Buffalo Bayou East Sector Investment Framework and Master Plan
HR&A developed an investment framework to guide the long-term planning and investment in the East Sector and is managing development of a Conceptual Master Plan.
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the nationally-recognized developer and operator of Houston’s celebrated 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park, which was completed in 2015 and has become one of the country’s great urban green spaces. Building upon this success, BBP seeks to extend the Buffalo Bayou greenway network along four miles of Buffalo Bayou waterfront east of Downtown Houston, catalyzing broader neighborhood revitalization in a predominantly industrial and post-industrial landscape that is disconnected from the surrounding historic communities.
HR&A’s Investment Framework Report assessed existing conditions and defined a vision, key priorities, and next steps for BBP’s activities in the waterfront areas of Houston’s Second and Fifth Wards, collectively known as the East Sector, consistent with principles of authenticity, connectivity, and inclusiveness. The report identified open space and neighborhood redevelopment opportunities and strategies and provided a long-term implementation plan for BBP’s activity and investment in the East Sector, including recommending the initiation of a masterplan for the East Sector.
Following the investment framework report, HR&A managed the solicitation process that led to the selection of a world-class master planning team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. HR&A is managing the 10-month master planning process to guide the creation of an integrated, multidisciplinary blueprint that is positioned for successful implementation and grounded in forward-looking market reality. As part of this work, HR&A is leading analysis and strategy related to real estate, financing, engagement, and implementation planning.