Revisit the Top Five Westchase District Stories of 2019

2019 was a great year for Westchase District. We commissioned new murals that were painted throughout the area. New restaurants and hotels opened. and area businesses were recognized in our Best of Westchase contest. ICYMI, here is a review of the top five stories from the year:

1. Westchase District broke ground on its largest-ever capital improvement project: a $20 million reconstruction of Walnut Bend Lane. The roadway is being completely rebuilt between Westpark Drive and Westheimer Road. Underground utility improvements and above ground amenity upgrades (bus shelters, lighting, sidewalks) will benefit anyone who lives or works on Walnut Bend, plus everyone who uses the street to get to their final destination. (September)


2. Two significant office leases indicate strength in Westchase District's office market. Bill.com leased 25,000 square feet in Parkway Property's CityWestPlace campus. The California-based  digital payments company opened its first satellite office in Houston by working out of TechSpace's coworking space in the same office complex.  Meanwhile,
Honeywell signed a 114,000 square foot lease at 2103  CityWest Blvd (also in the CityWestPlace campus) and will move its 750 employees around the corner from its current Westchase District location. (February/May)


3. The District upgraded the eight emergency call boxes located along its trail system with 4G technology. Four more emergency call boxes will be installed in 2020. 


4. New amenities have been added at Trailside Park. This quarter-acre urban infill park is part of a 750-foot trail just north of Richmond Avenue that connects HCC Campus Trail with Hayes Road. The park features a ZipKrooz playground zip line, picnic table, water fountain, additional seating and interactive art. Parking for Trailside park is available on Hayes Road. (April)


5.  Westchase District sponsored its periodic  Best of Westchase  contest in the spring, giving area residents and employees of local businesses the opportunity to vote on their favorites in 27 categories. More than 1,000 votes were cast in our online contest and the winners were celebrated at a happy hour award ceremony.  (May)


We have big plans for 2020, so keep reading!


Real Estate Forum to Offer Westchase Updates

S ome of the top names in commercial real estate will headline Westchase District's "Westchase Today & Tomorrow" event.

Philip Schneidau (Woodbranch Management), Michelle Wogan (Transwestern), Stacy Hunt (Greystar), Swapnil Agarwal (Nitya Capital) and Kelly Hall (Harvey Builders) will participate in panel discussions concerning their respective sectors in Westchase District's real estate market.

Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland will offer a keynote address and Westchase District staff will also present updates on the various projects underway in the area, including the reconstruction of Walnut Bend Lane, improvements to Westheimer Road and two parks that are currently under development.

Here are the event details:   Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:00 to 10:30 am
Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive

We'll offer updates on all the 2020 capital projects underway in Westchase District. 

This event will benefit anyone who represents buildings or tenants in Westchase District.


Rendering of Westheimer streetscapes project beginning this month.

           Rendering of Walnut Bend Lane
         roadway improvements underway.
Blink Fitness Opens at 11145 Westheimer Road

If your New Year's resolutions include exercising more (and who doesn't include that in their annual goals?), then it's a great time to consider joining Blink Fitness, the newest fitness center in Westchase District.

The gym is located at 11145 Westheimer (at Wilcrest) in the Market at Westchase Shopping Center. Blink Fitness opened in New York City in 2011, but is new to Houston. Today, there are nearly 100 Blink Fitness locations across the country, and the Westchase gym is the second location to open in the Houston area.

The 13,500-square-foot fitness center will have cardio and strength equipment, state-of-the-art Precor equipment, stretch areas, and designated areas for high-intensity interval training (HITT), body weight circuit training and more. Fully-equipped locker rooms with showers will make it easy to clean-up before heading to the office. Each new member receives an introductory personal training session. 

Memberships range from $15/month (one location, no commitment) to $22/month (access to 90+ locations includes annual commitment, guest privileges and access to the Blink Fitness app which delivers daily fitness and wellness content.)

Manager Charles McKenna and his team will host a grand opening event at the gym on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. Stop by and say hello and check out their beautiful new facilities.  

  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 three weeks - that doesn't mean your healthy eating 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!

New Year, New Art!


Everyone's favorite muralist Larry Crawford is back at work in Westchase District. He's painting two new modern murals on the retaining walls at METRO bus stops on Richmond. 

Pictured at left above is the finished art in front of MemberSource Credit Union at 10100 Richmond Avenue. Larry is currently working on a second mural in front of 10200 Richmond Avenue. If you want to see Larry at work, drive past one day this week. He says the mural should be complete by the middle of next week. 


Rotary Club's 8th Annual Soup'er Bowl January 31 


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 eighth annual Soup'er Bowl from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 31 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 Jatin Desai, 713-271-1941


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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