Sunnyside Landfill

Houston, United States

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Expression of Interest proposals are due by 2019/05/01 - 11:00PM UTC.

Before submitting your project, please make sure your proposal complies with :
  • The common Regulation document
  • The Site Specific Requirements
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01. Name of the Team

02. Composition of the Team

03. Team contact

04. Files (.pdf and .zip format only)

These documents will be submitted both in English and, if different, in the local language, except in Norwegian (for Oslo), in Arabic (for Dubai) and in Icelandic (for Reykavik). Each of these documents will be dated and signed by the representative, or another authorised body of the bidder team.
This form is to be downloaded on the Dataroom of each site, and enables you to describe the composition and the organization of your team.
The project description will present the outlines of the project and solutions proposed for redeveloping the site, in line with the 10 identified environmental challenges. It is set at a maximum of 10 written A4 (or US-Letter) pages (maximum) and 1 A3 (or Tabloid) sized board of simple illustrations (but no architectural drawings).
The legal and financial set up memo is set at a maximum of one page, and at this stage, is only a statement of intentions by the bidder teams. The definitive commitments of the team will appear in the final proposal.
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The city of Houston proposed an exceptional site of 121 ha near downtown Houston. The site is a former landfill closed in the 70’s, located between central and suburban areas, and well connected to the city center by roads and public transport. Having recently suffered from hurricane Harvey, the City sees this competition as an excellent opportunity to rebuild and revitalize some of Houston’s hardest hit areas, and to implement landmark storms and flood resilient development, showing the world that Houston stands stronger than ever before.

The proposed site is a former landfill of approximately 240 acres near downtown Houston, Texas. The landfill was closed in the 1970s, and was subsequently capped.

With an interesting location in a low rise area surrounded by greenfields, the site is located between central and suburban areas. It is adjacent to Interstate Highway 610, and directly connected to downtown area by Highway 288 and by several Metro bus routes. It is also only two miles from the City of Houston Metro Rail station.

The City of Houston believes this site can be an optimal location for development to improve environmental quality locally and regionally. It will welcome projects that highlight the sustainability effort of the city with co benefits, such as a contribution to local economic developement, social cohesion, heritage preservation, etc

The site is not subject to any specific zoning rule and the city of Houston is open to creative proposals. However, the bidder teams will have to include in their project all necessary precautions to not disrupt the existing landfill cap.

Having recently suffered from floodwaters, pounding rains, and landfalls during hurricane Harvey, the City sees this competition as an excellent opportunity for private actors to help the city develop environmental innovation, specifically in the field of  storms and flood resilient infrastructures and buildings.


Expected program
No specific recommendation, but constraints due to the landfill cap need to be considered. Developments such as a solar farm or a sustainability education park have been explored by the city, but the City is open for other innovative proposals.  

The Municipality of Houston.

Plot area 
Approximately 240 acres located about 7 miles south of Houston. The Site is bounded to the north by Bellfort Avenue, to the east by Comal Street, to the south by Reed Road, and to the west by Texas Route 288

Type of transfer intended
Sale, lease, or possibility of other types of agreements.
Bellfort avenue - Harris Country
Houston Texas United State


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