League City Land

Construction equipment stands on a piece of land being prepared for development on Davis Road in League City on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

The dirt: Inquiring readers are wondering about all that work to significantly raise the elevation on a large patch of land along FM 2094 between Davis Road and Bayou Drive in League City.

City officials have steadily been fielding calls about the work, which is for a high-end, 90-lot residential development on 30 acres, said David Hoover, director of planning and development for the city.

Homes are expected to start at about $800,000.

All the elevation work is to meet post-Hurricane Harvey development and drainage rules that require certain tracts and streets be raised to specific elevations to prevent flooding.

Developer Al Parrish in June told the city council he was unhappy with the requirements, which he said would significantly raise costs.

“It’s going to mean 10,000 more truckloads of dirt for my development,” Parrish said.

Parrish has received approvals only for pre-development fill work and has not received approvals to build roads and houses at the site, Hoover said. Platting for houses and streets would be considered by the city’s planning and zoning commission.

But because Parrish isn’t seeking a zoning change, construction won’t go before the city council, Hoover said. Stay tuned.

Rooftop report: Meanwhile, after working to assuage fears about its residential project causing flooding at surrounding homes, Axis Pointe Developers plans to break ground in coming months on a 74-lot gated community in League City.

The developer plans to build a canal in the middle of the Town Harbour Estates development to help with drainage, officials said. The 37-acre site is on Clear Lake near Lakeside Drive. No word on an ground-breaking date.

Bay watch: Look soon for changes on 30 acres in Kemah that Galveston Bay Foundation acquired two years ago.

The property, along state Highway 146 extending to the shore of Galveston Bay, soon will be home to facilities where people can go to learn about the bay through on-site exhibits and demonstration projects focused on water conservation, water quality and habitat restoration, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership reports.

The facilities will include offices, classrooms, laboratories, meeting and gathering rooms and exhibit space. Stay tuned.

Fried and true: Owners are Damn Fine Coffee and Fried Pies, 910 Hall Ave. in Seabrook. Damn Fine Coffee Roasters, which opened last year and is known for small-batch coffee, is behind the concept, which will serve sweet and savory fried pies, gelato and even feature a tater tot bar, while also serving coffee.

Savory pies will include such selections as Sloppy Joes, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chili Cheese Dog and more. Sweet pies will include Peach Cobbler, Sweet Potato and Caramel Fuji Apple, to name a few. Look soon for more details about the owner.

Damn Fine Coffee and Fried Pies is aiming for a late February, early March opening. Stay tuned.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

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