You already know that the Memorial District is the place to be for the best in dining, shopping, and events in Houston. Now, things are getting even more exciting with the expansion of CITYCENTRE underway, the completion of the Marathon Oil building, and the redevelopment of Memorial City office spaces along with the planned development of a new office tower. These projects help cement the Memorial District as a leading center for business in Houston. The Memorial District’s great location and easy access to multiple destinations along with these new developments secure the Memorial District as the perfect place to work, play, and live.
Houston-based development company Midway recently announced the start of the CITYCENTRE Seven project. Replacing the former Four Points by Sheraton Hotel to take over the convenient location at the southeast corner of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8, this 6-story office building will have retail experiences available on the ground floor.
CITYCENTRE Seven will boast 147,000 square feet—nearly 120,000 square feet of which will be Class A office space. Plus, it will have more than 27,000 square feet of shops along with plenty of restaurants, boutique fitness centers, spa and wellness spaces, and convenient parking in a 7-level garage. It will also contain a Marriott International franchise AC Hotel, the second in Houston. CITYCENTRE Seven is already 97 percent leased, with a great mix of tenants. The new development will even contain a 44,590 square foot pocket park of green space.
“The CITYCENTRE area comprises a very dynamic and unique mix of office, retail, hotel, and residential offerings. The overall densification of CITYCENTRE is a testament to the fact that our city continues to grow, and people want to live, work in, and visit this area,” said Chris Seckinger, vice president of Midway.
“We believe the future of work will demand more agile and fluid work environments,” says the CITYCENTRE’s websitesection on the new development. “Leading companies will deliver hospitality-level amenity spaces and provide greater work/life balance by integrating all the aspects of health, well-being, and personal time in attractive and inspiring places. We look forward to working with you to create an iconic office building and a world-class environment that will support your people in reaching their full potential.”
Also, near the southeast corner of I-10 and Beltway 8 in Houston is the new Marathon Oil building, which opened in 2021. The new building brings the Marathon Oil workplace into the modern era, as the original building sprang up nearly 40 years ago. The update means the new workplace supports a better and more efficient work environment that allows for better collaboration and use of modern technology.
“Our new home aligns with our strategy and values, is closer to our highest employee population density, and it's within walking distance to dozens of CITYCENTRE convenience, dining and wellness options. Importantly, it supports our drive toward innovation and the benefits associated with enhanced integration of people and technology,” said VP Curtis Ryland. “Ultimately, our intent is to create an efficient, effective workspace that can facilitate collaboration to capture the full potential of the One Team mind set: the integration of people, technology and innovation across the assets and support teams.”
Memorial City Offices
MetroNational recently launched the $20 million renovation of Memorial City office towers. This exciting endeavor will improve the Memorial City Plaza space by adding nearly 1 million square feet of office space. The lobby of the plaza will also see improvements, and Two Memorial City Plaza will have a fitness center and a conference center. Best of all there will be a covered outdoor dining area called The Porch, and people who work within the complex will have access. We can hardly wait to see how this will turn out.
This combined with MetroNational’s plans for a nine-story building at 9753 Katy Freeway truly makes Memorial City a business powerhouse as well as a well-known retail center. The building will feature unprecedented amenities including a lobby with hospitality-driven social areas, first-floor restaurant and retail spaces and access to the Memorial City Club and the new Lawn greenspace for entertainment and events.
Town & Country Village
Showing their strength as a desirable mixed-use development, Gulf Coast Commercial Group, a Houston-based firm specializing in retail development, management and leasing, leased the nearly 5,000-square-foot, second floor space at 788 West Sam Houston Parkway North in Town & Country Village late last year and has now finished renovations and transferred operations.
According to Gulf Coast Commercial Group, Inc., President Tom Lile, “While our old office served us well for many years, the convenience of being in a low-rise structure and in a mixed-use area like Town & Country Village, offering a myriad of amenities within walking distance, has quickly grown on us all.”