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Upper Kirby Pedestrian Improvements
Wakeforest Construction
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Upper Kirby Secures ARRA Grant to Leverage Pedestrian Improvements

In November 2009, the Upper Kirby District's  was approved by the region's Transportation Policy Council (TPC) to receive $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. Based on a recent pedestrian-transit mobility improvements plan, Upper Kirby was one of three regional Districts to be approved to implement pedestrian scale infrastructure improvements to supplement District funds already being expended.

Harris County Improvement District No. 3 (HCID No. 3) successfully implemented the first phase of the ARRA funded pedestrian improvements alongside the Kirby Drive Drainage and Mobility Improvements Project between Richmond and Westheimer. Overlaying such improvements on top of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 19 (TIRZ No. 19) drainage and vehicular mobility improvements, HCID No. 3 qualified approximately $1.3 million of the total project cost of $1.5 million for federal reimbursement. Improvements included additional sidewalk width, pedestrian furniture, enhanced landscaping, pedestrian lighting and crosswalks.

As local infrastructure projects are implemented, HCID No. 3 will continue to implement a comprehensive pedestrian access and safety program alongside existing projects and will continue to pursue federal funding to leverage local investment.

The next two qualified projects under the existing ARRA grant will be implemented in 2010-2011 on Kirby between Richmond and US 59 and on Buffalo Speedway between US 59 and Bissonnet.

For more information on this and other Upper Kirby projects contact Travis Younkin at 713-524-8000.

Wakeforest Reconstruction
to Bid this Month

Construction Wakeforest reconstruction between US 59 and Richmond will go out to bid in the month of May in hopes of beginning construction early this summer.

The Wakeforest Reconstruction Project will create a uniform 60 foot right-of-way between US 59 North Service Road and Richmond Avenue. The current roadway narrows from 60 feet at the freeway down to 30 feet at the Richmond intersection and creates an unsafe and congested condition for motorists utilizing the street to access US 59 as well as for pedestrians going to and from the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Sheraton Four Points. The new roadway will provide new sidewalks and on street parking space along Wakeforest, improve mobility for vehicles and pedestrians and reduce potential auto conflicts at the Richmond intersection. The total duration of the project is expected to last 2-3 months.

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.
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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.