What’s been going on deep in this pine forest north of Houston, behind the fencing and security guards, where all those trucks have been driving in and out for months? A whole lot of logging at least, it looks like. While ExxonMobil continues to tell its employees that no decisions have yet been made about whether to consolidate approximately 17,000 of them from Houston and Virginia into a new 3 million sq. ft. office campus just south of The Woodlands, contractors working for the company have been stripping what looks like thousands of trees from its 359-acre property and preparing the site for construction of as many as 2 dozen office buildings, 4 enormous parking garages, and several other structures. These aerial photos of the site sent to Swamplot are dated March 12th.
Plenty of trees have been left to stand guard around the high-security future North American headquarters of the U.S.’s largest oil company. These views are from the southwest. The freeway running from the top left to the right of the above image is I-45; the Hardy Toll Road branches off and heads toward Downtown just opposite where a new road, Springwoods Village Parkway, connects the campus to the freeway feeder road. The small clearing to the south of that connection, at the far right of this photo but on the near side of the freeway, marks the location of
one of the few establishments operating in the immediate area: the former D.B. Cooper’s Mansion strip club.
The much larger rectangular clearing to the south of the future campus and Springwoods Village Parkway shows up in earlier aerial views of the property. That land may serve as a construction staging area, but the site itself is slated to become an “Uptown Residential/Mixed Use” portion of the enormous 1,800-acre Springwoods Village development planned for the forested areas surrounding ExxonMobil’s new campus to the south and west.
Directly to the south of the Springwoods Village land lies the proposed path of the 180-mile-long Grand Parkway, the next giant ring road getting ready to loop its way around Houston. If Swamplot can get more good tips from readers, we’ll publish more on plans for that new highway — and Exxon’s role in making it happen.
- Previously on Swamplot: A First Look at the Plans for ExxonMobil’s Humongous New Corporate Campus North of Houston, How Springwoods Village Will Earn Its Lunch Money, and other Secrets of the Great ExxonMobil Frontiers, Who’s Behind Springwoods Village, Anyway?, Is Springwoods Village the New Exxon Mobil Eco-City?, Spawn of the Grand Parkway: Huge New Woodlands-Like Development, Just South of The Woodlands
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