After more than 2 hours of discussion during the June 5 public hearing for the Methodist Hospital application, city leaders announced the item will be up for vote at the July 17 City Council meeting.

The big picture

Joan Albert from Page Southerland Page Inc., the company that filed the application on behalf of Methodist Hospital, led the presentation. Methodist Hospital officials also attended the public hearing to answer questions from City Council.

“Houston Methodist has been dedicated to the Bellaire community for almost a decade and continues to be devoted to providing the citizens with the best, most convenient health care, along with providing a place that gives back to the community on multiple levels,” Albert said.

This is a rendering of potential parking lot space for the Methodist Hospital office in downtown Bellaire. (Courtesy city of Bellaire)

The application for development at 5130 Bellaire Blvd. includes:

  • One three-story medical office building occupied by Methodist Hospital
  • Two two-story parking garages with subsurface parking
  • Three one-story retail buildings
  • Green space within the space

What they're saying

More than 33 public comments were sent to city staff and recorded since March, according to the June 5 agenda packet. Residents and business owners wrote both in favor and in opposition of the Methodist application.

Bellaire resident and business consultant Doug Winnie attended the public hearing and asked questions regarding parking availability and retail space in the proposed site application. His concern was communication efforts between all parties, particularly the four signs placed on the property notifying the public about the public hearing.

“I would encourage the council to figure out ways to communicate to residents better than what has been done so far, especially for the largest construction project in the city of Bellaire for decades,” Winnie said.

(Rendering courtesy Bellaire agenda packet)
Three one-story retail stores are in the Methodist Hospital application. Representatives from Page Southerland Page Inc. said the green space could be used for city events. (Courtesy city of Bellaire)

Bellaire Business Association Chair Tim Sullivan spoke in favor of the project. The Bellaire resident said he spoke to business representatives in the area to get their input on the potential development.

“I think this is the pinnacle of the city,” Sullivan said. “I’m even more excited what we as a city can do to have a more livable, walkable, stoppable facility."

How we got here

The initial preliminary application was presented to the Bellaire Planning and Zoning Commission in September. By April, the commission voted 3-2 and the application advanced to the next step with City Council.

  • The June 5 public hearing was when City Council announced they will vote on the item on July 17.
  • If approved, existing buildings on the approximately 3.19-acre site will be demolished in preparation for the new development in Bellaire’s downtown corridor.

Get involved

Residents and business owners have until noon, Thursday, July 13 to email public comments to City Clerk Tracy Dutton at [email protected].