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Houston OK's contract to design new library for Westbury, Meyerland area




Over two years after Hurricane Harvey flooded the building, the Meyer Neighborhood Library remains closed, but a new library in a new location is poised to replace it.

Houston City Council approved at $1.4 million contract to begin designing a new Westbury Neighborhood Library, a part of the Houston Public Library system, to replace the Meyer Neighborood Public Library. It will also house the Frank HPL Express Library, which currently occupies a leased space.


District K Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum said residents in her district are looking forward to having a new library, which would be located at 5505 Belrose Drive, Houston.

“Many of us know that we have been waiting for the library in the Westbury area to move forward," she said. "We have been without a true library in the area since Harvey ...We are making progress, and I’m happy to see great architecture here. The firm we selected was the 2018 American Institute Architects Houston firm of the year.”



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Project Name:

Westbury Library



5505 Belrose Drive

Houston TX, 77035



The City of Houston



BRAVE / Architecture


General Info:

A new 21,350 SF public library facility for the City of Houston. The existing structure at 5505 Belrose Drive will be demolished.










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Community asked to help name new library coming to Westbury, Meyerland area



Officials with the Houston Public Library System are looking to community members to help name a new library that will serve the Westbury, Meyerland, Brays Oaks and Hiram Clarke communities, according to a May 3 press release from the city of Houston.

The upcoming, yet-to-be-named library is planned as a replacement for the Meyer Neighborhood Public Library, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Construction is slated to begin in the third quarter of this year and will be completed by the end of 2022, according to the release.

Community members can submit one name idea each using this form, along with an explanation up to 250 words to support the name idea. Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. May 24.

A library naming committee—which includes a mix of residents, community advocates and civic leaders—will then narrow the submissions down to three to five choices, which will be put forth in a citywide public poll. The top three choices from that poll will be sent to the library board of directors to make a final decision, according to the release.


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I suggest the new state-of-the-art library at 5505 Belrose Drive, Houston, TX 77035 (site of former Westbury Post Office) be named after Capt. Gary L. Herod.  Much of my information comes from this website.  If you wish to also nominate him, use this link  https://forms.gle/sbriBubKuKKTgFvVA

The naming suggestion period will last until 5pm on Monday, May 24, 2021.


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