Livable Center

The Energy Corridor District Livable Centers Study suggests a  future mixed- use transit oriented development based on consultant observations, public comments and projected development estimates. 

The plan calls for splitting the 75 Energy Corridor Connector bus route into two separate routes. A north- south route will run from the Addicks Park & Ride Lot to the Eldridge Parkway corridor. A new east-west route along IH- 10 would connect apartments, office centers, restaurants and the Addicks Park & Ride Lot providing faster service and more options for transit use along N. Dairy Ashford and Park Row.

The first transit, parking, streetscape, bicycle and pedestrian improvements are proposed for the restaurant area formerly known as Grisby Square. Protecting the grand Live Oak trees, cleaning up the overgrown vacant lots, adding transit amenities and expanding casual dining experiences will make it a place that encourages walking, bicycling and transit use.

Perhaps the study’s biggest idea is the proposed Livable Centers Bridge over IH-10. The bridge is proposed to connect high density transit oriented development on METRO’s Addicks Park & Ride Lot on the north side to future WestLake Commons mixed-use development proposed by BP on the south side. 

The Livable Centers Bridge can function as an exclusive transit facility with bicycle and pedestrian access or as a multi-modal facility adding local traffic.  The bridge must provide clearance for future rail transit underneath in the center of IH-10. A future rail-boarding platform would be connected with steps, escalators and elevators to the shops, promenades and transit mall above fulfilling the Energy Corridor Station at the Livable Centers Bridge.

Interested property owners, developers and public agencies are encouraged to review and evaluate the Energy Corridor District Livable Centers Study. The Energy Corridor District will continue to revise the plan to respond to real estate market realities and public budgets. 

September 2010For more information please contact: Clark Martinson, General Manager Energy Corridor District 14701 St. Mary’s Suite 290 Houston, Texas 77079 cmartinson@energycorridor.org281-759-3800 .

LIVABLE CENTER PLAN

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Opportunities & Challenges
  • Planning Process
  • Concept Plan
  • Implementation
  • Conclusion