News from District G
  March 23, 2016

Houston City Council Member Greg Travis


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900 Bagby, 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77002

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Houston, TX 77251-1562

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To our Friends and Neighbors in District G:
Reminder: Memorial Drive Reconstruction Public Engagement Meeting to be Held March 24


Reminder: The Memorial Drive Reconstruction Project (Kirkwood to Eldridge) has begun. In order to share the schedule, plans, FAQs, contact information, and other important information with interested persons, Public Works & Engineering will host a public engagement meeting on March 24, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. at BridgePoint Bible Church youth activity room, 13277 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.
The Notice to Proceed was issued on March 15, 2016, reflecting the beginning of construction activities, which are currently anticipated to continue through July 23, 2018. All interested persons are encouraged to attend this informative meeting.

There is additional information about this construction project on the District G Website: www.houstontx.gov/council/g (map of esplanade cuts, Landscape Plan, FAQs, contact information, project schedule).

Check back to our website periodically for updated information.
 


  
Housing & Community Development 2016 Annual Action Plan Public Hearings Scheduled for March 31 & April 5

The Housing & Community Development Department has scheduled two Public Hearings where the public may comment on the draft 2016 Annual Action Plan. Come see how the City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department has incorporated your input into the 2016 Annual Action Plan.
  
Public Hearings:
  
Thursday, March 31, 2016
6 - 8 P.M.
BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM
3816 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
RAINDROP TURKISH HOUSE
TURQUOISE COMMUNITY CENTER
9301 West Bellfort Avenue
Houston, TX 77031
  
The public may comment on the Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan through April 8, 2016. Please mail comments to:
  
City of Houston, Housing & Community Development Department
601 Sawyer, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77007
Attn: Millie Walker
  
Or email your comments to: millie.walker@houstontx.gov
  
VIEW DRAFTS OF THE 2016 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AT THE LOCATIONS BELOW:

  • www.houstontx.gov/housing
  • City Secretary's Office (City Hall Annex): 900 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002, "G" Level
  • Houston Central Library: 500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77002
  • City of Houston - Housing and Community Development Department: 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, Houston, TX, 77007

For additional information or to request special arrangements at the public hearings (interpreter, sign language, CART for the hearing impaired), contact Millie Walker at 832-394-6200 or millie.walker@houstontx.gov. Special arrangements must be requested by March 28, 2016.


TxDOT to Hold Public Hearing on Loop 610 Dedicated Bus Lane April 12

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public hearing on the proposed Loop 610 dedicated bus lane from I-10 (Northwest Transit Center) to Post Oak Blvd.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2016, at the TxDOT Houston District Office Auditorium, located at 7600 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007. There will be an open house from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., where displays relating to the project will be available for view by the public, with the public hearing to begin at 6:30 P.M. TxDOT personnel will be available to meet with you prior to the public hearing to answer any questions that you may have or to review the proposed project with you. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Pat Henry, P.E. at 713-802-5241.
  
The purpose of this public hearing is to present a proposed dedicated bus lane on Interstate Highway 610 from I-10 (Northwest Transit Center) to Post Oak Blvd. and to receive comments from the public. The proposed dedicated bus lane would consist of a two-lane structure over the west frontage road of I-610 West Loop, then would cross to the center of the I-610 West Loop. The total project length is approximately 1.5 miles and would not require any additional right-of-way or displacements.
  
Maps and other drawings showing the proposed project's location and design will be displayed at the hearing. Environmental documentation for the project will also be available for inspection at the hearing. This information is also available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the TxDOT Houston District office located at 7600 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007. To schedule an appointment, please contact Patrick Gant, P.E., at 713-802-5274. The project information may be viewed at TxDOT's website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/getinvolved/about/hearings-meetings/houston/041216.html
  
Verbal and written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 business days following the hearing. Written comments may be submitted either in person, by mail to the TxDOT District Office, Director of Project Development, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, TX 77251, or by email to  HOU-PIOWebmail@txdot.gov. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before April 27, 2016, in order to become part of the official hearing record.





Reminder: PWE to Conduct Gessner Road Community Engagement Meeting on April 13
 

As originally scoped by the Department of Public Works & Engineering (PWE), the Gessner Road Paving and Drainage Project, CIP #N-100017, would have widened the existing four lanes of Gessner to six lanes from Buffalo Bayou on the north to Richmond Ave. on the south.  After a large number of area residents voiced opposition to the widening of Gessner, PWE was asked to look at other ways to gain needed roadway capacity and throughput without widening Gessner from four to six lanes.  At this point in time, the final configuration of Gessner Road has not been determined.  PWE has looked at additional alternatives to be discussed during the April 13 meeting. PWE was asked to re-evaluate alternatives that would not widen Gessner north of Westheimer and look solely at intersection improvements.  This effort was performed late last year.  The results of this effort will be presented at this meeting to seek additional comment from the community.
  
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  
Location: Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Dr. Houston, TX 77042
  
Schedule:                    
 
6:00 P.M. - Exhibits available for preview by the public
6:15 P.M. - Presentation
6:45 P.M.  (end of presentation) - Q&A
7:15 P.M. - One-on-One time with Technical Team
7:30 P.M. - Meeting adjourns
   

Save The Date: 2016 Ready or Not Hurricane Preparedness Workshop Scheduled for May 21
 
The 2016 Houston/Galveston Hurricane Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The annual hurricane preparedness workshop aims to prepare residents for hurricane season through presentations, interactive exhibits, hurricane forecasting and more. This free event is family-friendly and open to the public. The workshop is the largest of its kind in the nation with more than 2,500 attendees each year.
 
The event is free, however you must register: http://www.hurricaneworkshop.com/registration/
 
For additional information, please visit: http://www.hurricaneworkshop.com/




Update on Jungman Library Renovations
 
The J. Frank Jungman Neighborhood Library, located at 5830 Westheimer Rd., is currently undergoing a $6,788,000 major renovation under CIP # E-000047. The library was closed on June 2, 2014, and the project is now several months behind schedule. It is estimated to be within two months of substantial completion. Once the project reaches substantial completion, the building will be turned over to library staff to begin the "make-ready" for opening (moving in and setting up the books, equipment, furniture and computers). Ordinarily, make-ready takes about ten weeks.
 
The project consists of a complete renovation of the existing 18,530 square foot library. Only the foundation, concrete wall panels and roof structure were reused. The project includes new window wall and storefronts, new roof system, new mechanical, electrical and plumping systems, enhanced electrical power to service a large increase in computer services, new finishes, a new monument sign, and the re-configuration of internal spaces. The new facility will accommodate a separate space for adult reading, a quiet room for adults, a children's reading room with space for toddlers and a gaming area. Additionally, there will be a separate area for teens and a meeting space for use by the public. The parking lot, landscaping, irrigation and site elements were repaired or replaced as required.
 
Originally constructed in 1975, the Jungman Library has never undergone substantial renovations other than the addition of ADA-compliant restroom facilities in 2009. If everything goes according to the new plan, a ribbon cutting is anticipated for mid-summer.

Council Member Travis to Fund Substantial Renovations to S. Kirkwood Road
 
Council Member Travis has submitted a request to use approximately $300,000 of his Council District Service Fund (CDSF) to conduct rehabilitation work on S. Kirkwood Rd.
 
The request would cover minor roadway repairs in the 11500 block of Riverview and in the 1500 block of S. Kirkwood @ Lakeside Place (removal and replacement of 8"-10" concrete slab, 6" base and 6" curbs).
 
Much more substantial concrete panel replacement will be conducted in the 1700-1900 blocks of S. Kirkwood Dr. (removal and replacement of 8"-10" slab, 6" base and 6" curb, saw cut in the northbound esplanade and gutter lanes, and replacement of nearly 11,500 cubic feet of concrete).
 
Finally, the proposed rehabilitations will include utilization of approximately 2" of lift and stabilization using the Uretek Method, also known as polymer injection, in areas of excessive panel lift, subsidence, or separation. This is the first time this new road rehabilitation technique will be used in Houston; it has been successful in several other cities. Just over 3,000 cubic feet of this new material will be injected under the roadway in the range of 1936-2022 S. Kirkwood Rd. to bring the separated panels back into grade and alignment.
 
Council Member Travis would like to thank the Public Works & Engineering Department, especially Eric Dargan, Deputy Director of the Street and Drainage Division, and Diane Lowery-Binnie for their assistance with this project.

Public Comment Sought on Draft Houston Bike Plan Through April 11 Deadline
 
The City of Houston released the draft Houston Bike Plan for community feedback, the next step in the city's efforts to help make Houston a safer, healthier, and more accessible bicycle-friendly city. The Bike Plan integrates with the ongoing Bayou Greenways project and identifies additional bike facilities to safely access these attractive bikeway corridors from more neighborhoods. Once fully implemented, the plan will triple the existing bikeway miles and provide six times more high comfort bikeways miles than what exists now.
 
The plan is the result of significant public engagement. The city and its partners sought input at over 70 community meetings and events. The project received over 1,000 public comments and nearly 3,000 online surveys were completed. With the draft plan complete, the city is seeking feedback from Houstonians. The public comment period closes April 11, 2016. The city will then modify the draft plan based on the feedback received from the community.

 
The bike plan begins with existing conditions, 495 miles of existing accessible Houston roads and bikeways (221 miles of off-street, 109 miles of dedicated on-street, and 165 miles of shared on-street): http://houstonbikeplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Bike-Plan-Existing-Map.pdf

Next are additional bikeways that can be accomplished in the short term (including many of the projects by Bayou Greenways 2020, linking our bayou hike and bike corridors: http://houstonbikeplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Draft-Network-Plan-Short.pdf

Finally there is the long-term vision, or additional bikeways that can be added over the long term with significant additional funding, and some key concepts, including utilization of the CenterPoint Energy transmission line rights-of-way: http://houstonbikeplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Draft-Network-Plan-Long.pdf

To provide comments online or fill out the survey, visit the support and feedback page: http://houstonbikeplan.org/participate

Visit the website at www.houstonbikeplan.org  for more information and to provide your feedback. For questions or comments, please email bikeways@houstontx.gov

River Oaks "Pumpkin Park" Ribbon Cutting
 
River Oaks Park, known affectionately as Pumpkin Park, was established in 1938 on five acres set aside for public use during the development of the River Oaks subdivision. The park has not undergone major renovations since 1990. March 7 was the ribbon cutting for the newly refurbished Pumpkin Park. Improvements include a refurbished Cinderella pumpkin, new playground equipment for a 2-5 year old area and a 5-12 year old area with swings, demolition of a portion of the existing sidewalk, playground and playground border, preservation of existing donor pavers, new sidewalks with relocated donor pavers and new donor pavers, entry gates with decorative columns, and a new pergola and decks.
 
Funding for these park improvements was provided by former District G Council Member Oliver Pennington's Council District Service Fund and funds from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Carrera Construction, Inc. is the general contractor, Lauren Griffith, Inc. is the design consultant, and Duncan Elliott (City of Houston General Services Department) is the project manager.
 
The Friends of River Oaks Park, a 501(c)(3), has established a fund through the Houston Parks Board to raise funds that will go toward future renovations, including updating the historic community center. To make a contribution or learn more about the Friends of River Oaks Park Endowment Campaign, please visit: http://houstonparksboard.org/projects/river_oaks_park/
  
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