|Interstate 10 west at Beltway 8, October 20, 2004|
Last updated October 23, 2004
Photos taken October 20, 2004.
The intersection of Interstate 10 west and Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) in west Houston is the scene of two record-breaking demolition projects: the shortest-lived multi-level interchange in the United States, and the shortest-lived major suburban mall in Texas.
The demolition of the interchange will occur slowly over the next 4 years, and major ramp removal will not occur until around 2007. Right now the old railroad bridge is being removed.
The demolition of Town and Country mall is imminent. It was opened in 1983. Previously, the record holder for shortest-lived major suburban mall in Texas was PrestonWood Town Center in Dallas, which existed from 1979 to 2004. (See demolition photos here.)
Right now the interior is being gutted and the mall and anchor stores should be subject to the wrecking ball soon. Town and Country mall opened in 1983 and featured 4 anchors: Niemann Marcus (still open), Dillards, Lord & Taylor, and (I think) J.C. Penneys. The mall itself had 3 levels and was rather compact by suburban mall standards. Due to limited space, there were 3 parking garages around the facility.
The mall was never successful. With Memorial City Mall just a mile away, the area was "overmalled" in spite of the high-income populations nearby. The owners of the mall tried to find alternate uses for the facility in recent years, but finally gave up and decided to tear it down.