"SHSU is looking now for an executive director for its research facility and anticipates other employment opportunities as the facility opens. A similar park at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge has created about 10,000 jobs in the community over the past 25 years, said Al Hooten, SHSU vice president for finance and operations.
The preferred site for the proposed 160-acre center for criminal justice and other research is located at Highway 19 and Ellisor Road — a little more than 4 miles from Huntsville’s downtown.
Construction has not yet begun at the site. SHSU is now working on a master plan for the research park and a traffic study on Highway 19 with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Site work could begin within six months to a year after planning is complete, he said.
The grand opening celebration of the new four-story, 144,164 square-foot The Woodlands Center will be May 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. The May 3 edition of the Houstonian discusses the new building:
The public is invited to attend the ribbon ceremony and the dedication of the Lois W. Kolkhorst Atrium presented by SHSU President Dana Gibson.
The Woodlands Center was designed to offer more space for programs provided at The University Center with new classrooms, labs, enrollment counseling, advising, administrative services and a large parking garage.
According to SHSU Heritage Magazine, the Lone Star College System provided SHSU with seven acres of land near The University Center in return for the use of 50 percent of the classrooms and free parking from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. until approximately 2022.