Renovations, major investments and area improvements, a $500+ million investment
HOUSTON, TX (May 14, 2019) – The North Houston District, at the intersection of Interstate 45 North and the Sam Houston Parkway, is changing its landscape. New companies are moving in and developing innovative spaces and others are investing hundreds of millions in a new look. Exciting things are happening in the North Houston District and Greenspoint areas and these are some of the projects underway.
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, an Arca Continental Company
In September, CocaCola Southwest Beverages, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Mexican Coca-Cola Arca Continental, broke ground at Pinto Business Park, in the southwest corner of the North Houston District. The company will consolidate its Houston facilities and open a $250 million production and distribution facility. The 1-million-square-foot facility will be the first new Coca-Cola plant built in the U.S. in a decade.
One of the most obvious changes in the area is of the “Greenspoint” or new North Houston District skyline. A giant CityNorth sign now stretches along one of the buildings that make up its north Houston skyline near Bush Intercontinental Airport.
As part of its many renovations, owner, Lincoln Property Company, updated the facade of its building 2, which overlooks the north beltway, for a new look to match its millions of dollars in improvements.
CityNorth consists of six buildings with more than 2 million SF of office and retail space. Lincoln Property Company plans to invest $100 million on improvements to attract and retain companies.
North Houston Bike Park
And for children and families, another place for adventure is in the works. The North Houston Bike Park is located at I-45 North at Kuykendahl Rd., next to the North Houston Skate Park, and will be a one-of-a-kind park in Houston. Scheduled for a soft opening this summer, the park will draw BMX and mountain bikers of every skill level.
It will include a BMX track, 25,000 SF of concrete bike bowls, a performance pavilion with large event lawn, an urban riding plaza, large and small pump tracks, a tot track, a dirt jumps track, and off-road trails with break-out areas for various skill work.
Also, trail enthusiasts will be able to walk or ride the trails.
Two airport hotels will be keeping up with current design trends as Driftwood Hospitality Management expects to spend $100 million on extensive renovations and upgrades to the properties.
Driftwood Hospitality Management, a North Palm Beach, Fla.-based hotel management company, purchased the 480-room Hilton Houston North and 390-room Houston Marriott North in November. All rooms and public space will be renovated at the Hilton atrium lobby, and the food-and-beverage and arrival areas will be reimagined. The Houston Marriott North will go through complete renovations as well.
“Driftwood Hospitality Management has grown tremendously in the past couple years, and we are eager to expand our footprint across the state of Texas,” said David Buddemeyer, president of Driftwood Hospitality Management.
The Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport Hotel is also investing in major changes. Last year, it transformed its rooms with modern furnishings and decor, and this year it’s working on the exterior. “We are renovating and updating our hotel entrances and our tropical style pool area,” says Hyatt Regency General Manager Tom Jamison. “This includes new tile flooring, new railings, lighting and landscaping.
Public Safety Improvements
Keeping the area safe is also a top priority for the District, and after increased efforts to reduce crime, the area has dropped from 3rd to 19th place for violent crime. This has continually improved from 2014 to 2018.
As of last year, the North Houston District funds $200,000 a year for Houston Police Department’s new North Belt Division at 100 Glenborough Dr., improving police surveillance in the area.
About the North Houston District
Created in 1991 by the Texas Legislature, the North Houston District is a business improvement district that leverages public and private partnerships to provide enhanced services in transportation mobility, public safety, beautification and recreational development, marketing and strategic planning and development. Minutes from Bush IAH, the District’s 12- square-mile service area has 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties. The District includes 3,800 businesses, 61,500 employees and 117,000 residents. For more information, visit www.northhouston.org.