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August 10, 2021 Houston Farmers Market Tour

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Houston Farmers Market Houston, TX, United States

The Houston Farmers Market

Located at 2520 Airline Drive, The Houston Farmers is a 17.67-acre market in the east side of The Heights. In May 2017, MLB Capital Partners purchased the property from The Farmers’ Marketing Association of Houston Inc., who owned and operated the market since its inception in 1942. For the past 78 years, the farmers market has served as a location for farmers to sell fresh produce and goods to the surrounding Houston neighborhoods. MLB Capital Partners enlisted an innovative and dedicated group of project consultants and partners to assist with the revitalization of this storied site, including James Beard Award-Winning Chef Chris Shepherd, Clark Condon Associates, Studio RED Architects, Gunda Corporation and Arch-Con Construction. Over the last three years, MLB Capital Partners has transformed the Houston Farmers’ Market into a destination retail experience offering more diversified products, renovated facilities and community programming with the goal of creating value for its vendors and guests. Enhanced facilities upgraded with modern infrastructure including new climate-controlled spaces, shaded open-air market areas, restrooms, and common seating areas will establish an environment ideal for extended hours of shopping, socializing and entertaining. Additional upgrades to the property include more visible, organized parking, traffic circulation, defined sidewalks, site landscaping and dedicated green spaces – providing an overall more enjoyable visitor experience. Dedicated green spaces will serve as a setting for community programming, such as chef demonstrations, wine tastings, local entertainment and more. In addition to improvements to the existing facilities, MLB Capital Partners plans to add square-footage to host a bevy of new merchants and culinary concepts at the Houston Farmers’ Market.


Richard Mason is a Vice President with MLB Commercial Real Estate, where he provides concept to completion oversight of investment and development projects. He oversees the due diligence, design, budgeting, construction, and leasing of each project for MLB Capital Partners. Richard has 6 years of real estate experience and has been involved in a variety of land, industrial, and retail transactions. He currently manages all leasing efforts for The Houston Farmers Market, where he offers breakdowns on their current and potential tenants to help drive the promotion of their redevelopment project. Prior to joining MLB Commercial Real Estate, Richard spent 5 years with Avison Young’s Houston Office focusing on land, industrial, and investment properties.
Education & Affiliation
A native of Houston, Richard attended Strake Jesuit High School and earned his Bachelor’s in Real Estate degree from the University of Mississippi. He served as leader of Avison Young’s Emerging Leaders organization in 2017. Richard is currently an active member of Sky High for Kids and Casa de Esperanza’s Young Professionals organization, where he chaired their 2017 Chili Cook-off.


Taylor Wilson is a Vice President with MLB Commercial Real Estate (MLB CRE), where his focus is land, industrial, investment sales, sale-leasebacks, and private equity deals. He has a detailed understanding of local trends and redevelopment opportunities within the Houston market, with his primary emphasis on the inner loop. Taylor leverages his market knowledge and experience to provide innovative real estate solutions to even the most unique client requirements for acquiring and/or selling properties. Focusing not only on current client needs, but also on needs of the future, lends to Taylor’s ability to maximize the highest possible return on assets for his clients. In addition to this, he also co-manages all leasing efforts for The Houston Farmers’ Market, where he offers analysis on their current and potential tenants and market trends, to aid the overall success of the redevelopment project.

Education & Affiliation
Prior to joining MLB CRE in 2020, Taylor worked for Avison Young on the Mason Lindenberger brokerage team and Prosperity Bank where he assisted commercial lenders with underwriting for real estate developers and investors. A native of Houston, Taylor attended Strake Jesuit High School and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.


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