Construction is underway on the Grand Parkway segments H and I-1, which will run east and west through Montgomery County and intersect with Hwy. 59 in Porter. MAKING CONNECTIONS
“What drew us to that location was the accessibility provided by the Grand Parkway,” Barnhart said. “Historically, that area was hard to get to, but the Grand Parkway opened up a whole newworld.” While the Grand Parkway continues to fuel growth, Mattlage said develop- ers have also been drawn to East Mont- gomery County because of the region’s unique features. “East Montgomery County oers a low cost of living, increased opportuni- ties for jobs, brand-new amenities and a great quality of life,” Mattlage said. “People recognize that and are anxious to move to our area.” The per capita annual income for Montgomery County was $41,211 as of 2019, compared to the statewide gure of $31,277, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Amazon began construction on a new 140,000-square-foot delivery sta- tion located at Hwy. 59 and Kingwood Drive in Porter in early 2021. The proj- ect is expected to be completed by the rst quarter of 2022. Daniel Martin, Amazon operations public relations manager, said when determining where to expand, the company considers specic criteria he believes the Porter area ts.
“From the local jobs that we bring, to the local people that we employ, train or upskill, our business is really made up of people from the communities like Spring and Porter,” Martin said. The Lowe’s New Caney center will also employ about 200 people. Chen said he believes the center will benet both the residents of the region as well as its economy. “This new bulk distribution center will bring quality jobs that will have a strong residual economic impact on this area, and we anticipate [it] will also spur additional development in the region,” Chen said. The Grand Parkway has been a catalyst for much of East Montgom- ery County’s growth, and as the road expands, additional construction jobs were created. At the peak of the seg- ment H and I projects, 800 individu- als were employed, according to Chris Neil, Grand Parkway infrastructure public relations manager. “This project has created hundreds of jobs for individuals in the local com- munities that run along the project cor- ridor,” Neil said.
“We’re seeing increased demand; we think there’s …. a great talented local workforce; we’ve got strong support from local and state leaders, and the [location is] kind of primed for us,” Martin said. At the EMCID’s industrial park in New Caney, a new 1.5 million-square- foot Lowe’s distribution center is slated to open in late September. Upon com- pletion, the center will be the largest industrial building in Montgomery County, Mattlage said. Pedro Chen, Lowe’s senior pub- lic relations analyst, said the EMCID industrial park was selected for the location, in part, because it will enable the company to provide next-day delivery to customers in both Texas and Louisiana. “The 1.5 million-square-foot facility will enable Lowe’s to provide faster and more predictable deliveries to cus- tomers in Texas and Louisiana as we continue to grow our distribution net- work,” Chen said. Industrial, construction jobs The new companies coming to the area are bringing hundreds of new jobs. Once Amazon’s Porter-area facility opens, at least 200 full- and part-time jobs will be created, Martin said.
Grand Parkway segments H and I-1
Size: 37.5 miles Opening: spring 2022 New construction jobs: 800 (at peak of the project) Cost: $855 million
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