Upper Kirby District Street Talk
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Upper Kirby Construction Update
Security Patrol Services
Houston Green Office Challenge
Community Resources

NCAA Final Four

One of the Most Exciting Events of the Year Heads to Houston


The 2011 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament is coming to Houston April 2nd and 4th.  It has been 40 years since the Final Four was last held in Houston (Astrodome 1971) and this year attendance is expected to top 76,000 (60,000 out-of-town visitors) at Reliant Stadium. This will make the 2011 Championship will the largest Final Four in history. 


Can't get tickets? There are still a number of great ways to participate in the Final Four festivities this year. For more information on Final Four events such as Bracket Town, or the Big Dance, visit ncaa.com/finalfour.   


Let's show these visitors our good ole' Big Bayou City welcome and typical Houston hospitality so they will want to come back when the NCAA Final Four Championships hits Houston again in 2016.


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March in the Upper Kirby District
Upper Kirby Construction
The Month Ahead
Construction Upper Kirby roadway reconstruction continues this month along Kirby Drive between Richmond and US 59, Buffalo Speedway between US 59 and Bissonnet and is nearing completion on Wakeforest between Richmond and US 59.

Buffalo Speedway Construction Traffic along this stretch of roadway will remain unchanged this month. One lane in either direction is being maintained along the west side of the roadway with a continuous left turn maintained in the center.

Southbound traffic should expect to be transitioned from two lanes to one lane just south of US 59 and northbound traffic should expect a similar shift to the west just north of Bissonnet.

The Month Ahead   
Work over the coming month will consist primarily of excavation efforts on the east side of the street so that underground utility duct banks can be constructed. Work during this phase will generally be moving north from Bissonnet.

The goal for completion of the entire reconstruction of Buffalo Speedway is November 2011. During this period, overhead utilities will be moved underground, the four-lane roadway will be repaved as a six-lane roadway to address the serious congestion issues along this stretch, the storm sewer system will be upgraded and a complete streetscape will be implemented to include pedestrian lighting, enhanced sidewalks and crosswalks, pedestrian amenities and improved landscaping and irrigation.

Kirby Drive Construction 
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.

The Month Ahead 
Existing construction barriers will remain on the west side of the roadway over the next several months while utility work continues. Most likely, contractors will begin paving the west side of the roadway when utility transfers have been completed. At this point, it looks as though paving efforts will be able to commence during the third or fourth week of March.

Motorists should expect four lanes to remain unobstructed as utility crews proceed with the transfer of overhead services underground and even after paving work has begun later this month. Southbound motorists should expect the curbside lane approaching Richmond to remain right-turn-only throughout this phase.

This section of Kirby Drive is scheduled to be substantially complete in November 2011.

Wakeforest Construction  The Wakeforest reconstruction project will be wrapping up this month. The final paving section between US 59 and Lexington is expected to be completed next week concurrent with the installation of remaining sidewalk construction. Once the pavement has cured, two way traffic will be able to return to the street while final back-of-curb touches are added.

For more information on Upper Kirby construction projects 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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