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Project Updates

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Upcoming Activity

February 2024 - Site Work Begins

Work will begin at the former Velasco Incinerator site on February 26th, 2024; starting with clearing heavy vegetation from the property and performing site investigation activities. These activities will be done in such a way as not to disturb the buried waste or expose neighboring properties to contamination.

April 2024 - Public Meeting

HLB will host the next environmental justice public meeting on: 


April 5th, 2024 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Axelrad Beer Garden

1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004

June 2024 - Anticipated TCEQ Reporting

Findings and results from investigation activities conducted between February and May 2024 will be documented in an Affected Properties Assessment Report (APAR) for TCEQ, Anticipated submittal of the APARA to TCEQ is June 14th, 2024. The report will also be upload to this website following submission. This schedule is subject to change based on investigation findings. 

Previous Activity

November 2023 - HLB Banks Velasco

A land banking agreement is established between the City of Houston and the Houston Land Bank (HLB) which transferred ownership to HLB. The City of Houston committed $800,000 to support HLB's predevelopment and environmental assessment activities. HLB enrolled the site in TCEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and applied for EPA Brownfield Cleanup funding.    

October 2023 - Public Comment Period

HLB hosted a public meeting on October 26th, 2023 to inform community stakeholders about the project and HLB's intentions to apply for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup grant. HLB offered a public comment period on the draft grant application and draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup (ABCA) reportAnalysis of Brownfields Cleanup (ABCA) report from October 23-October 30, 2023. HLB's responses to public comments can be found on the Documents page of this website.

To keep the public informed and maintain a strong connection with our community partners, HLB will continue to host public meetings and share milestone activities and updates throughout the duration of the land banking agreement.
For more opportunities to participate, please follow the project here at, call our office at (281) 655-4600, or email us at

Your engagement and input are invaluable to the success of this project, and we look forward to your active participation in shaping the future of the Velasco Incinerator Project. 
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