Heights Bungalow is Getting Ready to Roll to New Spot

June 23, 2017

This week, homebuilder Heidi Eagleton will fulfill a promise she made to the late owner of an old Heights bungalow that she bought more than a year ago: not to tear the house down.

Eagleton is having the house moved to a 2-acre plot in Acres Homes, where she is planning a small development of homes around shared community space – a “pocket neighborhood.” In this case, the bungalow will be the shared space.

The develop-ment will be called “Annie’s Place” in honor of Annie Krzesienski Frank, who sold Eagleton the house before she died.

Houston recycling and demolition company Cherry was preparing the house for relocation late last week and is planning to move it Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be transported after dark when traffic slows.

The house will be placed on Eagleton’s property on Mansfield. It will be occupied by a caretaker.

Documents replatting the land have been completed and will be submitted later this year. Eagleton was planning to start building the homes by the middle of next year, but recent heavy rains have slowed her other projects, delaying groundbreaking on Annie’s Place anothersix to eight months, she said.

Big FedEx project

FedEx Ground Package System has purchased 484 acres in the northwest part of town for the construction of a major distribution facility, according to the investment group that sold FedEx the land.

Fry Road Venture LP, a partnership between Winter Park, Fla.-based Avanti Properties Group and Ersa Grae Corp. of Houston, sold the property west of the Grand Parkway and north of FM 529. The site will eventually connect to West Road, said Ersa Grae’s Ali Ebrahimi.

A FedEx spokesman said the company is in its quiet period before quarterly earnings and therefore cannot comment on certain matters including real estate.

The property is west of the residential communities of Cypress Creek Lakes, Canyon Lakes and Bridgeland. It is part of a larger 1,400-acre tract the partnership acquired about 10 years ago. Last year, Perry Homes bought 570 acres of the parcel east of the Grand Parkway. Ebrahimi said the partnership will likely develop most of the remaining land into single-family home lots.

Town center project

Houston development firm Read King Commercial has launched a 130-acre suburban mixed-use project called Waterview Town Center, a proposed complex of office space, shops, restaurants, medical facilities and apartments at the northwest corner of the Grand Parkway and Grand Mission.

The developer has sold 11 acres to Indianapolis-based Garrett Cos., which is building a 256-unit apartment complex in Waterview Town Center.

To be called Echelon, the apartments will fill five three-story buildings, and the project is expected to be complete in spring 2016.

The mixed-use site in Fort Bend County is across the Grand Parkway from Harvest Green, 1,300-acre residential community planned for as many as 2,000 homes.

Developer Johnson Development Corp. is calling its newest project an “agri-hood,” because it will have an on-site farm and “ready-to-grow” backyard gardens at each residence.

West Bellfort will run through the middle of the Waterview Town Center.

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