A couple of news outlets, including Houston Chronicle (paywalled), KPRC, and Bay Area Citizen reported on this expansion yesterday. In conjunction with that story, the developer released this artist's rendering, which was republished by all of those news outlets:
|Screengrabbed from this source image.|
So out of curiosity, I decided to yank together a few other aerials to see if I could make sense of this.
|For reference, here's the artist's rendition annotated with two of the spatial markers that are the easiest to spot: The iconic water tower next to the Texas Art Supply building, and Baybrook Mall Drive.|
Anyone who is familiar with this area knows that Bay Area routinely gets gridlocked in front of the mall. There are subdivisions and other developments on West Bay Area Boulevard that can only be accessed efficiently during peak times according to the diagram above. You can't cut southward from El Dorado Boulevard, for instance, because El Dorado also gets severely congested near IH-45 due to its own retail density and also because there's a CCISD middle school a short distance from the freeway. And you can't cut northward from NASA Road 1 because the route is just too circuitous and long.
Bottom line: I personally think we need to retain Baybrook Mall Drive or add some other right-of-way which serves an equivalent mall by-pass function.
Hopefully the mall owners and developers will be able to furnish more complete design drawings and some answers to these questions in the near future. Additionally, I'm assuming Baybrook Mall Drive is a full public right of way, which means that there'll probably be some kind of a public notice process before it can be condemned. That would be the time for potentially impacted parties to speak up. I would think that the retail owners on the far northwest side of this complex (on West Bay Area Boulevard) would also be interested in the answer as well, as these mobility issues would be expected to impact the ability of shoppers to get to their area.
I've based this post on very limited information, so these interpretations are subject to considerable uncertainty. If anyone has additional details that could help correct or clarify my guesstimates, I'd appreciate receiving that information via the Comments section below or via centerpointe.blog at gmail.