Bellaire - Meyerland - West University

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2:57 PM Jul 11, 2022 CDT

METRORapid holding public meetings on future University Corridor projects

The city of Houston has announced a plan to expand the METRORapid lines along the University Corridor, affecting the Alief, Third Ward, and Gulfton neighborhoods.


Harris County Pets to waive adoption fees July 11-31 through Bissell Pet Foundation sponsorship

According to the release, Harris County Pets will be offering $0 adoption fees for all animals throughout the duration of the event.


Marc Jacobs’ first full-line Texas location opening this summer in the Houston Galleria

The Galleria store will have both men and women shoes, handbags, accessories and ready-to-wear clothing.



ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy July 11 amid extreme heat

No statewide power outages are expected, but ERCOT has asked Texans to voluntarily conserve energy from 2-8 p.m. on July 11.


Gov. Abbott declares drought disaster for over 150 counties

The Texas A&M Forest Service said that 195 counties are under burn bans, which is the highest number of active burn bans in Texas since November 2011.


Increasing investor purchases of single-family homes contributing to rise in rentals across Houston

Data from Houston-area appraisal district data shows large-scale investors maintain a presence in the single-family rental market, buying existing homes and building communities specifically for home renters.


New brewpub CounterCommon Beerworks & Kitchen now open on Bellaire Boulevard

Bellaire's newest brewpub, CounterCommon Beerworks & Kitchen opened July 8 near the corner of Chimney Rock Road and Bellaire Boulevard.



Harris County breaks ground on new Burnett-Bayland Park soccer fields in Gulfton

Officials with Harris County Precinct 4 and the Gulfton community broke ground July 8 on two new hard-surface mini soccer pitches in Houston’s Gulfton neighborhood.


Dog care franchise Scenthound coming to Meyerland area

Scenthound, a dog wellness and grooming chain, will open July 11 at 4850 Beechnut St., Houston, across from Meyerland Plaza.


Western part of intersection of Buffalo Speedway, University Blvd. to be temporarily closed starting July 11

Officials with the city of West University Place announced the western portion of the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and University Boulevard will be closed for roughly 4-6 weeks for construction beginning July 11.


Houston City Council approves $9.2 million in federal COVID-19 grant funds

The grant funds are from the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, some of which will help organizations tackle health disparities related to COVID-19.



Gov. Abbott orders authorities to return undocumented migrants to U.S.-Mexico border

Texas has recently seen a record number of illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The new executive order allows state authorities to return immigrants to the border if they are in the U.S. illegally.


Local industry experts offer tips on buying homes, interior design, mortgages

Experts within the Houston area offered tips for this year's real estate edition.


11 events to check out in the Houston area this weekend, July 8-10

Looking for something to do in the Houston area this weekend? Check out this weekend's guide!


Texas launches recovery grant program for tourism businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19

Tourism, travel and hospitality businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $20,000 grant through the new Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program.



Houston, Harris County announce legal action against Union Pacific Corp., alleging link to cancer cluster

Officials with Houston and Harris County said the forthcoming lawsuit is their attempt to hold Union Pacific Corp. railroad accountable for the cancer cluster in the Fifth Ward.


2 new shops open at Galleria mall; Lafayette 148 New York coming this summer

Two new stores opened in June in The Galleria mall, while another new fashion brand is set to make its Texas debut at the mall this summer.


Median price of homes sold in Bellaire, Meyerland, West University rose over past few months

The average days on market fell sharply in four of five ZIP codes covering the area during the 12-month period from June 2021-May 2022 when compared to the the previous 12 months.


Harris County commission names new elections administrator

Clifford Tatum will succeed Isabel Longoria to run elections in the nation’s third largest county.



New Southern comfort bakery sets up shop in Meyerland

Business partners Emily Durham and Ashley Rosenfeld opened Southern Sweets Bakehouse in the Meyerland area June 23.


Data shows local rental rates continue to climb in Houston area

Rents have continued to rise in Houston in the first half of 2022, driven by an influx of new residents to the area and a single-family home market that is pushing more people to consider renting.


Bellaire, West University Place projects included in federal appropriations bill requests

Several local projects in the cities of Bellaire, West University Place and Southside Place could receive a funding boost from the federal government as the House Committee on Appropriations takes requests from local Congress members.