From Philly to Dallas, Sunoco HQ makes the moveFrom Philly to Dallas, Sunoco HQ makes the movehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120992016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​​​​DALLAS - One of the country’s oldest petroleum companies, Sunoco LP, has quietly become the newest corporate headquarters win for Dallas.

Through its parent, Energy Transfer, Sunoco has leased nearly 121,000 sf along North Central Expressway and is relocating here from its longtime home in Philadelphia.

It has leased all of 8020 Park Lane, which brokers say is the first multitenant office building developed along North Central Expressway in more than 15 years.

Along with four floors of office space, 8020 Park Lane has street-level retail, with tenants like J Crew and DXL.
D Magazine
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
http://realestate.dmagazine.com/2016/02/sunoco-moving-corporate-hq-from-philly-to-dallas/Read more at {Source}
It's crystal clear in Pasadena: Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water bottling it upIt's crystal clear in Pasadena: Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water bottling it uphttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120792016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​​​PASADENA - California-based CG Roxane LLC, the owner and manufacturer of bottled Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, is developing a 260,000-sf water bottling facility. 

The plant is poised to generate $41.9 million in annual economic impact for Pasadena, according to a study conducted by Houston-based CenterPoint Energy. 

In terms of development costs, the company is spending $60 million for the 20-acre project.

​Crystal Geyser water bottling plant is being built at the intersection of Leesa Lane and Genoa Red Bluff Rd in Pasadena.

The first phase of the facility is poised to deliver in May 2016. The project broke ground in summer 2015, said Paul Davis, director of the economic development for the City of Pasadena.

The project will be completed over the course of five to seven years in two phases, with each phase comprising of 130,000 sf of development, according to a CG Roxane release.​

​The location was chosen for of its proximity to the Houston market, skilled workforce, high-water quality and pro-business government.
Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2016/02/water-bottling-plant-to-be-economic-boon-for.htmlRead more at {Source}
Nearly 1K homes sold in Corpus Christi’s 78414 in 2015Nearly 1K homes sold in Corpus Christi’s 78414 in 2015https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120822016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​​CORPUS CHRISTI - A sold sign sits outside of a new home under construction Rancho Vista subdivision. The Southside’s 78414 ZIP code saw the most home sales in 2015 with 911 homes.

The 78414 was the place to move in 2015.

Nearly 1,000 homes were sold last year in the ZIP code—an area of the deep Southside from Holly Rd to large portions south of Oso Creek, and from S. Staples St east to Oso Bay. 

It was the No. 1 ZIP code for total closed home sales in 2015, according to an annual overview on Corpus Christi's housing market, based on data reported in the Coastal Bend Multiple Listing Service.
The ZIP code with the second-highest closed home sales in 2015 was the 78418—the area that includes the island and Flour Bluff—here there were 703 home sales last year, according to the report.

In third place is 78413—what some would likely consider the traditional Southside, from Holly Rd to slightly south of Oso Creek, bound by S. Staples St and the Way Out Weber area—with 426 closed sales.

Behind that, there was the 78410—the Calallen area—and the 78412, near Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, bound between Ocean Dr and Holly Rd. The 78410 saw 350 closed sales, and the 78412 had 301 closed sales, the report shows.

The top five ZIP codes for closed sales also showed some of the city's the highest median prices, the uppermost range being the 78414, which saw a $212,500 median home price in 2015, up by 25.1 percent since 2011, when median home prices in the ZIP code were $169,900. 

Of the five ZIP codes, the lowest of the median home prices $132,200 in the 78412 ZIP code, a 26.4 percent increase since 2011.​
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Corpus Christi
http://www.caller.com/news/building-our-future/growth/nearly-1k-homes-sold-in-corpus-christis-78414-in-2015-2af4854e-3f99-50bc-e053-0100007f47ea-368100921.htmlRead more at {Source}
San Antonio: Pure Hot House sprouts 60,000-SF distribution centerSan Antonio: Pure Hot House sprouts 60,000-SF distribution centerhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120972016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​SAN ANTONIO - Greenhouse vegetable grower-shipper Pure Hot House Foods Inc.’s new distribution center is now operational.

The 60,000-sf facility was built in response to an uptick in business in the southern United States.

The company also announced it expects to begin harvesting vegetables at its new 25-acre greenhouse near its Leamington headquarters this spring.

The San Antonio facility features fully insulated cooler panels and new eco-friendly technologies.

It is expected to create more than 100 jobs.
The Packer
San Antonio-New Braunfels
http://www.thepacker.com/news/pure-hot-house-finishes-san-antonio-facilityRead more at {Source}
$96M cash for Forest Park Medical Center At Frisco$96M cash for Forest Park Medical Center At Friscohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120802016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​FRISCO - HCA North Texas will buy Forest Park Medical Center’s Frisco hospital, 5500 Frisco Square Blvd.

The Irving-based subsidiary of the Hospital Corporation of America agreed to a total cash purchase of $96.25 million. The deal is expected to close by March 31 and will need approval from a bankruptcy court judge. 

A hearing regarding that has been scheduled for February 18.

Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco is part of a luxury, physician-owned hospital chain that has come apart at the seams. 

Sabra had paid $119.8 million to acquire the hospital in October of 2013, but the hospital’s business model soon fell apart. 

“We look forward to working collaboratively with physicians and clinicians to deliver a responsive, efficient, patient care environment at this facility,” read a statement from HCA North Texas CEO Erol Akdamar.
D Magazine
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2016/02/10/forest-park-medical-center-at-frisco-to-be-sold-to-hca-north-texas/Read more at {Source}
International Leadership of Texas campus to North Richland HillsInternational Leadership of Texas campus to North Richland Hillshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120662016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - The International Leadership of Texas charter school group will open a campus in North Richland Hills this August, adding to the campuses it already has in Arlington, far north Fort Worth and other parts of Texas.

International Leadership plans to build a 65,560-sf building on 12.8 acres at the northwest corner of Rufe Snow and Glenview Dr.

The site has been vacant since a Food Lion grocery store closed several years ago. The project is expected to cost between $23 million and $25 million.

The International Leadership offers English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese to students at all grade levels. The school also focuses on community service, physical fitness, international relations and college readiness, according to its website. To fit in everything, the school day runs about 45 minutes longer than at area public schools.

As a charter school, tuition will be free for the expected 1,416 students. The state provides the funding.

What will be called International Leadership of Texas North Richland Hills K-8 will most likely draw students from the Birdville school district because of its location inside the district. But nearby Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Fort Worth and Keller school districts could be affected as well. 

Construction is expected to begin in early February.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article59007983.htmlSource: {Source}
Iowa Park steps closer to Hawks Landing and Cornerstone RanchIowa Park steps closer to Hawks Landing and Cornerstone Ranchhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120842016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​​IOWA PARK - Iowa Park could be one step closer to expansion after City Council granted a letter of recommendation to both proposals for a housing development project Monday night.

The two projects that got approved were Cornerstone Ranch Homes, which would be single family homes, and Hawks Landing, which would be an apartment complex.

Iowa Park City Manager Jerry Flemming says if one of those projects wins the bid, the city will get things moving.

Hawks Landing would be located in the 1500 block of Johnson Rd., while Cornerstone Ranch Homes would be located in the 1800 block of Johnson Rd.

Both developers are proposing 49 units.

Flemming says the city wants jobs, housing and education all in Iowa Park so people do not have to move outside of the community.

This is the first year that Iowa Park has had more than one proposal.

Despite it being early in the process, Flemming and the developers are optimistic that Iowa Park can land at least one of these projects.

Flemming says they are not trying to make Iowa Park into a large community, but they do want to grow at a controlled rate.

The deadline for the developers to have their application to the state is March 1.

Online news
Wichita Falls
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/31172798/iowa-park-housing-developmentSource: {Source}
There she goes! Waco's Brazos Place Apartments razedThere she goes! Waco's Brazos Place Apartments razedhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120832016-02-11T06:00:00Z

​WACO - ​​​Demolition of the former Brazos Place Apartments at 522 S. University Parks Dr. is underway.

The City of Waco is working with a Dallas group on a master development of city-owned land adjacent to the complex.

The soon-to-be cleared apartment site is privately held. ​Plans for the site have not yet been publicized​.

Waco Tribune-Herald
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/demolition-near-downtown-waco-on-the-brazos/article_0d30948a-a826-5686-a010-233402763dc6.htmlRead more at the {Source}
Historical W.T. Waggoner Ranch buyer: six counties, 800 square miles of pure legendHistorical W.T. Waggoner Ranch buyer: six counties, 800 square miles of pure legendhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120752016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​​​​​​​VERNON - Texas’ legendary W.T. Waggoner Ranch—13 miles south of Vernon—is getting a new owner with ties to the Dallas area.

L.A. Rams owner Stan Kroenke​ is buying the 535,000-acre ranch, which is located northwest of Wichita Falls near the Red River.

A Texas judge has approved Stan Kroenke,​ as the court-appointed buyer of the sprawling Waggoner Ranch, which was listed on the market at $725 million.

If the deal closes, this would be the first sale of the historic ranch, which at more than 510,000 acres is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States.

Dating back to 1849, it’s the biggest contiguous ranch property in the U.S. and has always been in the hands of the same family.

The sprawling property—spread over parts of six counties and almost 800 square miles—was offered for sale at close to $725 million.

The purchase includes thousands of head of cattle, more than 1,000 oil wells and 30,000 acres of farmland.
Dallas Morning News
Wichita Falls

​Also​ see the Dallas Business Journal and take the ranch tour.

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Austin American-Statesman's land cues great deal of intrigueAustin American-Statesman's land cues great deal of intriguehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120632016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​AUSTIN - In the first formal step toward redeveloping its prime Austin waterfront site, the family that owns the Austin American-Statesman land announced that it wants to hear ideas from qualified developers who would be interested in transforming the 18.9-acre site into a large mixed-use project. 

The Statesman site, at 305 S. Congress Ave. along the southern banks of Lady Bird Lake, has long been coveted by developers.

The solicitation, known as a request for interest and qualifications, is the first official step toward redeveloping the site, which many in the Austin real-estate community and at City Hall have for some time said is the property's inevitable destiny.

Cox Enterprises, the Atlanta-based company that owns the American-Statesman, announced in December that a separate entity composed of Cox family members was buying the newspaper land from the Cox corporation, which retains ownership of the newspaper operations.

"There is no predetermined plan, but in general we want to see the area develop in a way that is commensurate with Austin—a thriving economy in a beautiful environment." Alex Taylor, executive vice president of Cox Enterprises and Cox family member said.

​According to the request for qualifications being sent out to developers by the Austin law firm Armbrust & Brown, the Cox family "will evaluate information provided by qualified developers and determine potential next steps and timing with respect to any future development activities."

In the meantime, the newspaper continues to be based at the site through a lease with the Cox family.

In a written statement, Susie Gray, publisher of the American- Statesman, said: "We do not have plans to leave our offices in Austin. It will continue to be business as usual for our team."

Local developers and real estate experts have long said the site is underused.

With a zoning change from the city, it potentially could accommodate as much as 3 million sf of development, some experts estimate. 

Austin American-Statesman
Austin-Round Rock
http://www.statesman.com/news/business/ownership-group-seeks-developers-proposals-for-sta/nqLtQ/Read more at {Source}
San Antonio sale easy as 1, 2 and a 3: Walker Ranch, Hidden Lake, TimberockSan Antonio sale easy as 1, 2 and a 3: Walker Ranch, Hidden Lake, Timberockhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120712016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​SAN ANTONIO - Dallas-based Milestone Apartments REIT has closed on a 15-property portfolio, which includes the 325-unit Walker Ranch apartment complex at 14500 Blanco Rd. and the 380-unit Hidden Lake at 8910 N Loop 1604 W.

Walker Ranch was built in 2006 on a 20-acre parcel in North Central San Antonio, and includes 17 buildings that are a mix of two and three stories.

Hidden Lake spans nearly 23 acres in the city's northwestern submarket, and includes 19 three-story buildings built in 2004.

Milestone acquired the 4,172-unit multifamily portfolio—which includes properties in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas—for a total of $502 million. Walker Ranch accounted for $44 million, and Hidden Lake accounted for $51 million.

A local investor operating as Wurzbach Advisors LLC has acquired the 216-unit Timberock apartment complex at 7220 Marbach Rd. in West San Antonio.

Timberock, which was built in 1983, is a two-story garden-style complex on a 7.42-acre site.

San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio-New Braunfels
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2016/02/05/transaction-action-lunch-crowds-rejoice-salata.htmlRead more at the {Source}
Houston office downturn? Upper Kirby to attract 'specific' tenantHouston office downturn? Upper Kirby to attract 'specific' tenanthttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120742016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​HOUSTON - The Kirby Collection, a $146 million mixed-use project in Upper Kirby, is one of the city's most ambitious undertakings.

The million-plus-sf development will have a 13-story, 210,000-sf Class A office building.

Thor Equities is developing the project, and Jack Bousquet, a developer at Thor Equities, said he's received interest from law firms, real estate companies, brokers and other boutique-oriented users. He's also designing the office space with a specific kind of tenant in mind.

"Houston's office (market) isn’t great right now. But, at the same time, we never thought that this building would attract an energy user," said Bousquet. "We specifically designed this to attract a nonenergy user."​

CBRE, which is handling the development's office leasing, lists 192,758 sf of Kirby Collection office space as available, and lists the office rental rate as being $32.50 per sf.

Plans for the Kirby Collection were revealed in February 2015. The development broke ground in October 2015 and should be complete in fourth quarter 2017.

Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/02/05/upper-kirby-mixed-use-is-targeting-these-types-of.htmlRead more at the {Source}
Austin office hot streak 4Q2015: Cushman & WakefieldAustin office hot streak 4Q2015: Cushman & Wakefieldhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120412016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​​AUSTIN-ROUND ROCK - The office market continued its hot streak, recording strong absorption and steady vacancy for fourth quarter 2015.

The office market recorded 712,782 sf of overall absorption during 4Q2015, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.5 million sf of overall absorption.

The Far Northwest submarket experienced the strongest amount of absorption, recording 300,240 sf of overall absorption.

Vacancy rates in the Austin market remained steady with 3Q2015 at 9.1 percent.

Strong absorption rates coupled with low vacancy rates continue to raise full service asking average rental rates to historic highs.

The overall full service rental rate for the entire Austin market was recorded at $33.37 per sf for 4Q2015, an increase of 13.9 percent from the rate recorded during 4Q2014.

The Central Business District average rental rate of $46.34 per sf, maintained its position as the highest across all submarkets.

Additionally, the average full service rate for the CBD is $6.19 per sf higher than the average rate at the end of 4Q2014.

Key sales transaction for the year include two Far Northwest properties, the 1,112,236-sf IBM campus for $205 million and the 913,000-sf 7700 Parmer property for $274 million.

Cushman & Wakefield
Austin-Round Rock

See Austin Office Market Research for a variety of source reports. For U.S. cities' information, see Cushman & Wakefield's website​.

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San Antonio River Walk building sold to CisnerosSan Antonio River Walk building sold to Cisneroshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120772016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​SAN ANTONIO - Former Mayor and ex-U.S. Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros has purchased the downtown San Antonio River Walk building his housing company, CityView, occupies, for $3.7 million.

The four-story, 18,919-sf building, at 454 Soledad St., is near San Antonio Central Library.​

The building was originally built in the 1920s and renovated in 1981. 

Cisneros said the building carries a historic property designation from the city.​​

San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio-New Braunfels
http://www.expressnews.com/real-estate/article/Cisneros-buys-River-Walk-building-6818862.phpRead more at {Source}
Cabela's tackles March 17 League City openingCabela's tackles March 17 League City openinghttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120312016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​LEAGUE CITY - Cabela’s Inc., a retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will open its first Houston-area store on March 17.

The 72,000-sf store, which was announced in October 2014, is at 2421 S. Gulf Fwy.

It is an anchor tenant in Houston-based Pinnacle Alliance Fund Inc.’s new League City development, Pinnacle Park.

The store features Cabela’s new layout and will include an aquarium, an indoor archery range, an express cafe and other elements. Cabela’s hired 170 employees for the League City store, and they will host educational seminars and demonstrations throughout the year.

This is Cabela’s sixth store in Texas, in addition to its stores in Fort Worth, Buda, Allen, Waco and Lubbock.

Cabela’s will be adjacent to Big League Dreams Sports Parks in the northern portion of Pinnacle Park. The approximately 100-acre development is along I-45 South at Big League Dreams Parkway. 

Pinnacle Alliance bought the site in December 2013 with plans to turn it into a high-quality, mixed-use development that would include office, medical, dining, leisure, retail and multifamily/residential uses.

In November, Memorial Hermann Health System’s board of directors approved the purchase of 13 acres in Pinnacle Park to build a nearly 47,000-sf convenient care center—the largest of its kind for the Houston-based health system.

Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/02/04/cabelas-announces-opening-date-for-first-houston.htmlSource: {Source}
Job growth falling, but demand may hold for Houston apartmentsJob growth falling, but demand may hold for Houston apartmentshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120562016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​HOUSTON - There’s an adage in Houston’s apartment industry: For every five or six new jobs created, demand for housing grows by one apartment unit.

By that logic, Houston developers have been constructing tens of thousands of new apartment units in recent years as the fracking frenzy flooded Houston with jobs.

However, job growth is slowing in Houston as energy companies announce thousands of employee layoffs amid the oil slump.

The Bayou City is expected to generate about 21,900 jobs in 2016, a far cry from the 105,100 jobs created in 2014, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

Houston currently has 102 properties totaling 29,000 units in the pipeline for the next two years, according to Apartment Data Services LLC.

Economists say that’s too many apartments for the number of jobs predicted for the region.

However, some multifamily developers believe demand for new apartments may hold despite poor job projections during the energy downturn. These developers argue Houston can support new luxury apartments even while job growth is slowing.

Developers believe demand will hold up for Class A apartments despite energy layoffs, which are affecting a segment of Houston’s population who are more likely to be homebuyers, not apartment renters.

Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

​See The Greater Houston Partnership's 2016 Employment Forecast for more information.

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Austin airport breaks all-time record in 2015Austin airport breaks all-time record in 2015https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120552016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​AUSTIN - The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continues to live up to being one of the fastest growing airports in the country, shattering its all-time passenger record in 2015. 

Last year's record was set at 11.9 million passengers, the airport said. That's up 1.2 million passengers from the previous record set in 2014 of 10.7 million.

The news doesn't come as too much of a surprise, as the airport's single-month passenger record was beat four times in 2015. 

The standing monthly record is nearly 1.2 million passengers reached in July 2015.

Part of what fueled the increase in passenger traffic was the launch of several new flights for the airport.

In 2015, the airport saw the launch of eight new nonstop routes and new additional service for six existing nonstop routes.

This, as the airport expanded its own amenities to address larger crowds and completed several major projects in 2015.

The Terminal East Infill added about 56,700 sf to the terminal and renovated another 17,000 sf of the existing space at the airport. 

In October, the airport added a new five-level, 1.6 million-sf garage complex that included a newly expanded rental car facility and 800 parking spots for travelers on the ground floor.

The airport also added two new domestic bag carousels and saw improved passenger flow through the airport.​

The growth isn't done yet.

This year, the airport will see construction begin on a nine-gate terminal expansion and a new Hyatt Place hotel.

Late this year, a new facility is expected to be added to the airport that will offer another 2,000 parking spaces and a pet boarding service.

Austin American-Statesman
Austin-Round Rock
Infrastructure & Transportation

​To s​ee more data on Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, visit Austin-Bergstrom Aviation Activity Reports​.

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This just in! KPRC building 60K-SF studio, moving HQ (next door)This just in! KPRC building 60K-SF studio, moving HQ (next door)https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120732016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​HOUSTON - Construction is underway on a 60,000-sf office building for KPRC Channel 2, Houston’s NBC affiliate. 

Located at 8181 Southwest Fwy. in Southwest Houston’s Sharpstown District, KPRC’s new headquarters will house all aspects of the broadcast business and more than 180 employees.

It is being built 15 feet away from KPRC’s existing broadcast station, allowing critical utilities to be relocated while the station remains active.

Completion is slated for February 2017.

The facility will have two new studios with supporting control rooms for broadcasting live news programs and the building is specially equipped to go live from anywhere on site. ​

KPRC’s new facility will have a two-story atrium and staircase in the center of the building to provide natural light and a central meeting location.

Additional space will be allocated for the sales department, creative services department, and a new equipment room to process and store all of the network’s data.

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
http://www.globest.com/sites/lisabrown/2016/02/08/new-broadcast-facility-to-adapt-to-fast-paced-media-world/Source: {Source}
No buffalo to roam but Houston's bayou park opens today! Feb. 10No buffalo to roam but Houston's bayou park opens today! Feb. 10https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120702016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​​​HOUSTON - The newest park along Buffalo Bayou in Houston’s East End will open to the public on February 10.

The ten-acre green space, dubbed the Buffalo Bend Nature Park, is located at a former abandoned industrial site off Sgt. Macario Garcia Dr. near the Port of Houston's turning basin.

The transformed park now includes hike and bike trails, a bayou overlook shelter and interpretive signs, as well as three wetland ponds.

Development of the park was funded by a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife and matching funds raised by Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Harris County Precinct 2. 

The property was acquired by a group of non-profit organizations, including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, in 2004. Once the deal was completed, the park was transferred to Harris County Precinct 2.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership opened the Buffalo Bayou Park from Shepherd Dr. to Sabine St. last October.

The park features pavilions, a dog park, miles of trails and lush wildlife.

Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
Public Facilities
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2016/02/new-portion-of-buffalo-bayou-park-to-open-soon.htmlRead more at the {Source}
Waco: Where (will) the Elite meet to eat?Waco: Where (will) the Elite meet to eat?https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120212016-02-10T06:00:00Z

​​​WACO - The Elite Cafe, which can trace its founding back almost 97 years, has closed.

After decades as a dining tradition downtown and then on Waco’s bustling traffic circle, owner Creed Ford III said competition from new restaurants and a bleeding bottom line forced him to shutter the landmark.

For decades the restaurant’s marquee proclaimed it “where the elite meet to eat,” and that included entertainer Elvis Presley, who reportedly visited the restaurant while in basic training at Fort Hood in the late 1950s.

It served steaks, burgers and salads during most of its time operating in South Waco, where it anchored the circle and became a popular stopping point for travelers between Austin and Dallas even before I-35 was built nearby.

Ford, whose Austin-based restaurant group acquired The Elite in 1999, said he made the difficult decision to close The Elite for economic reasons, following months, even years, of subpar sales and customer counts made worse by a recent influx of new dining establishments.

The Elite Cafe, which for a time operated as The Elite Circle Grille after one of its ownership changes, has been a part of Waco’s history since 1919, when it first opened in downtown Waco.

A year later, four Colias brothers bought the restaurant after emigrating from Sparta, Greece. They opened a second location in 1941 on the circle, which would become the classic venue Waco diners and others from around the state came to know and love. 

The original Elite downtown closed in the 1960s.
Waco Tribune-Herald
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/historic-elite-cafe-on-waco-s-traffic-circle-has-closed/article_4e2fb4cb-fb5e-550d-8cef-058aad2bf7d4.htmlRead more at the {Source}

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