The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership publishes its Hot Projects multiple times per year. The Galveston County-specific parts of the January 2021 edition is below.

Medical news

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital announced that two new emergency care centers will open in the area, one in League City at the corner of League City Parkway (SH 96) and S. Egret Bay Blvd. and the other in Deer Park at 3701 Center Street.  The centers will be open 24 hours/day offering full services of a hospital emergency room plus CT, X-ray, and ultrasound capabilities.  The Deer Park care center will open by year’s end, and the League City location will open by the end of 2021.

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston completed its newly-renovated Mother-Baby Unit of 16 beds in John Sealy Hospital.  The modernization project includes a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the hospital.  Work continues on the A-B tower for the new women’s, infant’s, and children’s unit opening in the spring. Work on the C-D tower is expected to start next year.  The entire project cost is approximately $133 million.

Manufacturing activity

Acquisitions

Chemic Engineers and Constructors, Inc. purchased a 10,000 SF building on Medical Park Drive in Dickinson that will be renovated to accommodate its 40 employees.  The company is relocating to Dickinson as well as expanding its footprint.  Chemic offers engineering, procurement, and construction management to midstream, petrochemical, refinery, and chemicals markets.  

Now Open

Friendswood — Airrosti Rehab Center at 107 Shadwell Lane

Opening soon

La Porte — Rapidcare Emergency Room leased a 6,580 SF freestanding building at SH 146 and Fairmont Pkwy.   Gloria Ilochonowu / Keller Williams represented the tenant; Bob Conwell and David Meyers / NewQuest Properties for the landlord.

Retail / Hospitality Development

New development in Dickinson – Water Street Square!  REME Companies and Bryan,TX-based William Cole Inc. plan a new development in Dickinson — a 19-acre mixed use project along the Gulf Freeway just south of FM 517.  Retail, restaurants, and offices are all part of the mix. Pad sites are available for sale, ground leases are available, and there are build-to-suit opportunities. 

Construction will begin early in 2021 on the new 10-screen Alamo Drafthouse in League City in the Victory Lakes center on the North East corner of I-45 and FM 646.

At the intersection of Austin Street and Egret Bay Blvd. in League City, development is underway for 20,000 SF of retail including a restaurant, wine bar, and coffee shop.  This site is next to the new Highbridge at Egret Bay apartments that are under construction.

Grand Oak Village – Several contracts and proposals are in the works for the 16-acre tract at Link Road at Calder Road in League City.  Two contracts have been signed for a proposed medical group and a national animal boarding facility.  Talks are ongoing with three large medical groups with one or more possibly purchasing several acres.  Inquiries have come from medical, performing arts, athletics, and traditional pad site users.

Now pre-leasing with an expected completion in August 2021 is a new retail center at League City’s Marketplace at Ninety-Six.  The new building will join several other phases of the development that is anchored by a 123,000 SF Kroger.  Sherwin Williams recently signed a 10,000 SF lease.  More new homes are coming in just south of this retail center; the Westland Ranch community has 2,100 newly-developed lots.

Restaurant round-up

Coming within the month:  Abendigo’s Cafe and Cupcakes at 1035 Clear Lake City Blvd.  The scratch bakery and eatery will also feature a Friday night Supper Club.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened at 2760 S. Gulf Freeway in League City.

Kickin’ Kajun opened a second location at 3435 SH 146 in Bacliff.  The original restaurant is in La Porte.

The Lost Cajun will open soon in a 2,770 SF space in League City at 3010 I-45 South in the League City Towne Center.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House opened in San Leon at 113 Sixth Street.

Rustika Café and Bakery opened at 1302 S. Friendswood Drive

The Toasted Yolk has opened a 6,110 SF restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and cocktails at Pinnacle Park, 2535 Gulf Freeway South in League City.  Remaining construction should wrap up in 2021 along the Gulf Freeway, perfect timing for new restaurants and retailers coming into the area. James Brockway and Daniel Mueller / Brockway Commercial represented the landlord; Henry S. Miller Brokerage for the tenants. 

Vintage Crown-Micheladas & Tacos will open in Dickinson at 628 FM 517 West.  There is also an establishment in Galveston.

Hotel news

Fairfield Inn & Suites has opened at Pinnacle Park — 1144 Pinnacle Drive in League City.  Specs:  64,000 SF, five stories, 112 rooms, fitness room, outdoor pool, and a full-service bar.

At Galveston’s former Falstaff Brewery site, Trademark Collection by Wyndham has signed a franchise agreement to build a new hotel.  Plans are for an upscale 90-room boutique hotel at 3303 Church St.  This is one of Wyndham’s fastest-growing brands.  Completion is scheduled for early 2022. 

Retail and Commercial Leasing activity

20,740 SF — Roman Iron Gym leased space at 451 Spruce in Dickinson.  Kelly Hutchinson / Colliers International for the landlord.
1,573 SF — The Nutrition Fix leased at League City Plaza near FM 518 and the Gulf Freeway.  Brad Kilbride / Lee & Associates for the tenant; Carrie Murray / Weingarten Realty for the landlord.

1,089 SF — Emily T. Krone & Company, PLLC leased at 3027 Marina Bay Drive in League City.  The boutique law firm specializes in business and commercial real estate needs.

Other real estate news

World Gym Texas City, now in a 45,000 SF space in the Mainland City Centre, will relocate to the former Sears store space which is 100,000 SF.  This move should make it the largest World Gym in the U.S.  Plans are to open early 2021 with a full basketball court, sauna and steam room, physical therapy, café and smoothie bar, all kinds of yoga, athletics, children’s workout area, and pro shop.  Also in the works at Mainland City Centre are several new restaurants:  Big Phil’s Soul & Creole Café — 4,700 SF (Creole food and live entertainment), Texas Pit Stop BBQ, Grazia Italian Kitchen, Brick & Spoon Lafayette (breakfast and brunch), and Java Owl Coffee House.

Just for fun

Yachty Gras Grand Night Boat Parade, February 6 at 7 pm.  View America’s largest Mardi Gras boat parade from the Kemah Boardwalk or South Shore Harbour Marina.  www.LeagueCity.com/mardigras

Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County — 2nd annual festival, March 13th, 10 am to 6 pm.  www.DickinsonLittleItalyFestivalOfGalvestonCounty.com

Opening Soon

League City — Delta Life Fitness will open at 2500 Marina Bay Drive; Playoff Performance will open a larger location at 1760 W. Walker Street (children/young adult sports practice and training); Salon Naturale, LLC purchased a .6-acre site at 2924 W. Walker

Friendswood — Austin-based Summer Moon Coffee will open early next year at Virgata Commons, 1765 S. Friendswood Drive.

Now Open

League City — Bravo Party Shop at 2951 Marina Bay Drive; Art, Movement & Life Skills Academy at 1701 S. Hwy. 3. Northern Tool + Equipment at 200 Gulf Fwy. S; Nutrition Fix at 194 Gulf Freeway; La Rotisserie House at 601 E. Main St.

Residential Development

Aura Beacon Island – There are plans for new development on approximately 15 acres of the 35-acre Beacon Island in League City.  Once the sale is closed — possibly this month — the new owner of the 15 acres plans to build patio homes, townhomes, and garden-style apartments leaving room for more than four acres of parks and lots of trails.  On the remaining land, homes are being developed by Isola Ventura LLC.  There’s more to come on this exciting project!

A residential development is proposed on 2.5 acres at 213 E. Heritage Drive in Friendswood.  The land was recently rezoned as a planned unit development.  Pending approval, 12 individual lots with garages on the ground floors and living space on the second and third floors would be built. 

New homes are planned in Dickinson where peacocks used to roam … Bayway Homes purchased 13.75 acres on the south side of FM 517 between the Gulf Freeway and SH 3.  The site has 1,000 ft. of bayou frontage.  Planned are 50+ homes on stilts.  More details later!

A new development is in the works at Pinnacle Park in League City.   Galveston Daily News reports that CityStreet Residential Partners plans a luxury apartment project of more than 300 units.  The project is pending approval from the city’s planning department and city council.  There will be more details later.Read more here (subscription may be needed): Galv Daily News

Trails at Woodhaven Lakes is a new 82.5-acre residential development planned in La Marque.  Included are 246 single-family homes, 22 cottages, and a 160-unit resort-style retirement community. Twenty acres for lakes and green space, walking trails, parks, barbeque and picnic area, playgrounds, and a splash pad are included. The cottages are for active seniors, and there will also be a separate facility for assisted living.  This development will allow multi-generational families to live near each other.  Homes will range from 1,500 SF to 3,000 SF with prices between $180’s to more than $300’s.  The developer, Padua Realty Co., hopes to break ground early in 2021 with lots ready for building in the third quarter. The location is the southwest corner of FM 1765 and Delany Road.  A commercial reserve of 3.5 acres will accommodate a future restaurant, retail, medical, or other commercial uses.  Read more about it in the Galveston Daily News.  

Update on Bayou Bend Estates, a 58-acre development in Dickinson on FM 517 and Country Club Drive:  Gehan Builders signed up for 53 lots with homes starting in the $350’s.  The developer, JMK5, retained 24 lots with 12 of them being waterfront sites.   JMK5 is working with Friendswood-based Crystal Creek Builders on those lots; prices range from the $425’s up to $1 million.  

Hideaway Estates — Infrastructure work has begun for a new development on Gangs Bayou in Galveston, southeast corner of Zingleman and Ostermeyer roads on the island’s West End.  Thirty-nine homes are planned: $299’s on the interior and $399’s on the water.

The Huntington at Kemah, an apartment community for active adults aged 55 and older, is being built at 1105 Deke Slayton Hwy.  At the same time, The Huntington at Lago Mar is being built in Texas City at 13330 Holland Road.  Both developments will have 148 one and two-bedroom units.  Amenities include a movie theater, outdoor pool, bocce ball court, and other recreational amenities.   

Palm Bay Galveston:  On Galveston Island’s West End, work will begin soon on 94 single-family homes available as long-term rentals and 20 condominium units.  Palm Bay Galveston will be built on land at Stewart and 13 Mile roads on the shores of Lake Como.  Wan Bridge is the developer. Details: minimum one-year lease on three- and four-bedroom homes, 1,600 to 1,800 SF, full-time on-site maintenance, and management.

Infrastructure News and Everything Else!

City news

League City — Attention sports fans!  Bay Colony Park will be built near the intersection of Ervin Street and Calder Drive on the city’s west side.  The park will have five softball fields, four baseball fields, two multipurpose fields (for soccer, football, and lacrosse) and four courts that will be used for tennis and pickleball. It will be built in phases, the first being the softball fields, jogging trails, parking, and a maintenance building at a cost of $6.8 million.  Design work is underway; construction starts later next year with completion expected June 2023. Read more:  Hou Chron

League City — The Italian Heritage Museum, also known as the Ghirardi House, has opened to the public.  The Ghirardis were one of the first 12 families that emigrated to League City from the Piedmont region in Italy.  The museum is located next to the Butler Longhorn Museum and Heritage Park at 1220 Coryell.     The city’s first annual Italian heritage festival will be held at the park on May 15.    Hou Chron

Education News

A new training ship has been approved for the Texas A&M Galveston campus.  Called a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, it will be 525-foot long at a cost of $390 million.  Once built, the ship will be stationed at the Pelican Island campus and serve as the primary training vessel for the Texas Maritime Academy.  It will include eight classrooms, a training bridge, laboratories, an auditorium, space available for hospital facilities, and a cargo crane.  Up to 600 cadets can be housed at a time.  Aside from training, the ship will be a critical disaster resource for the Gulf Coast and will serve as a hospital ship or as housing for recovery workers, for example.  The nearest ships like this one are stationed in New York and Massachusetts.  Read more about it here: TAMUG

College of the Mainland opened its new facility in League City at 1411 W. Main St.  The 27,570 SF building will be used for general education and dual-credit classes in addition to an 18-month accelerated Associate of Arts Program.  There are eight classrooms, a computer lab, wet lab for biology instruction, and a testing center.

Texas City I.S.D. approved $2.2 million for three tracts of land totaling more than 26 acres on the corner of Monticello Drive and North Vauthier Street.  This will be the future site of the new La Marque Middle School for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. The cost to construct the school will be funded through a bond that voters approved in May 2018.  Construction is expected to begin in February with occupancy in August 2022.

Other News

Port of Galveston: Galveston Wharves cruise-line activity in 2019 had a $1.6 billion economic impact in Texas and showed growth in all areas, including jobs and spending.  Read the port’s news release:

Road news

Hwy. 146 widening project — Work between Red Bluff Road and League City Parkway (Highway 96) is now expected to be done by May 2023 — more than a year AHEAD of schedule!  At completion, the existing SH 146 bridge over Clear Lake will have three lanes in each direction between Red Bluff Road and Hwy. 96 (League City Parkway).  On the bridge’s west side will be two express bridges—one with two northbound lanes and one with two southbound lanes. Both will allow drivers to circumvent local traffic on the main bridge. Read about it here:   Comm Impact

Medical news

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital announced that two new emergency care centers will open in the area, one in League City at the corner of League City Parkway (SH 96) and S. Egret Bay Blvd. and the other in Deer Park at 3701 Center Street.  The centers will be open 24 hours/day offering full services of a hospital emergency room plus CT, X-ray, and ultrasound capabilities.  The Deer Park care center will open by year’s end, and the League City location will open by the end of 2021.

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston completed its newly-renovated Mother-Baby Unit of 16 beds in John Sealy Hospital.  The modernization project includes a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the hospital.  Work continues on the A-B tower for the new women’s, infant’s, and children’s unit opening in the spring. Work on the C-D tower is expected to start next year.  The entire project cost is approximately $133 million.

Manufacturing activity

Acquisitions

Chemic Engineers and Constructors, Inc. purchased a 10,000 SF building on Medical Park Drive in Dickinson that will be renovated to accommodate its 40 employees.  The company is relocating to Dickinson as well as expanding its footprint.  Chemic offers engineering, procurement, and construction management to midstream, petrochemical, refinery, and chemicals markets.  

Now Open

Friendswood — Airrosti Rehab Center at 107 Shadwell Lane

Opening soon

La Porte — Rapidcare Emergency Room leased a 6,580 SF freestanding building at SH 146 and Fairmont Pkwy.   Gloria Ilochonowu / Keller Williams represented the tenant; Bob Conwell and David Meyers / NewQuest Properties for the landlord.

Retail / Hospitality Development

New development in Dickinson – Water Street Square!  REME Companies and Bryan,TX-based William Cole Inc. plan a new development in Dickinson — a 19-acre mixed use project along the Gulf Freeway just south of FM 517.  Retail, restaurants, and offices are all part of the mix. Pad sites are available for sale, ground leases are available, and there are build-to-suit opportunities. 

Construction will begin early in 2021 on the new 10-screen Alamo Drafthouse in League City in the Victory Lakes center on the North East corner of I-45 and FM 646.

At the intersection of Austin Street and Egret Bay Blvd. in League City, development is underway for 20,000 SF of retail including a restaurant, wine bar, and coffee shop.  This site is next to the new Highbridge at Egret Bay apartments that are under construction.

Grand Oak Village – Several contracts and proposals are in the works for the 16-acre tract at Link Road at Calder Road in League City.  Two contracts have been signed for a proposed medical group and a national animal boarding facility.  Talks are ongoing with three large medical groups with one or more possibly purchasing several acres.  Inquiries have come from medical, performing arts, athletics, and traditional pad site users.

Now pre-leasing with an expected completion in August 2021 is a new retail center at League City’s Marketplace at Ninety-Six.  The new building will join several other phases of the development that is anchored by a 123,000 SF Kroger.  Sherwin Williams recently signed a 10,000 SF lease.  More new homes are coming in just south of this retail center; the Westland Ranch community has 2,100 newly-developed lots.

Restaurant round-up

Coming within the month:  Abendigo’s Cafe and Cupcakes at 1035 Clear Lake City Blvd.  The scratch bakery and eatery will also feature a Friday night Supper Club.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened at 2760 S. Gulf Freeway in League City.

Kickin’ Kajun opened a second location at 3435 SH 146 in Bacliff.  The original restaurant is in La Porte.

The Lost Cajun will open soon in a 2,770 SF space in League City at 3010 I-45 South in the League City Towne Center.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House opened in San Leon at 113 Sixth Street.

Rustika Café and Bakery opened at 1302 S. Friendswood Drive

The Toasted Yolk has opened a 6,110 SF restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and cocktails at Pinnacle Park, 2535 Gulf Freeway South in League City.  Remaining construction should wrap up in 2021 along the Gulf Freeway, perfect timing for new restaurants and retailers coming into the area. James Brockway and Daniel Mueller / Brockway Commercial represented the landlord; Henry S. Miller Brokerage for the tenants. 

Vintage Crown-Micheladas & Tacos will open in Dickinson at 628 FM 517 West.  There is also an establishment in Galveston.

Hotel news

Fairfield Inn & Suites has opened at Pinnacle Park — 1144 Pinnacle Drive in League City.  Specs:  64,000 SF, five stories, 112 rooms, fitness room, outdoor pool, and a full-service bar.

At Galveston’s former Falstaff Brewery site, Trademark Collection by Wyndham has signed a franchise agreement to build a new hotel.  Plans are for an upscale 90-room boutique hotel at 3303 Church St.  This is one of Wyndham’s fastest-growing brands.  Completion is scheduled for early 2022. 

Retail and Commercial Leasing activity

20,740 SF — Roman Iron Gym leased space at 451 Spruce in Dickinson.  Kelly Hutchinson / Colliers International for the landlord.
1,573 SF — The Nutrition Fix leased at League City Plaza near FM 518 and the Gulf Freeway.  Brad Kilbride / Lee & Associates for the tenant; Carrie Murray / Weingarten Realty for the landlord.

1,089 SF — Emily T. Krone & Company, PLLC leased at 3027 Marina Bay Drive in League City.  The boutique law firm specializes in business and commercial real estate needs.

Other real estate news

World Gym Texas City, now in a 45,000 SF space in the Mainland City Centre, will relocate to the former Sears store space which is 100,000 SF.  This move should make it the largest World Gym in the U.S.  Plans are to open early 2021 with a full basketball court, sauna and steam room, physical therapy, café and smoothie bar, all kinds of yoga, athletics, children’s workout area, and pro shop.  Also in the works at Mainland City Centre are several new restaurants:  Big Phil’s Soul & Creole Café — 4,700 SF (Creole food and live entertainment), Texas Pit Stop BBQ, Grazia Italian Kitchen, Brick & Spoon Lafayette (breakfast and brunch), and Java Owl Coffee House.

Just for fun

Yachty Gras Grand Night Boat Parade, February 6 at 7 pm.  View America’s largest Mardi Gras boat parade from the Kemah Boardwalk or South Shore Harbour Marina.  www.LeagueCity.com/mardigras

Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County — 2nd annual festival, March 13th, 10 am to 6 pm.  www.DickinsonLittleItalyFestivalOfGalvestonCounty.com

Opening Soon

League City — Delta Life Fitness will open at 2500 Marina Bay Drive; Playoff Performance will open a larger location at 1760 W. Walker Street (children/young adult sports practice and training); Salon Naturale, LLC purchased a .6-acre site at 2924 W. Walker

Friendswood — Austin-based Summer Moon Coffee will open early next year at Virgata Commons, 1765 S. Friendswood Drive.

Now Open

League City — Bravo Party Shop at 2951 Marina Bay Drive; Art, Movement & Life Skills Academy at 1701 S. Hwy. 3. Northern Tool + Equipment at 200 Gulf Fwy. S; Nutrition Fix at 194 Gulf Freeway; La Rotisserie House at 601 E. Main St.

Residential Development

Aura Beacon Island – There are plans for new development on approximately 15 acres of the 35-acre Beacon Island in League City.  Once the sale is closed — possibly this month — the new owner of the 15 acres plans to build patio homes, townhomes, and garden-style apartments leaving room for more than four acres of parks and lots of trails.  On the remaining land, homes are being developed by Isola Ventura LLC.  There’s more to come on this exciting project!

A residential development is proposed on 2.5 acres at 213 E. Heritage Drive in Friendswood.  The land was recently rezoned as a planned unit development.  Pending approval, 12 individual lots with garages on the ground floors and living space on the second and third floors would be built. 

New homes are planned in Dickinson where peacocks used to roam … Bayway Homes purchased 13.75 acres on the south side of FM 517 between the Gulf Freeway and SH 3.  The site has 1,000 ft. of bayou frontage.  Planned are 50+ homes on stilts.  More details later!

A new development is in the works at Pinnacle Park in League City.   Galveston Daily News reports that CityStreet Residential Partners plans a luxury apartment project of more than 300 units.  The project is pending approval from the city’s planning department and city council.  There will be more details later.Read more here (subscription may be needed): Galv Daily News

Trails at Woodhaven Lakes is a new 82.5-acre residential development planned in La Marque.  Included are 246 single-family homes, 22 cottages, and a 160-unit resort-style retirement community. Twenty acres for lakes and green space, walking trails, parks, barbeque and picnic area, playgrounds, and a splash pad are included. The cottages are for active seniors, and there will also be a separate facility for assisted living.  This development will allow multi-generational families to live near each other.  Homes will range from 1,500 SF to 3,000 SF with prices between $180’s to more than $300’s.  The developer, Padua Realty Co., hopes to break ground early in 2021 with lots ready for building in the third quarter. The location is the southwest corner of FM 1765 and Delany Road.  A commercial reserve of 3.5 acres will accommodate a future restaurant, retail, medical, or other commercial uses.  Read more about it in the Galveston Daily News.  

Update on Bayou Bend Estates, a 58-acre development in Dickinson on FM 517 and Country Club Drive:  Gehan Builders signed up for 53 lots with homes starting in the $350’s.  The developer, JMK5, retained 24 lots with 12 of them being waterfront sites.   JMK5 is working with Friendswood-based Crystal Creek Builders on those lots; prices range from the $425’s up to $1 million.  

Hideaway Estates — Infrastructure work has begun for a new development on Gangs Bayou in Galveston, southeast corner of Zingleman and Ostermeyer roads on the island’s West End.  Thirty-nine homes are planned: $299’s on the interior and $399’s on the water.

The Huntington at Kemah, an apartment community for active adults aged 55 and older, is being built at 1105 Deke Slayton Hwy.  At the same time, The Huntington at Lago Mar is being built in Texas City at 13330 Holland Road.  Both developments will have 148 one and two-bedroom units.  Amenities include a movie theater, outdoor pool, bocce ball court, and other recreational amenities.   

Palm Bay Galveston:  On Galveston Island’s West End, work will begin soon on 94 single-family homes available as long-term rentals and 20 condominium units.  Palm Bay Galveston will be built on land at Stewart and 13 Mile roads on the shores of Lake Como.  Wan Bridge is the developer. Details: minimum one-year lease on three- and four-bedroom homes, 1,600 to 1,800 SF, full-time on-site maintenance, and management.

Infrastructure News and Everything Else!

City news

League City — Attention sports fans!  Bay Colony Park will be built near the intersection of Ervin Street and Calder Drive on the city’s west side.  The park will have five softball fields, four baseball fields, two multipurpose fields (for soccer, football, and lacrosse) and four courts that will be used for tennis and pickleball. It will be built in phases, the first being the softball fields, jogging trails, parking, and a maintenance building at a cost of $6.8 million.  Design work is underway; construction starts later next year with completion expected June 2023. Read more:  Hou Chron

League City — The Italian Heritage Museum, also known as the Ghirardi House, has opened to the public.  The Ghirardis were one of the first 12 families that emigrated to League City from the Piedmont region in Italy.  The museum is located next to the Butler Longhorn Museum and Heritage Park at 1220 Coryell.     The city’s first annual Italian heritage festival will be held at the park on May 15.    Hou Chron

Education News

A new training ship has been approved for the Texas A&M Galveston campus.  Called a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, it will be 525-foot long at a cost of $390 million.  Once built, the ship will be stationed at the Pelican Island campus and serve as the primary training vessel for the Texas Maritime Academy.  It will include eight classrooms, a training bridge, laboratories, an auditorium, space available for hospital facilities, and a cargo crane.  Up to 600 cadets can be housed at a time.  Aside from training, the ship will be a critical disaster resource for the Gulf Coast and will serve as a hospital ship or as housing for recovery workers, for example.  The nearest ships like this one are stationed in New York and Massachusetts.  Read more about it here: TAMUG

College of the Mainland opened its new facility in League City at 1411 W. Main St.  The 27,570 SF building will be used for general education and dual-credit classes in addition to an 18-month accelerated Associate of Arts Program.  There are eight classrooms, a computer lab, wet lab for biology instruction, and a testing center.

Texas City I.S.D. approved $2.2 million for three tracts of land totaling more than 26 acres on the corner of Monticello Drive and North Vauthier Street.  This will be the future site of the new La Marque Middle School for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. The cost to construct the school will be funded through a bond that voters approved in May 2018.  Construction is expected to begin in February with occupancy in August 2022.

Other News

Port of Galveston: Galveston Wharves cruise-line activity in 2019 had a $1.6 billion economic impact in Texas and showed growth in all areas, including jobs and spending.  Read the port’s news release:

Road news

Hwy. 146 widening project — Work between Red Bluff Road and League City Parkway (Highway 96) is now expected to be done by May 2023 — more than a year AHEAD of schedule!  At completion, the existing SH 146 bridge over Clear Lake will have three lanes in each direction between Red Bluff Road and Hwy. 96 (League City Parkway).  On the bridge’s west side will be two express bridges—one with two northbound lanes and one with two southbound lanes. Both will allow drivers to circumvent local traffic on the main bridge. Read about it here:   Comm Impact