Arlo Westchase Receives Blue Star Certification

Don McKinney, vice president of public safety for Westchase District, presents Arlo management with designation signage.
Arlo Westchase at 3505 W Sam Houston Pkwy South is the latest Westchase District apartment community to be awarded the Blue Star certification. 

Houston's Police Department's Blue Star Multi-Housing Program  is a cooperative effort between apartment managers/owners, apartment residents and law enforcement, to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for citizens living within Blue Star communities.  

Houston Police officers and other crime prevention specialists train apartment managers and owners in the concepts of Blue Star and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) in an eight-hour class. After successful completion of the class, the apartment community must pass a favorable CPTED survey, according to standards established by HPD. 

Officers will assess such things as lighting, perimeter fencing, landscaping, on-site security, crime prevention efforts and tenant screening procedures.  HPD hopes many apartment managers and prospective residents will recognize that the Blue Star certification promotes a safer and cleaner community with a higher quality of life. 

Westchase District has more Blue Star-certified apartments than any other area of Houston. To date, 60 percent of the District's apartment communities are Blue Star-certified compared to 4.4 percent of all communities in greater Houston. 
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ALDI Arrives in Tanglewilde Center

Aisle Ease: Although ALDI stores are smaller  than other grocers, the discount, private label grocer boasts wider aisles.
You'll find ALDI in cities, suburbs and rural areas. And, now you'll also find it in Westchase District. One of the newest ALDI stores in Houston opened at 9525 Westheimer Road in October.

ALDI's entry adds to the grocery options in Westchase District. Randalls and Kroger are within a mile of the store on Westheimer. Whole Foods Market is 2.4 miles away.  At 18,900 square-feet of space in Tanglewilde Center, the ALDI Westchase location is one of the latest in the brand's planned expansion to 2,500 stores nationwide in the next two years.

Interest for an ALDI was high prior to its opening in the former Ace Hardware. ALDI store manager Santiago Font heard from customers who would search for the nearest locations and couldn't find any nearby.  According to ALDI Rosenburg Division Vice President Karla Waddleton, the company looks at many factors when choosing a store location. 


Spring Issue of Westchase Today Headed Your Way

In this issue:
  • EHRA, Harvey Builders reinvest
  • Meet Harry Greenblatt, the 4th chair in District's 25-year history
  • Westchase District Farmers Market international flavors spotlight: Colombia
  • Brokers Tout District's Amenities
  • New restaurant has traditional Vietnamese cuisine
  • Westheimer streetscapes improvements underway
  • Meet Ofc. Cody Thomas with the Westchase District Patrol
  • Sign up for summer camps
  • ALDI joins grocery options
  • Plus, much more!
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Farmers Market Open to Serve Community During Difficult Times

As of now, the Westchase District Farmers Market is continuing to operate as planned. Coming to the Farmers Market helps support small business and is an alternative way to get food while supporting vendors. As an open air market, the farmers market is currently one of the safest ways to get food as over-buying has affected grocery store supplies.

We are following CDC guidelines and have revised our procedures accordingly. 
Our vendors are taking precautionary measures to minimize health risks to themselves and customers by observing strict food safety practices to provide a safe environment to buy food items. Changes include:
  1. Booths are maintaining a distance of six feet apart.
  2. Hand sanitizer is available at each booth.
  3. No samples
  4. No touching any food. You point and the vendors will bag it up for you. 
  5. Please do not come if you are sick or feel like you might be getting sick.
  6. We will also have entrance and exit procedures so that the market does not exceed ordered capacity limits.
Please support our vendors during this difficult time as our nation responds to unprecedented circumstances. 


Westchase Restaurants Open for Business During Closure Order 

A temporary closure order by Harris County began yesterday for 15 days. The closure called for all bars and nightclubs to shut down to maintain social distancing. Restaurants were asked to close dining-areas and begin promoting to-go orders, drive-thru and delivery services. Westchase District has more than 128 restaurants and our businesses including hotels need your support and patronage. Find restaurants in the District here

Do Your Part to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

President Trump has released coronavirus guidelines for America for all to do their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Download a pdf here of the President's guidelines.

WHAM Responds to Outbreak Crisis, Calls on
Community to Help Organization Serve Others

West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) and its Second Blessing Resale Store are open for business as they serve the homeless and families in need.

"We are very concerned about the impact of coronavirus on those we serve," said Reverend Mark Brown, chief executive officer of WHAM. "Many are struggling, with that number growing daily, not just with health issues, but with financial issues as well. They will need food, help with the bills, help to get another job. This is our work, to help those in crisis. But, we need your help to help them."
Due to the outbreak, WHAM has now transitioned to a low to no contact approach to its services, including having pick up for boxes of food and conducting phone-based financial appointments. 

WHAM is changing to a drive-thru model and doing financial interviews/appointments by phone and email. WHAM currently serves a daily average of 75 families with food and around 10 households with financial assistance (done over phone and by email). 

Due to guidelines from the City of Houston, WHAM is postponing Shred Day on April 8 and Spring Dash on May 9, two important fundraisers for its operations. Future dates will be announced.

As schools transition to an online learning environment for the rest of the year, WHAM supports many families who don't have the resources to complete online learning. "We are looking to raise funds to be able to give computers to these families," said Brown. WHAM continues to seek donations of canned soups, beans, and meats as well as dry beans, rice, peanut butter, jelly, mac and cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce, cereal, shelf stable milk, water, boxed juices, cleaning supplies, and medium sized boxes.

Items can be dropped off at WHAM, 10 a.m. to 2 pm, Monday through Friday at 10501 Meadowglen Ln. If you would like to help through donations of items such as food boxes, monetary gifts, or by volunteering, please visit WHAM.

About Westchase District
Westchase District is a municipal management district funded by local property owners in a 4.2 square-mile area centered on Sam Houston Tollway between I-10 and US-59 on the west side of Houston, Texas. 

The district promotes growth by enhancing: 
  • Mobility
  • Beautification 
  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development


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