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Community leaders in northwest Houston are taking a closer look at marketing as the Grand Parkway moves closer to completion.

Slated for a first quarter of 2016 opening, construction on the Grand Parkway continues to progress.

Just last week, Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders sent out an email stating they had reached a milestone with the 100 percent completion of beams and bridge decks stretching the 38-mile roadway.

The Grand Parkway’s segments F-G will allow for East Montgomery County and surround communities to travel to other parts of the county and Houston easier.

Motorists in north Houston expecting to use the city’s third outer loop in 2015 on their daily commutes will have to wait a few more months. Contractor Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders has announced segments F-1, F-2 and G of the Grand Parkway will open sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

Both Tomball and Magnolia officials are making headway on large projects to control development, marking progress on their comprehensive plans and providing a framework for the future.

After more than a century as cities, Tomball and Magnolia adopted their comprehensive plans in 2009 and 2013, respectively, to guide future development in the rapidly growing area.

Local officials took the stage June 25 during the seventh annual Tomball Economic Development Corporation Economic Outlook Luncheon to discuss mobility projects and the area’s growth.

The 10-mile area surrounding Tomball nearly doubled from 245,000 people in 2000 to 485,000 people this year, Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan said during the luncheon.

The first tenant of the Tomball Business and Technology Park broke ground Sept. 30 on its new 62,000-square-foot research and development facility.

Canadian-based Packers Plus Energy Services, an international oilfield services company, will begin construction in October on Phase 1 of its new facility, which is expected to be complete in mid-2016, Chief Technology Officer Kevin Trahan said.

Tomball and Magnolia are becoming the new hot spots in the Greater Houston area for industrial development, according to local developers. The cities are benefiting from relatively low building prices per square foot in comparison to other parts of the Greater Houston area as well as an abundance of available lots.

The city will have an opportunity to further tap into its early 1900s railroad roots when the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum relocates to a 3- to 4-acre tract just south of the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza within the next two years.

During its June 1 meeting, Tomball City Council unanimously approved a contract with the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society to relocate its museum to Tomball.

Although land for the site was purchased in late 2013, developers are continuing to work to secure the first tenant for the estimated $50 million mixed-use Peck Station development, which could break ground as early as mid- to late 2016.

The 34.5-acre tract, which is located north of FM 2920 between Snook Lane and FM 2978 in Tomball, is proposed to feature a hotel, upscale multifamily units, retail space, restaurants and commercial offices at build-out by 2020, said Jerry Hayley, co-president of development firm 2978 Panormus LP.

Plans hold steady for future Peck Station

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