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Upper Kirby Construction Update
Proposed Civic Complex- Public Open House
Upper Kirby Culture
Houston Green Office Challenge
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December in the Upper Kirby District
Upper Kirby Construction
The Month Ahead
constructionThe Upper Kirby District has two roadway reconstruction projects underway in the area for shoppers to be aware of this holiday season.

Kirby Drive Construction
As work continues towards relocating overhead utilities underground this month on Kirby between Richmond and US 59, motorists should expect to see the existing lane configuration maintained throughout the holidays.

Existing construction barriers will remain on the west side of the roadway to allow for a clearly defined and protected area for utility work to continue. Motorists should expect four lanes to remain unobstructed through the New Year.

Wakeforest Construction
Crews will also continue work reconstructing Wakeforest between Richmond and the US 59 frontage road this month. The project includes water line and storm sewer improvements and will entail complete road repaving and new sidewalk installation. The new roadway will consist of two, 11-foot lanes and space for on-street parking.

The first part of this month, crews will finish water line work between the south side of the Richmond Wakeforest intersection and Lexington St. Once complete, work will move to storm sewer installation. During these phases, motorists should expect the roadway to remain closed to through traffic between Richmond and Lexington. The storm sewer work on this project will extend across Richmond so there will be a point where east/west traffic on Richmond is impacted for a short distance. Stay tuned for updates on the specific impacts of this phase of work later as the schedule is finalized.

For more information on the reconstruction of Kirby Drive or Wakeforest and for issues and concerns as construction progresses, contact Travis Younkin at 713-524-8000 or email travis@upperkirby.org.
Upper Kirby Civic Complex
Public Open House December 15 from 4 - 6:30 PM
Park Overview
How would you design this space?

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization, has been working with the Upper Kirby community over the past several months to plan the programming and land use to be implemented at the proposed Upper Kirby Civic Complex and Levy Park extension.

PPS began public engagement in October with a series of focus groups, interviews and a public placemaking workshop. The team has since been working on interpreting the input garnered at those sessions and formulating some concepts to present at a public open house on Wednesday, December 15 from 4 - 6:30 PM. If you weren't able to attend the workshop, there is still a chance to voice your opinions prior to the open house. Let us know what you want to see in your local public spaces by clicking here.

For more information on this public workshop or future planning events, contact the Upper Kirby District at 713-524-8000.
Upper Kirby Culture
Divas World Presents
Weave: The Art of the Singer Songwriter
Divas PerformanceDivas World Productions will premier their new concert series, Divas Café, Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm at Nouri Gallery with their first installment, Weave: The Art of the Singer Songwriter

Weave will uncover the passionate poetry of the songwriter through an intimate exploration of original and popular songs.

Featured guests performing throughout the evening include: Composer, Danny Ashkenasi; Singer/Songwriter, Tricia Fox and Flutist, Jennifer Keeney.  Divas World artists rounding out the evening include Anita Kruse, Ray Younkin, Aaron Kaufman, Rodney Waters, David Laduca, Sonja Bruzauskas and Kenneth Gayle.  The performance will also include readings and prose that complement the Weave theme featuring Poet, Ava Leavell Haymon, who will facilitate an insightful audience discussion at the conclusion of the concert experience.

This Divas Café concert is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Nouri Gallery is located at 3001 Richmond Avenue, between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby.

For more information, contact Divas World at 713-524-2854 or visit www.DivasWorld.org.


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

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