BELLAIRE MEYERLAND WEST UNIVERSITY EDITION
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 10 FEB. 4MARCH 2, 2020
Despite closures, Meyerland could see commercial revival Downbut not out
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In the past three pre-primary donation cycles, fundraising activity has increased sharply in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area.
BY MATT DULIN
Number of donors
In mid-January, residents in the Meyerland area watched the owners of Belden’s grocery store, a sta- ple in the community for 40 years, close its doors for the last time. “It’s really a blow to the community,” said Terry Cominsky, a Realtor and president of the Greater Meyerland Super Neighborhood, a group of civic clubs representing the area. CONTINUED ON 19
2011: $2.14 million
2015: $2.38 million
2019: $3.33 million
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A neighborhood grocery store for 40 years, Belden’s closed in January. Its owners cited declining business following repeated oods in the area.
Ahead of the March 3 primaries in Texas, campaign fundraising from some of the Houston area’s top donor strongholds has far exceeded the past two election cycles that featured presidential contenders, data from the Federal Election Commission shows. In fact, in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West Univer- sity area, donors contributed over $3.3 million in 2019, a 55% increase compared to the same point in time in 2011, the year before the 2012 primary. Larger sums of money are being donated, but an increasingly import- ant factor, campaign experts said, is a larger base of donors overall. The number of donors in this area has more than doubled, the data show. National trends as well as competitive races locally, which have a record number of candidates on the pri- mary ballot, are driving the surge in donors, said Mark Jones, a Rice University professor and fellow with the Baker Institute for Public Policy. “People are far more likely to give locally,” he said. CONTINUED ON 14 Houston donors step up aheadofMarchprimary BY MATT DULIN SOURCE: FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
“I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF IN A FEWYEARS, A DEVELOPER LOOKS AT THIS AREA, SEES THAT IT’S UNDERSERVED AND IT BECOMES VERY ATTRACTIVE.” JASON GAINES, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND RETAIL DIVISION LEADER WITH NAI PARTNERS
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