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Kirby Drive Construction Update
Project For Public Spaces: The Upper Kirby Civic and Community Center Project
Houston Green Office Challenge
Nonprofit Profile: Playworks
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Kirby Drive Construction - Richmond to 59
Back on Schedule
Small Traffic Shift Scheduled This Month

constructionThe Kirby Drive Paving, Drainage and Streetscape Improvements Project between Richmond Avenue and US 59 is back on track after exposing a utility conflict in September that caused some delay. Upon finding that the Center Point duct bank-originally designed to run along the east side of Kirby Drive- was in conflict with an unmarked fiber optic line, project designers and contractors began working toward a solution that would keep the project moving on schedule.

It has been decided that the most cost effective solution to keep the project moving forward will involve realigning the electrical utility duct bank under the center lane on the west side of Kirby Drive. This will place it parallel to the already designed telecommunications duct bank under the curbside lane also on the west side of the street.

The Impact:

While this solution will allow the contractor to keep on schedule without undue disruption, placing both the telecommunications duct and the electrical duct side-by-side on the same side of the roadway, as opposed to on opposite sides of the street, will require a wider work zone. As the electrical duct bank is installed, the traffic configuration will change temporarily eliminating the center turn lane.

Weather permitting, the first phase of this work will begin this week and will extend from Richmond to Norfolk. Through traffic onto Norfolk will be disrupted on the west side of Kirby as work crosses the intersection and will be restored as soon as is it safely possible. Northbound motorists should anticipate restricted access turning left onto Norfolk while southbound motorists should expect free left turn movement onto Norfolk, however, they will use a short stacking bay as opposed to a center turn lane. All left turns onto Richmond from Kirby will be preserved throughout.

Once the work is completed on this section of the project, the center turn lane will be restored from Norfolk to Richmond and eliminated from Norfolk to US 59 for work to continue through the second phase of duct installation.   

For more information on the reconstruction of Kirby Drive between Richmond and US 59 and for issues and concerns as construction progresses, contact Travis Younkin at 713-524-8000 or email travis@upperkirby.org.
Upper Kirby Civic Complex
Tell us What You Want in Your Public Space
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On Wednesday, October 13, local residents, employees and property owners gathered at the Upper Kirby District Center for an exercise in placemaking. Attendees were charged with visioning the future use and programming of the recently expanded Levy Park and proposed Upper Kirby Civic Complex.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization, led the group through the process. The evening involved a three hour session of brainstorming, discussion and a site visit that allowed participants the chance plan their vision of a great destination in one of the few public green spaces available in inner-city Houston.

The PPS team will work over the next few months to compile all of the ideas and suggestions from the workshop, interviews and focus groups and develop a working plan for the use of the space. The public will have an opportunity to preview the PPS recommendations at an open house Wednesday, December 15 from 6 - 8 PM.

If you weren't able to attend the workshop, there is still a chance to voice your opinions. Let us know what you want to see in your local public spaces by clicking here.

For more information on PPS, click here.

For more information on this public workshop or future planning events, contact the Upper Kirby District at 713-524-8000.
Greenway Plaza and the
Upper Kirby District are Going Green

GOCMayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston are challenging management districts, commercial property owners, property managers and office tenants to improve the environmental and economic performance of their business operations.

The Houston Green Office Challenge will help our companies achieve strategies that reduce energy use, waste, and water use and provides and exciting way for businesses to make Houston a greener place to live and work.

The Houston Green Office Challenge helps participants with environmental sustainability and in some cases, can move them closer to third-party green building certification through the Energy Star and LEED rating systems.

Join us in achieving our goal as the greenest commercial district in Houston!

Sign up today at www.houstongoc.org

Playworks
Upper Kirby District Center Tenant Profile
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The Upper Kirby District is proud to welcome new nonprofit tenant, Playworks to the Upper Kirby District Center.


Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that provides safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Founded in 1996, Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools. Playworks currently serves more than 100,000 children in 250 low-income schools in 15 cities throughout the country every school day. By 2012, Playworks' goal is to serve more than 650 schools in 27 US cities.

 

Playworks works with principals and teachers in low-income schools by providing full-time trained coaches to facilitate play during recess and class game time. In addition to promoting physical fitness, their coaches create a positive environment by teaching team behaviors and conflict resolution.

Playworks Houston can be reached at 281-661-8366. For more information, visit www.playworks.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.