Mixed Use Project, Park Renovations To Create “Urban Campus” In Upper Kirby

Houston Business Journal

By Olivia Pulsinelli

Midway Cos. said Tuesday a park renovation project will complement its plans for an Upper Kirby mixed-use development, creating an 11-acre “urban activity center” through a partnership with the district.

The Houston-based developer signed a 99-year ground lease agreement to develop its Kirby Grove mixed-use project on two parcels adjacent to the 5.6-acre Levy Park.

“The partnership between Midway and the Upper Kirby District will not only activate the park with complementary uses, but will also fund the majority of Levy Park’s renovations, as well as the ongoing maintenance and programming for the next 99 years,” Midway said in a statement Tuesday.

Houston-based landscape architecture firm The Office of James Burnett will design the $10 million park renovations, which will include native landscaping, playscapes, water features, a performance pavilion, an event lawn, a community garden and a dog park. The project will also include curated, year-round programming.

Meanwhile, Midway broke ground on the adjacent Kirby Grove project in November. A multifamily development with 270 units will be to the south of the park, and a 250,000-square-foot building for office and retail space will be to the east of the park.

Midway declined to disclose the architect, builder or cost of the Kirby Grove project.

Vitol Inc. is the primary tenant for the office space, and the overall project will provide an urban campus for the company, a Midway spokesman said.

Houston Business Journal previously reported the Netherlands-based energy trading company would move its Houston office from 1100 Louisiana to an Upper Kirby location developed by Midway.

The park renovation is expected to officially begin this summer, and both projects are expected to be complete as early as next spring.

Midway has other Houston projects underway, including the latest addition to CityCentreand the redevelopment of downtown’s Houston Pavilions into GreenStreet, a mixed-use, three-block project.