Some of theÂ 42 acres of land just purchased for development by Avera Companies are shown here from above, east across the Ship ChannelÂ from the San Jacinto BattlegroundÂ (that’s the bottom half of the star-topped obeliskÂ visible towardÂ the top left). Â The property is on a peninsulaÂ of land about 2 milesÂ downstream from the I-10 bridge and the San Jacinto Waste Pits.Â The eastern terminal of the Lynchburg FerryÂ can be seen here at the end of Independence Highway,Â with the Lynchburg reservoir lyingÂ Â to the north.
The company saysÂ Kirby Inland Marine is set to be the first tenant for the property, and will use a section of the propertyÂ to let up to 76 bargesÂ tie up and hang out as necessary. Kirby justÂ agreed last month to a $4.9-million settlement with the Department of Justice over its role in that March 2014 barge-meets-carrier oil spillÂ that shut down the Port for a few days and spread oil along roughlyÂ 160 miles of Texas coastÂ between Galveston Bay and Padre Island National Seashore. (Kirby Offshore Marine, another of the corporation’s subdivisions, is currently dealing withÂ fallout from last week’sÂ tugboat-meets-shore fuel spill off the coast of British Columbia.)
Here’s a view of the rest of the property, showing a bit ofÂ Burnet BayÂ on the left and the San Jacinto RiverÂ upstream toward I-10 on the right:
- Avera Cos. Buys Site on Houston Ship Channel [Houston Chronicle]
- Kirby Inland Marine to Pay $4.9 Million in Civil Penalties and Provide Fleet-Wide Improvements to Resolve U.S. Claims for Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill [Department of Justice]
Photos: United Aerial