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Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel began his journalism career in 1998 in College Station and has covered a variety of markets and beats. Prior to joining Community Impact Newspaper in July 2011 as editor for The Woodlands, he worked as an editor and reporter in Lubbock, College Station, Houston and Tomball.

Township planning five new sports fields on Gosling Road

The Woodlands Township on June 19 approved initial plans for a new sports field complex on Gosling Road and Marsco Place, a facility that could be complete by fall 2015 and feature five new playing fields. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Major retailers adding to local job market

Several major retailers are planning to open stores in The Woodlands in the next 12 months, adding hundreds of new jobs to an already robust retail employment market. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands 2 Comments

Shell addresses possible Montgomery County campus

Shell Oil Company has addressed rumors of a planned Montgomery County campus. more »

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM , The Woodlands

Conroe ISD earns accolades for low spending, student performance

The district has earned a FAST five-star rating for student performance and low spending from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. FAST, or the Financial Allocation Study for Texas, is a system that uses an index score to determine w more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The Westin, The Woodlands is under construction at Waterway Square and is 
expected to open by the end of the year. It will feature 302 guest rooms.

Photo by Julie Butterfield

New hotels mean more events, revenue for The Woodlands

Hotel developers are capitalizing on a growing demand for rooms and meeting space in The Woodlands area with several new projects. In The Woodlands, two luxury hotels are expected to open by the end of the year. The Westin, The Woodlands is under con more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The Woodlands Township will spend about $3 million in 2015 to improve its streetside maintenance.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Township takes on more aggressive streetscape maintenance efforts

The Woodlands Township will spend $1.2 million more this year than it has in past years to clean up roadside landscaping and neighborhood cul-de-sacs, but how those areas will be improved remains to be seen. In all, the township will spend about $3 more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Hughes Landing will feature Restaurant Row, a boardwalk-style dining district on Lake Woodlands.

Courtesy The Woodlands Developme

Restaurant Row tenants named

The Woodlands Development Company continues to lock in tenants for its planned Restaurant Row, a boardwalk-style dining district in the Hughes Landing development on Lake Woodlands. Whole Foods Market has announced it will open its first Woodlands lo more »

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Area experts remain optimistic despite plummeting oil prices

By all indications—unemployment rate, office space occupancy and interest from companies looking to do business in The Woodlands—the falling price of oil has had little effect on the area’s economic climate. more »

Feb 10, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Whole Foods sets opening date for first Woodlands store

Whole Foods has announced it will open its first Woodlands location at 8 a.m. March 18. more »

Jan 20, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands 2 Comments

Pie Town’s white chocolate raspberry latte is among the café’s more than 30 specialty drinks.

Photo by Brian Walzel

White Chocolate Raspberry Latte

Pie Town more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Don and Karen Mudd are seeing increased interest in modern rugs, such as the one shown here.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Business Update – Woodlands Oriental Rug Gallery

Store widens selection to include modern styles more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Many of the course’s greens have been laid out and are awaiting seeding.

Photos by Brian Walzel

Bluejack National

Tiger Woods–designed golf course and private community underway more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Central Taco co-owner Jose Gonzalez opened the restaurant in the Portofino Shopping Center in September.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Impacts Update – Central Taco

When Jose Gonzalez decided to bring authentic Mexican food to The Woodlands area, he did so in the form of Central Taco, located in the Portofino Shopping Center. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Owner Nasim Bell is looking to offer her products to a wider audience.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Dining Update – Hummingbird Tea Room

Cafe looks to broaden its exposure in new year more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The 2015 Woodlands Township board of directors, from left: Mike Bass, Ed Robb, Peggy Hausman, Chairman Bruce Tough, Gordy Bunch, John McMullan and Jeff Long

Phot courtesy The Woodlands Town

Township Update – The Woodlands Township

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Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Students prepare for the launch of a new Nursing Skills program at the Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center, which is set to open this month.

Photo courtesy Sam Houston State

Education Update – SHSU The Woodlands set to open nursing wing, continue public affairs programming

The Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center will open Phase 1 of its Nursing Skills program this month. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The 66-acre Hughes Landing development, on the northeast shore of Lake Woodlands, will see many of its projects open in 2015, including Restaurant Row.

Rendering courtesy The Woodlands

The Woodlands economy to remain strong in 2015

The Woodlands is expected to continue developing commercial, residential and transportation projects in the coming year despite an energy economy slowdown that could force many of the companies the community covets to tighten their financial belts. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

TopGolf North Houston opened in Spring in April and sees about 30,000 visitors per month.

Photo courtesy TopGolf

Impacts Update – Top Golf

Since opening in April, TopGolf North Houston has seen a steady customer base and a few of its menu selections spread companywide. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

H-GAC transit study suggests new bus routes, village and business connectivity

The Woodlands Township, along with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, has been deliberating ways to get cars off the streets of Town Center, tweak its park and ride system and determine if a feasible plan for bus service to the various villages can more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

Intersection, lane improvements designed to ease traffic congestion in downtown

Just as Woodlands area drivers are seeing the end of more than a year’s worth of lane closures, diversions and delays due to pipeline installation and intersection improvements, more road construction is on the way in the New Year. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

The Woodlands High School Art Trust was established in 2011 and features 20 works of art by Texas artists in the halls of The Woodlands High School.

Photo by Brian Walzel

The Woodlands High School Art Trust

Art culture is readily apparent in The Woodlands, with more than 50 pieces of public art scattered throughout the community. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Black Walnut Café features enclosed patio-style dining with windows that remain open in good weather.

Photo Courtesy Black Forest Vent

Black Walnut Café

Visitors to Black Walnut Café’s new location on New Trails Drive will find that not much has changed from its previous site on Research Forest Drive. The menu is the same, the relaxed atmosphere is intact and even the layout was replicated. “We wante more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands