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Smart Growth

Building Houston's Competitive Edge: Transit-Oriented Development for the Ensemble/HCC Station

Building Houston's Competitive Edge: Transit-Oriented Development for the Ensemble/HCC Station (2006) explains a project in Houston, Texas, supported by EPA and NOAA's Smart Growth Implementation Assistance for Coastal Communities Program, to help explore opportunities for transit-oriented development.

To help Midtown Houston envision how to take advantage of demand for homes around its transit stations, the Gulf Coast Institute, Main Street Coalition, and Texas A&M partnered to apply for assistance. The Ensemble/HCC station area was selected as a prototype of Midtown development opportunities. The project's goals included:

  • Providing more riders for the light rail system.
  • Creating attractive housing options for the young professionals Houston seeks to attract.
  • Using existing roads and sewer investments for residential development.
  • Increasing the city tax base.
  • Building long-lasting neighborhoods with strong public attractions.

The consultant team held a workshop to examine transit-oriented development market opportunities in Midtown and around the Ensemble/HCC station. The team suggested a conceptual development plan for transit-oriented development around the Ensemble/HCC station and discussed challenges and strategies to implement transit-oriented development in Midtown.

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