Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the purpose of activity near the Motel 6 on Broadway in Galveston. Crews are building a satellite parking lot for Sea Scout Base, which is underway across the freeway.

Realty rumblings: All parties involved are mum, but that hasn’t stifled rumors that the Mall of the Mainland building is under contract to a company that wants to use the property for light industrial manufacturing purposes. The company’s identity wasn’t available Monday. Neither was information about whether it wanted to buy just some or all of the available mall property, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.

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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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Donnie Broussard

@ the mall of the mainland...I can see a good mix, if they include some of the area colleges, light manufacturing, office space for contractors at local plants (Marathon, Valero,etc..), lease out food court, etc.. They should get COM, Galveston College, UTMB, UofH Clear Lake, and any other I forgot, to each take up some space in there. Then find some job recruiting offices to set up offices and throw in some light industrial manufacturing. Also, Marathon will be leaving the building next to Kroger in Texas City, so I've been told. That means, I would think, that all the contractors in that office will need to find a new office of their own. If the current owners of the mall, set up some of the empty stores as offices ready to go (furniture, phones, internet, coffee, etc. all in one bill), I'm pretty sure they would not have a problem filling them. If you search for office space in the area, that is full functional ready to lease, you will not find any. That is exactly what most of the engineering contractor at plants, like Marathon or Valero, need. That being said, having area colleges, job recruiting agencies, light manufacturing, and engineering contractors, all at the same location, to me is a perfect mix. Those would be anchors and you can easily pull in more to fill the holes. (small buisiness postal store/print store, drug screening, unlimited mix you could throw in there) And if someone takes my idea and runs with it, be my guest! I think it would work easily. Just, that building is in real poor shape, I would assume. A lot of work would be needed, but it could pay off.

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