Outlined in red is the next addition to University of Houston Downtown’s campus, per last Thursday’s meeting by the UH system’s board of regents. The image above comes from a marketing flier included in the board’s agenda notes (as presented by board member and real estate reality TV star Tilman Fertitta). The 17-acre parcel on the north side of I-10 runs along the Daly St. student parking lot by the Burnett Transit Center light-rail station, and includes several areas west of N. Main St. already in use by UHD as faculty and student parking.
The land, bounded on the southwest by White Oak Bayou, will likely house a new science and engineering building — though it may have to cozy up with some additions to the downtown freeway system still in the planning phase. UHD VP David Bradley tells Nancy Sarnoff that the parts of the tract that may end up inside the expanded right-of-way will hang around as green space until TxDOT’s map lines are firmed up.
Sarnoff also reports that the land has been co-owned for the last decade or so by Metro and a private real estate group, and was previously held by former-Rocket-turned-real-estate-all-star Hakeem Olajuwon. The land lies across N. Main St. from rail-yard-brownfield-turning-mixed-used-development Hardy Yards (and is itself a former rail yard as well).
The purchase was approved at the same meeting that okayed the acquisition of half the interior of the ring road originally built for Katy’s cancelled suburban mall project The Grand; that purchase is intended to replace the system’s Cinco Ranch outpost with something a little more roomy.
- UH-Downtown plans for growth with major acquisition [Houston Chronicle]
- University of Houston-Downtown Receives Approval for Expansion [UHD Skyline]
- Previously on Swamplot: U of H Preps To Buy Ex-Grand Katy Land, Sell in Cinco Ranch
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