Stream Realty breaks ground on new buildings at Empire West near Brookshire

By R. Hans Miller, News Editor
Posted 11/22/21

Katy area residents driving along Highway 90 between Katy and Brookshire will see increased activity in the southwest corner of the intersection of the highway and Woods Road after Stream Realty …

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Stream Realty breaks ground on new buildings at Empire West near Brookshire

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Katy area residents driving along Highway 90 between Katy and Brookshire will see increased activity in the southwest corner of the intersection of the highway and Woods Road after Stream Realty Partners broke ground on six more buildings at the Empire West development Thursday, Nov. 18.

“Our belief in Houston and the west submarket is self-evident with the addition of these six buildings,” Stream Houston Managing Director and Partner Matteson Hamilton said. “We are the only new development project in (Greater) Houston that can accommodate users from 120,000 square feet (to) over 1 million square feet in 2022.”

Stream Realty’s Houston Managing Director, Justin Robinson, said the new facilities in the second portion of construction at the site will help tenants get easy access to various parts of Texas while they take advantage of the proximity to I-10 and Port Houston to distribute products and import supplies, respectively.

“The national trend of supply chain optimization has been pulled forward, and speed to market is more important than ever,” Robinson said. “That is our strategy for phase two (of Empire West): to provide high-quality, plug-and-play solutions for distributors that will allow them to be up and running by peak season 2022.”

According to a press release from the development company, Empire West already has three industrial buildings completed in April of this year with about 1 million square feet of space that is fully occupied. Warefor Solutions, LLC, a provider of integrated solutions for product development, manufacturing, logistics, sales, marketing, warehousing, distribution and fulfillment takes up the first building’s roughly 163,000 square feet. Home appliance manufacturer Winix America, Inc., which primarily focuses on air purifiers, has purchased the second building with about 122,000 square feet. The final building is taken by Ferguson Enterprises – the nation’s largest distributor of plumbing supplies, waterworks and fire and fabrication products – with that organization filling the roughly 751,000-square-foot facility.

The current phase of construction will add more than 2.3 million square feet of warehouse space, making it one of the largest industrial developments in Greater Houston.

Brookshire Alderperson Kim Branch attended the groundbreaking for the new facility.

The new warehouses will join neighboring distribution centers run by Amazon, Costco, Domino’s, Igloo, Medline and Rooms To Go which have been filling in the space between Katy and Brookshire over the last several years.

Stream representatives are hopeful that the development will be a boon to the economy of the area.

“(Greater) Houston is a major beneficiary of this trend (in distribution development) due to the consumptive engine of our 7-million-people, explosive population growth, regional reach to Central and South Texas and the unique offering Port Houston presents for importers and exporters,” Robinson said.

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