We all know Houston is a beautiful city, but what’s new? Houston is constantly renovating and advancing its buildings, parks, and events to make it one of the best cities to live in. Here’s a list of just some of the projects Houston has in the works.
Opening Spring 2017
Midtown Park is an $18 million project that will create a six-acre site on which there will be a multifaceted urban park. Officials broke ground on this in May 2015, and have since been working on recreation facilities, retail space, a 300-unit apartment complex and more that will be included in this park.
Lone Star Flight Museum
Relocating/Expanding in September 2017
The Lone Star Flight Museum will relocate from Galveston to Houston’s Ellington Airport. In early 2016, construction on this new museum began and it is expected to open in September 2017. This is a $38 million project, and it is a 130,000-square-foot facility. The Museum will include the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, a renowned flying collection of historic aircraft, a $1 million high-tech Aviation Learning Center and dynamic hands-on exhibits. Other components include an auditorium, exhibit hall, library, gift shop and cafeteria.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Expansion
Completion Expected in 2019
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced its expansion plans in early 2015 that will effectively change the face of the cultural institution in the years to come. This project includes two new buildings that will compliment the existing structures as well as complete reimagining of the north side of the campus with additions that are pedestrian friendly. Also, the $450 budget includes an addition of 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.
Holocaust Museum Houston Expansion
Completion Expected in Early 2019
This $33.8 million project will begin construction in October of 2017, and will more than double the size of the historical Holocaust Museum. The new Lester and Sue Smith Campus of the museum will span 57,000 square feet and make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the nation. The new and improved museum will include a 200 seat theater for professional performances, an expansion of the “Bearing Witness” permanent exhibit which will include testimony and artifacts from Houston-area survivors. Also, exhibit space for the German World War II railcar and a Danish rescue boat will be added to the collection, along with a new library and classroom space. Get ready to experience the wide array of improvements available with the completion of this museum!
Airline Farmers Market Redevelopment
Groundbreaking in Late 2017
The Airline Farmers Market is decades-old and is a mainstay for the Airline Drive and North Heights neighborhood. This plan to redevelop the 18-acre space will likely bring new food options, retailers and others to the site which will make it a more attractive destination for both locals and tourists! MLB Capital Partners is leading the effort and involving local chefs in the project. Plans are continuing to develop.