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03/31/2015Houston Seeks Redevelopment Proposals for Prime Downtown Parcel

March 31--As city officials continue to push for more shops and restaurants to open downtown, they have issued a call to developers interested in building a high-rise residential tower or a hotel, both with retail space, on a site along Main Street. As part of the proposal, a 35,579-square-foot site at 1111 Main at Dallas -- formerly the Sakowitz department store -- would be sold and ...
03/28/2015Aging River Infrastructure Challenges Houston-area Barges

March 28--FREEPORT -- Laps of muddy water whirl through the open floodgates where the Brazos River meets the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. A LeBeouf Bros. Towing barge carrying 3,500 tons of liquid asphalt slides through the 75-foot-wide east gate toward Galveston, churning more silt behind it. The 60-degree angle boats must turn while navigating the river between the gates is one of the ...
03/27/2015Truck That Crashed into I-35 Bridge Not Licensed For Over-height Load

March 27--State officials say a tractor-trailer that struck a bridge under construction -- setting off a deadly accident Thursday on Interstate 35 near Salado -- wasn't permitted to carry an "over-height load." The tractor trailer, owned owned by Crowley-based Lares Trucking, was pulling a flatbed carrying a cherry picker in the northbound lanes of I-35 at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when it ...
03/27/2015Wet Winter Slows North Texas Road Projects

March 27--FORT WORTH -- Mother Nature doesn't brake for road work. Unusually wet weather has helped green up North Texas and bring some relief to the region's parched reservoirs. But it has also caused serious delays in highway and toll projects. Among them is Interstate 35W, where the planned reopening of the southbound Northside Drive exit has been postponed from February to June. And on ...
03/25/2015$30-M Recreation Center in Grapevine, Texas, Center Nears Completion

March 25--GRAPEVINE -- On Nov. 6, 2012, voters approved a general obligation bond issue for the proposed sale of almost $70 million in bonds for two projects -- construction of a public safety building that is underway and an expanded community recreation center scheduled to open on April 25. The vastly upgraded multi-generational recreation center was named by the City Council "The REC of ...
03/25/2015Fort Worth Officials Asked to Help Rewrite Drilling Bill

March 25--AUSTIN -- Based on the success of its own ordinance, Fort Worth is being asked to help rewrite proposed state legislation outlining the separation of powers between the cities and the state over urban drilling. Fort Worth officials were heaped with praise by state lawmakers during a hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee over House Bill 40, legislation the committee hoped ...
03/24/2015War of Words Escalates on Proposed Texas Drilling Bill

March 24--AUSTIN -- A bill designed to tighten the state's control over oil and gas drilling became a war of words Monday with industry leaders praising the legislation for helping to reign in rogue city ordinances while community leaders attacked it for going too far, claiming it would dismantle existing ordinances in at least 300 cities. House Bill 40 would not allow local governments to ban ...
03/24/2015Texas Town OKs Tighter Gas Well Restrictions

March 24--MANSFIELD -- After a final public hearing, the Mansfield City Council Monday night unanimously approved tighter restrictions on gas well drilling but did not widen the city's 600-foot minimum separation between gas and oil wells and the public. The 6-0 vote, with Councilman Stephen Lindsey absent, culminates more than a year of public debate over how to protect against nuisance and ...
03/24/2015Venture Aims to Cut Deep-Water Oil Costs

March 24--Subsea equipment makers FMC Technologies and Technip say they're exploring uncharted territory in forming a company that could help oil producers trim costs out of massive deep-water projects amid sunken crude prices. Though rivals including Schlumberger and Cameron International have paired up in the past, the new joint venture, Forsys Subsea, will help oil companies figure out how ...
03/24/2015Area Aviation Chief Foresees Growth at Houston Airports

March 24--Houston's thriving immigrant community and diverse economy will help the city's airports continue to expand despite an oil slump that may temper the boom in business travel, Houston Airport System director Mario Diaz told business leaders Monday. Delivering the annual State of the Airports address, Diaz said he remains confident the Airport System's unprecedented growth over the last ...
03/20/2015Arlington, Texas, in Talks to Land MGM Grand Hotel

March 20--ARLINGTON -- The city has entered "serious negotiations" with a developer to bring an MGM Grand-operated hotel to Arlington's entertainment district. If a deal is struck, a 750-room upscale hotel could be built on city-owned land west of the Arlington Convention Center and north of Globe Life Park in Arlington. The city declined to name the developer, but sources at City Hall have ...
03/19/2015Fort Worth's T&P Warehouse Named to Endangered List

March 19--FORT WORTH -- Deep in the heart of downtown lies an historic building some fear may not survive the test of time. But perhaps Thursday's designation of the Texas & Pacific warehouse on Lancaster Avenue -- a statuesque 84-year-old building that has fallen into disrepair through the years -- as one of the state's Most Endangered Places will help. The T&P warehouse is among eight sites ...
03/18/2015Rising Acidity of Texas Bays Concerns Scientists

March 18--Many Texas bays are souring as fresh water grows scarcer because of drought and increasing urban demands, a change that could harm oysters and other shellfish and in time reverberate through the food chain, scientists reported Tuesday. Researchers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi found a steady rise in acidity from Galveston Bay to near where the Rio Grande empties into the ...
03/17/2015Fort Worth Warehouse Developer to Face TIF Deadline

March 17--FORT WORTH -- The owner of the historic Texas & Pacific warehouse on Lancaster Avenue on the southern edge of downtown has until late September to show executed loan documents for its redevelopment into a residential building or face losing more than $11 million from a special taxing district on the project. Michael Hennig, business and community development coordinator in the city's ...
03/13/2015As Drilling Slows, Texas Lawmakers Turn Away

March 13--AUSTIN -- Under the dome of the Texas Capitol, the stage was set for a confrontation. To one side would stand captains of the state's most powerful industry, who at the height of a five-year oil and gas boom employed more than 400,000 workers and contributed $15.6 billion last year to the tax base. To the other would stand opponents of expansive drilling, which has wrecked roads, ...
03/12/2015Texas Urban Drilling Bills Called a 'Scorched Earth' Approach to Regulation

March 12--Three bills restating the state's authority over urban oil and gas drilling are being criticized for stripping cities of much of their local control, with one group calling the effort a "scorched earth" strategy by the energy industry. State Rep. Drew Darby, chairman of the powerful House Energy Resources Committee, filed two bills this week outlining the role the state should play ...
03/11/2015Fort Worth Officials Delay Decision on High-end Apartments

March 11--FORT WORTH -- A proposed development of high-end apartments in the Riverside area was put on hold Wednesday when the Fort Worth Zoning Commission delayed approving the project in hopes of getting more details from the developer. The commission delayed the planned 18-acre project, with about 400 units, in the Six Points Urban Village for a month in hopes of seeing a conceptual site ...
03/10/2015State Approves $254M for I-30/Texas 360 Interchange Rebuild

March 10--ARLINGTON -- One of Arlington's most frustrating traffic areas is at last due for improvement. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $254 million for construction of the direct-connect Interstate 30/Texas 360 interchange project, the Texas Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The project will include reconstruction and widening of the Six Flags Drive bridge over I-30 ...
03/10/2015Blue Bell to Open Fifth Houston-area Distribution Center

March 10--Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries has started construction on a fifth Houston-area distribution center to serve the northwest region. It will have about 12,000 square feet of cold storage -- freezers keep the ice cream at minus-20 degrees and delivery trucks are designed to do so at minus-18 -- and docks and 2,000 square feet for office and warehouse space. The company will open the ...
03/08/2015Fort Worth's East Rosedale Street Makeover Shows Progress

March 08--FORT WORTH -- A nearly $39 million makeover of East Rosedale Street and Texas Wesleyan University is months from completion, but people who spend time in the area are already noticing a difference. Ornamental lighting and 10-foot-wide sidewalks along East Rosedale Street have made the area feel safer and provided residents with a sense of the corridor's potential to one day become a ...
03/05/2015Texas State Senate Approves Road Spending Plan

March 05--A plan to use half of Texas' motor vehicle sales tax revenues to widen and improve the roads those cars and trucks rely on passed the Texas Senate Wednesday. The proposal now moves to the House. It's expected to face more oppposition in the lower chamber than in the Senate, where it passed 28-2. Democratic Senators Rodney Ellis and Kirk Watson were opposed, citing concerns about ...
03/03/2015New McDonald's Restaurant boosts construction tally

March 03--The construction of a new McDonald's Restaurant at its current location of 815 N. I-27, a project projected to cost $1 million, has boosted local building activity to almost triple last year's pace. According to the February building permit report, issued this week by the City of Plainview Building and Zoning Department, local construction during the first two months of 2015 stands ...
03/02/2015CCISD seeks public input on new school construction

March 02--CORPUS CHRISTI -- Corpus Christi ISD officials will hold three public input meetings for campus construction voters approved last year. Administrators and school board members will meet Monday with residents served by Windsor Park Elementary, Wilson and Calk elementary schools Tuesday and Los Encinos Elementary on March 11. The $100 million bond approved by voters in November will ...
03/02/2015Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights. "I couldn't afford to sit at home for a month here and a month there," said Rager, 53. Now Rager is back in ...
02/28/2015New, El Paso in-fill subdivision has new homes with no yards

Feb. 28--Desert View Homes, one of El Paso's largest home builders, has opened a unique West Side development that the head of the company hopes can be replicated in other developed areas of the city. A month ago, it opened The Boulders, a 59-home project on 10 acres on Westwind, near Belvidere. It's unique not only because it's an in-fill project sandwiched between a large shopping center and ...

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