East Aldine views new Town Center plan

The East Aldine District board viewed the latest iteration of the Master Plan for their proposed new Town Center, to be built on 61 acres of land on the south side of Aldine Mail Route, at their meeting last Tuesday evening. The site is between Stevens Elementary and Fall Meadow, and north of Keith Wiess park.

The new plan shows no radical changes from the one presented a few months ago, but details of the development help the board to envision the final result.

The major elements in the plan, seen on page one of the Northeast News, include a new college for Lone Star College – North Harris, that would be larger than Victory Center or Greenspoint Center, and serve the immediate MacArthur/Aldine students. It is shown with adjacent on-grade parking, and room for expansion that could actually double the classroom space.

A new feature is a major grocery store, with adjacent retail shops, restaurants, and the Sheriff’s storefront office. These would be close to the street, with parking at the front door.

Offices are included in separate buildings for the East Aldine District, Sheriff’s communication division, ESD#1 ambulance station, and a future civic building for cultural social and recreational activities.

Outdoor development includes two “town greens” and a waterway meandering through the center of the site and into Keith Wiess park.

Walking trails and a community outdoor theater with bermed seating are included. There is room for more buildings and outdoor features as needs arise, the planners said, and they emphasized that the ideas are fluid and may change with community input.