For our ongoing coverage of the University of Houston-Victoria's expansion efforts, I recently read a 200-page feasibility study. The study, commissioned by local government last year, basically details why a new campus should be built near the airport.
Within the study, I found a few interesting paragraphs:
“Growth to the south and southwest is hampered by both the Guadalupe River and its associated and widespread floodplain. This has also hampered growth to the west and will eventually limit expansion in the northwestern part of the city."
"Development to the north of the city is becoming limited by a natural highpoint in the terrain, which increases infrastructure costs for water and sewer. This makes development less financially feasible than in other areas in the city."
"Essentially, growth to the east and northeast are the most viable directions the city can expand. Significant easterly development has occurred following the construction of Loop 463 and the planned overpasses and the extension of Airline Road will further development to the east and northeast."
I found all that interesting because I always figured growth in Victoria was focused to the north and northwest. New developments on North Navarro Street, near U.S. Highway 87 north and the general push north in most cities led me to that assessment.
What do you think of focused effort for growth in the northeast and east quadrants of the city?
I just recently talked to Mayor Will Armstrong, who noted that ample opportunities for growth exist in the north and northwest quadrants, too.
I still need to interview a number of folks. My story might end up looking at all the directions in which Victoria can grow, and which are most feasible.
Contact me in here, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-580-6519.
Thanks for the input,
Gabe Semenza, public service editor
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