Not even a tornado can keep the City of Humble down.
The city is seeing tremendous growth and development, according to City Manager Jason Stuebe, and one of the key developers in the city, Ben Allen with Archway Properties, hinted about a major distributor that will be occupying a 685,000-square-foot logistics center that dominates the landscape along Will Clayton Boulevard and Highway 59.
Stuebe and Allen both spoke at Partnership Lake Houston’s Humble BizCom Jan. 13 at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center near Historic Downtown Humble.
“Unfortunately, we are getting good at this,” City Manager Stuebe began as he described the destruction caused by a tornado just north of Timberwood subdivision in Humble. He praised Humble’s first responders and city staff who had removed the debris and got the city back in working order by the end of the day.
“My wife tells me we should be happy we got this year’s disaster out of the way early in the year,” Stuebe said.
The city is building two new facilities; replacing the old senior center with a new 11,000-square-foot facility and moving Fire Department No. 2 to its new location on the site of the old senior center, which will soon be demolished. The location of the two new buildings is at South Houston Avenue and Will Clayton Boulevard.
The $4.6 million cost of the new fire department building comes from Hurricane Harvey grant funds, according to Stuebe.
The City of Humble has joined with the City of Houston and other government bodies in both Harris and Montgomery counties to apply for a state grant for engineering studies that would focus on the flooding of Spring Creek, Cypress Creek and the San Jacinto River, according to Stuebe.
The study, he said, would also study the possibility of building new reservoirs that would hold the water and prevent flooding.
The city also is conducting several drainage and detention projects from Covid Relief funds to prevent the chronic flooding around the Bender Avenue area and around First Street near Dennis Street.
“We are going to fix it and do it right,” he said.
Tax revenue looks good, Stuebe said, and the city is ready to begin discussion on revitalization of Humble’s Historic Downtown which “ … came to a screeching halt …” because of the pandemic.
“We had a very productive meeting along with the partnership and an architectural firm and we are waiting on their proposal for a master plan for downtown,” Stuebe said.
“The Army Corps of Engineers has cleared for development an area in our northwest quadrant of the city, so you are going to see some more commercial and residential development there,” Stuebe said. “You also will see some residential development along Will Clayton in the next few months.”
“There is an exceptionally large, 600,000-square-foot building that we have all been looking at and Archway can tell you about. I am excited to hear what they have to say,” Stuebe teased, leading to the next speaker, Ben Allen with Archway Properties.
Archway bought what is now called Park Air 59 at Will Clayton Boulevard and Highway 59 in 2012, displaying a photograph at BizCom showing an empty swath of land.
Allen then displayed a recent photo of Park Air 59, now home to Rooms-To-Go, Floor and Décor, Northern Tool and Equipment, Heart and Vein Medical Building, Schlotzsky’s and a Sunoco Service Station.
There still is room for one more restaurant and one more medical office building, Allen said, plus the 685,000-square-foot logistics center that dominates the landscape and is still empty.
Allen hinted that the mammoth building is leased to a national furniture distribution company that also will house a showroom that, he believes, will open in May.
“The city will receive a good tax benefit from having this warehouse and showroom in Humble,” Allen said, “and we’ve had a very positive economic impact to Humble and to Lake Houston, creating 500 jobs from businesses that have located at Park Air 59.”