Since 2012, the Downtown Living Initiative (DLI) has promoted economic development and stimulated commercial activity through development incentives for selected multifamily residential mixed-use projects. The goals and incentives of the program’s next phase, DLI 2.0, will be defined and announced in 2023-2024.
Downtown Houston Pedestrian Lighting Analysis & Masterplan
Downtown Houston+ commissioned and developed an analysis and lighting design masterplan for Downtown Houston. The reports identified, measured, and proposed lighting solutions for key nodes, corridors, and important public spaces and public art. Guided by stakeholder concerns and feedback, the final masterplan was published in early 2024 and recommended eight lighting toolkits to be implemented at priority locations across Downtown Houston.
More Space: Main Street 2.0
The More Space: Main Street 2.0 project is the evolution of the More Space: Main Street initiative that began as a temporary way to support our businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2023, City Council approved the program’s permanent establishment, closing portions of Main Street to vehicular traffic, creating safe, walkable space for pedestrians and room for Main Street-facing activities. Downtown Houston+ is leading design and engineering efforts to permanently transform the Main Street between Allen's Landing and Main Street Plaza into a permanent, well-managed and programmed Main Street Promenade.
Downtown Houston Office Conversion Study
To begin shaping an adaptive reuse incentive program, the Downtown Houston+ worked with a consultant to conduct a feasibility study of selected buildings located within the Downtown Houston boundaries of the DRA. This first phase of this process laid the groundwork for an Office Conversion Program, designed to incentivize the rehabilitation and repurposing of underutilized office space in downtown buildings within the boundaries of the DRA. The completed study is intended to assist participating property owners in understanding potential project feasibility for multiple adaptive reuse scenarios once the program is formed, authorized by the DRA Board, and approved by Houston City Council. These scenarios will provide a means to identify and appropriately assess the efficacy of the currently known financing tools that may be utilized to bridge capital or operational funding gaps related to office building conversions.