Officials talk park improvements, incoming e-commerce tenant at Humble BizCom event

The city of Humble has been investing in improvements to its four parks, such as Schott Park. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Humble has been investing in improvements to its four parks, such as Schott Park. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Humble has been investing in improvements to its four parks, such as Schott Park. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local business leaders and community members gathered virtually May 6 at Humble BizCom, an event hosted by Partnership Lake Houston. The speakers, which included Humble city officials, a city of Houston official and a representative with Archway Properties, discussed local projects, campaigns and developments in the Humble area.

Park improvements

Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe discussed recent and future improvements to the city's public parks during the BizCom event. In the last several years, Stuebe said the city of Humble has been making improvements to the city's four parks: Schott Park, Hirsch Memorial Park, Uptown Park and Timberwood Park.

Improvements have included new fencing, new playground equipment and canopy systems, and refreshed sport courts, Stuebe said.

"We've been very busy over the last few years updating all of our parks," he said. "One thing that I challenged our Parks Director Jeremy Mittag and his crew [with] was developing parks that are more vibrant and more inviting to our community and our visitors."

The city of Humble also has plans to continue improvements at the parks, including planting new shrubbery and flower bushes, removing dead trees and updating signage in and around the parks, Stuebe said.

In the future, Schott Park will get a sand volleyball court, outdoor workout equipment, a second small playground to the east side of the park and basketball goals; Hirsch Memorial Park will get a covered area for picnics, new basketball goals and new fencing; and Timberwood Park will get new basketball goals as well as new playground equipment with a canopy system.

Lake Houston safety updates

Houston Mayor Pro-tem Dave Martin's office, which represents District E in the Kingwood area, recently helped launch Know Your Zone: a new campaign focused on improving safety and knowledge of Lake Houston.

Jessica Beemer, chief of staff for Martin, said the city of Houston collaborated with local first responders for a year to create the safety plan. The plan separates Lake Houston—and parts of the east and west forks of the San Jacinto River—into seven color-coded zones.

The zones will help boaters and residents identify geographic areas of the lake by colors so that when an emergency call is made, first responders are able to locate individuals in need of assistance. Signs will soon be installed on bridges to indicate the color zones of the lake, and community members can also request wrapped signs for boat docks, boat ramps and fishing piers, Beemer said.

Community members can visit to print out a map of the zone and boat safety tips.

Development at Park Air 59

Ben Allen, partner with Archway Properties, talked about new tenants set to join Park Air 59, an 111-acre mixed-use development at the northeast corner of Will Clayton Parkway and Hwy. 59 in Humble.

In addition to Enterprise Holdings and Greater Houston Kidney Clinic joining the development next year, Allen also hinted to a new e-commerce retailer set to occupy the Air 59 Logistics Center, a 685,400-square-foot building that was completed in 2019.

He said the goal has always been for the large building to be occupied by a single tenant. Now, the vision is coming closer to realty, as an undisclosed tenant could soon be announced for the space.

"We are negotiating a lease currently for one tenant to lease the entire building," he said. "It's an e-commerce group—not the big one that we all know—but it is an e-commerce retailer. [We] expect to be able to announce something on that here in the next few weeks."
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.


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