Success Stories

The Seabrook EDC continues to seek out ways to work with the business community in attracting new developments. To date, we’ve worked with three companies and have invested heavily in the re-development of a major retail area of the community.

Tookie's Seafood > Sales Tax Abatement

With the tremendous success of Tookie's Hamburgers, the EDC wanted to incentivize the expansion of the Tookie's brand in our hometown. The board worked out a sales tax rebate option that would help land the expansion of the Tookie's brand in our city first. The restaurant opened in June 2016 and has been an economic development success story for all involved.

Hampton Inn > Reimbursement of Permit Fees

When the Hampton Inn Seabrook burned down in April 2015, the Seabrook EDC stepped up to help with incentivizing the rebuilding of the hotel. The board agreed to a reimbursement of permit fees up to $40,000 and the Hampton Inn began rebuilding in June 2016. By June 2017, the hotel construction was completed and officially re-opened for business.

Merlion Thai Restaurant > Reimbursement of Permit Fees & Sales Tax

Merlion Thai Restaurant on 4th was seeking to expand their business in Old Seabrook. They found a new location on Main Street and applied for an incentive with the Seabrook EDC. The EDC Board approved the reimbursement of permit fees up to $33,252 and reimbursement of sales tax in an amount not to exceed $40,000 over the course of 10 years. The restaurant is now located at 1205 Main Street and will be open at their new location in May 2018!

Premier Chiropractic > Façade Improvement Grant

Dr. Young discussed his plans for a new chiropractic office in Seabrook with City staff in March 2017 and reached out to the Seabrook EDC to consider an incentive to upgrade his building signage and landscaping. The incentive request was approved by the board in the amount of $13,875. The site opened for business in September 2017 in less than three months after the incentive deal was made.

Seabrook Marina > Demolition Grant

The Seabrook Marina, located at 1900 Shipyard Drive, applied for a demolition grant incentive in March 2017 to assist in the demolition of the remaining structures and swimming pool of the original Regatta Inn Restaurant. The planned demolition was the first phase of the construction of a new restaurant at the same prime waterfront location. The EDC board approved the demolition incentive for $20,000 in April 2017 and the demolition project was completed within 45 days. Construction has already begun on the site for a new waterfront dining establishment.

Burke's Outlet > Storefront Façade Improvement Grant

Two important items the board considered when awarding Burke's Outlet a façade improvement grant: Burke's provided documentation of their long-term lease agreement and they provided a complete construction budget, breaking out the façade portion for the board's consideration. The project took less than three months to complete and has been enjoying a fresh look ever since!

Walgreen’s > Relocation Incentive

When Walgreen’s was shopping around Clear Lake for an expansion opportunity, the Seabrook EDC came forward and worked with their site selection team on finding the right site within their criteria.

Spring Hill Marriott > Short Term Loan

Spring Hill Marriott knew they wanted to be in the Seabrook area, and the Seabrook EDC wanted to kick-start this project by offering a short-term loan. The hotel got started early and has been successfully operating in our city ever since.

Tookie’s Hamburgers > Sales Tax Abatement

After Hurricane Ike, one of the first questions our citizens asked was, “when is Tookie’s coming back?” Tookie’s Hamburgers has been a landmark restaurant since 1975 and the Seabrook EDC worked with the owner to develop a sales tax abatement incentive that would jump-start the re-building of this institution.

Waterfront Drive/The Point > Infrastructure Re-development

Another important area of the community is The Point. This area is known for its vibrant fish markets and eclectic eateries. With the help of a grant from the EDA for disaster recovery due to Hurricane Ike, the Seabrook EDC took on the mission to re-build The Point and bring the area into the next phase of retail growth.