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Upper Kirby Construction
The Upper Kirby District Center
Non-Profit Center Tenant Profile
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Who Lives in Upper Kirby?
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As part of the recent Upper Kirby Livable Centers Study needs assessment, project consultant Van Meter Williams Pollack provided an overview of the current Upper Kirby demographic profile. It is clear that Upper Kirby is an area in transition from what was once a Houston downtown suburb to what is now the center of Houston's urban fabric.

In 2009, there were an estimated 4,008 residents in the Upper Kirby District living in 2,070 households. The average size of these households is approximately 1.5 residents per household compared to the City of Houston's average of approximately 2.75 residents per household. The vast majority of these households are singles or married couples living with no children at a rate nearly twice that of the city as a whole. This data closely follows the trend in multi-family housing development in the area.

Despite the fact that Upper Kirby is composed of predominantly single or non-family households, only 13 percent of the area is under the age of 25. The majority of the population is between the ages of 25 and 64, suggesting that the population of students, recent college graduates and other young adults is relatively small and that the majority of Upper Kirby is composed of working professionals.

Upper Kirby residents also appear to be highly educated. Over 70% of residents in Upper Kirby have a bachelor's degree or higher compared to only 27% in the City of Houston. Of these residents, 67% are employed in management or professional occupations compared to 36% in the City of Houston.  

These are just some of the indicators explored in the recent Livable Centers needs assessment that provide an overview of who lives in Upper Kirby and helps begin to identity the needs specific to Upper Kirby. With changing demographics come changing needs for infrastructure and community services. With the 2010 census fast approaching, responding to census surveys and questionnaires accurately is more important than ever as that information will be used to shape the area for years to come.

To view the complete Upper Kirby Livable Centers Needs Assessment and other Livable Centers information, click here.
Upper Kirby Construction
drainage constructionTwo Upper Kirby construction projects are planned for 2010 and should both begin construction early this summer.

Kirby Drive between Richmond and US 59 and Buffalo Speedway between Bissonnet and US 59 aim to address drainage and mobility deficiencies via the Upper Kirby TIRZ No. 19. Complete streetscape and landscaping programs and overhead utility burial will be overlaid while infrastructure improvements are being made and will be funded by HCID No. 3 (the Upper Kirby Management District).

For more information on Upper Kirby construction projects, contact Travis Younkin at 713.524.8000 or email travis@upperkirby.org.
The Upper Kirby District Center
Serving Houston's Non-Profit Community Since 1998
The Upper Kirby District Center opened its doors in 1998 in response to the need for affordable office space for nonprofit charitable organizations.
To further meet the needs of small and startup nonprofit organizations, the Upper Kirby District Center has recently converted a large single-user tenant space into eighteen "incubator" offices. Rental rates range from $225 to $700 per month.
The Upper Kirby District Center's location adjacent to Levy Park and its close proximity to US 59 between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway makes it an ideal setting to grow your nonprofit organization.

For more information, please call 713.524.8000.
Upper Kirby Non-Profit Center Tenant Profile: Student Conservation Association
SCA The Student Conservation Association, Inc. (SCA) is the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to youth development through conservation service.  Founded in 1957, SCA has been building the next generation of conservation leaders before there was AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, EPA, and Earth Day. The SCA has both summer and year-round opportunities available for everyone from high school to retirement, including national and urban conservation crews and internships. In 2009, the SCA placed more than 4,000 members and provided 2 million hours of service to 450 natural and cultural resource management sites in all fifty states. SCA partners and collaborates with federal, state and local resource management organizations, schools, service organizations and communities to administer its programs.  
SCA's Community Programs, active in 15 cities, address the need for urban youth to get outdoors and engage and enjoy their environment. By partnering with city, state and federal land management agencies, SCA provides over 1,000 diverse urban youth each year with environmental education, leadership and green jobs training, job skills and conservation service opportunities in their own communities. SCA programs in Houston and Dallas work with local school systems and public lands to implement meaningful programs in urban parks.
SCA's Mission Statement is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
To learn more about SCA go to www.thesca.org or call 713.520.1835.

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Upper Kirby is a constantly evolving urban area marked by an outstanding location, great shopping, unique residential neighborhoods, smart development and a small town feel. It is an area of successful businesses, involved communities and a synergy between the public and private sectors. It is the heartbeat of Houston and everywhere you want to be.