Humble approves variance request for ‘cutting edge’ development
The Humble City Council approved Archway Properties’ variance request to reduce the percentage of brick or stone coverage required on the exterior walls of its 20-acre development during a council meeting on Thursday at city hall.
The developer is seeking an exemption for Parc Air 59 from an Humble regulation that requires nonresidential buildings to have 25 percent brick or stone coverage on exterior walls.
Powers Brown Architecture Project Manager Scott Thompson said the Parc Air 59 design is consistent with all other industrial parks around the Greater Houston area in a letter to Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe.
“We believe the designs provide the intent of the ordinance and provides an attractive building that will bring business and interest to the surrounding area for future growth,” Thompson said in the letter.
City Manager Jason Stuebe said the city has received several requests for similar buildings in the area during the public meeting.
Council Member David Pierce asked what projects ARCO is working on that is similar to Parc Air 59.
ARCO Business Development Director John Atcheson said the company is currently constructing a joint venture in Katy that is a similar building style. The Katy development is 300,000 square feet compared to Parc Air 59, which will be 685,400 square feet.
“(Parc Air 59) is going to be one of the first 40-foot cleared warehouse in the Houston area,” Atecheson said. “They build them up in Dallas and different parts of the country, but this is going to be cutting edge for the City of Houston.”
Slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018, Parc Air 59 includes three buildings, a 160,000-square-foot cross-dock and two, 80,000-square-foot single-load buildings.
Anchored by Vital Heart & Vein’s three-story medical office building, the 20-acre mixed-use development will also feature an industrial park and other developments.
Removing the maximum age
Council members also approved the fire department’s request to remove the maximum age of 35 years old to receive more firefighter applicants.
Humble Fire Chief David Langenberg said candidates will still have to pass a physical and written exam and an interview even if the maximum age requirement is rescinded. The minimum age remains at 18 years old.
“We should be able to judge someone on their physical ability and not necessarily their age,” Langenberg said.
The council decided not to take an action at this time during executive session regarding economic development negotiations.