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.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.