Why La Marque?
The City of La Marque is strategically positioned 15 miles southeast of Houston. La Marque serves as a southern anchor for the economically strong Houston/Galveston Region, and its rapidly growing population of nearly 7 million residents. La Marque is the geographic center of Galveston County with more than 14 miles of frontage on the expanding Interstate 45 corridor and is the second-fastest-growing city in the County. Now is the time for commercial and residential expansion in La Marque as we are on the brink of a major development boom.
With the pending expansion of both the I-45 and SH-146 corridors, as well as other major local road ways, Galveston County and La Marque are experiencing an historic level of new infrastructure development. The total investment in new roads in La Marque and Galveston County over a ten-year period will approach $1 billion. The expansion of the I-45 corridor through La Marque is scheduled to begin in 2019. Once completed, reconstructing and widening will take Interstate 45 from a six-lane interstate to an eight-lane interstate from the Galveston Causeway Bridge to Beltway 8.
The newly expanded SH-146 corridor will provide limited access connection and new elevated roadways. This new construction will connect Galveston Bay and the Texas City/La Marque region to both the Pacific and Atlantic coast via I-10 – all without stopping for one single traffic light. In addition, our community will be connected to the Port of Houston Bayport Container Terminal and will have the opportunity to participate in the logistics, distribution and associated commercial developments that follow. The SH-146 expansion will be completed without financial participation from the local tax base because Texas Department of Transportation has dedicated this as a hurricane evacuation corridor. TxDOT will cover all the costs, including right of way acquisition, which is excellent news for local tax payers.
Improved road access paired with access to four international deep-water ports and two Class 1 rail roads (Union Pacific and BNSF) will strengthen our region's position as an international transportation hub.
The Port of Texas City is the 15th largest port in the United States and the fourth largest in Texas, with annual waterborne capacity exceeding 50 million net tons. The Port of Galveston is now the third largest cruise terminal in the nation, and one of the largest in the world, with annual embarkments approaching 1 million passengers.
The ports of Houston, Texas City and Freeport serve the largest chemical and petrochemical manufacturing complex in the nation with engineering, refining, safety, construction, petrochemical support and transportation industries all thriving in southern Galveston County, and the City of La Marque. All of these business development and support opportunities are available with the added security of a hurricane protection levee system.
Two nearby community colleges offer industry-leading educational programs and customizable training opportunities. Texas A&M Galveston is one of the leading maritime institutions in the nation and the first medical school west of the Mississippi. The University of Texas Medical Branch provides world class education, research and patient care for our region.
La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf and the Hub of the Mainland. We are a historic city with roots that stretch back to the Galveston Island boom of the 1880s. Citizens enjoy easy, breezy coastal living, abundant housing options and access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. La Marque is a sportsman's paradise with fishing, boating, canoeing kayaking and nearby adult sports leagues. A budding downtown revitalization dubbed the Renaissance District promises expansion of community festivals and family activities. For business, La Marque Economic Development Corporation offers creative incentives, an abundance of prime commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities.