The biggest developments to watch
OTHER STORIES TO FOLLOW IN 2022 Amazon to bring jobs to area with League City delivery station Amazon will open its new, 180,000-square-foot delivery station in League City early this year, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The location at 2455 Tuscan Lake Blvd. will speed up deliveries in Galveston County. The League City site comes after an Amazon delivery station opened in October at 4975 Gulf Freeway, La Marque. While Amazon ocials were unable to provide details on how many employees the company will hire for the League City site, the La Marque site hired more than 300 employees, Amazon ocials said via email.
TOP DEVELOPMENT STORY TO WATCH IN 2022
New spaceport tenants to lay groundwork
SPACEPORT INVESTMENTS In 2022, three tenants are set to open or break ground on more than 700,000 square feet in the Houston Spaceport: Collins Aerospace, Intuitive Machines and Axiom Space.
BY KELLY SCHAFLER
Ellington Airport began con- structing the 153-acre Phase 1 of the Houston Spaceport in June 2019 with the vision of creating infrastructure to attract aerospace and aviation companies to support the future of space ight, said Arturo Machuca, director of Ellington Airport and the Houston Spaceport. In 2022, three tenants will open or break ground in the spaceport: Collins Aerospace, Intuitive Machines and Axiom Space. “Our vision ... called for the creation of a cluster of aerospace and aviation companies that will support commer- cial space ight to become a regular thing,” he said. “Recent developments have once again rearmed the posi- tive assertion we made back then.” Additionally, the airport is accepting contract bids to design Taxiway Lima, a more than $130 million runway that will be vital for Axiom’s 2023 space launch, Machuca said. The taxiway, which will run adjacent to the spaceport and a nearby Ellington Airport runway, will break ground in July with certain sections opening by summer 2023. Apush for aerospace The three incoming companies will occupy about 50 acres combined within Phase 1 of the spaceport, which Machuca said leaves about 100 acres to attract future tenants. Together, they will bring about 1,500 high-paying jobs to the region, Machuca said. “The momentum is ripe for us to
A Collins Aerospace Construction timeline: June 2021-July 2022 Cost: $26 million B Intuitive Machines Construction timeline: late January 2022-2023 Cost: $40 million C Axiom Space Construction timeline: spring 2022-2023 Cost: $40 million D Taxiway Lima Construction timeline: July 2022-2023* Cost: $130 million
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SPACE CENTER BLVD.
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*SOME PORTIONS WILL OPEN IN 2023.
SOURCE: HOUSTON SPACEPORTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Texas’ second Great Wolf Lodge sets sights on Webster Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park resort, will open in Webster, according to city agenda documents. The purchase and sale agreement between the city of Webster and Great Wolf Resorts was approved at the Nov. 16 Webster Economic Development Corp. meeting. In November 2020, the WEDC spent $2 million to buy a 35.36-acre tract of land to accommodate the new attraction, per agenda documents. The contract did not include the park location or build-out timeline. Webster Economic Development Director Betsy Giusto declined to comment on the park and directed all questions to Great Wolf Resorts but did say a formal announcement might happen in the rst quarter of 2022.
continue growing,” he said. In July, Collins Aerospace will open its new facility featuring oce space, manufacturing laboratory space and accelerator space, Machuca said. Intuitive Machines will begin building its new facility in late January ahead of its 2023 opening. The build- ing will replace its current space in the Houston Aerospace Support Center. Finally, construction on Axiom Space’s facility will begin this spring and nish in summer 2023 . The company will build modules that will connect to the International Space Station with its rst launch scheduled for 2023. Meanwhile, astronaut Jack Fischer’s
brainchild, TexSpace, aims to support aerospace companies relocating or launching in the Houston region. After its spring 2021 launch, TexSpace is working to obtain its nonprot designation and is forming other partnerships, including with the U.S. Space Force Association. Kim Morris, TexSpace board member and aerospace marketing manager for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partner- ship, said he hopes the association will establish a presence in Houston. “The goal this year and going forward is to unite our region’s local academic and innovation communi- ties to best support these emerging startups,” he said.
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