Silver market: Crews began work on a continuing-care retirement community known as The Crossings at the corner of FM 518 and FM 270 in League City. 

The Woodlands-based nonprofit Methodist Retirement Communities purchased the 18.81-acre parcel in 2012.

The development is slated to include 108 independent/residential apartment homes, 36 assisted living apartments, 24 memory support suites, 20 short-term rehabilitation units and 28 skilled nursing units for long-term care. 

Irving-based developer Greystone Communities is among firms participating in the project, according to initial reports. Officials with Methodist Retirement Communities weren’t immediately available for comment. 

Building buy: An old League City building, which long ago was the original home of hardware store Kilgore’s, is soon to get a new look and some new tenants. 

An investor group represented by Realtor Rick Wade bought the 37,000-square-foot building, 144 Park Ave., with plans to change the exterior to better fit the city’s historic district. The group also plans to subdivide the building into 3,000-square-foot retail suites. 

The building, with a blue awning and gray stucco, is occupied by two churches and a resale shop. Most of the tenants likely will leave unless they agree to new lease terms, Wade said. 

The investors hope to attract retail shops that will complement the city’s historic district. Wade will manage the property. Stay tuned.

Shopping cart: Meanwhile, readers are reporting major activity at the site where San Antonio-based H-E-B plans to open its second League City store. Heavy equipment, survey flags and digging all have been sighted on the southeast corner of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard, where H-E-B plans to build a 95,000-square-foot store and gas station. 

The store, which is slated to open in the fall of 2014, will mark H-E-B’s second in League City. The chain already operates a Bay Colony store at 2955 I-45.

Business vision: Young artists now have an island venue to display work. Sharon Bush has opened Shar Art Supply, 2527 Market St. downtown. 

Bush was inspired to open the shop after noticing children didn’t have a place to show their work during the island’s popular ArtWalk, which lures hundreds of people to shops and galleries every six weeks. 

Shar Art Supply offers mixed-media art classes for children, teens and adults. And along with selling art supplies, it’s also an affordable venue for artists to display work, Bush said. 

“I had a vision that turned into a business ... a place where kids can display their joy for art during ArtWalk,” she said.

Call 409-392-6272.

Good press: Galveston Island has been named a winner in USA Today’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for Best Spring Break Destination.” Galveston won the No. 2 spot for best spring break destination, coming in just behind Cancun in an online poll and beating out such destinations as Panama City Beach and Destin, Fla.  

“Galveston’s spring break scene offers the perfect mix of debauchery and wholesome family friendly fun,” the contest website reads. “Schlitterbahn water park provides an alternative to the beach for cooling off, while the seawall is always bustling with activity: spring breakers riding tandem bikes, dining at oceanfront seafood restaurants and enjoying the rides and midway games of Pleasure Pier.”

The contest named 10 winners out of 20 nominees, which were chosen by a panel of editors from USA Today, editors from 10Best.com and relevant expert contributors, according to the contest website. Winners were selected from a four-week online poll in which the public was allowed to vote for one nominee per day.

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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