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06/30/2015Texas sues EPA over Clean Water Act

June 30--Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that would expand the government's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The Texas lawsuit, joined by Louisiana and Mississippi, described a rule finalized on May 27 by the Environmental Protection Agency as an "unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal ...
06/29/2015Another month of lower factory activity in Texas

June 29--Factory activity declined in Texas again in June, marking the fourth consecutive month of contracting output. The index, a closely watched barometer of state manufacturing activity, moved up in June but remained in negative territory, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported. Positive readings of the survey typically indicate future expansion of factory production while readings ...
06/28/2015Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sandra Baker column

June 28--Mark Harris, a vice president at the James R. Harris Partners real estate development firm in Fort Worth, has launched his own commercial development company called 8 Feet Development. The new venture will buy, preserve, repurpose and lease classic and underutilized buildings, he said. Harris, who will serve as president, said 8 Feet is currently updating and leasing several buildings ...
06/27/2015Condo building pioneer reflects on Houston's future of high-rise living

June 27--Long before the recent high-rise boom hit Houston, Robert Bland was scooping up land in the Uptown, River Oaks and Memorial areas to build luxury residential towers that would offer Houstonians a lifestyle different than that of the typical, sprawling single-family homes. His first project was a high-rise building on Woodway he developed in 1973 when the concept was largely foreign in ...
06/23/2015How Austin rules could change on garage apartments and 'granny flats'

June 23--Some time this fall, the Austin City Council is expected to approve new regulations for garage apartments, also known as granny flats. These new rules will make it easier for people to build a rental unit adjacent to their home. These relaxed regulations have been in the works since last year, and they are viewed as key to offering more affordable-priced housing in Austin, while also ...
06/23/2015Feds offer $7.5 M for prison

June 23--The federal government is willing to pay $7.5 million for a maximum security prison in Ector County, an official told county commissioners Monday, but in return, they are asking the location keep 270 beds open for federal detainees. How and where the building is constructed would be up to commissioners, said Jason Schwaninger, operations supervisor with the Midland office of the U.S. ...
06/23/2015Energy Corridor lease a win for both tenant and landlord

June 23--An engineering and construction company involved in the downstream sector of the energy industry has signed a sizeable lease for new office space in the Energy Corridor, marking a bright spot in this west Houston office market that's been plagued by weak demand and a growing amount of space coming onto the market from companies who no longer need it. Houston-based IHI E&C ...
06/22/2015District continues construction through summer

June 22--School may be out for the summer, but that does not mean all is quiet on campus. The Mansfield school district has several construction projects occurring in the summer months stemming from the $248.3 million 2006 and $198.5 million 2011 bond programs. The district continues efforts to replace five elementary schools with new buildings, focusing on building a new Glenn Harmon ...
06/22/2015Airport construction to start later this summer after funding delay

June 22--"It's a minor setback at best," said principle engineer of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, John T. Hamilton, commenting on the delayed start of renovations at the Hale County Airport. The $4.5 million airport renovation project that was originally scheduled to start this spring has been delayed a few months because of changes in funding distribution. "The (Texas Department of ...
06/22/2015Texas Capitol campus getting two new buildings in expansion plan

June 22--Hoping to avoid the skyrocketing Austin rents, the state government is set to start a $1 billion-plus construction effort that would include a pair of new downtown buildings opening by 2020. The two new downtown buildings would sit along the east side of Congress Avenue. One would be roughly 650,000 square feet, located across the street from the Bob Bullock State History Museum. The ...
06/21/2015New construction projects affected by heavy rains

June 21--Thunderstorms have been relentlessly hitting Texans over the past few months, with many being severely affected by the heavy showers. Not only has the rain troubled residents all over Walker County, it has also slowed construction crews from working on all the new businesses going up on Interstate 45. Construction on the new 90,000 square-foot Kroger Signature Store was impacted hard ...
06/20/2015Work halts on segment of U.S. 290 widening

June 20--Work on a segment of the 38-mile U.S. 290 widening project has stopped after state transportation officials declared the contractor in default, raising the possibility that time spent replacing the company could delay completion of the $1.8 billion project. The notice of default issued May 1 by the Texas Department of Transportation, akin to a breach of contract lawsuit, is one of ...
06/20/2015BRIEF: Local construction sector continues hiring hot streak

June 20--May rains failed to put a damper on hiring in the San Antonio region's construction sector, according to unemployment data released Friday.
06/18/2015BRIEF: TxDOT 'ramping up' construction at Farm Road 1938

June 18--SOUTHLAKE -- Drivers can expect an increase in construction work on the state's $20.6 million project on Farm Road 1938 near the border between Southlake and Keller. Phase II of the reconstruction project "is ramping up," Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez said. At the end of last week, TxDOT was preparing to install temporary signals at the busy intersection of ...
06/18/2015City contracts, airport on packed Austin City Council agenda

June 18--The Austin City Council has a jam-packed agenda for its meeting, which began at 10 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights of the council's agenda today (updates added in throughout the day in bold): -- New rules for utility customers who want to defer payments. Postponed. -- $4.6 million for a settlement agreement with contractors who worked on the $523.5 million water treatment plant ...
06/17/2015Downtown retail plan attracts potential developers

June 17--A half dozen groups interested in improving downtown Houston's retail options submitted initial proposals to redevelop the former Sakowitz department store building on Main Street, officials said Tuesday. "If all the stars align ... we're going to have a really great retail development there that might also include residential and perhaps a hotel," Ryan Leach, executive director of ...
06/17/2015Downtown retail plan attracts potential developers

June 17--A half dozen groups interested in improving downtown Houston's retail options submitted initial proposals to redevelop the former Sakowitz department store building on Main Street, officials said Tuesday. "If all the stars align we're going to have a really great retail development there that might also include residential and perhaps a hotel," Ryan Leach, executive director of the ...
06/17/2015Toll agency rebuffs U.S. 183 bid protest from contractor

June 17--The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has rejected a challenge from a consortium of builders that lost the bid to build the proposed U.S. 183 tollway in East Austin. Andrew Martin, the agency's general counsel, said that all of Bergstrom Expressway Builders' arguments were "without merit." The mobility authority, through a six-page letter released late Monday, officially ...
06/17/2015Water bottling plant at Brooks is scratched

June 17--Plans for a controversial water bottling plant at Brooks City Base on the South Side have been abandoned after Brooks officials got direction from City Council to scuttle the project. Brooks Development Authority has terminated a letter of intent with a company that was looking to open the bottling facility, said BDA President and CEO Leo Gomez. Although Gomez has never publicly ...
06/16/2015El Paso City Council to ponder new $110,000 change order for San Jacinto renovation

June 16--The cost for the second phase of the San Jacinto Plaza reconstruction in Downtown El Paso has reached $4.9 million, according to the city's latest proposed change order. The city's engineer, Irene D. Ramirez, is recommending that City Council today approve a change order for $110,000 for Basic IDIQ, the contractor, to move electrical service equipment at the San Jacinto Plaza to below ...
06/15/2015Lawsuit seeks to halt Post Oak bus project

June 15--A homeowner's association is suing Metro over its involvement in plans to run bus lanes along Post Oak Boulevard, saying the project puts the agency at odds with a 2003 referendum that included adding a rail line along the corridor. The lawsuit was announced Monday just minutes after Mayor Annise Parker and the Uptown management district cheered the symbolic start of construction on ...
06/15/2015Construction to resume on medical center facilities on city's south side

June 15--FORT WORTH -- A partner involved in the development of Victory Medical Center on the city's Near South Side said it expects to resume construction by month's end on the building's exterior while it negotiates for a new tenant in the wake of the bankruptcy filing of Victory Healthcare's parent company. Victory Healthcare, based in The Woodlands, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization ...
06/15/2015Electrician Dies in Construction Accident at Baylor

An independent electrician died last week in an accident at the construction site of the business school building on the Baylor campus. Jeffrey Thaemert, 51, of Waco, was working for Rosendin Electric of Dallas. According to a statement from Baylor University, officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident. The accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. on June 12. Ken Starr, ...
06/15/2015Plainview natives return to help redesign vacant buildings

June 15--Their visions and designs have laid the foundations for legacies across the country. Now, architects Stan Robertson and Luke Quebe are returning to their hometown with a mission of breathing new life into more than 100,000 square-feet of vacant Plainview buildings. "We're really excited about being able to do what we do in our own hometown," said Robertson, owner of Halo Architects. ...
06/13/2015Contractor Suddenly Stops Work on I-10 Expansion in West El Paso

June 13--Construction of the $154-million Interstate 10 expansion in the West Side came to a screeching, unexpected and abrupt stop Friday after the contractor voluntarily pulled out of the project, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation said. It's unknown when construction will resume. "(Grupo) Tradeco, the contractor for the I-10 expansion in El Paso, has voluntarily ...

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