Pre-construction Work on Walnut Bend Lane Underway


Crews have been busy making preparations along Walnut Bend Lane for reconstruction of the roadway from Westpark Drive to Westheimer Road. Workers are replacing and burying deeper AT&T utility lines, as well as marking selected trees for pruning and/or removal. The work precedes the largest capital improvement project Westchase District has ever undertaken: a $20 million reconstruction of Walnut Bend. Extensive improvements will include pedestrian lighting, dedicated bike lanes, custom bus shelters, extensive landscaping, bike racks, benches and signage.

To celebrate the launch of the project, we're hosting a kickoff event at 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 10, near the intersection of Walnut Bend Lane and Richmond Avenue (parking will be available at 10850 Richmond). Representatives from Westchase District, the City of Houston and other local government officials will be on hand to mark the start of the project, which is expected to take about 20 months to complete. The event is free and open to the public, so save the date and look for more details in future issues of The Wire.



During Droughts, District Manages All Things Green

Beltway 8 Landscaping

With a week-long stretch of 100-plus-degree temperatures and regular heat advisories issued from the National Weather Service, August has been a brutal month for people and plants alike. Westchase District's monthly irrigation bill averages about $5,000, but jumps to $7,000 during summer months. Lack of rainfall has officials asking citizens to conserve water. Fortunately, Westchase District employs irrigation technology that maximizes water conservation while continuing to efficiently and effectively maintain the area's beautiful landscaping.

Under the City of Houston's Adopt An Esplanade program, the City does not charge the District for watering of its 12.25 miles of esplanades. However, Westchase District regularly inspects irrigation systems and repairs any leaks. Along Beltway 8, the District uses a centrally-controlled WaterLogic "smart" system that ensures the right amount of water at just the right time to conserve water while saving money.

Westchase District plants low-maintenance, drought-resistant trees, shrubs and seasonal flowers that minimize maintenance costs while maximizing splashes of color year-round. It's all part of creating a beautiful environment which reflects the pride of property owners in the area and promotes economic development.

Burnett Specialists Celebrate 40 Years in District

Burnett Specialists celebration at Marroitt

Burnett Specialists - Texas' largest employee-owned recruitment, temporary staffing, contract, and headhunting service - recently celebrated 45 years in business with a festive anniversary party at the Houston Marriott Westchase. Staff members from Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio enjoyed dinner, dancing and a casino party. 

Sue Burnett, the company's founder and president, presented a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner making August 1, 2019 Burnett Specialists Day in Houston. In 1979, five years into its history, Burnett Specialists established its headquarters in what would become Westchase District. "We've been in Westchase for 40 years," Burnett said. "Being close to Beltway 8 and the Westpark Tollway has been convenient for my employees as well as for our candidates coming to interview with us. I think the landscaping projects make the District look professional and consistent. It's been a wonderful location and we plan to stay here for many years to come." 

  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)


Sweet Relief: Italian Ices & Ice Cream 

With temperatures well over 100° this week, Thursday afternoon is the perfect time to visit the farmers market for a cool, refreshing treat from Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream

All products are vegan, certified kosher and are lactose- and gluten-free. You'll feel like a kid again...without having to run behind a creepy van!

 

Cool off with a delicious treat from Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream.

Treat Yourself to a Healthy Açai Bowl at New Ms. Green

Ms. Green Acai Bowl
Açai bowls are a nutritious new trend from Brazil that combine a ç ai berry puree with fresh fruit, milk and nut butters to create a sweet treat rich in antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. Y ou can taste one of these delicious smoothie bowls at a new shop in Westchase District that opened last week: Ms. Green , located in the Market at Westchase shopping center at 11191 Westheimer Road (at Wilcrest Drive, next to LePeep).

Owners Alex and Sara Gomez offer yummy açaí bowls and smoothies, as well as coffee, tea and Topo Chico sparkling mineral water. Ms. Green is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To place a to-go order, call them or send them a text at 832-406-0983.

Register for HCC's Fall Small Business Success Series

Houston Community College's Center for Entrepreneurship will host a series of five, day-long workshops geared toward entrepreneurs who are either planning to start a business or grow an existing business. The Small Business Success Series will take place at its Westchase District campus, located at 2811 Hayes Road, Room A319/320.
  • Saturday, August 24: Ignite the Entrepreneur in You!
  • Saturday, September 14: Is My Idea Lucrative?
  • Saturday, October 5: How Much Will It Cost to Start and Grow My Business?
  • Saturday, October 19: How Do I Market My Idea?
  • Saturday, November 2: How Do I Manage Risk?
The workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presenters will facilitate guided exercises and peer interaction in small groups. Each workshop, which includes lunch, costs $25 via advance online registration or $30 at the door; a package for all five workshops is available for $80. The series is FREE to HCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Participants who attend all five workshops will receive a certificate of completion. For more information, send an email to c4e@hccs.edu or call 713-718-6650.




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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