Jump to content

Recommended Posts

There was an RFI for the 80-acres UT still controlled back in 2019.

RFI No.: 720-1930 Request for Information - Ground Lease and/or Joint Development of approximately 80 Acres of Land west of Buffalo Speedway and bisected by Willowbend Boulevard, Houston, Texas.

The recent HBJ article mentioned the Texas Medical Center had partners. Did the UT System and TMC go into a partnership for a joint development? I also remember hearing Fertitta was opened to a joint development.

The UT land is, in total, 307 acres.  Did the TMC purchase more land on Buffalo Speedway/Holmes Road?  I know there are several large tracts for sale out there.

ob3u5iP.png

 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Twinsanity02 said:

My brain is having trouble incorporating this. Hopefully this is not a dream. Let me understand this. In addition to TMC3, Levit Green, Texas A&M growth, the McNair building, this is also going up? Will this be considered part of the TMC?

Brain is now functioning. Answered my own questions.

  • Like 4
  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/20/2022 at 10:41 PM, Highrise Tower said:

There was an RFI for the 80-acres UT still controlled back in 2019.

RFI No.: 720-1930 Request for Information - Ground Lease and/or Joint Development of approximately 80 Acres of Land west of Buffalo Speedway and bisected by Willowbend Boulevard, Houston, Texas.

The recent HBJ article mentioned the Texas Medical Center had partners. Did the UT System and TMC go into a partnership for a joint development? I also remember hearing Fertitta was opened to a joint development.

The UT land is, in total, 307 acres.  Did the TMC purchase more land on Buffalo Speedway/Holmes Road?  I know there are several large tracts for sale out there.

ob3u5iP.png

 

UT weren't mentioned in the announcement though, were they? It seems that TMC bought the land from them, which would make sense, since UT were selling it. I just wonder how much of that land they acquired? Though, however much of the land they got, this is a much better use of it than simply leaving it vacant.

Edited by Big E
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

35 minutes ago, talltexan83 said:

It would be great to see some kind of hike & bike trail that connects this parcel to the rest of the TMC.  Cutting through the NRG/rodeo/Astrodome parking lots and over the old Astroworld pedestrian bridge.  This would be a great excuse to improve the pedestrian experience in and around NRG....

Don't forget World Cup in 2026....so hopefully this is at least on someone's radar.  Too bad the former Astroworld plot isn't somehow in play in all of this

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Texas Medical Center's new biomanufacturing center to bring 100,000 jobs to Houston https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-Medical-Center-planning-to-build-500-acre-17457273.php
 

“The TMC BioPort campus would be located on a piece of land near the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and Holmes Road, just west of Wildcat Golf Club, just a few miles southwest of the medical center’s main campus. 

The medical center is under contract to buy the land, which is currently held by multiple owners, McKeon said. He declined to identify the owners or discuss the potential sale price while negotiations are ongoing.”

  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, houstontexasjack said:

Texas Medical Center's new biomanufacturing center to bring 100,000 jobs to Houston https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-Medical-Center-planning-to-build-500-acre-17457273.php
 

“The TMC BioPort campus would be located on a piece of land near the intersection of Buffalo Speedway and Holmes Road, just west of Wildcat Golf Club, just a few miles southwest of the medical center’s main campus. 

The medical center is under contract to buy the land, which is currently held by multiple owners, McKeon said. He declined to identify the owners or discuss the potential sale price while negotiations are ongoing.”

The article also states the first buildings could begin construction within two years but first they will need to invest about $100 million for infrastructure. Elkus Manfredi is doing the master plan.

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Did the TMC purchase this land? I've heard that the TMC BioPort has land still under contract, which this land is.  However, the total 115-acres is separated into different parcels along the way- not concentrated as a whole, continuous, piece of land.  I'm not sure how this would benefit them, unless they also buy the surrounding parcels to adjoin as one. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

42 minutes ago, Highrise Tower said:

Did the TMC purchase this land? I've heard that the TMC BioPort has land still under contract, which this land is.  However, the total 115-acres is separated into different parcels along the way- not concentrated as a whole, continuous, piece of land.  I'm not sure how this would benefit them, unless they also buy the surrounding parcels to adjoin as one. 

The land ownership in that area is fairly complex, with lots of parcels, as shown on the parcel map below(Buffalo Speedway is the road running down the middle). A number of them are owned by one family that started acquiring property there around 2014. I suspect they will make a decent profit selling to TMC

image.png.12ad64e1b924580f1f754c2480248817.png

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • The title was changed to Land For Sale - Buffalo Speedway Near Holmes Rd.
1 hour ago, Highrise Tower said:

Anyone else notice that this may not be located where UT is selling their 307 acres? 

The BioPort campus might actually be located on Buffalo Speedway, in between Holmes Road and W. Airport Blvd.  This would also explain the circular roundabout featured in the concept rendering.  The roundabout is located about halfway to W. Airport on Buffalo Speedway.

Screenshot from the State of Texas Medical Center 2022:

HoNcNfR.png

This is actually even better news, because its the really really big lot south of where you think it is. "But wait, there's more!"

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • The title was changed to TMC BioPort: 500-Acre Bio Manufacturing Campus
4 hours ago, Highrise Tower said:

Anyone else notice that this may not be located where UT is selling their 307 acres? 

The BioPort campus might actually be located on Buffalo Speedway, in between Holmes Road and W. Airport Blvd.  This would also explain the circular roundabout featured in the concept rendering.  The roundabout is located about halfway to W. Airport on Buffalo Speedway.

Screenshot from the State of Texas Medical Center 2022:

HoNcNfR.png

The Domain proper in Austin is 303 acres. 100,000 biotech workers could definitely use a high density, mixed-use development of that size to live, shop, and eat in.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, thatguysly said:

I drove that recently when 610/288 was awful. I was wondering if it would ever be developed. Great news for that area.

They are building  Apts a few miles up the road along with a few stores... I fully  expect  this development  to draw even more development  interest...those 100,000 people  are going  to need places to stay relatively  close to their jobs....??  We could  be in for a massive explosion of residential  development  in the area 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Moore-to-it said:

They are building  Apts a few miles up the road along with a few stores... I fully  expect  this development  to draw even more development  interest...those 100,000 people  are going  to need places to stay relatively  close to their jobs....??  We could  be in for a massive explosion of residential  development  in the area 

I saw that. There are also some new(?) houses/townhouses going in down Airport closer to Almeda and then more going in east of 288. Plus a whole lot of new warehouses/distribution centers going in along 288 as well. Just massive development. But that area has need an influx of jobs and development. This should also provide a lot of blue collar jobs which should be locally supported.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This weekend I drove down Buffalo Speedway to take a photo of all the different For Sale signs that were posted a long the street. Definitely looks like the majority of them were from the same company.  I saw the same phone number on the signs: 832-867-6380.

aLARhlu.jpg

k4Asnpg.jpg

5ab2OH3.jpg

1KqwI4X.jpg

0gfV9Ab.jpg

INGFGDK.jpg

Bonus: The sign for UT's land when the Kirksey's owned it before UT got involved.

ZMkmvIq.jpg

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 hours ago, Highrise Tower said:

Craig Cohen of Houston Public Media broadcasting from the University of Houston had guest Bill McKeon on today's Houston Matters show.  I'm sure the 11-minute interview will be online soon. There might even be local journalists that will create a story about this interview. 

Here is my write-up as I was listening live.  The segments that stood out for me. 
(Verbiage might not be 100% accurate.)

Craig Cohen: Is this then just about creating specific space for existing companies to move into?

Bill McKeon: No, we are actually evolving. These are coming from internal obviously when you see the great developments that are happening at MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, UT, A&M, those are driven demand, that is creating this demand. One of the great opportunities is for us to have the Work Force Training Center right in the heart of the BioPort. This will create 100,000 new jobs for Houston. That's a $54 billion economic impact for this BioPort alone. 

CC: Do you have a time line for all of this to happen?

BM:  We have been in the due diligence phase for a well over a year-and-a-half now. When you are talking about such a large amount of land you have to do a tremendous amount of work to study the land. In Texas, it's not surprising there is oil wells through out, there's energy lines.  You have to be very detailed in your diligence phase, because you're really not just building a place to build a building, you are building a place to build 50 factories.  It has been under way for a year, to a year-and-a-half already. We have 5 or 6 customers already looking to move into the area. We think it will be activated from a time line of as early next year, early 2023. 

CC: I hear 50 new factories and a couple of thoughts come to mind.  One of course is the potential impact to the air quality. But the other one, which is a very much concern here in Houston, is what would all of that development mean for how water flows in the Texas Medical Center?

BM: Water detention. What's great about modern architecture now, when you design sports fields that can be used as water detention centers should there be terrible rain. That can also be activated and used for soccer fields for the campus.  In respect to Bio Manufacturing, Bio Manufacturing isn't like most manufacturing where you see smoke coming out of stacks. This is highly advanced technical equipment that is actually creating cell lines. So you're not burning, and creating anything negative for the environment. As a matter of fact, for an economic standpoint, we are building centralized distribution so that we are not buying 50 different warehouses we are actually centralizing making it less expensive and more efficient in the process. 

CC: Where does most of the Medical Manufacturing occur today? 

BM: Number 1 place is Europe, then number 2 is Boston, and up and coming will be Houston.  In the Carolina's they start educational training in the 5th grade.  They can come right out of high school and go into a $160,000, $170,000 dollar job. Part of our Work Force Training Center, we will be working with all of our schools to make sure we start the training very early on to create these opportunities to serve these great young men and women coming out of High School. 

 

No transcript or seperate story yet but the audio of the show is available now.

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2022/10/17/434796/daca-ruling-and-the-astros-head-back-the-alcs-oct-17-2022/

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • The title was changed to 2
  • The title was changed to Proposed Tower Site At 12728 Buffalo Spdwy.
  • 2 weeks later...
  • The title was changed to Dental Hygiene Student In Need Of Patients

I need to report localized street flooding on a certain part of Buffalo Speedway. I believe this is only a blockage someplace?  On all of Buffalo Speedway, there was only one small section that could not contain the heavy rains this past weekend.

Hopefully it's fixed in the master plan.  Or hopefully, the blockage is removed soon.

1xEawsv.jpg

gWLbR3a.jpg

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • The title was changed to TMC BioPort: 500-Acre Bio Manufacturing Campus
  • The title was changed to Why Is The Area South Of 610 Undeveloped?

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...