Cypress: Small Airport Eyed for Revamp as Industrial Park
Featured Image (above): Developer Trammell Crow will be turning Weiser Airpark in Cypress into a Class A industrial/business park. Image: Google Streets.
By Edmond Ortiz
Cypress (Harris County)—Trammell Crow Company has purchased Weiser Air Park, a 102.3-acre field at 21904 Northwest Freeway (U.S. 290) that was acquired in collaboration with New York-based Clarion Partners, according to local media reports.
In a related transaction, Trammell Crow and Clarion Partners acquired neighboring land at 10815 Huffmeister Road from Huffmeister Interests.
With about 132 acres under its control, Trammell Crow is poised to convert the airport into a Class A industrial/business park. Approximately 1.7 million square feet of new industrial space is being planned.
Note: This was the Preliminary Site Plan for Weiser Air Park as an industrial park and is subject to change. Image: City of Houston public records.
According to the Houston Business Journal and Community Impact, work crews are to start pre-development road and infrastructure work early in 2020. Reports have stated that the Weiser family appreciated Trammell Crow’s history of industrial developments.
The former air field is surrounding by single family residential. The adjacent neighborhoods include Hemwick Place, White Oak Springs, White Oak Landing, Wortham Estates, Tower Oaks Meadows, Bonaire, and The Village at Cypress.
Neighbors have raised concerns about having an industrial park so close, and the heavy traffic that would result. And as an air field, the vast majority of the site has been pervious grassland; whereas, an industrial park will introduce a much greater percentage of impervious cover. The preliminary site plan does provide for a larger detention pond than is currently on site.
Weiser Airpark had been a privately owned and operated airport for more than 50 years. It was the only small airport in the Houston area located on a major freeway.
Tagged “the friendliest airport in the United States” on its website, Weiser Airpark had encouraged users and volunteer employees to take advantage of picnic tables located in front of the flight school training room.
Airport officials often urged community members to simply come with snacks, check out the planes, enjoy a meal on site, even watch take-offs and landings.
The airport went up for sale in November 2018. A final sale price has not been revealed.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.