Houston City Council approves Ellington Airport annexation for San Jacinto College aerospace training center

Houston City Council on May 1, with almost no discussion, approved an item annexing part of the Ellington Airport to San Jacinto College to create an aerospace training program.

Ellington Airport includes 300 acres designated as the Houston Spaceport, which will eventually host several aerospace companies that will develop technology to help NASA and a commercial spaceport with planes capable of flying passengers at supersonic speeds. San Jacinto College wants to capitalize on the spaceport by developing a training center that will provide students with education, technical training and job development for the city’s aerospace industry, according to a city document.

Under the council-approved agreement, 153 acres of airport land owned by the city will be annexed to San Jacinto College for the training center. The center will initially be located in the spaceport’s Houston Aerospace Support Center at 13150 Space Center Blvd., Houston, according to the document.

“This is just a win-win situation with the acreage that we put over to San Jacinto College system,” At-Large Council Member Jack Christie said. “This is the place to be. This is the city of the future.”

The college’s service area encompasses the entire airport, but only a portion of the service area is in the college’s taxing district. The facilities must be in the college’s taxing district for the college to invest in the training center, according to the document.

City Council will later make a decision on an agreement for the college to lease space in the support center.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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