T.I. property redevelopment unveiled
By Karen Daniels
Since the announcement of Texas Instruments’ departure from Stafford, there has been plenty of speculation on the future of the 192 acres. Last Tuesday, May 27, plans were unveiled at a very rare meeting held between the Stafford City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Stafford Economic Development Corporation. Brian Murphy, Principal with Street Level Investments, the master developer of The Legacy at Stafford,
said the $500 million dollar project would preserve most of the 50-year old trees currently on the property. A team of six additional companies were introduced, each with distinct specialties to help complete a project of this magnitude. (Eight City Centers could fit onto the 192 acres.) Described as “a rare bank slate” the concept is work, play, live. Mayor Scarcella said, “This is the most important project this city will approve.”
Outlet Center: The current baseball field-400Ksf-will have approximately 150 stores. The decision for the outlet is due to retail trend and close proximity to First Colony Mall.
The Lawn: Half acre of grassy lawn where family and friends are encouraged to hang out, play, and watch planned events. “The heart of the project.”
Restaurants: A variety of restaurants-50,000 sf-built among the open-air shopping centers near office buildings, retail, and outlet mall.
Commercial: Three or four office buildings and four parking garages.
2 Branded Hotels: No names were provided, but at least one “full service” hotel will be sought out. Ten story building(s)-tallest in complex.
Multi-Family: 4 different architectural buildings; 3 stories each: The Teak, The Willow, The Magnolia, The Oak. 1800 total units.
Office/Warehouses: Light industrial buildings on the back 40 acres that borders Murphy Road. Separate entrances; no cut-through to the Legacy.
Trails, Jogging Paths, Dog Park, Splash Pad, Ponds, Landscape Designs
The land is divided into three sections: front, middle and back. The front 92 acres along Hwy 59 are designated for retail and commercial and the back side along Murphy Road for light industrial. These two sections will be ready for ground-breaking between “September and November of 2014,” said Mr. Murphy, with a completion date in 2016. There is a push to finish construction on Phase 1 before Superbowl LI comes to Houston.
There will be a delay on the middle 60 acres of the property—Texas Instruments is leasing this portion back through 2016. This section will have some commercial and retail, The Lawn, but the majority of this property will be residential. Stafford’s zoning ordinances don’t allow for multi-family in this area, at this time. An ordinance amending the current zoning regulation will need to be requested. The completion date for Phase 2 is mid to late 2017.
After the presentation, members of all three Boards, asked questions and made suggestions. Councilman Willis thanked Street Level for thinking of the trees and would like to see a grocery store. Councilman Woolridge requested a big-box store. Councilman Mathew does not want light industrial. Gwen Goodwin spoke about traffic concerns and connectivity. Mayor Protem Guerra wants more information about the infrastructure and water drainage. Mayor Scarcella said, “The Legacy of Stafford potentially offers the city an outstanding opportunity to transform a large manufacturing facility into a game altering multi-use endeavor which can greatly embellish the dynamics of the city.”
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