On the move: After 44 years in the same spot, Fred Hartel Co. is moving from Scholes International Airport to make way for an expansion of island waterpark Schlitterbahn.
The 113-year-old Fred Hartel Co., which is one of the oldest roofing and sheet metal companies in Texas, is moving to 3515 85th St., where it will be open for business on Monday, owner and President Jack Clarke reports.
Clarke knew the day might come when he would have to move to accommodate growth of the popular waterpark, which in 2006 opened on 26 acres at the airport.
In preparation, a few years ago he acquired the 85th Street building, vacant for years but formerly occupied by Empire Gas Co.
Clarke said he had hoped to stay at Scholes and renew his lease with the city, which owns the airport land. But the city declined and that agreement ended Sept. 30.
The city informed Clarke that crews would soon demolish three pods of buildings, including the one in which Fred Hartel Co. operated, to make way for the expansion.
“Being one of the oldest roofing and sheet metal companies in the state of Texas, we will continue that same quality workmanship that our customers expect and deserve,” Clarke said.
“We look forward to our future and serving our customers in Galveston County.” Visit fredhartel.com for information.
Twists, turns: Meanwhile, exactly what Schlitterbahn has in store isn’t clear. Company officials couldn’t immediately be reached on Monday. But it’s plain they want more elbow room.
Last year, Schlitterbahn, 2026 Lockheed Road, took over the lease of Galveston Health and Racquet Club, 2318 83rd St. Schlitterbahn closed the health club and repurposed the property for “waterpark activities.”
Some of the land was to be used for parking and buildings were to be turned into office and storage space, waterpark officials said. Other land was to be used for new rides.
New Braunfels-based Schlitterbahn has invested more than $30 million in its Galveston waterpark. Stay tuned.
Perkins a-perkin’: There must have been something to those rumors about several suitors interested in buying the bank-owned retail center Perkins Station in the League City Historic District.
Someone, whose identity wasn’t immediately available, has acquired the nearly 19,000-square-foot center on the northeast corner of Perkins Avenue and FM 518, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, reports.
The new owner plans to revitalize the building and change the name to Walding Station, the partnership reports. Sweet Shop Confectionery already has leased 6,000 square feet at the center, the partnership reports.
Austrian-born Johann Sitter, who loved Texas and all things western, developed Perkins Station in 2003.
The western themed retail center had seen a wagon train of restaurants. Feaster’s, a grill and seafood restaurant, was the first. It was replaced by Butler’s Steakhouse and Saloon, followed by Salsas Mexican & Seafood Restaurants and later by Shelly’s Steaks & Seafoods.
Current tenants include a law firm and a cleaning service. More than 8,000 square feet still is available.
Keller Williams Clear Lake NASA/Jeff George handled the transaction.
Mailbag: A reader emailed: “Two identical buildings standing side by side are under construction at 2454 Main St. in League City. Any idea what is planned for them?”
A: The two new buildings will be home to a Starbucks and a frozen yogurt store, League City officials said.