Urban Planners, Architects, Developers, Public Officials, ECD Stakeholders to See Bold Concepts
For months now, a team of nationally recognized urban planners, landscape architects and transportation experts has been developing trailblazing ideas with The Energy Corridor District and its stakeholders designed to transform the future of Houston’s fastest-growing employment center.
This May, The District will unveil conceptual plans calculated to make The Energy Corridor even more livable, while accommodating the growth expected to take a toll on transportation mobility.
National urban planners, architects, developers, real estate professionals, local public officials, Energy Corridor stakeholders and more will hear a broad swath of ideas – some of which would turn land along Langham Creek into West Houston’s own Central Park, evolve the Addicks Park and Ride into a place far beyond a sprawling bus stop, or improve traffic accessibility by adding street grids to a District hemmed in by two massive reservoirs.
Earlier this month, undergraduate students from Texas A&M’s Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning weighed in on the future of The Energy Corridor, presenting transformational concepts for the Park Ten and reservoir areas – ideas for carving out cutting-edge, multi-purpose business, living and entertainment districts from what are now standard Houston developments.
Indeed, May is a month that could set the stage for turning urban planning dreams into reality.
First up, the “Solutions Tour” stops May 13 at the Mobility for Sustainable Development & LEED Certification workshop presented by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Lone Star Chapter. Fred Merrill, principal with Sasaki Associates, Inc., will highlight transportation demand management initiatives already in place for The Energy Corridor, plus newly conceptualized solutions for The District’s master plan. The ACT session will provide insights into how transportation demand management initiatives contribute points toward LEED certification.
The following day, Sasaki, PMRG and The District will host a lunch with Energy Corridor stakeholders as part of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) spring meeting in Houston. With 34,000 members worldwide, ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in building sustainable, thriving communities.
The presentations culminate on Friday, May 15, when the final, updated master plan will be presented to The District’s Board of Directors and commercial stakeholders in the morning, followed by a noon presentation to community stakeholders, Eldridge and Grisby Square property owners, Super Neighborhood Council leaders, METRO, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers and local elected officials.
“It will take bold solutions to keep The Energy Corridor a premier place to work, live and invest during the coming decade, as more companies, jobs and people move to West Houston,” explains Clark Martinson, general manager for The District. “We hope our master plan will inspire all of the community’s stakeholders to envision and then help create a place that is unequalled in the Gulf Coast and perhaps the nation.
“The growth here has been exceptional,” says Martinson. “Keeping pace will require innovative ideas and a strong commitment. But the payoff – both for livability and property investments – could be huge.”
For more information on the master plan, contact The District at (281) 759-3800.