Houston Energy Corridor District Master Plan Complete
Sasaki principal Fred Merrill, FAICP, LEED AP, and planners Justin Fay, AICP, and John Sugrue, AIA, recently presented the Energy Corridor District Master Plan to stakeholders and community members in Houston. Over the last year, Sasaki Associates, along with a team of sub-consultants, developed the master plan to position this area in west Houston as a high-quality place in which to work, live, and invest. Central to the plan were strategies to establish a more pedestrian, bicycle, and transit supportive mobility network, develop a robust parks and open space system, and create a destination environment by promoting the development of several mixed use centers.
The plan outlines the creation of three destinations for community use that demonstrate elevated urban design and ecological preservation. The largest of these target areas is Terry Hershey Park, where transformation and revitalization has generated local excitement and attention. In fact, the park was recently dubbed Houston's "Central Park" in a Houston Chronicle article. Plans envision the park as a regional destination for recreation, arts, and events, while creating enhanced riparian ecology, greater connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists, better-performing stormwater drainage, and a range of open spaces that neighbors and employees can enjoy. The park is expected to be framed by new development, including Republic Square, a transformation of the former Exxon Chemical HQ site into a mixed-use area with a Sasaki-designed landscape, which will bring 800 new apartments, two hotels, and 2.7 million SF of retail and office space to this burgeoning neighborhood.
Straddling I-10, the Energy Corridor District is comprised of 2,000 acres west of downtown Houston—its name a reference to the dozens of innovative energy companies who have major headquarters in the area. The Energy Corridor District has experienced significant growth over the past several decades. Sasaki Associates collaborated with Toole Design Group and The Office of James Burnett to develop the master plan.
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Sasaki and a team of consultant partners have developed a long-range master plan that positions Houston's Energy Corridor to accelerate its evolution into a multi-dimensional, urbanistic, world-class...