West Airport Blvd. Extension Groundbreaking Ceremony
The West Airport Blvd. extension from Hiram Clarke Rd. to Almeda Rd. is finally ready to start construction. In celebration of this long awaited mobility project, Council Member Green hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event on February 1st at the current dead-end of West Airport Blvd., east of Hiram Clarke Rd.
A portion of this West Airport Blvd. extension corridor runs through the Five Corners District boundary; particularly at the Buffalo Speedway intersection. “With the near completion of the Buffalo Speedway bridge over Holmes Rd., which is slated for completion in Fall 2018 (another ribbon cutting celebration) and the completion of this roadway project, which is slated to be complete in Fall 2019, these two major thoroughfare corridors are ripe for potential development”, states Council Member Green.
The West Airport Blvd. construction project will include 4 lanes with raised medians, sidewalks and a bike lane. “We are excited about the impact this extension will have on improving connectivity and mobility.”
South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition 5th Annual Banquet “Community of One”
On January 27th, the South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition held their 5th Annual Awards Banquet featuring, former District K resident ReShonda Tate Billingsley as the keynote speaker. Over 200 guests left inspired to do more in the community after hearing the captivating stories and message delivered by Tate-Billingsley.
The SHCCC is an alliance of 26 Civic Clubs and HOAs dedicated to improving our community through beautification, improved education and recreation and better housing for all. If you missed the gala this year, mark your calendar for next year’s event on January 26, 2019.
For more information about joining the SHCCC contact Mya Carrol, president at email@example.com. Check out their facebook page.
Council Member Green Hosts Annual Seniors’ Valentine’s Day Luncheon
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate what we love about District K. Council Member Green hosted his annual Seniors’ Valentine’s Day luncheon on February 14th at the Red Rooster. Over 500 seniors enjoyed lunch, line dancing, fun and roses. “Thank you to each of our seniors who joined us for the event. We enjoyed celebrating with you. Special thanks to Mr. Titu Alam of the Red Rooster and Kroger for the donation of the roses,” states Council Member Green.
CM Green Provides Over $100K in Afterschool Funding Throughout District K
Neighborhoods in Houston City Council Member Larry Green’s District K benefitted this year from over $100,000 in City of Houston funding designated for afterschool programs. The partnership is provided through the Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids City Connections.
Funding began Oct. 23 through April 27 for organizations selected as afterschool providers in District K. Awards ranged from $4,000-$15,000 for each organization.
The partnership with the City of Houston and CASE for Kids provided $45,000 in funding for nonprofit organizations in each of the 11 Houston City Council districts A-K. In addition, council members had the opportunity to increase their grant budget with council district funds. Council Member Green added an additional $62,000 in funds to ensure more programs are available for students throughout District K.
Boys & Girls Club Greater Houston, Bridging the Digital Divide, Mufassa’s Pride, SEWA, Comp U Dopt, Shamelessly Saved, Edison Arts Foundation, Brentwood Community Foundation, TEEROC and Urban Outreach all received funds for their afterschool programs.
“Afterschool programs keep kids in our neighborhoods safe and provide enrichment,” said Green. “It’s a win-win for communities and our students.”
Proposed Revisions to Chapter 19 Floodplain Management Regulations
The Houston Public Works Dept. presented information relating to proposed revisions to Chapter 19 of the Houston Code of Ordinances, which are the regulations governing development in the floodplain.
The proposed revisions include:
- Applying the floodplain management regulations contained in Chapter 19 to the 500-year floodplain (currently they only apply to the 100-year floodplain)
- Requires freeboard above the 500-year flood elevation (currently described as “x” feet; the administration recommends 2 feet, but this is specifically open to public comment). This would require any addition to the property to be elevated to the 500-year flood elevation plus two feet
- Prohibits any net fill in the 500-year floodplain
PUBLIC INPUT AND NEXT STEPS
Public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 can be made by emailing the Houston Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ordinance will be presented to City Council on March 21, 2018.
More information about the proposed revisions to Chapter 19, go to www.houstonrecovers.org.