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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been cleaning up a hazardous waste site o Jones Road for several years, but a recent report found nearby residents still using private water wells could be exposed to toxic chemicals.
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GROUNDWATER PLUME: Samples from the contaminated area continue to show concentrations that exceed cleanup goals. WATER LINE SERVICE AREA: Well users in this area can voluntarily abandon their private wells and connect to the public water supply. DRILLING RESTRICTION AREA: New wells installed in this area must be drilled to a greater depth with specic construction methods to prevent cross contamination.
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water should connect to the public water supply to reduce risk of expo- sure to dangerous chemicals. Superfund sites are locations where hazardous waste has been improperly disposed of, resulting in
risks to human health and the envi- ronment. Located at 11600 Jones Road, Houston, the shopping center was placed on the National Priori- ties List in 2003, giving the federal
Two decades after a Cy-Fair shop- ping center was declared a Super- fund site, Environmental Protection Agency ocials said nearby resi- dents still relying on private well
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Groundwater overuse contributing to subsidence in Cy-Fair region
“SUBSIDENCE IS AN IMPORTANT PHENOMENON TO DOCUMENT AND STUDY. … IT CAN RESULT
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Two released within the last eight months show parts of Cy-Fair have experienced land displace- ment, which can make ood- ing more severe. reports Land sinking has occurred throughout the Houston region over the last century, according to a Jan. 12 report from the U.S. Geological Sur- vey’s Oklahoma-Texas Water BY ASIA ARMOUR & EMILY LINCKE
Science Center, with most of the land movement occur- ring since 1987. This gradual, vertical decline is known as subsidence, or the sinking of the land due to movement beneath the Earth’s surface. In Cy-Fair, as much as 7 feet of subsidence has occurred near Beltway 8 in recent decades with rates decreasing heading northwest.
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CORRECTION: Vol. 14, Issue 7, Page 29 The North Harris County and Water Harris County regional water authorities are required to reduce groundwater usage to no more than 40% of their total water supply by 2025. FROM DANICA: Our two front-page stories this month tackle environmental issues in the Cy-Fair area. Learn more about the cleanup progress at the Jones Road Superfund site on Page 22, and flip to Page 24 to read about how subsidence has changed the community’s landscape in recent decades. Plus, hear from the two Jersey Village mayor candidates before the May 6 election on Page 15. Danica Lloyd, EDITOR
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NOW OPEN 1 Everest Curry Bar and Grill opened at 10502 Huffmeister Road, Ste. A, Houston, in early 2023. The restaurant offers au- thentic Indian dishes using fresh ingredi- ents from curry to tandoori chicken salad. 832-688-9738. www.everestcurrybar.com 2 Reality Escape , a family-owned busi- ness located at 11709 Boudreaux Road, Ste. 930, Tomball, opened Feb. 11, owner Melissa Gabriel said via email. Players discover clues, solve puzzles and accom- plish tasks to escape themed rooms with-
4 D-BAT Cypress , a baseball and soft- ball facility located at 15026 Boudreaux Road, Tomball, opened March 20, owner Eric Kirkland said. The 18,000-square- foot facility includes a merchandise shop and 14 cages—automatic pitching ma- chines that throw baseballs and softballs, 58-foot-long cages and pitching tunnels. 346-551-3228. www.dbatcypress.com 5 Aesthetica MD Med Spa opened Jan. 2 at 8118 Fry Road, Ste. 1304, Cypress, with age-defying medical treatments, tra- ditional spa services and weight manage-
in a time limit. Reality Escape currently features two escape rooms—1850s Gold Rush and ’90s Take Back. 346-367-3057. www.realityescaperoom.com 3 Houston TX Hot Chicken held a grand opening March 18 at 10111 Louetta Road, Ste. 800, Houston. The eatery offers chicken sandwiches and tenders with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Houston We Have a Problem.” Additional menu items include fries, salads, waffles, cookies and milkshakes. www.hhc.ooo
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COMING SOON 17 Utah-based company Dirty Dough Cookies is slated to open 12 franchise locations throughout Greater Houston, including one located at 12020 FM 1960, Houston, which will likely open later this year. The cookie stores will offer layered and filled 4-ounce cookies. The menu boasts four classic flavors and four flavors that change weekly. Gluten-free 18 Pichurro’s Mexican Grill is coming soon to 12215 Grant Road, Ste. E, Cypress. This family-owned restaurant will be serving traditional Tex-Mex food, includ- ing enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, bur- ritos, nachos and traditional margaritas. 19 Designer footwear brand Jimmy Choo is slated to open at Houston Pre- mium Outlets, 29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress, this summer. According to a news release, this will be the brand’s first Houston-area outlet store. Jimmy Choo sells luxury shoes, bags, apparel and accessories. www.jimmychoo.com 20 Fresca Palapa will be opening a new stand soon in Willowbrook Mall, 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. The flavors will also be available. http://dirtydoughcookies.com business offers juices and fresh fruit bowls. As of press time, an opening date had not yet been announced. 281-890-8001. www.frescapalapa.net 21 EZ Werks Storage will open May 1 at 17903 Longenbaugh Drive, Cypress. President Greg Merecka said the facility spans 100,000 square feet and features 400 climate-controlled units along with 65 boat/RV units. 832-510-4449. www.ezwerks.com
personal and business banking products, mortgages, insurance, and trust and wealth management. 713-424-9929. www.texasregionalbank.com 12 Creations Salon opened at 12215 Grant Road, Ste. G, Cypress, on Feb. 25, offering haircuts, highlights, col- ors, facials, waxing and massage services, among others. 832-698-2284. www.creationsalonscypress.com 13 Prometrics Fitness Lab opened at 16726 Huffmeister Road, Ste. C200, Cypress, on March 6. Services include athletic training, boot camps, one-on-one training, metabolic testing and InBody scans for all fitness levels. 832-318-0045. www.prometricsfitness.com 14 Envision More Veterinary Ophthal- mology opened at 15820 Mueschke Road, Cypress, on Jan. 2. Ophthalmologist An- gela Griggs provides ophthalmic care for pets, including examinations, diagnostics and surgery. 281-407-2160. www.envisioneyevet.com 15 Burn Boot Camp opened at 12827 Telge Road, Ste. 180, Cypress, on Feb. 27. This location has certified trainers who provide modifications for all bodies and fitness levels. 832-684-7940. www.burnbootcamp.com 16 Johnson Fitness & Wellness offi - cials announced the opening of a new storefront via a news release March 10. Located at 17535 Hwy. 249, Houston, the business offers an assortment of premium fitness and wellness equipment. 281-955-5727. www.johnsonfitness.com
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22 Jean Percy School of Barbering is coming soon to 11123 McCracken Circle, Cypress. The barber school is having an open house April 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will include beard trims, hair- cuts, facials and food. The school teaches the fundamentals of becoming a licensed professional barber. 281-653-9408. http://jpschoolofbarbering.com B Evolution Gaming & Repair was expected to open in Ste. 3A on April 1 as of press time. The business oers a gaming lounge and provides repairs for laptops and game consoles as well as computer processing unit installations and other services. 281-401-9459. www.evogamingandrepair.com Several new businesses have recently opened or are set to open soon at Amelia’s on Longenbaugh, located at 18021 Longenbaugh Drive, Cypress. Businesses operating or ocing out of the shopping center include MI Meds Pharmacy, Appcare, Sound Studies, Cypress Curb Appeal, CGH In-work, Kathmandu Trading, Beggings by UK, Simi and Temi, Nicole Marett Original, Alpha Lit, and the following: NOW OPEN A Southern Fades opened in Ste. 1A on March 1 and specializes in men’s groom- ing needs with all-natural, plant-based products. Walk-ins are accepted. 832-657-4975. www.southernfades.com
C Signs and Graphics opened for business March 20 at Ste. 5A. Services include printing, window decals, window tinting, vehicle wrap and storefront signage. www.signs7graphics.com D Dapper Dogs Premier Grooming was set to open April 1 in Ste. 8A as of press time. This business provides customers with professional grooming services through appointments. Self-bathing sta- tions are also available. 346-218-1505. www.dapperdogspremiergrooming.com COMING SOON E Stewart Golf, a golf trolley compa- ny, is slated to open April 10 in Ste. 1B. www.stewartgolfusa.com
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28 SEE A FINE ARTS SHOWCASE Lone Star College-CyFair is holding an event to showcase visual and performing arts students. The ne arts showcase will highlight students’ work in drama, music, dance, art and creative writing. 1 p.m. Free. Lone Star College- CyFair Recital Hall (ART 102), 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-290-3200. http://events.lonestar.edu/site/cyfair (April 28) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (April 29). $20 (April 28), Free (April 29). 12715 Telge Road, Cypress. 713-466-4673. www.cy-hope.org (Courtesy Cy-Hope) Shoppers can enjoy artisan vendors, a wine pull, a silent auction, live music, food and drinks. 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The 38th annual event features food, music, games, rides, auctions and bingo. 5-10 p.m. (April 29), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (April 30). Free (admission). 11507 Humeister Road, Houston. 281-469-5533. www.ctrcc.com/festival (Courtesy Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church) 29 THROUGH 30 SEE A YOUTH PLAY Playhouse 1960 is presenting a youth edition of “Once Upon a Mattress,” a play based on the classic tale “The Princess and the Pea.” 3 p.m. $12-$15. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, Houston. 281-587-8243. www.playhouse1960.com
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Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Transportation pro- posed on Feb. 23 a $100 billion plan to fund transportation projects across Program is TxDOT’s 10-year plan, which is updated annually. Texas’ highest-priority transportation projects are selected for the UTP in collaboration with elected officials, local planning organizations and the public, according to TxDOT. The program aims to maintain roadways as well as improve safety and congestion across Texas. It also includes investments in public transportation, maritime, aviation, rail, freight and international trade. According to a news release, the 2024 UTP will provide a record the state for the next 10 years. The Unified Transportation amount of funding for construction across Texas. The 2023 plan, which was approved in August, made $85 million available for projects. The proposed plan would result in more funding for “vital areas,” such
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superintendent of elementary school leadership. This campus is located at 20220 Clay Road, Katy, just west of North Fry Road. Roy Sprague, the district’s chief operations ocer, has a 42-year career in architecture, construction and facilities management and spent the last 26 years in CFISD. He joined the district as the director of facilities planning and construction in 1997. In his rst several years with CFISD, he helped develop the district’s standards for design and construction. Sprague moved into his current role in 2013. He oversees facilities planning, construction, mainte- nance, custodial operations, energy management, transportation, nutritional services and procure- ment services. According to the district, he oversaw the
Dr. Carla Brosnahan Elementary School and Roy J. Sprague Jr. Middle School are the ocial names of Cy-Fair ISD’s 58th elementary campus and 20th middle school following board approval March 6. Both campuses are slated to open this August and are funded by the 2019 bond. Carla Brosnahan spent her entire 39-year educa- tion career in the district. She started in 1983 as a teacher at Lieder Elementary School, where she also served as an assistant principal. She helped open Sheridan Elementary School as an assistant principal in 1992 and was named principal in 1995. She served in this role until 2003, when she opened Birkes Elementary School and served another 12 years. From 2015 until her retirement in 2022, Brosnahan served as the district’s assistant
construction of more than 60% of CFISD’s current square footage. He has completed the purchase of 41 properties as well as the planning and construc- tion of 73 new facilities. Sprague is set to retire this June, district ocials said. This campus is located at 10611 Mason Road, Cypress, at the same site as Wells Elementary School and Bridgeland High School.
165 acres purchased for Harris County Fair and Rodeo, Tin Hall relocation
HARRIS COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO Located o Telge Road and the Grand Parkway, this 165-acre tract will soon be home to the county fair and rodeo. The fair currently takes place at the East Montgomery Fair Grounds at Sallas Park in New Caney.
New warehouses under construction The project is near Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 6. RENDERING COURTESY JLL
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the land will likely take place in late 2024, with several historical build- ings set to be relocated to the parcel. “We will reconstruct the old Tin Hall which was built in the late 1800s in Cypress, [Texas], and has been closed since 2014,” Stockton said via news release. “I have salvaged many interior elements including the dance oor, the bars and the inside walls, along with the stairway to the second oor, and it will be amazing to bring this building back to life in this new location.” The Harris County Fair and Rodeo currently takes place in October at the East Montgomery Fair Grounds at Sallas Park in New Caney, according to the news release.
A 165-acre tract of land that will be used for the Harris County Fair and Rodeo has been purchased by the Stockton Foundation Inc., ocials announced in a March 10 news release. “We are thrilled to acquire this site to be utilized by our nonprot group that is focused on engaging youth, agricultural education and develop- ment, entertainment, and events in a family-friendly environment,” Fred Stockton, who is with the Stockton Foundation and serves as chairman of the Harris County Fair and Rodeo Association, said via news release. The rst fair and rodeo held on
BY DANICA LLOYD
Construction is underway on a new industrial real estate project at 9302- 9320 Hwy. 6, Houston, just south of Hwy. 290, a representative of architec- ture and construction rm LGE Design Build conrmed via email. Houston Point 290, will consist of three warehouse buildings spanning over 383,000 square feet in total. Construction is slated to wrap up in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Jersey Village mayor
Why are you running to be the mayor of Jersey Village?
What are the biggest challenges facing the city, and how would you address them? While Jersey Village has been fortunate to not experience any signicant ooding since 2016, it remains the city’s greatest challenge. Since I joined our City Council, we have succeeded in obtaining $14.7 million in state and federal grants for ood mitigation projects. We still have much work to do, and I want to continue • Speeding: More police monitoring trac at known trouble areas. • Wasteful spending: I will question every penny spent getting the best value for their hard earned monies and hold government accountable. • Flooding: Seek better solutions than lifting houses 6 feet. • Code enforcement: Ensure the codes are enforced as written protecting property values. • Corruption: Publicize any and all businesses where council members directly or indirectly prot from contracts with the city. pursuing grant funding for additional projects to reduce the risk of ooding in our city.
What are your top priorities when it comes to new development in Jersey Village? Thanks to our economic development eorts and the sales tax revenue they have generated, we have been able to make signicant investments in law enforcement, re control and EMS without asking our citizens to pay more in property taxes. The average homeowner in Jersey Village pays less in property taxes to the city today than they did in 2017. My top priority is to continue that trend. • Document the vetting process for selecting developers. • Ensure the new development plans are viable by contacting the 50-plus developers. • No more apartments or a stadium. • Rebuild City Hall in current location.
Occupation: oil and gas compliance manager Relevant experience: Jersey Village mayor (2021-present), council member (2017-21) 713-515-2958 www.bobbywarren.org BOBBY WARREN
Two years ago, I was elected as the mayor of the city of Jersey Village with more votes than any other mayoral candidate in the city’s history. The encouragement of my neighbors to enter public service is what sparked my initial run for City Council in 2017, and that same support is what led to my decision to run for re-election.
JAMES “JIM” H. FIELDS II
We need to preserve our small-town way of life: friendly, quiet and safe for families. I am adamantly against more apartments, a stadi- um or moving City Hall across Hwy. 290.
Occupation: retired/ IT manager/software programmer Relevant experience: scally conservative; served on Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recre-
ation boards; 20+ years attending City Council; resident for 30+ years; managed million-dollar projects in private sector 713-466-0804 www.facebook.com/jim.elds.7355
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Brianne Benelli serves as general manager of the The Chateau, which is located in Cypress. (Courtesy The Springs Wedding & Event Venues)
The Chateau is one of 15 event venues owned by The Springs in Texas and Oklahoma. (Jovanna Aguilar/Community Impact)
TOP AMENITIES The Springs Wedding & Event Venues’ Cypress location oers indoor and outdoor wedding options with vendor exibility as well as:
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Brianne Benelli said the Cypress location, known as The Chateau, has a more elegant atmosphere compared to the other more rustic locations. Benelli said she found her ideal career path in event management after spending some time working for several event coordinating companies. She took on her current role in January 2022. “It’s just been an overwhelmingly positive expe- rience to work here. This venue, and The Springs venues in general, somehow have the nicest brides, and it’s a real pleasure working with them on something they’re so excited about,” Benelli said. One of the venue’s primary attractions is the leni- ency in allowing clients to plan their weddings as they wish, as clients can bring their own vendors, she said. Pricing ranges from $5,500-$12,000. Benelli said the venue has also accommodated unique cultural elements, such as elephants, llamas, horses, Brazilian dance teams and lion dancers. The Chateau is modeled after centuries-old French castles. Notable features include the painted ceilings, dramatic double staircase entry
least a year in advance, and a year and a half prior if they want their event on a Saturday. Benelli said there has been a spike in wedding bookings following the peak of the pandemic, and every weekend in 2023 is already booked. Due to an increase in engagements during the holidays, most people request to book their event from November-January, and the busiest months for weddings are March, April, May, September, Octo- ber, November and December, according to Benelli. Some advice Benelli said she oers to anyone looking to plan a wedding is to have a budget and a wedding planner to ensure everything runs smoothly. Although wedding planners are not required, having someone to help with the plan- ning minimizes the stress, she said. Benelli emphasized the importance of keeping an open mind on the day of the wedding to ensure couples are able to enjoy their special day. “If you get too caught up in the aesthetics, you’re ultimately setting yourself up for not a great experience,” she said.
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