by Dorothy Puch Lillig
Named one of the “10 Hottest Neighborhoods in Houston in 2018,” the Spring Branch District is poised to keep heating up. And we’re not talking about the summer weather.
More and more families and individuals are choosing Spring Branch as their home. Since the 2010 census, the population has grown from 107,700 to 120,600 and is expected to continue to grow each year.
As more people arrive, so do the business opportunities. Spring Branch households spend nearly $2 billion on retail goods and services per year. With more than 120,000 consumers and counting right there in the neighborhood, it’s no wonder new businesses are popping up in the Spring Branch District.
A few of the most recent ones include 4J Brewing Company, Tres Amigos Bakery, Cerebros technology services and The Cannon.
Lawson Gow, founder and CEO of The Cannon, a hub for entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers, said he chose Spring Branch for his 33-acre campus because of its location and potential for growth.
“Our clients are in this area or can get to this area,” Gow said. “Spring Branch has all the pieces that a startup needs.”
Having just opened in a 20,000-square-foot building on Brittmoore Road late last year, The Cannon already has 65 companies using the collaborative office space. A new 120,000-square-foot building is currently under construction, Gow said, and there is a wait list for spots in the new building.
Spring Branch will only become more enticing to new businesses and residents as the Spring Branch Management District puts its Comprehensive Plan into action. Working off the 15-year “blueprint for action,” the District has big plans for the area, including the reimagining of Long Point Road.
Long Point Road, which runs for just over five miles from Conrad Sauer Drive in the west to Hempstead Road in the east, has historically been Spring Branch’s main commercial artery. Plans for reimagining Long Point Road include wider sidewalks, shade trees, dedicated bicycle lanes and walkable “nodes” of development, according to Michael Robinson of the landscape architecture firm SWA Group, which has been working with the Spring Branch District.
Ninety percent of respondents to a survey said they would support testing a three-lane road configuration to see the impact on traffic volume and congestion. “If proven viable,” Robinson said, “that would free up space to implement a better pedestrian realm of trees, benches, wide sidewalks and bike facilities.”
Robinson said plans are in the works to conduct two pilot projects this fall testing the three-lane configuration along with enhanced landscaping.
In addition to planned improvements along Long Point Road, SWA Group has developed a conceptual plan for Spring Branch’s Haden Park that includes three parks in one: a community park, a nature park, and a family park.
The District also hopes to start construction within the year on a two-mile segment of trail extending an existing trail that now terminates at Northbrook High School.
“An agreement between the city of Houston and CenterPoint Energy allows for construction of trails within CenterPoint’s easement. The District is aspiring to create a Hike-and-Bike Trail connecting the Addicks Reservoir to White Oak Bayou,” said Spring Branch Executive Director David Hawes.
“This trail is part of a bigger plan involving numerous agencies and government groups hoping to connect the entire city through hike-and-bike trails,” Hawes said. “The goal is to increase the number of cyclists on trails and decrease the number of cars on Houston roadways.”
With the help of the Spring Branch Management District, Spring Branch has steadily risen in popularity and, with more improvements in the works, the area will no doubt continue to be a hot spot for those looking for a place to live or do business — or both!
There are now 61 active new single-family subdivisions in Spring Branch. Which businesses will set up in Spring Branch to meet both current and new residents’ needs? The smart ones.
Want to learn more about locating your business in the Spring Branch District? Visit www.SBMD.org/Business or call David Hawes, executive director, at 713.595.1209.