Revisit the Top Five Westchase District Stories of 2018

We're confident that you eagerly devour every issue of The Wire the minute it hits your inbox. (WHAT?!? You're not subscribed? Well, let's take care of that right now!) but in case you missed these stories the first time, here are the top five news highlights from 2018.

1. The Westchase District's Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the District's service plan through 2045, ensuring  continuation of its core services of public safety, mobility and beautification into the middle of the 21st century. (December)

2. Westchase District completed a $1.8 million project on Wilcrest Drive, north of Westheimer, adding left-turn lanes, realigning six median openings, and updating landscaping on 16 medians between Westheimer and Lakeside place. (October)

3. The District unveiled a 20 x 100-foot mural commemorating the first responders and civilian rescurers who reacted bravely in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The mural was the largest of six installations of public art funded by the District in 2018. (August)

4. Emerson doubled its presence in Westchase District with the purchase of a 158,000 square-foot building at 6005 Rogerdale Road, creating a campus of more than 300,000 square feet of office space and offering them room for growth. (October)

5. After being closed since September 2016, the Robinson Westchase Neighborhood Library reopened after undergoing a complete remodeling and upgrading. (April)

We have big plans for 2019, so keep reading!

New Interactive Art Coming Soon To Trailside Park

Hopscotch Art
Who remembers playing hopscotch? This is a rendering of the interactive hopscotch art that will be painted on the walking path at Trailside Park.
More improvements will soon be coming to Westchase District's Trailside Park, thanks to a $1,500 grant from America Walks

The "Community Change Micro Grant" awarded to the Westchase District Community Fund was one of only 20 grants extended to local organizations for 2019 and the only grant awarded in Texas. The grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.

BuffBurger Westchase Now Open at 10550 Westheimer

BuffBurger Avocado Burger with Truffle Fries
Buff Burger Owner Sara Burden

BuffBurger, one the city's hippest and family-owned fast-casual dining brands, has opened its third Houston location in Westchase District in the CityWest Retail Center at 10550 Westheimer. 

Featuring all-natural ingredients sourced from local suppliers, everything at BuffBurger -from the bacon and buns to the mayo and meat - is prepared in-house, from scratch.(Pictured above left: the Avocado Burger with avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes, fire-roasted poblanos, Tillamook pepperjack cheese and Fresno chili mayo with a side of hand-cut fries topped with Parmesan cheese, truffle salt, truffle oil and truffle aioli sauce)

Owner Sara Burden (pictured above, lower right) said the restaurant is in its soft-opening phase, so for now its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. However, breakfast will be offered soon starting at 7 a.m.

Burden said customers who say the secret word "WEBSITE10" can order a BuffBurger, fries and a fountain drink for $10. During happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., beer and wine is half-price and cocktails are $5. Kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal (dine-in only). Online ordering and delivery service is available as well. For more, call 281-869-3303.

  Thursdays @ 3 p.m.  *Rain or shine* St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (at Rogerdale, just west of Beltway 8)

Supporting Your New Year's Resolutions

Okay, so you've eaten some king cake and not worked out for the past nine days - that doesn't mean your 2019 goals have to wait until next year. It's never too late to adopt healthy lifestyle habits!

Want to supply your body with nutritious foods? We have fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, fresh-baked breads, raw honey and more each week at the farmers market. So resolve to come on out and invest in a healthier you!

Let us help you with your goals to get fit, feel great and live your best life - visit the market this week!

West Houston Economic Development Summit Jan. 18

West Houston Economic Development Summit 2019

You can better understand the economic drivers at work in West Houston by attending the West Houston Economic Development Summit on Friday, January 18, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Norris Conference Center, 816 Town and Country Boulevard. The event is hosted by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ray Perryman, president and CEO of the Perryman Group, will address how Houston has fared post-Harvey and our overall economic health. Now in its sixth year of providing cutting-edge economic forecasts and top-level networking opportunities, this year's summit will include morning sessions focused on local businesses' most trending topics, including healthcare, workforce, banking and marketing. Individual tickets are as low as $89 and select sponsorships are still available. For details, contact  Julia Regan, 713-785-4922.

Rotary Club's 7th Annual Soup'er Bowl February 1 

2019 Westchase Rotary Soup_er Bowl
Q: What's the worst part about eating platypus soup?

A: When you get the bill.

You can vie for top billing when you bring your best cooking team, your favorite soup and a spirit of friendly competition as the Houston Westchase Rotary Club hosts its seventh annual Soup'er Bowl from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at Quillian Center, 3663 Westcenter Drive.

There is no admission charge, but a recommended donation of $5 for the fundraising effort would be appreciated.
Bring your family, co-workers, neighbors and friends. All proceeds from the cook-off benefit Houston Westchase Rotary Club scholarships for area high school students. There's still time to become a sponsor for the event, as well as to register your soup'er cook-off team now. Or, simply come out to enjoy some delicious soups and support a worthy cause.

For more, contact  Margaret McBride, 281-728-5994.

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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