that catered to older residents could have lacked a sprinkler system. In the days after the fire, Castle Hills officials said the building, constructed in 1962, had been "grandfathered" -- meaning it didn't have to comply with newer codes the city adopted that ...
02/20/2015Venture West Funding Arranges $5.4 Million Loan on Midland, TX Apartment Building

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Real Estate Weekly News -- Venture West Funding, Inc., a mortgage company headquartered in El Segundo, CA announced it has arranged a $5.4 million loan for the refinance take-out of a $4.5 million construction loan on the Westwood Villas apartment building located at 4100 W. Illinois Avenue in Midland, TX. Construction of the 52-unit apartment complex ...
02/20/2015Contractor gets a year in prison for lying about qualifications

Feb. 20--A Navy veteran was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in jail for lying about his company's qualifications to the Veterans Affairs Department to get $1.5 million in contracts for work at one of its hospitals. Colorado resident Jonathan Patrick Saunders, 71, was president and co-owner of Saunders MEP Inc., which has been awarded government contracts around the country. They ...
02/20/2015Home construction worker found shot to death at job site

Feb. 20--It would have been a typical morning on Rushcreek Drive on Wednesday: student-filled cars zipping down the road as parents prepared to drop their kids off at school. As he did most days, Frank Medrano woke up at 5 a.m., and headed to his construction job at the new north Houston subdivision where he been working for the past month. Around 7:30 a.m., the 19-year-old man was already at ...
02/20/2015Elevated interchange aims to clear road-rail hurdle

Feb. 20--Share Where FM 359 begins in a growing sliver of Fort Bend County west of Sugar Land, new homes and businesses are changing travel patterns while an old problem intensifies. The highway where the farm-to-market starts, U.S. 90A, offers easy access to bigger, more developed communities to the east. The parallel railroad tracks continue carrying trains throughout the day. Traffic is ...
02/19/2015KPUB looks to build backup building

Feb. 19--The Kerrville Public Utility Board plans to build an operations center near Antler Stadium to function in the event that its headquarters is rendered inoperable by a flood, fire, tornado or other situation. The 1,500-square foot facility is planned for completion at 1302 Stadium Drive later this year. Wiping out KPUB's headquarters wouldn't shut off power to the city, but would make ...
02/19/2015Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects Unveil First Houston Project in Twenty Years

Feb. 19--Share A New York-based architecture firm responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Houston has designed its first project here in nearly 20 years for a prime piece of property in the heart of Montrose. The seven-story, 34-unit midrise building designed by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects was envisioned with floor-to-ceiling glass and undulating curves. Plans include ...
02/18/2015Eyeworks Group starts retail and office building on West Seventh

Feb. 18--FORT WORTH -- Four years after buying land at the southeast corner of West Seventh Street and University Drive, the Eyeworks Group is beginning construction on its planned retail and office building. Eyeworks will expand into the five-story, 60,000-square-foot building across from the Modern Art Museum with its third location. Regions Bank has leased office space at the site. The new ...
02/18/2015BRIEF: Construction first of Odessa's new grocery stores

Feb. 18--Workers on Tuesday continued building the west-side H-E-B, now a frame of steel and concrete in what company officials estimate to be a $15.8 million project. The City of Odessa in mid-December granted H-E-B developers a building permit of the new standard-model grocery, at the corner of West University Boulevard and West Loop 338. But construction began in earnest in the last several ...
02/18/2015Port gives $15 million, right-of-way to Harbor Bridge project

Feb. 18--CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Port of Corpus Christi has agreed to pay the state $15 million and grant it right of way to help support construction of the new Harbor Bridge. With little discussion, port commissioners unanimously approved the arrangement during its regular meeting on Tuesday. "When you talk about building a project of this magnitude without disrupting the operations of the ...
02/17/2015Hotel Fuel construction to begin in 3 weeks

Feb. 17--News of a competing hotel across the street, stalled negotiations with the city for parking and the slowdown in the oil industry is not stopping developers of Hotel Fuel. Hotel Fuel, a 144-room, 12-floor boutique hotel in development at a vacant office building on 301 W. Texas Ave., is one of several ongoing downtown revitalization projects. The transformation of the former Western ...
02/17/2015Downtown residential towers approved for incentive program

Feb. 17--More downtown residential projects are in the works in the area around Minute Maid Park. "I think one of the exciting things is that we are building a neighborhood," said Bob Eury, the Houston Downtown Management District's executive director. The Downtown Management District recently approved two projects near the eastside ballpark as part of the Downtown Living Initiative, which ...
02/16/2015Edison Square construction halted

Feb. 16--Construction of a $9 million Port Arthur housing project a Port Arthur neighborhood has worked to stop is on hold at least temporarily. On Friday, the city of Port Arthur suspended a building permit issued for Edison Square, a 78-unit duplex project for elderly residents age 62 or more, that is largely to be funded with Hurricane Recovery money. Lawrence Baker, Port Arthur's director ...
02/16/2015Tex RAIL offers Grapevine challenge and chance

Feb. 16--GRAPEVINE -- For decades, Grapevine residents have enjoyed celebrating their city's Western, rural roots -- often whimsically. Visitors can still check out a working blacksmith shop along historical Main Street. Atop the clock tower at the replica Cotton Belt Hotel, a pair of life-size, animatronic figures known as "Would-Be Train Robbers" perform a gun-fighting skit each day at noon, ...
02/16/2015UPDATES: Construction plans slowed

Feb. 16--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Renovation plans for the Roosevelt Hotel have slowed because of financing obstacles. "We're ready to build as long as we can get some funding for the property," new owner Trusha Patel said. "At this point we're securing financing for the Roosevelt Hotel." Patel and her husband, Hitesh Patel, announced the purchase of the property in August. She said San Angelo's ...
02/14/2015Office market could get pinched in looming slowdown

Feb. 14--The coming slowdown in commercial real estate could hit Houston's once-roaring office market especially hard as oil and gas companies shrink their space at the same time new towers are opening. "It's kind of like we've been at a party and we've had our fifth of whiskey and we expect to wake up and not have a hangover. Well, we're going to have a hangover," R. Scott Martin, executive ...
02/13/2015Seven-story office building planned for Southlake Town Square

Feb. 13--SOUTHLAKE -- A seven-story multi-tenant office tower called Granite Place is planned for Southlake Town Square, the developers said this morning. Plano-based Granite Properties said the 160,733-square-foot office building will be built on Texas 114, just east of North Carroll Boulevard and next to the Southlake Hilton Town Square. It could open in late 2016. The property will have a ...
02/13/2015MSU Regents move forward on housing, communications projects

Feb. 13--Midwestern State University's Board of Regents moved forward with several construction projects at its quarterly meeting Thursday, including the addition of a mass communications extension to the Fain Fine Arts Building and the issuance of a contract for construction work on a new student housing project. The board approved Dallas-based architectural firm Rees Associates in the design ...
02/12/2015Applied LNG starts construction on LNG plant in Texas, US

Applied LNG announced that construction has started on the first liquefaction train of its Midlothian LNG Plant. Applied LNG recently closed a $22.5 million senior secured loan to complete the funding of this project. Applied LNGs President and CEO, Cem Hacioglu, remarked, We are excited to begin construction of the first of six liquefiers we will build in Midlothian. This facility will ...
02/12/2015New jobs coming to Comfort area soon

Feb. 12--COMFORT -- Although Kerrville and Kerr County didn't compete for the 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility now under construction in Comfort, officials say the project still could benefit locals. The facility, which has been under construction since November, is expected employ 120 people when finished in the summer, according the Boerne-Kendall County Economic Development ...
02/12/2015Comfort lands plant to manufacture washroom products

Feb. 12--COMFORT -- Affordable land, anticipated government incentives and the "can-do attitude" of local workers helped convince AJW Architectural Products, a New York firm, to build a manufacturing plant in this small town northwest of San Antonio in Kendall County. "We're really very, very happy to be here today," John Nichols, AJW's chief operating officer, told a crowd gathered Wednesday ...
02/10/2015BR firms getting $1B in contracts to build Sasol's $8.1B ethane cracker in Lake Charles

South African firm Sasol Ltd. announced this morning that five Baton Rouge-based construction firms have been awarded a total of more than $1 billion in contracts to construct its $8.1 billion ethane cracker in Lake Charles. Cajun Constructors and James Industrial Constructors will perform site civil works on the project, including site preparation, piling and foundation work. ISC Constructors ...
02/09/2015County awards bid for Springtown project

Feb. 09--Parker County commissioners Monday bypassed low bidder Obra Ramos Construction -- citing a lack of financial records -- when they awarded a $779,000 contract to Quality Excavation for the first phase of the Springtown Main Street Drainage Improvements project. At $719,0000, Obra Ramos was the lowest of five bidders for the project, which consists of the excavation and channel widening ...
02/05/2015Live Oak LNG to Develop $2B Export Terminal in Louisiana

Live Oak LNG, a subsidiary of Parallax Energy, is planning to develop new natural gas liquefaction (LNG) and export project near Lake Charles, Louisiana, the US, with an investment of $2bn. With a plant capacity of up to five million tonnes per annum production, the mid-sized project will feature two 130,000m3 storage tanks, and port facilities with a jetty for standard size liquefied natural ...
02/03/2015Buyer selected for large parcel west of downtown

Feb. 03--A Houston retail developer has won a bid to purchase 21 acres just west of downtown, giving the buyer a rare opportunity to remake a large parcel of urban land. Gulf Coast Commercial Group, which builds mostly suburban shopping centers, is expected to close on the property in June. It is still determining plans for the site, just south of Interstate 10 between Sawyer and Studemont ...

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