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Why businesses move to the North Houston District

North Houston District Chairwoman and Transwestern Executive Vice President Michelle Wogan, Meridian Energy Group Vice President John Cloward, Texas Children’s Hospital Business Operations Manager Rodney David, Newmark Knight Frank Executive Managing Director Rob Stillwell, Emser Tile Vice President Mark Comstock host a tenant roundtable to discuss what major tenants look for regarding industrial space in Houston. (Photo credit: Bisnow/Tierra Smith)

Local and new tenants join panel on relocating and growth

Approximately 150 guests gathered at the City North Conference Center for the Bisnow Commercial Real Estate Event (CRE) co-hosted by the North Houston District and Lincoln Property Company on October 4.

Bisnow, an online CRE trade publication with 17,000 subscribers in Houston, was a strategic partner in the planning of the event and hosts CRE events all over the country and internationally, focusing on topics related to the developments in key markets.

The first panel included area tenants and representatives from Emser Tile, Meridian Energy Group, Texas Children’s Center for Women and Children and Conn’s Distribution Center. From affordability, accessibility to customers and proximity to the airport, guest speakers shared their reasons for moving or expanding their businesses to the District.

“Why do business here?” Emser Tile’s vice president of real estate, Mark Comstock asked, “Because it’s easy,” referring to Houston’s license and permit process. In addition, a second panel of experts discussed the impact of oil and gas on commercial real estate.

Want to invest in industrial assest in Houston? One answer is to build near the Grand Parkway

By Tierra Smith

Unlike the office industry, the industrial sector was able to stabilize under the oil downturn due to the expansion of the petrochemical industry in Houston. It had a transformative effect, Austin Industries Vice President Russell Carter said. Fracking and other energy-related technological advances led to the decoupling of natural gas and crude oil prices, which spurred demand and expansion within the petrochemical industry and its related suppliers. “The long-term supply of natural gas in North American because of shale gas and fracking has changed the global dynamics,” he said. “Houston sits at the epicenter of what the impact is going to be.” And now, offshore drilling is making a recovery. Within the next two months, the major oil and energy companies will begin finalizing their capital budgets and determining new platforms to launch, JLL Global Energy Practice Leader Bruce Rutherford said. The first place to invest in offshore drilling is in the Gulf of Mexico, he said. Oil extracted there is filtered through the undersea pipeline network, which is connected to the world’s largest petrochemical complex, which is then connected to the largest market for refined products. The second-largest market is the North Sea, he said. JLL research indicates the offshore business will be in full bloom by the second half of 2019 and predicts a boost in real estate demand in late 2019.

Originally, Houston-based industrial developer Vigavi wanted to have a significant presence in the southeast submarket to be close to its oil and gas clients, Vigavi Development Associate Christen Hatfield said. But as the price of oil began to slip, the growth of the petrochemical companies filled the manufacturing space. For example, all of the tenants at the Fairmont Industrial Center in La Porte service chemical plants. Vigavi has four industrial parks in southeast Houston near the Houston Ship Channel. The company is paying over $7/SF for a build-to-suit development currently under contract, she said. That is a big leap from between $2 and $2.50 in the same area about eight years ago, according to Lynch. “When we thought the price of oil was going to affect our business, it actually did the opposite and brought new players into the market,” Hatfield said.

Industrial Demand Picking Up Along Grand Parkway

As space runs out in southeast Houston, developers are looking elsewhere. Industrial product is thriving along the Grand Parkway, which is expected to have a similar effect as the Beltway 8 in terms of connectivity and access for industrial end users. The toll road will connect the suburbs from Conroe, Freeport to the south, Baytown to the east and west to Katy. Hatfield, whose company operates two industrial parks in Katy, one of the fastest-growing submarkets in Houston, said Houston suburbs are ideal for industrial because of the reduced tax rate, lower cost of living and cheaper land cost. “Land is too expensive if you are anywhere close to the Beltway 8,” Lynch said. Industrial space along the Grand Parkway is picking up interest from institutional money, Lee & Associates partner Reed Vestal said. “[At first], they were kind of scared of investing in areas they seemed to think of as prairies,” Vestal, who specializes in land and industrial assets, said. “Now, I can tell you over the last six to nine months, we have seen an enormous amount of activity along the Grand Parkway

Texas Ren Fest opens Sept. 29 with new themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities are held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”

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Flood Bond statement from Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Commissioner Rodney Ellis Responds to Historic Flood Bond Election and Renews Commitment to Equity and Transparency for Funding Flood Control Projects

By passing Prop A, those who voted made it clear that we must effectively address flood control— one of the greatest challenges we face. We owe it to everyone to ensure that urgently needed flood control projects are funded equitably and transparently so that every community is protected from future floods.

We still have a lot of work to do to educate and engage the public so that they can better understand where and how these dollars will be spent on flood control, especially in hard-hit and vulnerable neighborhoods that have long been neglected and underfunded.

Throughout this process, I have made it clear that equity, transparency and resiliency must be at the center of the decision-making process for funding flood control projects. Voters have my commitment that I will continue to advocate for transparency and equitable funding for flood mitigation to foster resiliency and protect all neighborhoods.

Art Car Parade

Houston held its 31st Annual Art Car Parade last Saturday, with cars traveling Allen Parkway. This is Houston’s largest free public event! More than 250 rolling works of art turned concrete into a colorful canvas to celebrate the artist in everyone! Mobile masterpieces motored in and near downtown in the world’s oldest and largest Art Car Parade.

The Parade Marshall this year was Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Entries were judged Sunday evening.

Community groups, public and private schools, and professional organizations have become regular participants. Inspired by what they see, spectators create art cars of their own and often become future participants. And as the parade grows, attracting more and more participants, the complexity and quality of the entries increases.

Art Car Parade Marshal Mayor Turner
Art Car Peacock Feathers
Art Car showing some Gator Teeth
Art Cars or Cupcakes?
Art Car Skeleton won in 2017
Art Car with a pretty pink bunny

A VISIT TO THE BUSH LIBRARY

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018

PHOTOS BY MEI-ING & GILBERT HOFFMAN

BARBARA BUSH GRAVESITE IN A GARDEN SETTING.

ENTRANCE TO THE GEORGE H.W. BUSH LIBRARY.

BARBARA BUSH’S GRAVESITE IS APPROACHED PAST A LAKE AND A GARDEN OF FLOWERS.

Cynthia Bailey, wife of Clyde, dies

Cynthia D. Bailey, 59 of New Caney, Texas passed away April 3, 2013 9:30 am.

Cynthia was born on October 14, 1953 in Houston Texas to Lady Sandra Perault and Billy Joe Peters. She graduated with honors from MacArthur High School in Aldine in 1973. She was active in her class, and she participated in student council and other class activities. She went to Sam Houston State for one year.

She and her husband Clyde Bailey were married on August 21, 1974 and they enjoyed 39 years of marriage. They lived in Aldine for 5 years, and they moved to Kingwood for the next 24 years.

In 2003, Cynthia, Clyde, and her son Adam moved to New Caney and lived happily until her death. Cynthia loved her son, nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones with all her heart. Loving and giving in all of her communities her whole life. “Aunt Cindy” was a shining example of a loving individual.

Cindy is survived by husband, Clyde; son, Adam; brother, Mike Harris; sister-in-law, Debra Harris; brother, Kelton King; sister-in-law, Betty Brown; brother-in-law, Leon Brown; sister-in law, Diane Bailey; brother-in-law, Weldon Bailey; brother-in-law, Johnny White; sister-in law, Barbara White; numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces, grand- nephews, and friends.

A Memorial Service was held at 3PM on Sunday, April 7th at Brookside.

I will miss you my love, Clyde

Public invited to East Aldine’s Back-to-School and 10th Anniversary Bash

The Public is invited to join the East Aldine District to celebrate their 10th Year Anniversary, with a Back to School event on Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at James Driver Park. This is next to the Northeast Community Center at 10918 1/2 Bentley.

Included in the celebration will be Fun + Drinks, Music, and FREE Backpacks with School Supplies for the first 1200 children ages grades 1 through 8.

Entertainment scheduled includes Radio Disney and Azteca TV personality Andrea Gomez.

Sponsors for the Celebration and Back to School Event include the East Aldine District, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Radio Disney AM 1590, Bonding Against Adversity, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Precinct 2, Ria Money Transfers, and Summit Dental Centers.

Picks of the Week

Couch Theater DVD Previews

By Sam Struckhoff

“Bernie” (PG-13) — Jack Black stars in this oddly satisfying comedy with a twist of murder. Bernie Tiede (Black) is the nicest guy in Carthage, Texas. Bernie even puts effort into befriending the most reclusive person in town, Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a sharp-tongued widow sitting on heaps of money. Bernie becomes involved with Marjorie as a companion and manager of her affairs. When her cruelty finally drives Bernie to shoot her four times in the back, nobody in town wants to blame him, except the district attorney (played by an oil-slick Matthew McConaughey). It’s not a gut-busting laugh riot, but a satisfying ride through accessible dark comedy. The performances of the three main actors bring just the right amount of quirk. Interviews with witnesses and town gossips fit right in with the movie’s quaint take on scandalous matters.

“The Dictator” (R) — In the fictional North-African nation of Wadiya, supreme dictator Adm. Gen. Aladeen rules with a bejeweled iron fist. In a satire of Muammar Gaddafi and other autocrats, Aladeen lives in obscene luxury while tossing off one-liners full of anti-Semitism and hate for Western society — except the celebrities he loves. This is the newest character from Sacha Baron Cohen, who previously brought praise and infamy with “Borat” and “Bruno.” “The Dictator” is entirely scripted, which explains why it’s missing the edge of the last two films. It also tries to incorporate a romantic comedy aspect that pleases neither fans of Cohen’s dark satire or fans of romantic comedies.

“A Separation” (PG-13) — This drama from Iran is a stunner. It’s a gripping, real, relevant and touching story about a family falling apart. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband and daughter, but her husband won’t leave his ailing father suffering from Alzheimer’s. This means Simin is not allowed to leave the country. She moves in with her parents, and her husband hires a maid to help care for his father. Life takes a few twists, and the people who just wanted things to go back to normal have to hold together what they have left through rough times.

“Chimpanzee” (G) — Disney knows how to produce a nature documentary. Sure, it’s more sympathetic than scientific. The result, however, is an affecting look at another species, one that is intolerably fun to watch and also in peril. Narrated by Tim Allen, the film tells the story of Oscar, a baby chimp orphaned in the jungle. In true Disney fashion, the visuals are stunning, the story can reel in kids and adults, and the 77 minute runtime is backed with many adoring sighs of “Aaawww.”

TV RELEASES

“NCIS: The Complete Ninth Season”

“Revenge: The Complete First Season”

“Perry Mason: The Seventh Season, Vol. 1”

“The Closer: The Complete Seventh Season”

“NCIS: Los Angeles — The Third Season”

“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Vol. 1”

Upcoming events at Jones Park

Hunter Education Certification. Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 & 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This two-day course meets the mandated Texas Parks & Wildlife hunter education requirements for Texas. A $15 fee is required for materials. Ages 9+. Reservations required beginning Monday, July 30.

Homestead Fun: Second Saturday Settlers. Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sample watermelon and homemade ice cream, play horseshoes and other old-fashioned games while viewing hands-on daily activities of Texas settlers that bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life. All ages. Free.

Stargazing. Saturday, August 11, 8 p.m.

Encounter planets, stars, and other celestial bodies from a vantage point free from light pollution with the help of the North Houston Astronomy Club. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars or a telescope. All ages. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, August 1. Free

Second Sunday Pickers. Sunday, August 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sing or strum along with the Second Sunday Pickers as they enliven second Sunday afternoons in the nature center. Bring an instrument and join in or sit back and let them entertain you. All ages. Free.

Trails À La Cart. Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Explore the Spring Creek Greenway Trail on a cart tour designed especially for people with disabilities and focusing on the park’s natural history and beauty. Ages 55+ or persons with disabilities. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, August 8. Free.

Wildlife Rehabilitation. Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.

Helping injured and orphaned animals can be challenging in urban neighborhoods. As licensed wildlife rehabilitators from the Wildlife Center of Texas introduce several “animal ambassadors” for education, learn how to render aid and coexist with wildlife. All ages. Free.

Scavenger Hunt. Saturday, September 1, 10 a.m.

Join this nature discovery outing perfect for young nature hunters, families, and scout groups. Ages 5-15. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, August 22. Free.

Tadpoles Club. Wednesdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Introduce pre-school children to nature with live animals, puppets, short walks, crafts, stories, and finger plays. Parent must accompany child for this four-week interactive program. Ages 3 and 4 only. Sorry, no siblings. Reservations required beginning Wednesday, August 1. Free.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility under the leadership of Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) welcomes applications from interested participants. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call (281) 446-8588 or visit the Jones Park Web site at www.hcp4.net/jones.

Cambio en el horario de visitas a la carcel

Comenzando el Lunes 25 de Abril, visitas a los presos solo será 4 dias a la semana en lugar de 7 dias a la semana, con horas extendidas algunos dias. La ley del estado require dos dias de visitas a la semana.
El cambio se debe al esfuerzo de la Oficina del Algualcil del Condado de Harris para ahorrar costos operativos. Estos cambios permitirán ahorrar 1.3 millones al año.
Nuevos dias de visitas a presos:
-Sabado y Domingo: 3:30-9 p.m.
-Lunes, Jueves y Viernes: No visitas.
-Martes y Miercoles: 4-9 p.m.