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Tomball and Magnolia are becoming the new hot spots in the Greater Houston area for industrial development, according to local developers. The cities are benefiting from relatively low building prices per square foot in comparison to other parts of the Greater Houston area as well as an abundance of available lots.

The city will have an opportunity to further tap into its early 1900s railroad roots when the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum relocates to a 3- to 4-acre tract just south of the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza within the next two years.

During its June 1 meeting, Tomball City Council unanimously approved a contract with the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society to relocate its museum to Tomball.

Although land for the site was purchased in late 2013, developers are continuing to work to secure the first tenant for the estimated $50 million mixed-use Peck Station development, which could break ground as early as mid- to late 2016.

The 34.5-acre tract, which is located north of FM 2920 between Snook Lane and FM 2978 in Tomball, is proposed to feature a hotel, upscale multifamily units, retail space, restaurants and commercial offices at build-out by 2020, said Jerry Hayley, co-president of development firm 2978 Panormus LP.

Plans hold steady for future Peck Station

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Photo curtesy of Liza Winkler, Community Impact Newspaper

Tomball officials announced international oilfield services company Packers Plus Energy Services as the first tenant under contract at the new Tomball Business and Technology Park.

Tomball will welcome in the holidays on Saturday, Nov. 22, with the 49th annual Holiday Parade and Miss Tomball pageant.

This year’s parade theme is “A Star Spangled Christmas.” Grand Marshal for this year’s parade will be Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy Seal and author of the book Lone Survivor. The parade will honor those who have protected our freedom and continue to do so.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

The two companies announced Monday they have reached a definitive agreement under which Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction.

Several local officials gathered Oct. 15 to celebratethe groundbreaking of Lone Star College System’s new Creekside Center at the corner of West New Harmony Trail and Kuykendahl Road.

“We place our centers strategically and make sure that all of our community has reasonable access,” LSCS Chancellor Steve Head said. “What you’re going to be seeing here is not only workforce training but the academic piece of it too. [Students are] going to be ready for either academic transfer or the workforce. It’s as simple as that.”

 The city of Tomball is pursuing infrastructure improvements to FM 2920—the city’s major east-west thoroughfare—as well as building and planning for alternative east-west corridors designed to increase mobility and reduce congestion through the city.

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