July 25, 2022
Questions? Contact us at 713-229-0900
Northside On The Move needs your input
Northside On The Move is a partnership project between the Greater Northside Management District and Harris County Precinct 2 with the goal of developing a forward-looking strategy for future infrastructure improvements in the Greater Northside.

Input from the community is vital to developing the strategy and prioritizing infrastructure projects for Northside On The Move. There are several opportunities for you to share your input throughout the process. Please take the community survey to help identify mobility and transportation needs in the Greater Northside.

Please click on this link to take the community survey:

Please join us at the first public meeting on Thursday, August 11, at 6 p.m. at the Harris County Department of Education. We hope to see you there and look forward to your input!

Northside On The Move Community Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Harris County Department of Education
6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston, TX 77002
Capital Improvement Project in-person meeting
Tuesday, August 2 @ noon
Take the survey
regarding the region's transportation
Click here to take the survey.
METRORapid University Corridor
Virtual public meeting
Monday, July 25 @ 6 p.m.
Part of the METRONext Moving Forward Plan, this project aims to develop a new METRORapid line running for 25.3 miles. The line would operate in a dedicated, transit-only lane to move through traffic.

The University Corridor begins at the Westchase Park & Ride near the intersection of the Westpark Tollway and the Sam Houston Tollway. It ends at Tidwell Transit Center, near the intersection of Tidwell Road and U.S. Highway 59.

Attend a meeting a learn more about this project. For more information, visit RideMETRO.org/University

Upcoming meetings and events
Virtual public hearing for 10-year TxDOT
Unified Transporation Program
Tuesday, July 26 @ 2 p.m.
TxDOT will host a virtual public hearing on its 10-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP) and wants your input! This plan guides the funding of projects around Texas.

Allow yourself five minutes to log in to watch the livestream. If you wish to comment during the virtual public hearing, please dial in: 888-378-4398 Passcode: 805838#

A recording of the livestream will be available after the public hearing. For more information about the draft 2023 UTP and how to submit comments, click here.

NOTE: The comment period for the UTP ends Monday, August 8, at 4 p.m.
2022-2023 City Council Redistricting
deadline extended to Friday, July 29 @ 4:45 p.m.
The City of Houston has extended the public comment period to receive comments, suggestions and alternate plans from the public regarding the Proposed City Council Redistricting Plan.

Submit all comments and proposed Redistricting plans by Friday, July 29, at 4:45 p.m.

Click here for more information. Click here to review the proposed District H boundaries.
No-Questions-Asked Gun Buyback Program
Saturday, July 30 @ 8 a.m. - noon
Mayor Sylvester Turner is partnering with Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis to reduce the number of guns on our streets. The No-Questions-Asked Gun Buyback Program is open to all members of the public. Once the weapon is collected, you will receive a receipt to exchange for a gift card. Click here for more information.
Near Northside Community Visioning Session
Tuesday, August 2 @ 6 - 8 p.m.
During this meeting, mock-up design plans that reflect the reimaged beneficial use for the former Yellow Cab property at 3201 Hardy Street, Houston 77009 will be reviewed. Click here to register.
HOV/HOT lanes open on weekends
for summer pilot program
The Express Lanes that help you avoid traffic on weekdays will soon be open seven days a week as part of a regional pilot mobility program approved by METRO's Board of Directors.

HOV/HOT (Express) Lanes managed by METRO will be open on weekends through Monday, September 5. This includes the Labor Day holiday. Weekend and holiday operations will follow the same schedule, occupancy requirements and tolls as weekdays. 

Lanes included in the pilot program run down the middle of Interstate 45, U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 290. Click here for schedules and toll rates.
Safety & health
Free COVID booster shots are available
Houston’s CDC COVID-19 Community Level is currently MEDIUM. The latest 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 21.1% and the wastewater virus load is 502% of the baseline.

Make sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines by getting all recommended doses, including a booster when eligible. Vaccination helps protect you from serious illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce spread.

HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling
Employment & education
Zoofari comes to the Near Northside
Wednesday, July 27 @ 6 - 8 p.m.

Leonel Castillo Early Childhood STEM Academy invites you for an evening of free family fun!

The Houston Zoo will be at the school with some of their favorite animals. Everyone will have the unique opportunity to see the animals up close while learning fun facts about them.

Wednesday, July 27, 6 - 8 p.m.
2101 South Street, Houston 77009
Governor's Small Business Webinar Series
Basics of Business Licensing
Thursday, July 28, 1 - 2 p.m., online webinar

The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series – Basics of Business Licensing will provide resources and information to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on how to license their business in Texas. This webinar is an opportunity to learn, ask questions and gain deeper knowledge about the business licensing and permitting process.

The Governor's Small Business Team, alongside the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Office of the Secretary of State, and a business law attorney are eager to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have.

Registration is free and includes a live Q&A!  

Click here to register.
Automotive Careers Program
San Jacinto College, register by July 29

GRADcafé is helping individuals, 18 years and older, enroll in the T-TEN Automotive Careers Program at San Jacinto College. Learn more about the program here and register for the program here.
Back-To-School Bash
Saturday, July 30 @ 9 a.m. - noon
Register now for Comp-U-Dopt's Back to School Bash! Comp-U-Dopt partnered with HP to giveaway laptops, backpacks and school supplies to K-12 students in the Greater Houston area.

Registration is required. Sign up today at compudopt.org/houston.

Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. - noon
Wheatley High School
4801 Providence Street 77020
Enroll for Leonel Castillo
Early Childhood STEM Academy

Leonel Castillo Early Childhood STEM Academy is enrolling 3-to 5-year-old children in their full-day pre-K and kindergarten programs.

The campus is a community-based public school in partnership with Harris County Precinct 2 that offers small classes, STEM instruction, social and emotional learning, free meals and more.

Call 713-640-3740 for more information and to schedule a tour of the academy. 
Will your child be ready for school?
Ecclesia Lindale's free events 
6615 Irvington Blvd, Houston 77022
Employment assistance at SER
SER is a nonprofit community organization that educates and equips people in the Texas Gulf Coast Region who come from low-income backgrounds or who have significant barriers to employment. SER believes the power and purpose of work can transform lives and communities.

Greater Northside Management District
business highlights
Greg Gatlin opens Gatlin's Fins & Feathers
in Independence Heights
Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers, a sister restaurant of Gatlin's BBQ, opened July 15 at 302 W. Crosstimbers Street in Independence Heights, Houston.

The new concept from chef-owner Greg Gatlin focuses on quintessential Houston dishes ranging from comfort food like fried chicken to Gulf Coast staples such as fresh, local oysters. He created the menu with Gatlin BBQ Executive Chef Michelle Wallace and Fins & Feathers’ Chef de Cuisine Darius King.

“Here on the Gulf Coast, it’s so nice to have somewhere in your neighborhood where you can get fresh, great seafood,” said Gatlin. “I also think everybody remembers who had the best fried chicken in their town when they were growing up — maybe it was their own grandma. We want to tap into that and make you feel the same way when you eat ours.”

The 3,000-square-foot space can accommodate about 80 guests.

Lunch and Dinner Hours:
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Tuesday through Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Sundays
Greg Gatlin

(adapted from article in
Houston Business Journal)
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The Greater Northside Management District's Butterfly Pocket Park on Fulton won the award for On-the-Ground Projects Under $500K in the 2020 Houston-Galveston Area Council Parks and Natural Areas Award Program. Each year, H-GAC honors projects that serve as models for planning and implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.