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The Greater Greenspoint District is an 12-square-mile (31 km2) edge city in northern Harris County, Texas, United States. Portions of the district are in the City of Houston while portions are in unincorporated areas. The 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) edge city was a project of the Friendswood Development Company.

Formed in 1991 by the Texas Legislature, the district, bordered by the Hardy Toll Road to the east, Airtex Boulevard to the north, Veterans Memorial Drive to the west, and West Road to the south, houses over 18,000,000 square feet (1,700,000 m2) of office and retail space.

History

The Friendswood Development Company (owned by Exxon at the time) developed Greenspoint during the early 90s. The commercial buildings were still under development in 1989.

In 1998 Goldman Sachs spent over $130 million to purchase what Ralph Bivins of the Houston Chronicle described as a "tough zone of low end apartments" in Greenspoint and convert it into CityView, a multi-family "village." Goldman Sachs planned for CityView to appeal to young professionals and draw higher rent as a result.

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, groups of evacuees settled into apartment complexes on West Greens Road, near Interstate 45.

As of 2013 the Pinto Business Park, with over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of space, was under development in an area inside Beltway 8.

Geography

Greenspoint has direct access to Interstate 45 and Beltway 8. Greenspoint is located 6 miles (9.7 km) away from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Jennifer Duell Popovec of Globst.com (ALM) said that Greenspoint is thirty minutes away from the Port of Houston.

As stated in a 2005 Houston Chronicle article, the Houston-Galveston Area Council identified Greenspoint as one of several Houston area communities that are considered to be among the most hazardous to pedestrians.

Parks and recreation

The management district destroyed two abandoned apartment complexes and replaced them with parks operated by the management district. The 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) CityView Park includes benches, a garden, a 30-foot (9.1 m) by 30-foot (9.1 m) pavilion, a trellis, a seat wall used for resting and providing shade, and tables. The 11 acres (4.5 ha) Thomas R. Wussow Park has baseball/soccer (football) fields, hike and bicycle trails, a playground, a public pavilion, a spray ground, and sand volleyball courts. The park was named after Thomas R. Wussow, the founder of the district and a member of the district's board.

In 2009, a densely wooded area on West Greens Road was cleared for Redemption Park. The park provides a safe play area for the children in the neighboring Royal Coach Mobile Home community as well as the Columbia Green apartments. The amenities include a basketball court, playground and small amphitheater.Template:RCDC,December 2009

In 2010 the management district announced that a 10 acres (4.0 ha) skate park would be established by 2010 in an area at Kuykendahl Road at Rankin Road, near Interstate 45.

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