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April in the Upper Kirby District
 Safety Tips from Harris County Constable Patrol
 
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Nearly ten years ago, the businesses and residents of the Upper Kirby District were concerned about the increased criminal activity, as a result, the Upper Kirby District busi­nesses and residential neighborhoods instituted a patrol program by Harris County Pre­cinct One Deputy Constables under the supervision of Constable Jack Abercia. Since the beginning of this program, overall criminal activity In the District has decreased 30%, while the overall criminal activity In Houston has decreased 23% over the same period.
 
The businesses and residents who help to underwrite the patrol have access by tele­phone to Precinct One's central dispatch. They are reporting suspicious persons and incidents to the deputies and as a result, potential criminal incidents are being thwarted. As more residents participate in the patrol, the downward trend in crime in our neighbor­hood will continue.

April Safety Tips: How to Make Your Home More Safe
  • Keep shrubs trimmed: They should not cover your windows. This will eliminate hiding places for burglars.
  • Use lighting at night: Illuminate dark areas around the outside of your home. This eliminates hiding places and lets you see if anyone is hiding as you approach your house.
  • Use double-key dead-bolt locks if you have glass within 40 inches of the lock. This keeps anyone from breaking the glass and reaching inside to unlock the door.
  • Install auxiliary locking devices on windows: This keeps anyone from raising the window even though they defeat the factory lock.The auxiliary devices should be easy to remove from the inside in case of a fire.
Remember, for emergencies, call 911 first and then the constable patrol. For more information on Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Patrol, click here.
Upper Kirby Construction
Construction Two 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.
Upper Kirby Welcomes the Newly Renovated Crowne Plaza River Oaks
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Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks is now open in the Upper Kirby District.

Formerly the Holiday Inn Select, the massive renovation blends modern luxury and impeccable service in a central Houston location. Ideally located at 2712 Southwest Freeway between Kirby Drive and Buffalo Speedway, the revitalized hotel is in close proximity to major Upper Kirby employment centers, retail and restaurant destinations and entertainment venues.
 
Inside the hotel, the well trained staff can assist with transportation planning, dinner reservations or even a relaxing full-body massage. Whether the stay is for business or pleasure, the Crowne Plaza aims to pamper their guests during their stay.

For business needs, the hotel offers complimentary high-speed wireless internet throughout the hotel, a full service business center, complimentary shuttle service to nearby offices and coffee in the lobby.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel also features first class dining at the brand new Reeds Restaurant as well as an ideal setting to relax with a cocktail and enjoy light dinner fare at Reeds Bar & Lounge.

For more information or to make reservations, click here or call 713-523-8448.

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.
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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.