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  1. I got this in an email from the Museum District business Alliance--- The newly formed Montrose Management District needs your input on how it should be marketing our area. To provide your input, we request that you go to www.montroselogo.com and complete the survey on this website. FYI--- The East Montrose Management district ( HCID#6 roughly covering Dallas to Bagby to I59 to Montrose blvd) was combined with West Montrose Management (boundary goes Shepherd, Dallas, Montrose blvd to I59 with a small portion of Museum district Montrose Blvd, Bissonnet, Graustark) montrosedistrict.org/
  2. TIRZ pitched as answer for Meyerland infrastructure woes https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/government/2021/09/08/tirz-pitched-as-answer-for-meyerland-infrastructure-woes/ It was on July 14 during the Brays Bayou Association’s monthly meeting that its president, Charles Goforth, presented to the neighborhood group an option for revitalizing the Meyerland area’s aging infrastructure: a tax increment reinvestment zone. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Goforth said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper. “Being somebody that is born and raised here in the community ... I keep looking at the state of the infrastructure, especially in the older parts of Meyerland.” Goforth’s vision for a TIRZ comes mainly because projects through both a Harris County Flood Control District bond program and those under the ongoing $480 million Project Brays flood damage reduction initiative have not been enough, Goforth said. Tapping into neighborhood tax bases along the Brays Bayou watershed, like Meyerland, is key to making significant headway on those projects, he said. Goforth, a realtor in the Meyerland area, estimates that the more than 2,300 homes in Meyerland constitute a tax base of more than $1 billion. Currently, the two nearest TIRZs to the Meyerland area are being considered in an annexation process—TIRZ 16, also called the Uptown Houston TIRZ, and TIRZ 25, also known as the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend TIRZ.
  3. gene

    Uptown TIRZ

    Since I personally had no idea a Boulevard Project topic existed in a Trains section...i will post this info here too in case others didn't and want to see the new timeline for it: https://communityimpact.com/houston/bellaire-meyerland-west-university/transportation/2019/08/12/transportation-updates-uptown-boulevard-project-brt-and-bellaire-street-projects/ Uptown Boulevard Project and bus rapid-transit line Construction is making headway on the city’s first bus rapid-transit line, the Uptown BRT, as part of the Uptown Management District’s Boulevard Project. According to the district, new traffic signals are up and running in the north segment and will be operational along all of Post Oak Boulevard by the end of September. In addition, transit stations are under construction along Post Oak, with completion by Nov. 1.The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County expects to launch METRORapid, the name for the BRT service, in March 2020. The new Uptown/Westpark Transit Center, south of Westpark and just outside I-610, is also under construction. The Texas Department of Transportation is building an elevated segment of bus lanes from Post Oak to North Post Oak Road along I-610, connecting to the Northwest Transit Center, which is being upgraded by METRO. Timeline: February 2017-December 2019 Cost: $130 million Funding source: Uptown Management District I wonder if the Uptown Lighting will still take place this year or will they change it to 2020? Oops! edited to answer my own question: https://houston.eventful.com/events/uptown-holiday-lighting-returns-thanksgiving-201-/E0-001-128130020-2 Uptown Holiday Lighting Returns Thanksgiving 2019 Celebrating Newly Transformed Boulevard in Houston UPTOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTING RETURNS THANKSGIVING 2019 CELEBRATING NEWLY TRANSFORMED BOULEVARD The 32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting event will return on Thanksgiving evening 2019, kicking off the holiday season and celebrating Post Oak Boulevard’s newly completed transformation. An iconic and time-honored Houston tradition, the family-friendly celebration will be reimagined with the lighting of over 300 all-new, twenty-foot-tall holiday trees that will line Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue. Four times the number of traditional tree decorations that existed in years past, the custom artisan-fabricated holiday trees will feature an amazing integration of lighting technology that all ages will enjoy. Beginning late afternoon, this FREE family event will also feature festive music, holiday concessions, holiday characters and a special appearance from Santa. Following the ceremonial lighting of the new holiday trees, each illuminated in 850 multi-color lights, the evening will culminate with an exhilarating fireworks extravaganza. Cost: Free - Categories: Holiday
  4. Joke

    Midtown TIRZ

    So by my estimates, Midtown pulls in about $3.5mil - $4mil annually* in taxes. Does anyone know where that money goes? I know there's been some utility improvement near me on Baldwin, which is appreciated. One thing I'd be interested in (in the wake of Ike) is to bury the power lines in Midtown. Power was out at my house until this afternoon, which sucked. Hiding the lines would also (in my opinion) beautify the area. I don't have a clue as to how much such a thing would cost. Anyone have any idea? Would we be able to get Centerpoint to pick up some of the bill (might save them costs on future repairs, but I suppose it might cost them more because exposed lines are easier to get at)? And might it make our power lines susceptible to other weather events, such as flooding? -------- * Estimated amounts: Midtown TIRZ: Starting point appraised value was $157mil (see http://www.houstonmidtown.com/midtown.cfm?a=cms,c,48,3 ) The 2004 assessed value was $750 mil (see item #4 in http://www.houstonmidtown.com/cmsFiles/Fil...dtown%20MD.pdf) That means a net appraised value for the TIRZ of 750 - 157 = $593 mil. Not sure how homestead exemptions apply for the purposes of TIRZ calcs, but since I'm just roughing out numbers I'll subtract out 20%, leaving $474 mil. I'm pretty sure the TIRZ only receives the incremental City of Houston tax, which is currently 0.64375%. That works out to a net incremental tax amount of $3mil, all of which would go the the Midtown Redevlopment Authority. Midtown Management District: 2004 appraised value was $750 mil After homestead exemption of 20%, I'll say there's a taxable value of $600 mil (yeah, that's low, because plenty of property doesn't get the exemption, but it's close enough). Midtown Management district assessed its own tax of 0.1181% last year. That works out to taxes collected of $0.7 mil for the Midtown Management District This is all probably low, since I'm using 2004 tax base numbers. Also, it could be WAY low if the TIRZ gets more than just City of Houston taxes (e.g. Harris County, HISD, etc). If anyone knows where to get ACTUAL tax revenue numbers, even old ones, that would be appreciated.
  5. Should the budget and plans for street and sidewalk development be changed with the release of TXDOT plans for highway reconstruction? It looks like TIRZ 15 has budgeted over 5 million over the next 5 years for construction on St. Emanuel (which will ultimately become a feeder road) and other streets that will be affected by the contruction. I am not pretending to be a city planner or engineer, I just looked at the budget and it was signed in early of 2016. Shouldn't the plans be revised? Shouldn't the Eado Management District be involved making these changes?
  6. Management districts are usually under everyone's radar. However, sometimes they are responsible for a myriad of things citizens enjoy------the cool bus stops and light poles near the galleria, the "UK" type phone booths near Kirby--- these are a few of the things management districts can be responsible for. Want to see cool bus stops along the Richmond Rail? Want a tree lined median down Montrose blvd? Those are the things East MOntrose management district could be responsible for. East Montrose (HCID#6) was small (generally Bagby to Dallas to Montrose to I59) combining it with West Montrose (Montrose to Dallas to Shepherd to I59 but also a window panel portion of Museum District) made sense-- Too bad it's gotten "complicated" http://www.ultimatemontrose.com/stories/230547-legalities-hold-up-montrose-district-merger
  7. Over the last couple of days I've seen references in the paper to a proposed "South Loop TIRZ" in the vicinity of the Astrodome. I've seen a couple of references to the proposed South Loop TIRZ as being "huge" or "sprawling." Does anyone know what the rough boundaries of this proposed TIRZ are? Huge can mean different things to different people...is this "huge" TIRZ comprised of 2 acres, 200 acres, or 20,000 acres? As a South Loop resident, I'm interested in what could be coming, and just how close the improvements might get to my neighborhood.
  8. ToolMan

    Downtown TIRZ

    I recieved this email. This is your chance to give your opinions on what downtown needs. http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=U26QRV7JZMRK We need your help! The Houston Downtown Management District is collecting feedback to help us with marketing, programming and leasing efforts. Your input will help us identify components of a downtown lifestyle and determine what is authentic and great about downtown and also what is missing! We hope you will take a few moments from your busy day and complete the following questions. All responses are completely CONFIDENTIAL, so please answer each question openly and honestly. The survey may take up to 10-15 minutes to complete. In appreciation for your time, survey respondents are eligible to win Downtown Gift Cards that can be used at over 75 participating downtown businesses ranging from Treebeards to Macy
  9. http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...32256&rfi=6 Proposed management district moves ahead with changes By:Brandon De Hoyos, Staff Writer01/02/2007 Email to a friendPost a CommentPrinter-friendly The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, along with a number of other community leaders is moving ahead in the new year on a proposal the group says could contribute to quality of life and marketing the area for its growing amenities. The Cypress Creek Management District would operate with a board of directors whose primary goal would be to look at specific local needs and to protect, preserve and promote the area, according to a HNWCC press release. Advertisement The district would concentrate primarily on four concerns, including transportation and mobility improvements; security and public safety enhancements; aesthetic improvement of the local environment; and business and economic development. The board, representing residents and commercial property owners, would decide which public services and improvements the district would provide based on the Service and Improvement Plan and Assessment Plan, a multi-year list of goals adopted by the board. The result, the Chamber said, is a better quality of life and promotion of the area for its residents and businesses. "With its ability to undertake comprehensive planning and public projects, a municipal management district can help us make our area safer, cleaner, more accessible, more beautiful and more user-friendly," the Chamber said. "A municipal management district would help us center our resources on the aggressive pursuit of economic development in order to create opportunities for all our citizens." Funds for programs and projects would be taken primarily from an annual assessment on the value of land and improvements for commercial properties, although the assessment rate has yet to be determined. Most management districts in Harris County have an assessment rate of between nine and 15 cents per $100 in valuation and are based on the prior year's property values. The first municipal management district was created in 1987 to service the Galleria area and has since been followed by the creation of more than 20 other established districts, serving area interests in The Woodlands, Midtown, the East End and Greenspoint. For more information on the project, visit the Chamber's Web site at www.houstonnwchamber.org.
  10. I can't find the article, but it looks like White is going to dig deep into the TIRZs. I heard Uptown TIRZ is a goner. I think this is a good thing. Charles LeBlanc and the Midtown TIRZ handled a lot of money, and all we got were some steet lights and park benches. Now that they are in place, I think the money could be better spent elsewhere.
  11. Almeda seems to the perfect corridor connecting downtown, midtown, museum district/med-center. And with all the investment ocurring in these area, why has it been so slow to develop? any ideas or thoughts?
  12. District may seek new rate for area East Downtown entity wants funds to support its plan By THAYER EVANS Chronicle Correspondent Commercial property owners in the East Downtown Management District may be asked this year to support paying a tax for area improvements that would have the same rate as they previously paid through an earlier enhancement plan. The district's proposal to circulate a petition requesting a tax of 12 1/2 cents per $100 valuation comes as some business representatives in the area expressed disappointment in the five-year-old entity's record on addressing problems. "I really don't see any improvement," said Tao La, manager of Kim Son Restaurant, 2001 Jefferson. The district, which was formed in 1999 by the Texas Legislature and includes parts of Old Chinatown, provides public services for business owners and residents east of downtown Houston. It was created to help revitalize an area that some believe has been neglected in efforts to revive downtown. The district is authorized to partner with other government agencies and raise revenue to administer public projects related to economic development, public spaces, roadways and utilities. As part of a three-year enhancement plan, the district began collecting a levy with a 12 1/2 -cent rate from commercial business owners in 2001, district spokesman Steve Pittman said. That money was used to clean up eyesores and graffiti, make landscaping improvements and promote the area, he said. However, the assessment ended in 2003 after the enhancement plan was finished, Pittman said. A quarterly landscaping maintenance program and graffiti abatement efforts in the district are continuing because those contracts, which are paid for, have not yet expired. "The district itself still exists," Pittman said. "But in order to have the funding to provide projects and services, a board will have to go back to the property owners and ask them to petition for services and assessment on a new plan." The district's new proposed five-year improvement plan was created using feedback from a survey the district distributed to commercial business owners last year, Pittman said. He said it would have an annual budget of approximately $180,000, which would be derived from the proposed assessment annually over five years. Before that can happen, Pittman said the Houston City Council must first approve a new 13-person board of directors, which he believes will take place next month. Board members are volunteers and do not receive compensation, Pittman said. "We had quite a few resignations," he said. "It was just a sense of the board that we would get a new group that would represent the property owners more fully." At least 50 of the 462 commercial property owners in the district or those representing a majority of the district's surface area would need to sign the petition for the assessment to go into effect, Pittman said. Under those circumstances, he said the district would require payment of the levy by as early as January 2006. "Really, the key component is the assessment," Pittman said. "The district can only do so much. There are things the district can do without the resources, but it's pretty limited." Pittman said 40 percent of the district's budget would be spent on security, public safety and landscaping. Another 30 percent would be spent on business development, and 20 percent would go toward project management, he said. The budget's remaining 10 percent would be spent on historic preservation, Pittman said. He said the benefits of the proposed plan are numerous. "It gives the property owners really an ability to maximize their local dollars," he said. "When we can partner with Harris County or (the Texas Department of Transportation) on a project or the Greater East End (Management) District, those dollars go a lot further." Scott Weaver, co-owner of Jeni's Noodle House, 2130 Jefferson, would not have to pay the district's proposed levy, because he and his wife lease the building their restaurant occupies. Nonetheless, he said he and other business owners are frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of effort by the district's old board. He said most of the board's members did not have business interests in the district, and he is hopeful the new members will. "They went months, months and months where they couldn't have enough members present to get a quorum together to take any action, even though they were collecting money," said Weaver, 36, a Houston resident. "It was really kind of sad." Still, Weaver said he supports having the district, but wants it to be more accountable to its patrons. Weaver said he is not sure if the management district will get enough signatures for its planned petition. La said he has doubts about the management district. He said he has noticed increased development, but is disappointed other problems have not been addressed. "I have crack houses to the left and right," La said. "There are a lot of homeless. I really don't see any improvement." Chronicle Link
  13. If the Museum District is not already a TIRZ, should it be? Creating a Museum District TIRZ could bring pedestrian friendly elements similar to the Uptown TIRZ and perhaps common lighting features, benches, etc.? Is a TIRZ going to do well in a Museum (non profit, charity driven) District?
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