The city of Bellaire’s downtown commercial corridor could be the site for Methodist Hospital and three other retail buildings. After the Bellaire Planning and Zoning Commission passed it by a 3-2 vote in April, the application advanced to the next step with City Council, which will include a public hearing June 5.

What’s next? After the June 5 public hearing, Development Services Director Travis Tanner said, City Council would take action on the request at a subsequent meeting.

  • The date for the meeting has not been decided yet, he said, but would need to be scheduled following the June hearing.
  • It will be a two-meeting process, according to Tanner.
  • If City Council votes in favor of the application, existing buildings on the approximately 3.19-acre site at the former Randall’s at 5130 Bellaire Blvd., including a small one-story commercial building occupied by a Subway restaurant, would all be demolished, according to city documents.
Renderings show the three one-story retail buildings. (Rendering courtesy Bellaire Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda)
The development would entail three one-story retail buildings. (Rendering courtesy Bellaire Planning and Zoning Commission)

Quotes of note:

“I still keep going back to it's the only downtown we have. Do we want to fill up the only downtown we have with an office building?” Commissioner Cindy Preble said at the April meeting.

“No grocery store wants to be across the street from H-E-B. With Methodist, it did work out. I'm in favor of this,” Commissioner Jonathan Reichek said at the meeting.

How we got here: In September 2022, Page Southerland Page Inc. on behalf of Methodist Hospital presented to the planning and zoning commission a preliminary presentation of the development.

  • Since then, the development has been updated in size and scope from what was a five-story structure, according to city staff.
  • The new proposed project includes three one-story retail buildings and a three-story medical office building with an attached two-story parking garage along with an additional subsurface parking level on the approximately 3.19-acre site, according to the commission’s agenda packet.

Get involved

Residents and business owners are invited to attend the public hearing at City Hall Council Chamber on June 5, located at 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire.

  • Public comments to City Council members can also be emailed to City Clerk Tracy Dutton at [email protected].