Business improvement district boosts appeal of North Houston
By Kent Bernhard – Contributor
On May 21, area business leaders and community partners gathered at the new HPD North Belt Division to announce the various improvements coming to the North Houston District.
Excellent access to transportation, major development projects and less crime have all combined to make the North Houston District one of the hottest areas in the city.
“Over the last three years, there’s a really positive vibe in the area,” Greg Simpson, president of the North Houston Management District, says. “We’re very proud.”
The 12-square-mile area bordered by the Hardy Toll Road to the east, Airtex Boulevard/Drive to the north, Veterans Memorial to the west and West Road to the south is in the midst of a major real estate development boom. Its crime rate has fallen thanks to multi-pronged community efforts. And major recreation, beautification and rebranding efforts are under way.
One result of those efforts is the development major projects such as an Amazon distribution center and the $100 million redevelopment of ExxonMobil’s former offices in the area.
Development in the district