Reinvestment Zone Number Eight, City of Houston, Texas, (“T.I.R.Z. #8,” “Gulfgate,” or “Zone”) was created by the City Council of the City of Houston, Texas on December 10, 1997, by Ordinance No. 97-1524 and enlarged by Ordinance No. 1999-0706. It was expanded a third time by Ordinance 2014-1192 on December 17, 2014.
The primary goals of the Zone are to:
- eliminate blight & substandard conditions
- provide a way to remediate unsafe and unsanitary conditions
- encourage the sound growth of the residential, retail, and commercial sectors through: the purchase, demolition and reconstruction of property, design and construction of improved mobility systems, streetscape enhancements, pedestrian amenities, public utility system upgrades, adequate public facilities, and parkland & public space improvements.
The zone is located in southeast Houston adjacent to Hobby Airport. It is bounded by 610 to the north I-45 to the East, MLK to the west and Almeda Genoa to the south. The zone is approximately 8,000 acres and includes Gulfgate Mall and property south and southwest of Gulfgate Mall.
The TIRZ is located in Council Districts D & I and is located primarily in super neighborhoods 72 (South Park), 73 (Golfcrest/Bellfort/Reveille), 77 (Minnetex) and 78 (Greater Hobby Area).