Steak out: Inquiring readers are hungry for answers about the opening day status of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Bay Colony Town Center, 2955 S. Interstate 45, in League City.
The eatery has been under construction for months.
Freddy’s, famous for its lean, ground-beef steak burgers, Vienna beef hot dogs, shoestring fries and custard desserts, had hoped for a January grand opening, but pushed it back to late February or early March.
“We hope to open our League City restaurant in the next couple of weeks, but haven’t quite narrowed down a specific date,” a spokeswoman said last week. Stay tuned.
Rooftop report: Look for more homes to rise in fast-growing League City at a site where developers have planned residential projects dating back to 2006 at least. The city council this month approved a planned unit development that will pave the way for a 202.5-acre master-planned community of single-family homes. The project, formerly called Quail Point, will be developed in four phases, eventually yielding 552 residences, according to city documents. Although developers had long envisioned projects at the site, disagreements among some landowners had delayed the projects. Those disagreements apparently have been resolved.
Coastal Point will be developed on the southeastern corner of the city limits, about a mile south of state Highway 96, north of FM 646 and about a mile east of South Shore Boulevard.
Canada-based land development firm Empire Communities is behind the development, which will rise in phases over five to seven years, according to city documents. The first phase is expected to begin in about 12 months, according to documents.
Planned unit developments are meant to instill regulatory requirements regarding quality, while allowing for “greater flexibility in revising the master plan over the course of the project to adjust various design, engineering and market issues,” according to city documents.
In keeping with rules the city adopted in October 2016, all elevations facing the street on which the property is addressed will be completely masonry; all elevations facing a secondary street will be 85 percent masonry; and all other exterior elevations will be 70 percent masonry, according to city documents. Acceptable masonry materials are brick, natural stone, cultured stone and cast stone. Vinyl, plywood and particle board are prohibited. The overall Coastal Point population will be about 1,535 residents, based on 2.8 persons per household. The developer will be required to build to the new base floodplain elevation.
Dose of development: As rooftops rise in League City, so do medical facilities, continuing a race among hospital systems to stake claims in the affluent community.
Webster-based Bay Area Regional Medical Center this month announced it would develop a 60,000-square-foot integrated medical plaza in League City. The parcel is about 4 acres on Town Center Drive, near the intersection of I-45 and FM 646.
A part of the new building will house specialists and primary care physicians acquired by Bay Area Regional and integrated into Texas Gulf Coast Medical Systems, the hospital’s multispecialty and primary care physician group.
Bay Area Regional, 200 Blossom St., in Webster, has recently expanded and last year opened a neonatal intensive care facility.
The integrated medical plaza in League City is being designed, with construction scheduled to begin late this year.
Dollar daze: Dollar store concepts must really like Santa Fe shoppers. Consider that two Dollar General stores are underway in the mid-county city — 6700 FM 646 S. and 2101 FM 646 N. And Dollar General already has a store at 13616 state Highway 6, in Santa Fe. Plus, there’s a Family Dollar at 14210 state Highway 6.
Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General, a discount retailer, lately has been riding on continuous growth in same-store sales, announcing late last year it would develop 900 new stores, remodel 1,000 stores and move 100 to new locations, according to publication Retail Leader.
What’s in store: Elsewhere in Santa Fe, officials are buzzing about the imminent arrival of a convenience store and liquor store on the very west end of town at state Highway 6 and Holloway Road. The two businesses will operate under the same roof, separated by a firewall, Benny Davis, the city’s building official, said. No word on the names of the businesses. Stay tuned.
Pre-heating: In more Santa Fe news, pizza purveyor Little Caesars still intends to open in the building underway at 13120 state Highway 6, just east of Santa Fe Fire & Rescue, Davis confirms. That’s where Sugar Land-based SAAR Ventures is developing a 9,300-square-foot strip center. Little Caesars will feature a drive-thru. Builders have pulled the permits for the pizzeria, but build-out is moving along at a slow pace.
Meal mystery: Meanwhile, Santa Fe residents are wondering what happened to the KFC/Taco Bell combo restaurant, 12240 state Highway 6. Officials aren’t sure. There’s no permit activity or immediate plans for anyone to occupy the building left vacant about six months ago. Biz Buzz is reaching out to corporate officials for answers about why the fast-food chicken and Tex-Mex chains, usually highly successful in most cities, departed. Stay tuned.
Recreational buzz: Rumors are rolling around the island’s waterfront that owners of the Galveston Yacht Basin plan to develop an RV park at the 715 N. Holiday complex that includes 74 acres of wet slips and dry-stack boat storage, among other amenities. But Lance Parks, general manager of the Galveston Yacht Basin, said the property owners are looking at various concepts, including an RV resort or possibly condos. Nothing is certain, Parks said.
Some Yacht Basin neighbors have expressed concerns to Biz Buzz about an RV park at the property.
“Any development will be a first-class development that Galveston would be proud of,” Parks said last week.
Last year, the owners met with city officials in what’s known as a predevelopment meeting, to discuss the feasibility of an RV park. But Galveston Yacht Basin owners have not applied for permits for such a development.
Islander Rocky Sullivan and business partners Greg Pappas and Stephen Swan acquired the property in 2011 from Harbor Properties, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Sealy & Smith Foundation.
Since then, the partners, operating under GYB Investors LLC, have built a 57,000-square-foot dry-stack storage facility and reopened the clubhouse, making it available for groups to rent for events, and the pool. They also opened a ship store and bait camp and developed a space where a waterfront bar and grill operates.
In 2016, the owners put the property up for sale and hired a real estate capital advisory firm, and BlackSwan Realty, to market the property to potential buyers.
So far, a sale hasn’t materialized, but BlackSwan Realty has promoted to potential buyers that part of the property is suitable for developments that cater to local housing or hospitality demands.
Parks last week said existing owners have not ruled out condominiums that might accommodate student housing for the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch. Stay tuned.
Good hair days: The island has a new hair salon. Amanda Houston has opened Amanda’s Red Carpet Hair Salon, 6626 Stewart Road. And Houston is planning for an early March official grand opening. The full-service hair salon offers men’s and women’s cuts and color. Other services include updos, facial waxing, blow-dry styles and more.
Buzz bloopers: The Feb. 11 Biz Buzz should have said Debbie and David Kirby plan to open Galveston Escape Rooms, 2614 Market St., in the island’s downtown. Also, that same column was remiss in not buzzing that Eric Tucker of Joe Tramonte Realty represented the seller in the sale of the Dolphin World building, 8910 Seawall Blvd.