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HOUSTON -- Development never stops in Houston. Consider this your go-to guide for staying in the know on the nation's fourth largest city.

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Major Projects · Hotels · Restaurants  · The Arts · Shops · Nightlife · Sports

MAJOR PROJECTS

Hobby International Airport Expansion - Completed October 2015
Southwest Airlines spent $150 million to upgrade William P. Hobby Airport into Houston's second international gateway. The airport added an additional parking garage, roadway modifications, new concourse and an expanded terminal, all of which will help accommodate international flights to and from Houston. The expanded terminal makes room for a new ticket counter, six additional security checkpoints, five new gates and a Federal Inspections Services facility for Customs and Borders Protection. More...

Developments Underway in Convention District - Completion Expected in December 2016
Construction began in April 2014 on a 1,000-room Marriott Marquis, with completion estimated in fall 2016. The hotel will be connected to the north side of George R. Brown Convention Center, opposite the 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston that is connected to the south side of the center. Meanwhile, the front facade of the GRB itself is being renovated to include ground-level restaurants and a new concourse. Other changes include an art-inspired pedestrian plaza along Avenida de La Americas and a new convention center parking garage. More...

Midtown Park - December 2016
Officials broke ground in May 2015 on a six-acre site in Midtown that will become a multifaceted urban park. The $18 million project will include recreation facilities, retail space, a 300-unit apartment complex and more. More...

Lone Star Flight Museum - Relocating/Expanding in Summer 2017
The Lone Star Flight Museum will relocate from Galveston to Houston's Ellington Airport. Groundbreaking on the new museum is slated for early next year and slated for completion in early 2016. The $35 million Houston facility in is expected to be 125,000 square feet, composed of hangar space for aircraft display and storage, an auditorium, exhibit hall, library, gift shop and cafeteria. More...

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion - Completion Expected in 2019
In early 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston revealed expansion plans that will change the face of the cultural institution in the years to come. The $450 million project includes two new buildings that will complement the institution's two existing structures as well as a complete reimagining of the north side of the campus with pedestrian-friendly additions and underground parking. The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building will feature two floors of gallery exhibition space, a theater, cafe, meeting space and a restaurant. The project will also include a new 80,000-square-foot Glassell School design. Construction on the project will start later this year and is expected to be finished by 2019. More... 


PARKS AND GREEN SPACES

Sunset Coffee Building - Completion Expected in Spring 2017

 

Construction began in 2014 on the former Sunset Coffee Building at Allen's Landing that will return the historic structure to use and hopefully bring new life to Buffalo Bayou Downtown. Sitting at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous where the Allen Brothers first came ashore and established the town of Houston in 1836, the $8 million project will offer an outdoor plaza, refreshment facilities, canoe and kayak rentals and a rooftop event space among other amenities. The building will also house the offices of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. More...

 

Emancipation Park  - Completion Expected in January 2017
Houston's longest-standing public green space is undergoing a $33 million makeover. Third Ward's Emancipation Park was purchased by former slaves in 1870 as a dedicated place for them to celebrate Juneteenth. Plans call for a new LEED-certified recreation facility, basketball gym, public artwork, small pavilions, a baseball field and more. The renovations are expected to act as a development catalyst for this part of Third Ward. More...

Memorial Park Master Plan - Ongoing through 2025
A new master plan could bring more than $200 million in renovations to Houston's largest park. The 1,500-acre Memorial Park near the Galleria district will soon see an update to its 3-mile jogging trail. But more long-term plans call for a land bridge over Memorial Drive, an indoor swimming pool, additional bike and pedestrian trails and a rugby pitch, just to name a few elements. Once it's approved, the master plan could take up to 10 years to completely realize. More...

Houston Botanic Garden - Ongoing
In early 2015, the Houston City Council approved a contract with the nonprofit group "Houston Botanic Garden" to take over an aging golf course in Southeast Houston. The group has until the end of 2017 to raise $20 million that will allow them to take control of the property and begin developing a major botanic garden on the site. Altogether, the first phase of the project is expected to cost $40 million and take several years to construct. The group continues to fundraise and is in the process of hiring a firm to develop a master plan for the site. More...


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HOTELS
 

Hyatt Place Houston Galleria - Opened February 2016
The Hyatt Place Houston Galleria opened on West Alabama in February 2016, adjacent to the recently opened Hyatt Regency Hotel Houston Galleria. Both hotels were developed by Atlanta-based Songy Highroads LLC.The Hyatt Place features 157 rooms on nine guest floors, a pool, fitness center, meeting space, dining options, a market and a lobby coffee shop and bar. Dallas-based Ambridge Hospitality manages the hotel. The new hotels are part of the 7.6-acre Galleria Plaza mixed-use development that includes office and retail space, fronting Westheimer Road and directly across Sage from the Galleria mall.

Hampton Inn / Homewood Suites - Opened April 2016
Two hotels meet on one block near the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Hampton Inn will have 173 rooms, while the Homewood Suites will have 127. American Liberty Hospitality will look to have the 14-story hotels finished in the first quarter of 2016. More...

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Marriott Marquis - Opening Winter 2016
RIDA Development Corp. broke ground in April 2014 on the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis that will rise adjacent to the GRB Convention Center. The massive hotel, along with the existing Hilton Americas Houston, will bookend Discovery Green and dramatically increase Houston's ability to host major conventions. The hotel will feature a rooftop lazy river and more than 104,000 square feet of meeting space, including Houston's largest ballroom. A two-story sports bar, two restaurants, a coffee shop and wine bar will help round out the amenities at the Marquis. More...

Hotel Alessandra - Opening 2017
One much-anticipated new hotel project will help anchor the mixed-use GreenStreet development Downtown. Hotel Alessandra will be a tall, narrow tower at Fannin and Polk streets with 225 rooms. Valencia Group is spending $67 million on the 25-story project that will include 10,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space as well as an indoor/outdoor event deck and a restaurant and bar. More...

The Post Oak Project - Opening Late 2017
Construction started in fall 2015 on business mogul Tillman Fertitta’s new Uptown project dubbed The Post Oak. The 680,000-square-foot mixed-use tower will include a luxury 250-room hotel along with office space and 22 apartment units. Though the flag for the hotel component of the project has not yet been chosen, it’s expected to be one of the most luxurious property’s in town once complete in late 2017. More...

The Residences at La Colombe d'Or - Opening 2020
A new luxury apartment tower is slated to break ground next year behind a boutique hotel in Montrose. Houston-based real estate developer Hines is teaming up with La Colombe d'Or to build a 34-story residential tower, according to a statement. The 285-unit project, the Residences at La Colombe d'Or, will be built on an one-acre site owned by the Zimmerman family, who own the hotel. More...

 


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RESTAURANTS


Bernadine's - Opened December 2015 
Bernadine's, a new restaurant from Executive Chef Graham Laborde, will be a postcard from the Gulf Coast. Inspired by the cuisine found all along the I-10 corridor, the menu will consist of everything from grilled oysters to roast duck and BBQ crab to house-made boudin. It will be located next door to Hunky Dory. More...

Hunky Dory - Opened October 2015
Chris Cusack of Down House teamed up with Chef Richard Knight, formerly with Feast, to create a new outside-the-box concept dubbed Hunky Dory in the Heights. The "modern tavern" features some of the more unusual British-style dishes that Knight was known for at Feast. The spot is also visually stunning thanks to celebrated Austin-based designer Michael Hsu. More...

Foreign Correspondents - Opened October 2015 
Houstonfishmonger PJ Stoops leads the kitchen at this new Thai restaurant focused on local ingredients prepared in traditional northern Thai style. The restaurant seats approximately 200 in its bar, dining room, and shaded patio. More...

State of Grace - Opened October 2015
Atlanta celebrity chef Ford Fry’s highly-anticipated State of Grace made its debut in a bright and airy River Oaks space this fall. In his first Houston venture, Fry, a James Beard-nominated chef, teamed up with executive chef Bobby Matos to create a southern menu inspired by Houston and the Gulf Coast. More...

Helen Greek Food and Wine - Opened July 2015
Helen Greek Food and Wine is Houston’s first modern Greek restaurant. The city has featured Greek diners, Gyros, and traditional restaurants, but it’s not often that you find a modern Greek taverna outside of NYC or Greece itself. Helen Greek Food and Wine also boasts the second largest all-Greek wine menu in the country. The revolutionary menu features authentic dishes like a wood-grilled octopus, rabbit stifado, and grilled Texas quail. More...
 

Coming Soon

Biggio's - Opening November 2016
named after Houston baseball legend Craig Biggio, Biggio's will be a part of the new Marriott Marquis hotel and convention district downtown. The upscale sports bar plans on offering high-quality steaks, burgers, and wings as well as local craft beers, wines, and cocktails. More...

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ARTS & MUSIC

Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts New Campus - Completion Expected in Late 2017
Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the first in the nation to marry academics with a concentrated training in the arts, is building a new 168,000-square-foot building Downtown. The massive new structure will relocate the school that inspired the musical Fame from its current Montrose campus into the center of Downtown adjacent to the Theater District. The five-level building will include an 800-seat main theater with a balcony, dance and music studios, and art galleries. Plans also call for a modern outdoor dining area on the first level and outdoor roof terrace located near the library. More...

The Menil Collection Drawing Institute and Master Plan - Ongoing 
The Menil Collection has appointed Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) to enhance and expand the landscape design of the institution’s 30-acre campus. The appointment signaled of implementation of the Menil’s master plan for its urban “neighborhood of art,” as the enclave of museum buildings, green spaces, and bungalows has been called. The Menil’s project, undertaken on the basis of a master site plan by David Chipperfield Architects, calls for the creation of additional green space and walkways, new visitor amenities such as the now-open Bistro Menil and new buildings. The first new art building on campus will be the Menil Drawing Institute, a freestanding center for the exhibition, collection, conservation and study of modern and contemporary drawings, to be designed by the Los Angeles-based firm Johnston Marklee. More...

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SHOPS

Galleria - Redevelopment and Expansion - Ongoing through 2016
Work has begun on a $250 million redevelopment initiative that will bring more high-end retail to Houston's famed Galleria. Galleria III is being demolished to make room for a new, more pedestrian-friendly space that will front Westheimer and provide room for about 35 new luxury stores including The Webster and Celine as well as a brand new Saks. The redevelopment is slated for completion in mid to late 2015. More...

New Downtown Retail Corridor - Ongoing 
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority is vetting proposals to redevelop the former Sakowitz department store building at Main and Dallas streets. The project could include as much as 90,000 square feet of retail space. More broadly, the authority is looking at options to bring a total of up to 400,000 square feet of retail to the Dallas Street corridor. More...


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NIGHTLIFE

Axelrad Beer Garden - Opened December 2015
Houston has no shortage of craft beer, with 16 breweries across the city and more popping up almost monthly. And it’s the mission of the new Axelrad Beer Garden to shine a spotlight on Houston’s brew scene, from the oldest brewery in Texas, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., to newer brew spots like Karbach and Buffalo Bayou breweries. More...

 

 


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SPORTS


Super Bowl LI - February 2017 
Houston will host Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium. The Super Bowl is the most watched annual sporting event in the United States, drawing hundreds of millions of viewers and unprecedented media attention to the host city. The game will have an economic impact of well over $300 million for Houston. More...


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TRANSPORTATION & TOURS

B-Cycle Expands Across Central Houston - Expansion through 2018
The city's B-Cycle program kicked into high gear in 2014, expanding from a pilot phase of just three bike racks around Downtown to nearly 30 stations stretching from Montrose to the Museum District. Plans call for continued expansion in 2016 and beyond. The system currently includes 31 stations and 225 bikes but will add another 71 stations and 568 bikes with money from a federal grant. B-Cycle will move into areas like the city’s major university campuses, the Med Center and other areas inside the 610 Loop that have not yet benefited from bike share. The bike-share program allows member users to check-out cruiser-style bikes free of charge for up to an hour and just $2 for each additional ½ hour. More...
 


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A.J. Mistretta
PR Director
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
713-437-5206
amistretta@visithouston.com 

Leah Fillion 
Public Relations Manager 
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau 
713-437-5275
lfillion@visithouston.com

 

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