In the fast-growing Lake Houston area, Generation Park—a mixed-use business development by McCord Development—is evolving with infrastructure projects that include the Generation Parkway and the forthcoming 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center for Target, according to an Oct. 11 news release from McCord Development.

The project—upon which development began in 2012— is home to notable projects such as corporate offices as well as institutes of higher learning, including Lone Star College’s Process Technology Center and San Jacinto College’s Generation Park campus. HTX Surf, a simulated surfing experience from Beach Street Development, is also expected to open in 2025, according to Ian Adler, marketing director for McCord Development.

“We've had a lot of industrial announcements lately, but we're working very hard to bring a vibrant retail ecosystem here with great shops, great restaurants and great experiences,” Adler said. “We're really working hard on the lifestyle and entertainment portions of our development.”

The specifics

Currently under construction, Generation Parkway is a central road and infrastructure project in Generation Park, connecting the development between West Lake Houston Parkway and Lockwood Road. The $29 million infrastructure project includes the construction of new roads, utilities, drainage systems, parks, trails and lakes.The first segment is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to the release.

Generation Parkway will be the primary road in the development, linking the west and east sides with a four-lane, tree-lined boulevard, including pedestrian-friendly features and recreational amenities.

Additionally, Generation Park is completing a $57 million infrastructure project on the eastern side of the development, which includes wet and dry utilities, new roads, and off-site drainage. Officials noted the project began with the sale of 145 acres to developer Panattoni for Target's 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center in 2022. The distribution center is expected to be completed in 2024, according to McCord officials.

The project includes the construction of Common Dock Road, which is for the Urban Fulfillment Corridor designed to serve as the truck access road for future industrial projects. Officials noted the separation of trucks from regular vehicular traffic and pedestrians will enhance safety.

Another project coming to Generation Park is two developments from Centris Industrial, a firm specializing in investing in and constructing large-scale warehouses and logistics projects across the U.S. The 255,000-square-foot side-load facility is located on West Lake Houston Parkway, while the 1 million-square-foot cross-dock facility is located on Generation Parkway and Lockwood Road. Both facilities are available to lease, according to the release.

The project that aims to connect the west part of the development is The Ray—a 4-mile pedestrian walkway marketed as a “superhighway,” which loops around the development, linking all districts within Generation Park West—per the release. The first phase of The Ray is currently in development and features a 12-foot-wide paved trail designed for pedestrians and cyclists.

Future phases will include an 8-foot-wide running trail made of decomposed granite next to the pedestrian trail. Next to the running trail, there are future plans for an ultra-light rail system called The Light Ray.