Before and after: 5 years of Houston skyscrapers and high-rise construction
As tall high-rises and even taller skyscrapers continue to populate Houston skies, we take a look back at how our streets and neighborhood skylines looked just five years ago. (Or more in some cases.)
With major local developers hard at work, including Hines, which has transformed our downtown vistas, construction is ongoing for some of these spots. Some builders are still putting the finishing touches on some structures, particularly luxury apartment homes with custom interiors.
As some cranes come down, others are erected in different parts of the city.
One forthcoming project is Midway Companies’ East End project: East River. The CityCentre developers are planning a new community east of downtown, which will include a mix of multi-family housing, office space, restaurants entertainment venues and retailers. (Curiously: A new Maritime museum is also in the plans.) Midway’s 150-acre development will be erected along the former Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) complex and has already teased Houstonians with exciting renderings earlier in the year.
Midway CEO Jonathan Brinsden told the Houston Chronicle that the company plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2020. He adds that an “affordability aspect” is going to be integrated into the new neighborhood hub.
Other projects we’re keeping an eye on in 2020 and beyond:
Texas Medical Center Research Campus: The anticipated launch date for this new facility is currently planned for 2022. It will serve as the anchor of a potential $1.5 billion expansion for its newest campus called TMC3. Its unique design, inspired by the double-helix shape of a DNA strand, will cover an expansive 30-acre area in the medical center and will house offices, laboratories, retailers and restaurants.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Campus Expansion: Expected to be complete by fall 2020, is the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building designed by Steven Holl Architects will add a dramatic flair to Houston’s arts-district landscape. This structure was undertaken through a $450 million capital and endowment campaign intended to unify the Sarofim campus by creating 14 walkable acres. The 237,213-square-foot translucent building will be dedicated to art after 1900 from the MFAH collections.
Houston Farmers Market: Groundbreaking for this new food-fan playground (and a break from constant food-hall debuts), took place this last summer. The 18-acre culinary and entertainment development on Airline near the Heights is slated for late 2020. Also known as the Airline Farmers Market, local celebrity chef Chris Shepherd is already working on a new concept for the market’s launch. “As the country’s fourth-largest city and leading culinary capital, Houston is long overdue for a world-class market,” Todd Mason, managing principal of developer MLB Capital Partners, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to reinvigorate this local landmark into an experiential destination for both Houstonians and visitors to enjoy.”
As we enter the last year of this decade, we want to know: What major local developments are you most excited to see in 2020?