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08/28/2014Plan to Convert Houston Astrodome into Indoor Park Will Depend on Details

Aug. 28--Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's proposal to turn the Astrodome into "the world's largest indoor park" and recreation area is definitely feasible, a local architect said Wednesday, but also one whose fate -- and cost -- will be dictated by the details. Kinder Baumgardner, president of SWA Architects, the firm behind several public projects in Houston involving parks, said plenty of ...
08/27/2014High-Speed Rail Gaining Momentum in Texas

Aug. 27--DALLAS -- The number of Texas cities that could be served by high-speed rail is growing quickly and now includes Bryan-College Station, an area best known as the home of Texas A&M University that was bypassed by the interstate highway system. High-speed-rail advocates stepped up their efforts Wednesday to bring bullet trains to Texas as early as 2021. A commission set up to oversee a ...
08/26/2014Hillwood to add more speculative industrial space at Alliance

Aug. 26--Hillwood Properties said Tuesday it will build two more speculative industrial buildings totaling 230,000 square feet at its Alliance development in far north Fort Worth, saying demand for industrial space remains strong. The buildings will be called Alliance Gateways 24 and 25 and be located at the southeast corner of Park Vista Boulevard and Liberty Way. Hillwood said it will offer ...
08/25/2014In building boom, construction workers gain the upper hand

Aug. 25--On a conference call earlier this month, the president of Houston-based developer Camden Property Trust described what it's like building apartments in markets where construction is booming and skilled workers are in short supply. "It's a catfight to get subcontractors to fully staff at your jobs," said D. Keith Oden. He added, "It's hand-to-hand combat." The labor shortage has become ...
08/24/2014Pflugerville Community Development Corp. scorecard: hits and misses

Aug. 24-- It's too soon to say how the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. will fare with some of its latest deals, such as its $23.5 million loan to build the Hawaiian Falls water and adventure park. But the deals struck before the start of 2013 have had enough time to pan out -- or not. Here's how those earlier deals turned out: SUCCESS STORIES One of the largest completed deals by the ...
08/23/2014Downtown construction has drivers, pedestrians scrambling

Aug. 23--David Clark has played the parking game in downtown Houston for so long, he's the go-to guy in his office for new hires. He's tried on-street spaces and surface lots and now has a contract in a downtown multistory garage -- his third in as many years. Even as a veteran negotiator for a parking spot, though, he dreads the prospect of finding a fourth. "There's no place to go," Clark ...
08/22/2014Judge declines to award legal fees to HISD in bribery suit

Aug. 22--A federal judge has denied the Houston school district's request to recoup more than $1.5 million in attorneys' fees from a contractor who unsuccessfully sued the district and former trustee Larry Marshall, accusing them of bribery. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison found that the lawsuit was not frivolous or filed in bad faith. He said the Houston Independent School District did not ...
08/18/2014Workshop to focus on development behind T&P Station on Vickery Boulevard

Aug. 18--FORT WORTH -- Plans are moving forward to build apartments and possibly some shops on a 2-acre tract along Vickery Boulevard that currently serves as a parking lot for the T&P Station. Talked about for more than a decade, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which owns the land, partnered with the Fort Worth Housing Authority about a year ago to develop the property. The agencies, ...
08/18/2014Mexico To Put $4.9B in Power Projects Out to Bid in Energy Sector Privatization

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector. The Federal Electricity Commission wants to build several power plants, but didn't set a date for the opening of bidding. Commission director Enrique Ochoa said Monday the bidding will be open to ...
08/18/2014$152M Rail Extension to Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport Opens Ahead of Schedule

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Light rail service at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport began Monday with the first train officially arriving to link travelers to downtown Dallas. Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Orange Line extension, the final nearly 5-mile stretch to reach the airport, opened four months ahead of schedule at the DFW Airport Station. The first train arrived shortly before 4 a.m. ...
08/17/2014Work nearing completion on renovations to Meacham Crossing plant once planned for ConAgra

Aug. 17--KTR Capital Partners in New York has started marketing for lease an industrial building once being built for ConAgra Foods in the Railhead Industrial Park in north Fort Worth. The building is now called Meacham Crossing. In January, KTR Capital bought the unfinished, 502,230-square-foot building that sits on 27.7 acres at 4601 Gold Spike Dr., west of NE Loop 820 and Interstate 35W, ...
08/17/2014Texas Transportation Commission's special road-funding committee to start work later this month

Aug. 17--AUSTIN -- A special committee to recommend how best to spend $1.7 billion in new transportation money will begin work Aug. 25, Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, said last week. The money is contingent on the passage of Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot. It would take half the revenue from the oil and gas severance tax now ...
08/15/2014New Pearland project a place to 'live, work and play,' developer says

Aug. 15--The Beijing-based developers who plan to build a $300 million mixed-use project on the site west of Texas 288 and south of Beltway 8 hope to bring a new lifestyle to Pearland as well. They put their vision on display Thursday with initial master-plan renderings that show residential and office development and a hotel and conference center. Modern Green Development, one of the largest ...
08/15/2014City gives nod to rezoning that aids senior housing project

Aug. 15--ABILENE, Texas -- The Abilene City Council voted to rezone property at 2001 and 2121 N. 6th Street in a move that will allow a low-income senior housing project to move forward. The Abilene Housing Authority was given a 9-percent housing tax credit award from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs on July 31 to help build a 48-unit complex for low-income families, said ...
08/14/2014$36M for next phase in freeway construction OK'd

Aug. 14--BY STEVIE POOLE A-J MEDIA Since the project's first asphalt truck rolled into Lubbock in 2002, the Marsha Sharp Freeway has grown across the city, from Interstate 27 to Milwaukee Avenue. And, the highway could pass the city limit sign as soon as next year. After more than 50 years of talking about it, local leaders crossed the t's and dotted the i's on the $36 million project to ...
08/10/2014Abilene, Wylie spend big on renovations, construction

Aug. 10--ABILENE, Texas -- Students attending almost every school in the Abilene Independent School District will notice at least minor changes as they cross the threshold come Aug. 25 and the start of a new year. From the barely noticed to the outright glaring, and everything in between, work has begun and, in some cases, ended as a portion of the district's $87.7 million bond has been spent ...
08/09/201455 and up: It's a building real estate market

Aug. 09--Sun City, the nation's first grand-scale retirement community, opened near Phoenix in 1960 offering modestly priced homes and a lifestyle that most retirees could not previously have attained. "They had 100,000 people show up in the middle of the desert for opening weekend," said David Kalosis, a senior vice president of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. "That goes to show you what ...
08/09/2014Developer of The Woodlands marches north

Aug. 09--The developer of The Woodlands is planning a follow-up to its successful master-planned community north of Houston. This time, the company is pushing the boundaries of suburbia even farther north, with a project more than 40 miles from downtown where development is beginning to spread amid a regional economic boom. Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based owner and developer of upscale ...
08/08/2014New planned downtown tower could be Austin's second-tallest building

Aug. 08--An ambitious high-rise tower that is destined to become the city's second-tallest building is on the horizon for downtown Austin, the developers told the American-Statesman. The building, which could soar 50 stories and possibly higher, is planned for a 1.7-acre site at Third Street and West Avenue, just east of the former Seaholm Power Plant that is undergoing a major transformation. ...
08/07/2014BRIEF: El Paso's Hunt Cos., leads $45M housing project at Texas A&M at Galveston

Aug. 07--Hunt Companies of El Paso will design, develop and construct the $45 million, 612-bed, Maritime Academy Cadet Residence Hall at Texas A&M University at Galveston, the company announced Thursday. Hunt is the master developer of the building and will work with Moss & Associates, a Hunt affiliated company, which will be the construction contractor. Hunt in June merged its construction ...
08/05/2014DFW Airport may spend $1.2 million to study premium lounge

Aug. 05--Dallas/Fort Worth Airport may spend up to $1.2 million with a consultant to study whether to add a premium travel lounge for international travelers at Terminal D. The contract, with L.E.K. Consulting, was approved on Tuesday by the airport's concessions committee but still needs the approval of the full board on Thursday. The firm would study other international customer lounge ...
08/05/2014Denison City Council awards contract for Paw Paw Wastewater Plant office addition

Aug. 05--Facilities at Denison's Paw Paw Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon be getting an upgrade after the City Council voted Monday to award a construction contract for a new office and laboratory at the site. From its creation in the late 1950s until the early 1990s, the facility was served only by a single, 200-square-foot office building. Over the years, a single-wide trailer home and ...
08/05/2014Poll: Americans diverge on how to pay for highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans think the economic benefits of good transportation outweigh the cost to taxpayers, but they can't agree on how to pay for new highways or repairs of old ones, according to a new Associated Press-GfKpoll. Six in 10 people surveyed said the cost of good highways, railroads and airports is justified by their benefits. Among those who drive places multiple ...
08/05/2014AIA awards honor top designs

Aug. 05--After a career designing commercial structures for the oil and gas industry, Energy Architecture founder Jim Gewinner turned his attention to a different kind of building: a contemporary glass-and-limestone house with panoramic views of the rolling hills outside Fredericksburg. Now retired and living with his wife in the house that he built, Gewinner was back in the Houston ...
08/05/2014SpaceX To Build Rocket Launch Facility Near Brownsville, Texas

Aug. 05--Texas' big skies will soon be graced by thundering rocket launches. Gov. Rick Perry and SpaceX made it official Monday, announcing that the rocket company will build a spaceport on the coast near Brownsville. A combination of financial incentives, pro-business climate and favorable geography wooed the California-based company, and its spaceport furthers the ambitions of Texas to ...

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