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Ideas Flowing at First WAve Public Meeting

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Public Meeting #1

Do you want to see a tree-lined boulevard, a street car, an effective parking district, more public art, more parks, complete streets, more local businesses? If you have ideas for how Washington Avenue/First Ward/Sixth Ward should look and feel in the future join us tonight at MECA, 1900 Kane Street, 6:30 pm for the Livable Centers Study first public meeting.

Standing Room Only at Initial Work Group Sessions

ARC’s¬†conference room was packed all day! Each session was well attended with great feedback from public, private and stakeholder representatives. This input will be considered, along with the public meeting comments and ideas (March 8th) and then woven into the report by each work group leader.

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Workgroups Meeting February 24th

If you’re interested in getting deeper into the project, then our workgroups are the place for you! All five workgroups will be meeting on Friday, Feb 24th. Please RSVP for the groups you’d like to participate in! These are the available groups:

9 AM: Housing Choice and Buildings. If you’re interested in housing, affordability, or built form, this is for you!
10:30 AM: Economic Development. If you’re interested in commercial development, jobs, or the economy, this is for you!
1:30 PM: Circulation and Connectivity. If you’re interested in walking, biking, transit, or other ways of getting around, this is for you!
3 PM: Sustainability and Open Space. If you’re interested in parks, the environment, or sustainability, this is for you!
4:30 PM: Placemaking, Branding and Wayfinding. If you’re interested in culture, public art, or how people view the neighborhood, this is for you!

All workgroups will be held at Asakura Robinson’s offices at 1902 Washington Avenue (entrance on Silver Street).

First WAve Open House is a success!

The initial open house and information meeting on February 7th was extremely well attended. We welcomed 80+ residents, business owners, developers, students, employees and city staff. Most of whom are on the same page but all have amazing and different ideas and suggestions. Make sure to join us at our public meetings to share your dreams and vision for the Washington Avenue Neighborhood. Meeting dates and locations to be announced. Stay tuned…

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About the Project

The Houston-Galveston Area Council, in partnership with Better Houston, the City of Houston and TIRZ 15,¬† is conducting a Livable Centers study of Houston’s historic Washington Avenue Corridor.

The Livable Centers program seeks to create walkable, mixed-use places that provide multi-modal transportation, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. The Washington Avenue Livable Centers study area, which is bounded by I-45 in the East, I-10 in the North, Westcott in the West and Buffalo Bayou in the south, includes much of Superneighborhood 22 and contains all or most of the First and Sixth Wards, Memorial Heights, West End, Magnolia Grove, Westwood Grove, Rice Military, Wood Crest and Cottage Grove neighborhoods.

The study is engaging area residents and workers, government agencies, businesses and institutions in developing recommendations for improvements to the area. These will include transportation, economic development, housing choice, sustainability, open space and placemaking recommendations. Plans for Livable Centers, to be effective, are supported by incentives, flexible regulations, and basic standards for walkable urbanism.

To join a stakeholder group or to be contacted regarding public meetings and other opportunities for input, please contact us at zakcq@asakurarobinson.com, or visit our office at 1902 Washington Avenue (entrance on Silver Street).

The project team includes Asakura Robinson, Arup, Morris Architects, RCLCO, SWA Group, Traffic Engineers and Damon Williams Consulting.