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February in the Upper Kirby District
Upper Kirby Construction
The Month Ahead
constructionConstruction continues this month on Wakeforest and Kirby Drive, both between Richmond and US 59. Also likely to begin construction early in 2011 is the Buffalo Speedway Improvements Project between US 59 and Bissonnet. Further updates will be sent out as that work is scheduled.

Kirby Drive Construction
February on Kirby Drive will consist entirely of utility relocation work. Transfer of overhead services to the recently constructed underground duct banks has begun by both electricity and telecommunications providers and will continue throughout the month of February. Once the overhead utility poles are removed, roadway repaving can commence.

What to Expect:
Existing construction barriers will remain on the west side of the roadway over the next several months while utility work continues. Motorists should expect four lanes to remain unobstructed as utility crews proceed with the transfer of overhead services underground. Southbound motorists should expect the curbside lane approaching Richmond to remain right-turn-only throughout this phase.

Wakeforest Construction
The Wakeforest reconstruction project includes water line and storm sewer improvements as well as complete roadway repaving and new sidewalk installation. The new roadway will consist of two, 11-foot lanes and space for on-street parking.

The month of February will consist mainly of paving activities with some minor water and storm sewer work at the Wakeforest/Lexington intersection. Storm sewer work crossing Richmond at Wakeforest has impacted east and westbound traffic for a short stretch during the month of January, but is likely to be completed during the first week of February allowing Richmond through traffic to return to its traditional configuration. 

What to Expect:
Crews have already completed paving between Lexington and Richmond along the west side of Wakeforest and anticipate being able to open the roadway to two-way traffic by mid February.

Motorists heading eastbound on Richmond should still expect the right two lanes to be impacted over the coming week as the storm sewer work is completed crossing Richmond.

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.
New to the Upper Kirby Area?
Did you Know Security Patrol Services are Available?
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In 1989, the businesses and residents of the Upper Kirby District were concerned about the increased criminal activity in the area.  As a result, a supplemental security patrol was formed to serve Upper Kirby area businesses and participating residents.   


Since August 1991, Upper Kirby District businesses and residential neighborhoods have been patrolled by employees of Harris County Precinct One Constable's Patrol Division under the supervision of Constable Jack Abercia.  The patrol is coordinated with Precinct One by Upper Kirby Management District.


 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.


The following services are provided by the Precinct One program:


  • 24 hour central dispatch.
  • Uniformed, armed deputies who are certified police officers, licensed by the state to enforce the laws of Texas.
  • Distinctly marked, emergency law enforcement vehicles.
  • Central dispatch telephone number provided upon receipt of registration.
  • Generally close to a five minute response time.
  • Residential vacation watches.
  • Business special watches.
  • Response to burglar alarm when notified by alarm company.
  • Traffic control - as certified police officers, the deputies can respond to and issue citations to reckless, speeding or thoughtless drivers.
  • Residential security checks: - A time can be scheduled for a deputy constable to visit your residence to discuss how you can better prevent criminal activity on your premises.

If you are interested in signing up for Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Patrol services, residential contracts and additional information can be downloaded here, or, please call 713-524-8000. 

Greenway Plaza and the
Upper Kirby District are Going Green

Mark Your Calendars!

Upper Kirby/Greenway Commercial Property Owners, Property Managers and Commercial Building Tenants, please mark your calendars for an informal luncheon aimed at improving recycling and waste management practices in your building or business.
Presenters include Mayor Parker's Director of Sustanability, Laura Spanjian and representatives from Greenstar Recycling and Waste Management.

When:  Monday, February 7
Time:   11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Upper Kirby Center
3015 Richmond Avenue
            1st floor Conference Rm.
Please rsvp to Linda Gilliam at 713.524.8000 or email linda@upperkirby.org

About the Houston Green Office Challenge:

Mayor 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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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.