Feature Photo (above): Katy Goodrich of LJA Engineering Inc. discusses plans before the Missouri City P&Z Commission for a commercial strip center. Image: Screenshot from Missouri City video archives.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Missouri City (Fort Bend County) — The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended an amendment to a business center project that adds a gasoline station, over the objection of a competitor.
Marhaba Partners is the developer of an 8.7-acre tract at the southwest corner of Lake Olympia Parkway and Vicksburg Boulevard that is owned by Equity Trust Company. Marhaba had previously received approval for a commercial development that is to include a two-story office building, a daycare center, and pads for a bank and two fast food restaurants.
The Marhaba project name is Lake Olympia Drive Tract. City staff in its presentation noted that the site plan is conceptual only.
Katy Goodrich, a planner with LJA Engineering Inc. represented the developers at the May 8 regular session. Goodrich said Marhaba believed this would be a good location for a gasoline station, since there is none nearby to serve a neighborhood that is experiencing growth in single family housing.
Marhaba Partners proposes adding a convenience store and gasoline station at the hard corner of a commercial strip center project. Terramark Ventures is planning a commercial center of its own on the opposite corner. Map courtesy of Marhaba Partners.
However, developer Joel Scott of Terramark Ventures LLC opposed the gas station. Scott said his company had assembled about 8.5 acres on the southeast corner of the same intersection.
Scott claimed traffic patterns at that intersection were most favorable to the southeast corner, “and we actually are under contract and soon to close with a convenience corner … that is the proper corner to have a convenience store.”
As is the case with the Marhaba project, Terramark plans to construct other commercial buildings on the remainder of its 8.5-acre tract but Scott offered no details on the rest of the project.
Scott argued there was only room for one store at the intersection, since one would be sufficient to saturate that market.
Commissioner John T. O’Malley told Scott it should not be the business of the P&Z or City Council to make decisions about market forces.
The motion to recommend the Marhaba project to City Council carried by majority vote.
Lake Olympia Drive Tract – Land Use Analysis:
- Bank: 1.1 acres
- Day Care: 1.4 acres
- Fast Food: 1.2 acres
- Fast Food: 1 acre
- Gas Station: 1.4 acres
- Office Building: 2.6 acres/ 43,104 SF / 165 parking spaces