Johnson Space Center
multiple access points
Road & Nasa Road 1
Located on a waterfront site of Clear Lake in Seabrook, Texas, just 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston, the Project is less than four miles from NASA Johnson Space Center as well as other demand generators such as the Armand Bayou Nature Center (one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the nation), Kemah Boardwalk (a premier restaurant and entertainment destination), Ellington Field Spaceport, the Port of Houston and a growing petrochemical industry.
To access the site, travelers from William P. Hobby Airport would find their way to 1-45 S, take exit 24 toward NASA Road 1, and proceed for approximately six miles to find the site on the right. Repsdorf Road provides an entry corridor into the property and is a main north-south arterial in Seabrook that connects to SH-146. The property also fronts Nasa Road 1, which is the primary east-west thoroughfare for the city that travels along the coast.
Seabrook as a whole is prime for new development due to its proximity to Houston, NASA, the petrochemical industry, and the Port of Houston. In addition, Seabrook is a gateway for tourists who visit Space Center Houston, Galveston, Kemah, and the new cruise terminal. Many of the large- scale projects, such as the Panama Canal Expansion, SH-146 expansion, and the Ellington Field Spaceport, will have a long-lasting impact on the local economy and will create numerous permanent jobs, inbound travel, and the need for multifamily, retail and hospitality development. The expanded SH-146 Freeway will increase the Seabrook’s connectivity to the rest of Houston.
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) is an important pillar of the area economy. As of 2018 the center itself employed nearly 3,000 civil servants and over 7,800 engineering contractors. Businesses around this core include a broad range of hightech development enterprises. JSC manages more than $4 billion annually in aerospace contracts, and together with numerous private companies involved in space programs and related ventures, gives the area one of the highest concentrations of aerospace businesses and expertise in the nation. Ecotourism, in particular, is a growing sector with destinations such as the Armand Bayou Nature Center, one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the nation, and the Seabrook Trail System, which is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
The Expansion of State Highway (SH) 146 encompasses a 3-mile section running from Red Bluff to south of the Galveston/Harris county line and increase Seabrook’s connectivity to the rest of Houston. Specifically, the project will consist of the following:
Lastly, Clear Lake is relatively affluent and is home to one of the largest concentrations of recreational boats and marinas in the nation. More specifically, Bay Area Houston’s 19 marinas have more than 7,000 boat slips, which ranks as the third largest concentration of pleasure boats in the United States. Recreational boating is sometimes an overlooked driver of economic activity, but in Clear Lake, recreational boating accounts for approximately 10 percent of all gross sales in the Bay Area, estimated to be more than $200 million annually. Recreational boating is significant to tourism as many of the owners of the boats stored in Clear Lake live elsewhere in Texas and often seek lodging in conjunction with their water activity
Bay Area’s tourism industry attracts an estimated one million visitors each year to its attractions ranging from Kemah Boardwalk to Space Center Houston, and to the bay itself. The Kemah Boardwalk is located one mile south of Seabrook and has maintained a reputation as one of the regions premiere restaurant and entertainment destinations for tourists.
The Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre Texas Gulf Coast theme park in Kemah, Texas, approximately 30 miles southeast of Downtown Houston. The Boardwalk is built entirely along the shores of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake and is considered among the premier boardwalks in the United States. The complex is owned and operated by Landry’s, Inc., and is home to more than 10 restaurants, a collection of rides, midway games, attractions, a boutique hotel, a charter yacht, a 400-slip marina and multiple shops.