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05/12/2015Construction Begins on $244M Revamp at Houston's Bush Intercontinental

May 12--Construction kicked off Monday on the rebuilding of Terminal C North at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston Airport System, United Airlines and city leaders held a ceremony to mark the start of the $244 million project, will create a 265,000-square-foot facility that is more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North. The new space, paid for by United, ...
05/11/2015Texas's Montgomery County Heads Back to Drawing Board on Road Bond

May 11--Montgomery County officials must now decide whether to retool a controversial road bond measure that voters in The Woodlands rallied against in record numbers Saturday, after raising concerns that construction would increase traffic in their affluent suburb, among other issues. The $350 million bond measure to improve and expand roadways served as a lightning rod in and around The ...
05/10/2015Texas's Bullard School Bond Passes, Chapel Hill Nixes Third Straight Bond

May 10--For the third time in three years, Chapel Hill voters rejected a school bond, while voters in Bullard overwhelmingly supported a multi-million bond funding sweeping renovations and additions in the fast-growing district. Complete but unofficial results Saturday night showed voters rejected the $45 million Chapel Hill Independent School District bond by 41 votes. There were 544 votes, ...
05/09/2015Bill Would Cut Houston Disaster Rebuilding From Years to Months

May 09--GALVESTON -- Seven years after Hurricane Ike trashed thousands of houses in the Houston area rebuilding efforts are still under way and several projects won't be completed until next year. However, when disaster strikes again on the Texas coast the rebuilding process could be cut from years to months under a bill awaiting a vote in the Texas Senate. Senate Bill 1376, introduced by Sen. ...
05/08/2015Lawmaker Wants to Speed Up Funding for Texas Earthquake Study

May 08--Following the strongest recorded earthquake ever in North Texas, a key state lawmaker wants to speed up approval of $4.4 million for new seismology equipment and a statewide study to help determine why the ground is shaking. State Rep. Drew Darby, chairman of the powerful House Energy Resources Committee, said Friday that he is rewriting a proposed budget appropriation to spend $2.47 ...
05/08/2015Houston Midtown Project to Combine Whole Foods, Luxury Apartments

May 08--A new Whole Foods in Midtown will be the centerpiece of a posh real estate development with more than 200 high-end apartments on a prime urban site between downtown and Montrose. The ambitious project, planned at a time when the local economy has started to slow, will be developed by Houston-based Morgan, which has built other upscale apartment complexes in Midtown, elsewhere in ...
05/08/2015Makeover Planned for Houston's I-45 South

May 08--While the recently unveiled, $6 billion plan to remake Interstate 45 from downtown Houston northwards is historic in scale and will reshape the heart of the city, a smaller project is taking shape on the freeway's southern reaches that should offer immediate relief to suburban commuters and frustrated beach-goers heading to Galveston. The same rapid population growth that led to ...
05/06/2015Illegal Casino Site Makes Historic Fort Worth's Endangered Places List

May 06--Top O'Hill Terrace, the underground illegal gambling operation in Arlington that was closed down in the 1940s, has been named to Historic Fort Worth's 2015 Most Endangered Places list. The property, at 3001 W. Division St., made the list for the first time. So did the former Meissner-Brown Funeral Home at 2717 Avenue B in Fort Worth's Polytechnic neighborhood, and Barron Field, at 1180 ...
05/06/2015Fort Worth's Costs to Get Rid of 'Sewage Sludge' Mounting

May 06--The cost to fix Fort Worth's smelly "sewage sludge" program keeps growing as the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an additional payment of $21.9 million over five years to the contractor that deals with the waste. The council also approved extending the contract with Renda Environmental until March 2020. Renda processes and delivers the sewage sludge to eager farmers ...
05/06/2015In Montgomery County, Texas, a $350M Road Bond Is No Sure Thing

May 06--Six months ago, Montgomery County commissioners enthusiastically began a journey to gain voter approval of their first road bond package in a decade to address what many residents consider their No. 1 problem: Traffic congestion. Ever-mounting traffic has been turning thoroughfares into parking lots, and the backups are only expected to worsen. Montgomery County's population of a ...
05/05/2015$80M Luxury Hotel Planned for Fort Worth Area's Lake Grapevine

May 05--New Era Hotels & Resorts and Sunset Legacy L.P. announced plans Tuesday for an $80 million, 12-story luxury hotel and conference center overlooking Lake Grapevine in the Lakeside DFW development. Called The Pearl on the Peninsula, the 220-room, 217,261-square-foot hotel will overlook the lake from a 40-foot bluff. It will be the centerpiece of the southern 25-acre lake peninsula, which ...
05/04/2015Reservoir Crucial to Development of Smith County, Texas

May 04--Lakes don't just form overnight; sometimes they take decades of planning and years of construction. Streams and springs have always been plentiful in East Texas, but natural lakes in Texas simply didn't exist, with the exception of Caddo Lake. City and county officials recognized the need for a reservoir as far back as the 1880s, according to records kept by the Smith County Historical ...
05/04/2015Denton Fracking Bill Sails Through Texas Senate

May 04--With little discussion, the Texas Senate approved a bill Monday limiting municipal control over oil and gas drilling and prohibiting any city from banning fracking. The Senate voted 24-7 for House Bill 40 -- also known as the Denton fracking bill. It reasserts state control over drilling while spelling out some limited powers that cities have in regulating surface operations. The bill ...
05/04/2015Euless, Bedford, Texas Agree on Zoning for 37.1-acre Multipurpose Development

May 04--More stores, restaurants and upscale urban lofts are planned for a new development that will straddle Euless and Bedford. Recently, the two cities agreed on uniform zoning for the 37.1-acre Glade Parks South that includes regulations for parking, landscaping and building setbacks. "This is a win-win situation for both cities, said Bill Syblon, Bedford's director of development. Glade ...
04/28/2015Utility Seeks Approval for 20MW Solar Project at Fort Bliss

April 28--El Paso Electric has selected California-based SunPower Corp., to build a proposed, $46.7 million, 20-megawatt solar plant project on Fort Bliss, and the utility has begun the process of getting approvals to build the plant from Texas and New Mexico regulators, officials with the utility announced Monday. The project was first announced by Fort Bliss officials two years ago. But it ...
04/27/2015New EPA Rules Could Make Texas Coal-based Energy More Costly

April 27--TATUM -- When bald eagles at Martin Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There's a delicate balance to be struck, the power company says, between using resources and preserving them. Now, as Luminant's Liberty coal mine enters into full production as other mining operations wind down, and as Texas ...
04/24/2015Mood at Houston Energy Conference More Somber This Year

April 24--Back in the heady days of $90 or so a barrel crude and sky-high confidence America's oil and gas shale plays, Ong Ye Kung of the Keppel Corp in Singapore attended IHS Energy's CERAWeek in Houston and remembers conference co-founder Daniel Yergen's optimistic talk of the "shale gale." Ong was back again this week, one among some 2,800 energy industry big thinkers and high rollers who ...
04/23/2015Arlington, Texas, Issues Three Citations to Gas Well Driller for Mishap

April 23--ARLINGTON -- The city has issued Vantage Energy three citations for violations related to a natural gas well site emergency in southwest Arlington this month. Thousands of gallons of salty, pressurized frack water begin back-flowing out of a well April 11 at Vantage's Lake Arlington Baptist Church drill site off Little Road and continued until the well was capped by a gas well ...
04/23/2015TxDOT Plans $6B Project To Remake I-45 in Downtown Houston

April 23--A massive reconstruction of Interstate 45 through most of Houston would topple one of downtown's most frustrating barriers -- the Pierce Elevated -- and move the freeway east of the central business district. That's just one of the major changes Texas Department of Transportation officials included in the $6 billion-plus plan to be unveiled Thursday. It would make I-45 practically ...
04/17/2015Texas House Members Set to Debate Oil and Gas Control Bill

April 17--Texas House members are set to debate a bill designed to reaffirm state regulatory control of oil and gas wells amid concerns it will leave cities and residents exposed to health and safety dangers. House Bill 40 would prevent municipalities or any other political subdivisions from enacting or enforcing ordinances or other measures to ban, limit or regulate oil and gas operation ...
04/17/2015Houston-are High-Rise Getting a Makeover

April 17--New Yorker Richard Leibovitch says local developers advised him to demolish the River Oaks Luxury Apartments -- the aging midcentury high-rise his firm bought last fall -- and build two side-by-side towers with upward of 600 units. Instead, his firm, New York-based Arel Capital, decided to redevelop the 1967 structure with fewer but larger units for a luxury condominium project. ...
04/16/2015TxDOT to Hold Forum on Expansion

April 16--The public will have the opportunity to view the plans for the expansion of Farm-to-Market Road 2493 on Thursday evening. The Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jack Elementary, 2900 Balsam Gap in Tyler, according to a news release. TxDOT will display the alignment alternative for FM 2493, explain where it is in the project ...
04/16/2015Texas Judge Wants Industrial Developers to Keep the Bulldozers Away

April 16--FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County judge Wednesday warned the attorneys for a Dallas-based developer not to start clearing the Great Southwest Golf Course for a planned industrial project while an issue regarding over how the property can be used heads to trial. Attorneys for CH Realty VII-Ascendant I Dallas 360 Global Logistics Park L.P. and the city of Grand Prairie were arguing over a ...
04/15/2015Texas High-Speed-Rail Plan on Collision Course With Opposition

April 15--High-speed rail in Texas is in trouble before it pulls out of the station. Supporters of high-speed rail acknowledge that they're concerned about legislative and other efforts to block a proposed bullet train from Dallas to Houston that a private company, with backing from a Japanese rail company, wants to open in 2021. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would bar ...
04/15/2015Driller May Face Fines in Arlington, Texas, Gas Well Emergency

April 15--ARLINGTON -- Vantage Energy may face fines for a variety of violations, including waiting nearly two hours to call 911, in a natural gas well site emergency over the weekend that led to the evacuation of more than 100 southwest Arlington homes, Fire Chief Don Crowson said Tuesday. Crowson and the city staff provided the City Council a preliminary report on the investigation into what ...

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