Texas Supreme Court case challenging high-speed rail project moving forward; 5 Katy commercial projects underway and more top Houston-area news

A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)
A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)

A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)

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Houston metro

Reversing course, Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case

After initially declining to hear a case challenging the construction of a high-speed rail line in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court granted a motion for a rehearing Oct. 15 allowing the case to move forward.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood


New Caney ISD seeking feedback on proposed schedule changes for 2022-23 school year


The New Caney ISD board of trustees proposed changing class times for elementary and secondary schools for the 2022-23 school year at an Oct. 18 meeting.

Katy

Check out the 5 latest commercial projects filed in Katy, including a new Cheesecake Factory


Curious as to what new businesses and renovations are underway or coming to Katy?

Sugar Land-Missouri City

ROUNDUP: 5 new restaurants now open or coming soon to Sugar Land and Missouri City

Looking for somewhere new to eat in Sugar Land or Missouri City? Check out one of the new or coming soon restaurants.

Cy-Fair

New 1,620-acre community under development in Hockley

Development is underway on Jubilee, a 1,620-acre community in Hockley, officials with Johnson Development announced in an Oct. 19 news release.

Holly Galvan, Wesley Gardner, Shawn Arrajj and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.


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The proposed project spans 12.4 miles of FM 1488 through Magnolia, Conroe and The Woodlands and includes adding left-turn lanes at major intersections, a raised median through the length of the project and upgrading or installing several traffic signals. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
TxDOT gathering public comments on proposed FM 1488 traffic signals, raised median

The proposed project spans 12.4 miles through Magnolia, Conroe and The Woodlands and includes adding left-turn lanes at major intersections, a raised median through the length of the project and upgrading or installing several traffic signals.

There are branches all throughout Texas as well as in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and New Mexico. (Courtesy Pexels)
BBVA USA converts to PNC Bank

BBVA USA officially completed its conversion to PNC Bank on June 1.

Two restaurants will be coming to Blossom Hotel Houston in early 2022. (Courtesy Blossom Hotel)
Blossom Hotel Houston announces 2 new restaurant concepts

Check out which restaurants will soon come to Blossom Hotel Houston.

Zully's Latin American Kitchen is coming soon to Willis. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Zully's Latin American Kitchen opening Dec. 6 in Willis

The family-owned restaurant is an extension of the family's Huntsville eatery Carbonero Rotisserie Charbroiled Chicken and Steak.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: State could take over AISD school board if poorly-rated campus does not improve; new furniture store to open in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Julia De Leon, a Harris County Precinct 3 resident and essential worker, spoke Nov. 30 at commissioners court in favor of establishing the Harris County Essential Workers Board. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County creates board for essential workers during ongoing pandemic

Local essential workers will now be given a voice to improve working conditions during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic after the Harris County Essential Workers Board was established during the Harris County Commissioners Court session Nov. 30.

Bellaire takes regional approach to future-proofing stormwater system

Over the next several months, Bellaire will look to leverage regional partners as it advances on a master drainage concept plan designed to reduce the flooding potential within the city and the surrounding areas.

Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a number of free and low-cost continuing education courses, including clinical medical assisting, medical billing and coding, dental assisting, bookkeeping, and phlebotomy. (Courtesy of Lone Star College-Kingwood)
Lone Star College-Kingwood set to offer free English for Speakers of Other Languages, GED certificate courses in January

The classes, which are being offered through the college’s continuing education program, will be held in person and online in both English and Spanish, officials said in a Dec. 1 news release.

Reveille Barbecue Co. opened its storefront in Pinehurst Nov. 27 (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Reveille Barbecue Co. opens brick-and-mortar location in Pinehurst

The barbecue restaurant is open Saturdays and Sundays.

Portions of the Tomball Tollway between Boudreaux Road and Grand Parkway will be closed nightly throughout December. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Portions of Tomball Tollway between Boudreaux Road, Grand Parkway to be closed nightly throughout December

Closures will take place from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. between Dec. 1-22 and Dec. 27-30.

Although it is still to be determined how much funding trickles down to Houston from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden Nov. 15, city officials are looking to be prepared for when new competitive grant programs open up and start taking applications. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Here is what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could mean for Houston

Although it is still to be determined how much funding trickles down to Houston from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden Nov. 15, city officials are looking to be prepared for when new competitive grant programs open up and start taking applications.

The proposed design shared by Kirksey Architecture at the meeting included major changes to both the interior and the exterior of the building. (courtesy Katy ISD)
Katy ISD trustees approve design, addition for Katy Elementary School

Katy ISD's board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the redesign of Katy Elementary School, located at 5726 George Bush Drive, Katy, at their Nov. 15 meeting.