A blueprint of the development at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive.

A blueprint of the development at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive. Contributed Photo

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market location is slated to open at the apartment and retail development under construction at 20903 Highland Knolls Drive. Walmart director of communications William Wertz confirmed the store’s location in a July 1 email.

Construction is already underway at the site and there is no official opening date yet, but the store will be approximately 40,000-square-feet, Wertz said.

Houston-based Warwick Construction is managing construction. The company is also building two retail buildings, each 10,000-square-feet, adjacent to the future Walmart Neighborhood Market, said Bill Chenel, senior project manager for Warwick Construction.

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Texas State Technical College officials joined state legislators and local officials June 25 to break ground on the new TSTC Fort Bend County campus in Rosenberg.

The groundbreaking marks the construction of the first of six to eight buildings on the 80-acre campus, located north of Hwy. 59 between FM 2218 and Hwy. 36. Construction of the first 110,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete and ready for classes August 2016.

“Although we have been in Fort Bend County teaching technical education for 15 years, this feels like a new beginning,” said Randy Wooten, TSTC Vice Chancellor and Executive-in-Charge for Fort Bend County. “[It is] new because the opportunity is great to grow and to significantly contribute to the economic development of Fort Bend County.”

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During its June 12 monthly meeting, the board of directors for the Energy Corridor Management District agreed to extend the district’s mission for another 10 years. The renewal follows petitions of support by property owners that were accepted during a May 22 public hearing on the issue.

Energy Corridor Management District renews mission for 10 more years

Proposed Energy Corridor District transit improvements Design by Mary-Ann Zykin

The Texas Legislature founded the district as Harris County Improvement District No. 4 in 2001. The district was formed in large part to manage the I-10 lane expansion that began that year.

“Our current plan expired at the end of next year, but there’s so much planning that had to be done [residents petitioned to renew early],” district spokesperson Mark Klein said.  “We originally had a five-year plan. That was renewed for 10 years, and now we’ve renewed another 10 years.”

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At a June 11 special meeting called by the board of commissioners of Harris County Emergency Services District No. 48, the board voted to assemble a five-person committee to address grievances posed to the board by the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department. At the meeting commissioners said the committee will include two members of the ESD board and three external members with no ties to either entity.

The committee is expected to review the grievances and arrive at a decision for further action within two to three weeks, the board said.

The two entities have been embroiled in a legal battle since Harris County ESD No. 48 announced in 2014 it sought to move paid staff of West I-10 VFD onto the county ESD No. 48 payroll and use a dual-model of emergency service that incorporates both paid and volunteer staff.

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