Missed any of our articles from this week? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Houston from Jan. 22-26.

Tasty treats: 4 new Lake Houston-area dessert shops that opened in 2023

Multiple dessert shops opened in the Lake Houston area during the last year with offerings ranging from cookies and cakes to milkshakes and ice cream.

Locally owned shops—such as Sweet Granny Bea’s, La Real Michoacana Paleteria and Milky Shake—and national franchise Crumbl Cookies opened in the Lake Houston area in 2023.

Read the full story by Reporter Wesley Gardner.

Fulshear parks bond proposition not likely for May; City Council discusses Primrose Park

Fulshear City Council and city staff debated funding for future parks projects at the City Council meeting Jan. 23.

City Council heard a presentation from the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission that proposed calling for a $56.13 million parks bond, potentially in May. The agenda item wasn’t to approve the bond proposal but to present identified projects and see if council was interested in receiving an official proposal for a vote, city officials said.

Read the full story by Editor Kelly Schafler.

See how TxDOT has adjusted plans for proposed I-10 elevation

The Texas Department of Transportation has tweaked its plans for an I-10 elevation project that officials said will address flooding issues that have left the highway impassable near the Heights 10 times since 1992.

TxDOT initially brought the proposed project to residents and stakeholders in 2022 to gather feedback and has since been working to address concerns. Updates were presented at a Jan. 17 open house and in a virtual public meeting posted Jan. 16.

Read the full story by Editor Shawn Arrajj.

The Spot coming soon to Hobby Airport

The Spot, originally Galveston’s beachfront island kitchen, will open at Hobby Airport in the first week of February.

The Spot started in Galveston in 1998, according to the business's website. With a number of American dishes—including burgers, wings and seafood—and a full-service bar, The Spot will also offer new breakfast items at the Hobby Airport location, restaurant manager Walter Fuentes said.

Read the full story by Reporter Haley Velasco.

Economist: Houston office leasing to ‘remain weak’ in 2024

The Houston office market has grappled with persistent challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic began, as reported in a Jan. 9 office market update from the Greater Houston Partnership. Highlights include a decrease in occupied space, increased availability of office space and the impact of the work-from-home trend.

The suburbs in Houston have emerged as a resilient and sought-after segment in the office space market, Winthrop Realty Group Principal Andrew Armour said.

Read the full story by Reporter Shaheryar Khan.