Jones Road project nears completion
With work on the Jones Road extension nearing completion, Jersey Village and Harris County officials are looking forward to a road-opening ceremony set for Aug. 5.
The opening will be celebrated at Charles Street and Jones Road with city staff and elected officials joined by Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole.
Property owners along Jones Road and other local officials in the Cypress area also are expected to attend. A small meet-and-greet event at 9:45 a.m. will precede the official program, which is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
According to Danny Segundo, director of public works for Jersey Village, City Manager Mike Castro will serve as the master of ceremonies with Mayor Russell Hamley and Eversole speaking.
Segundo said both the city and the county, which together contributed to the $3.9 million project, will have to accept the road before it is open to motorists.
"If there are any issues, they shouldn't hinder the opening of the road unless they are related to signage," he said. As of early July, signage needed to be installed at the Jones Road and FM 529 intersection.
"We were told by the contractor that this would not be the case and that by Aug. 5 everything should be completed and ready for the road to be open. I'm keeping my fingers crossed," Segundo said.
The Jones Road Extension project is part of Jersey Village's plan to encourage builders to take part in creating a mixed-use development inside 55 acres south of U.S. 290 within the city. To create the needed zoning, City Council recently voted to create District D, encompassing what the city calls Jersey Village Crossing.
"This is the best and only way to bring in significant revenue to the city without raising property taxes," said former Councilman Curtis Haverty, who did not seek re-election in May. He said developing District D, along with codes of builder mandates, is part of the city's master plan to bring people to Jersey Village to shop.
"I see this as a win-win for Jersey Village, and I support it," he said.
Hamley agreed. "Zoning is very important, and you have to have requirements set in place for developers," said Hamley, adding that he believes Jersey Village Crossing, if it comes to fruition, will increase property values in the area.
Planners with Kimley-Horn and Associates, who worked with the city to design Jersey Village Crossing, said they envision a mixed-use, sophisticated development along the lines of Town Center in Sugar Land and The Woodlands Mall.
Concessions would be made for existing, nonconforming businesses in the area, officials said.
Manufacturer starts building research site
Global pipe manufacturer TMK IPSCO has broken ground on a 51,000-square-foot Research & Development Center at 10120 Houston Oaks Drive, Houston.
The facility will be the site of new product design and development, experimental and validation testing and advanced metallurgical research. The center will serve TMK IPSCO, as well as the global operations of its parent company, Moscow-based OAO TMK.
"This new facility is a testament both to our commitment to innovation and to our position of leadership in our industry," said Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK IPSCO. "The work we do here will lead to advancements in the production of pipe and pipe connections, which are becoming increasingly important as oil and gas companies continue to expand into difficult, unconventional drilling environments. Other products are on the drawing board as well."
The center will bring in-house much of the analysis, modeling and testing work that is performed by outside providers. The building will feature a high bay testing area, a variety of support laboratories, 27,000 square feet of office space, and a 2½-story glass entry atrium at the center point. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.
In addition to connections testing, TMK IPSCO's Research & Development center will also work to improve the quality of steelmaking itself, engaging in a range of metallurgical research involving both carbon- and micro-alloyed steel.
Teriyaki Experience to open in Cypress
Teriyaki Experience, a Canadian-based, Asian cuisine quick-service concept, opened its first location in Texas in October 2010. As part of the company's development plans to open 45 locations throughout Houston and the surrounding areas over the next 10 years, Teriyaki Experience will soon be opening its second Texas location in Cypress at 17337 Spring Cypress Road.
Since breaking into the U.S. market in 2007, Teriyaki Experience has opened eight restaurants and has signed commitments for an additional 250 U.S. locations. Worldwide there are more than 135 operating locations and more than 475 additional restaurants committed to open including in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, Europe, Central America, South Africa and the Caribbean.
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