Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Remembering Westwood Mall

Since we lived in that part of Houston, my family always went to Westwood Mall. It was never the best mall, but it was our mall.

Before kids tortured each other a la Jackass, my friends and I would shoot movies with actual story lines there. Speaking of movies, I believe a real movie, Adam, was filmed at the mall.

The mall
had a carousel and an arcade called The Goldmine. With all of the kids in there playing video games, I'm sure it was a real goldmine for the owner.

Then in the late 90's, the mall shutdown and became a technology center. I guess that means office space for tech companies. It was the tech boom time so people were looking to get some anyway they could.

The only sign of the old mall is the Sears that is still in business.

The Houston Business Journal reports that the current property is dumping the Westwood name and is adding in more office space:
The remainder of the old Westwood Mall has been reconfigured to accommodate high-tech office tenants.

Now known as Southwest Corporate Center, the property is located at 9700 Bissonnet near the Southwest Freeway. The site of the former Dillard's, or the West Wing building, has been transformed into 175,000 square feet available for lease as phase two of the project. Phase One, consisting of 360,000 square feet, is fully leased.

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