A proposed 26-acre shopping center on Pearland Parkway is a step closer to reality after City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first reading of a rezoning request.
“Pearland Marketplace” is set to include a grocery-anchor and fuel station, followed by the strip center. The request changes the zoning from a mix of office professional, general business and single family residential to planned development, or PD.
“The PD has been modified and amended to address some of the concerns raised by residents,” Pearland Director of Community Development Lata Krishnarao said.
An 8-foot mason fence with 25-foot buffer will be included where the development abuts residential, and the applicant has included a list of prohibited uses, such as auto and industrial. A detention pond will now include landscaping and a trail.
“These were some of the major concerns that were raised,” she told the council.
City staff recommended approval.
Since most of the property is already zoned as general business, it can be used for such without further approval — but the planned development zoning now addresses concerns raised by nearby residents.
“The applicant has restricted a number of uses, and that is going to be a benefit to this site,” Krishnarao said.
The rezoning request, made by Salim Obeid of LJM Engineering, on behalf of owner Robert Lee Alexander, was the topic of a public hearing and workshop in July. A number of residents turned out to voice concerns about the proposed center.
While some were had issues with possible uses, traffic and drainage, others stated that many already built businesses in the area are closed and empty.
“I noticed 15 to 20 retail spaces on my way here,” resident Wendy Whitman told the council during that public hearing. “Do we really need to take up every patch of grass to start another fledgling retail business that may or may not survive?”
Empty spaces, residents emphasized, lead to problems.
The site lies in the southeast corner of the Pearland Parkway and Barry Rose intersection.
Two readings are required for final approval, and public comment is permitted during those readings.