Velasco Incinerator

Houston, United States

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

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01. Name of the Team

02. Composition of the Team

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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).
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The Velasco Site is a former incinerator that has been closed in the 50s. This large site is adjacent to several Metro bus routes, less than two miles from the City of Houston Metro Rail station, and approximately 10 minutes from downtown. 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 develop storms and flood resilient infrastructures and buildings.

The Velasco Incinerator Site is a former incinerator that operated in the 1930s to 1950s located East of downtown Houston and South of Buffalo Bayou. It is adjacent to Velasco Street and several Metro bus routes. It is located less than two miles from a City of Houston Metro Rail station, and approximately 10 minutes from downtown Houston, Harris County, Texas. 

The City of Houston believes the site to be an optimal location for development to improve local and regional environmental quality, improve residents’ safety, promote the site’s heritage, and highlight the city’s sustainability efforts at a highly visible location. Redeveloping the site will support local economic development objectives.  

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 
The City is open for innovative proposals. There are no specific zoning requirement relating to the development of this site.  However, constraints due to the former use of the site as incinerator and possible pollution risk needs to be considered.

The City of Houston.

Plot area
Approximately 4.5 acres located at 800 block of North Velasco Street.

Type of property transfer intended
Sale, lease, and other types of agreements.
Velasco Street
Houston Texas United State


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