Checkout lane: Inquiring readers want to know when the registers will ring again at longtime Dickinson grocer Ziegler’s Foods. The family owned business has been closed since it was flooded during Hurricane Harvey in late August.
Dickinson city officials met last week with representatives of the grocer and confirm Ziegler’s does indeed plan to reopen. But Ziegler’s is still assessing the scope of the work. If renovations exceed 50 percent of the value of the building, then the grocer would have to meet new ordinances and regulations, including requirements of the city’s overlay district implemented in 2012, said Zach Meadows, director of community development.
Details about how the Ziegler’s Foods building and potential renovations might be nonconforming in the new overlay zone weren’t immediately available.
Ziegler’s Foods has a history in Dickinson dating back to 1974 when Gerland’s Food Fair came to town by purchasing Klecka’s. Sometime later, Jerry West Ziegler Sr. became manager. In 1990, Ziegler, along with A.J. Gerland, founder of Gerland’s Food Fair, bought the Dickinson location now known as Ziegler’s Foods. In 1995, Ziegler bought out Gerland’s share and became sole owner.
Whata-wait: Meanwhile, representatives of Whataburger, 3300 Interstate 45 in Dickinson, also met last week with city officials about what it would take to rebuild and return post-Harvey. The meeting went well, but city officials are still waiting for an elevation certificate from the restaurant.
Whataburger is in a 500-year floodplain, which requires the building to be 18 inches above the crown of the road or the highest adjacent grade, Meadows said. Whataburger is considering whether to renovate or rebuild completely and the elevation certificate could dictate which route the Texas-based burger purveyor takes, Meadows said. Stay tuned.
Coming down: Crews on Friday began demolishing a very visible vacant building in Dickinson most recently occupied by Sussan Fine Furniture, 3820 I-45. The building has been around for decades. In 2010, Sussan Fine Furniture closed after doing business in the 60,000-square-foot building for 14 years. Before that, the building was occupied by Walmart, which until a few years ago still owned the property. A new owner took the building from Walmart for a while, but now it’s the property of the city or its Economic Development Corp. — it wasn’t immediately clear which city entity owns it.
Even before Harvey, which flooded the building, the structure wasn’t in great shape and probably should have been demolished years ago, Meadows said.
Daily grind: An ungrounded rumor is percolating that coffee purveyor Starbucks is planning a store in the strip center underway next to Panda Express in La Marque. But La Marque city officials, usually in the know about such ventures, said they’ve heard nothing about such plans. Officials with Capital Retail Properties, which is developing the 15,056-square-foot center, did not respond to inquiries.
Capital Retail Properties already has secured two tenants — GNC, a retailer of health and sports related vitamins, supplements and more; and Leslie’s Pool Supplies, which sells supplies to owners of residential and commercial pools.
With those tenants secured, the strip center, called La Marque Crossing, has about 10,000 square feet remaining. Look for tenants to begin moving in during the second and third quarters next year.
Worship the ground: Dallas-based development firm Trammell Crow Co. might be buying up prime tracts on Broadway in Galveston, but not everyone is selling.
Contrary to rumors, Trammell Crow hasn’t made offers to Island Church, which in early 2015 acquired 3.5 acres in front of the Galveston County Criminal Justice Center — directly behind the RaceTrac fueling station, 5714 Broadway — with plans to build a sizable worship center. And even if the development firm did make an offer, Island Church has no intention of selling, said Rusty Martin, a senior pastor.
Martin has heard the rumors, but said no one from Trammell Crow has approached the church, which has every intention of moving ahead with plans.
“We are coming to the end of the design/architectural phase,” Martin said.
That phase has taken two years and five engineers to meet the city’s requirements for the 55,000-square-foot church, Martin said. Crews are expected to begin construction of the church in the first quarter of 2018, Martin said.
Trammell Crow is known for commercial and retail development, but also for projects that blend private, public and commercial spaces.
Earlier this year, city officials confirmed Trammell Crow had acquired two tracts between 54th and 57th streets north of Broadway near the Criminal Justice Center.
Trammell Crow, one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific development firms, acquired an 11.39-acre island parcel from Lowe’s Home Improvement, which a few years ago scrapped plans to build an island store, and a nearby tract of about 4 acres that had belonged to the county, Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough confirmed.
The company so far has declined to comment about its intentions for the Broadway land.
“We are not ready to make any comments about this at this time,” Cynthia Langhorst, a Trammell Crow spokeswoman, said earlier this year. Those in the know say whatever intentions Trammell Crow has for the land they don’t hinge on buying the Island Church tract.
But Martin points out the development of a church would influence what type of retail/restaurant could be built in proximity. Texas law forbids the sale of alcoholic beverages within 300 feet of a church. Stay tuned.
New leases: In November, Canon Doyle and James Brockway of Brockway Commercial represented Hometown Business Center in leasing to Cubicle Designs LLC and Milspec Construction 1,000 and 1,250 square feet respectively.
Hometown Business Center is a 68,500-square-foot business park space at 951 E. FM 646 in League City that leases office, warehouse and flex spaces as small as 1,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet.
With the latest leases, Brockway Commercial has filled 15,000 square feet in the center.
Brockway Commercial and Brockway Realty have more than 20 agents representing clients involved in the sale and leasing of commercial and residential properties in Galveston, Harris and surrounding counties.