Bellaire Family Purchases Teas Nursery Site For Resident Use

December 16, 2009

A longtime Bellaire family has announced it will purchase the historic Teas Nursery property and turn the land into an area “for everyone to enjoy.”

The Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation closed its deal yesterday on five-acre property at 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The Rubenstein family has lived in Bellaire for years and has been a major benefactor helping the city’s police and fire departments and other services.

“This is something they wanted to to do give back to the community,” said Scott Rubenstein, who serves as a spokesperson for the foundation, a partnership between his father Maury “Bo” Rubenstein and his uncle Jerry Rubenstein.

The Teas family, which has owned Teas Nursery for nearly 100 years, had announced in November it would close the business and sell the property, possibly for a residential development. At that time the Rubenstein Foundation approached the Teas family and negotiated a price to purchase the land.

“It was a significant contribution for a family foundation,” Rubenstein said. “We’re just excited to be able to preserve the property and offer it to the citizens of Bellaire.”

Tom Teas, president of Teas Nursery’s landscaping division, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

City officials reacted with surprise and excitement when they found out the Rubensteins wanted to donate the land.

“It’s pretty prime land inside the loop. It’s pretty amazing, it’s a pretty nice gesture,” said City Manager Bernie Satterwhite. “A little Christmas present, a little holiday present.”

The next step is for family representatives to meet with Bellaire city officials to discuss possible uses for the land. That could happen within the next few weeks, said Satterwhite, and the council could begin discussing the matter as soon as late January.

“I would think it would serve as a park pretty well,” Satterwhite said. “There’s a couple historic buildings on there … I’m sure there will be great interest in the community to preserve those buildings.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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