Whatever’s in store for the 136-acreÂ former KBR siteÂ along the the Ship Channel at 4100 Clinton Dr., CityCentre developer Midway now looks to be involved. Documents filed with the county clerk’s office near the end of May reveal that Cathexis Holdings recentlyÂ sold the site to KBRN, an entity connected to Midway through a recently minted corporate partnership (and officially located down the hall from Midway’s CityCentre office.)
And might MidwayÂ —Â which also heads the team that turned failed Downtown MallÂ Houston Pavilions into GreenStreet, and is developing the Kirby Grove park-and-office-building complex along the banks of the Southwest Fwy. in Upper Kirby — have some big office-shopping-residential-and-park-y plans in mind for this vastÂ property, which lies about a mile and a half downstream from Downtown? A couple of clues are out there:
Midway’s annual report from 2015 mentions plans for aÂ major mixed-use project along Houston’s “historic riverfront.”Â The KBR site, set amid other historic and current industrial operations, is bordered by about a mile of the northern bank of Buffalo Bayou.Â (The Turning Basin, where that same waterwayÂ officially takes on the name ofÂ the Houston Ship Channel, is less than a mile to the east.) Midway has also been applying for a trademark for a yet-unannounced project called Northbank Buffalo Bayou; the company published the legal notice required as part of that application process just a few days after the KBRN sale documents were signed.
Among the property’s colorful and still-industrial neighbors: theÂ Proler Southwest metal recycling facility,Â across Hirsch Rd. and Japhet Creek. Here’s a photo of its bayou frontageÂ from earlier this year, when it wasÂ still partially inundated by Tax Day floodwaters:
- Previously on Swamplot:Â The Post-Flood Scene Along the Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail near Tony Marron Park; New Potato Taking Root at Taco Locoâ€™s Old Spot near the KBR Site; Helicopters Over Clinton?; New Mystery Owners of 136 Acres in the Fifth Ward; Along the Shores of Buffalo Bayou; The Clearings on Clinton