The Gulfgate-Mall-seeded TIRZ that absorbed many of the commercial corridors around Hobby Airport back in 2014 has been weighing plans for redeveloping the acquired zone, working with the Houston-Galveston Area Council through the organization’s agreeably-named Livable Centers program. A few public workshops were held last month; a reader tells Swamplot that the management district’s consultants have also been interviewing area real estate folks as they come up with ideas for new developments to suggest. The next workshop is planned for the evening of Wednesday, July 13th; the district is pushing an online survey in the meanwhile.
Presentation slides from the most recent workshop included the map below of sidewalks in the area being studied (roughly bounded by I-45, Almeda Genoa Rd., Mykawa Rd., and Dixie Dr., as shown above) — roads marked in green have new sidewalks, yellow lines highlight sidewalks rated by the district as good, red shows sidewalks rated as poor, and brown shows roads with sidewalks rated as missing:
The presentation also includes what appears to be a time lapse sequence of hypothetical redevelopment of a streetscape in the zone (which includes the airport-aimed Broadway St. corridor already slated for landscaping by Scenic Houston) — the photo used as the base for these renderings, however, actually shows the intersection of N. Broadway and W. Murdock streets in Wichita, Kansas:
- Hobby Area Livable Centers Study [H-GAC]
Images: Houston-Galveston Area Council