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BayArea leaders focus on local ood projects

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BY SIERRA ROZEN & KELLY SCHAFLER

A BILLIONDOLLAR PROJECT The Coastal Texas Study has been in the works since 2007 and is estimated to cost $29 billion—one of the most expensive ood-control projects in the U.S.

Numerous ood protection projects will move forward in the Bay Area this year, including a multibillion-dollar regional coastal project as well as sev- eral projects in League City. The Gulf Coast Protection District, an entity aimed to leverage funding for ood control projects, was created by the Texas Legislature last summer. Now, ocials are considering how the district can help fund ood mitigation projects along the Texas coast. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers is awaiting approval for funding from Congress on a $29 bil- lion proposal that aims to reduce ood damage along the coast. The plan pro- poses things such as ood walls, levees, enclosures and dune nourishments, said Michael Braden, chief of the mega project divisions for the Army Corps.

is the estimated cost for the projects. $29B years is the expected time of design and construction. 15-20 is when the Army Corps of Engineers began work on the Coastal Texas Study. 2007 -of-its-kind project that will serves as a blueprint for other projects 1st

NEXT STEPS The study was nalized in September. Here are the next steps.

The Corps expects Congress to approve the project as early as fall 2022. The predesign process could take 2 to 2 1/2 years and will have to be approved by the Corps. Along with design, construction could take between 15-20 years and would be completed by a variety of construction companies.

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Local agencies are working together to improve Harris County’s criminal justice system—a system experts said is overwhelmed with a backlog of cases and discriminates against low-income residents and people of color. Harris County Commissioners Court created the Justice Administration Department in 2019 to identify solutions and facilitate meaningful changes to the system. “We’re looking at addressing the necessary systemic changes that need to happen [based on] data [and] best CONTINUED ON 24 Stakeholders use data to address Harris County’s criminal justice systemchallenges, case backlog BY DANICA LLOYD

“PEOPLE GET LOST IN THE SYSTEM, AND IF WE’RE ABLE TO LOOK AT THOSE TRENDS AND IDENTIFY WHERE THOSE GAPS ARE AND ADDRESS THEM, I THINKWE WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF.” STEPHANIE TRUONG, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF BEACON LAW

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treatment plant that is less than 5 feet above sea level within 1/10 of a mile from Galveston Bay to a more inland location 15 feet above sea level and out of the ood plain, Seabrook ocials said. 281-291-5600. www.seabrooktx.gov ANNIVERSARIES 8 The Toasted Yolk celebrated its one- year anniversary Dec. 28 for its League City location. Located at 2535 S. Gulf Freeway, the breakfast and lunch restaurant has a variety of eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads and soups available as well as an extensive drink menu. It also has restau- rants in the Heights, Bellaire, Sugar Land 9 On Feb. 19, League City held a celebra- tion for Helen Hall Library , 100 W. Walker St., League City, which turned 50 years old Feb. 14. The event included snacks; live music from a DJ and guitarist; police, re and EMS vehicles; balloon animals; face painting; a bounce house; games; food; and more. The party was sponsored by the Friends of Helen Hall Library. Addition- ally, on Jan. 31, League City announced Helen Hall Library earned the 2021 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. Of the 565 public library systems in Texas, Helen Hall is one of 59 that earned this award in 2021. 281-554-1111. www.leaguecitytx.gov/3146/ helen-hall-library and Houston. 281-729-1053. www.thetoastedyolk.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Gelatissimo opened in late January at the Baybrook Mall, 500 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood, near Star Cin- ema Grill. This shop oers more than 30 avors of gelato and also sells shakes. 281-982-1201. www.facebook.com/ gelatissimobaybrookmall 2 Crystals & More had its grand opening in January. The store is located at 1701 Hwy. 3, League City. The store sells jewelry, an array of crystals, sage, metaphysical cleansing supplies, elixirs and candles. It also oers services such as energy cleansing sessions, life and spiritual coaching sessions, and house clearings and blessings. 281-684-3168. www.thehealthut.com/ crystals-more-store

COMING SOON 3 Fogo de Chao is expected to open a new restaurant inside Baybrook Mall this year with construction starting in March. Located at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. G100, Friendswood, the Brazilian steakhouse will sell various meats and sh. The chain also has restaurants in Houston and The Woodlands. www.fogodechao.com 4 Baybrook Mall is expected to have a Earthbound Trading Co. store open within the mall this year. The clothing store will be located at 500 Baybrook Mall, Ste. 1366, Friendswood. It will sell clothing for men and women, crystals, home decor, essential oils and candles. www.earthboundtrading.com 5 McIntyre’s will be opening a Webster location in mid-2022. It will be located at 806 E. NASA Parkway, Webster. The

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6 Wild HeArt Art is expected to open in March and will be a part of Art & Soul Counseling, located at 1701 Hwy. 3, League City. The classes will be led by Rachael Maly, who will facilitate 2D art groups focused on painting, drawing and collage/mixed media. There are dierent group options for participants to choose from. 832-947-3267. www.artansoulcounseling.com 7 Seabrook broke ground on the Pine GullyWastewater Treatment Plant in De- cember. Located next to the Public Works Complex at 1100 Red Blu Road, Seabrook, the project is expected to nish by spring 2024. It involves relocating a wastewater

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New tenants located in the Easteld at Baybrook development will open in 2022.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Construction on a new Houston development entitled Easteld at Baybrook will continue this year, with new tenants opening in 2022. Located at I-45 and El Dorado Boulevard, the development is close to multiple major landmarks in the area, such as Baybrook Mall, HCA Med Center, the Johnson Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk, according to the ocial website for the project. The space will cater to the cities of Friendswood, Clear Lake, Webster and Heritage Park. The project is anchored by an H-E-B shopping center that opened on Dec. 29, according to Regency Centers, the real estate investment company behind the development. The H-E-B shopping center takes up 105,260 square feet, according to construction documents, with the other stores taking up 29,650 square feet. Construction on the rest of the center is expected to start in the second quarter of this year and be completed in the fourth quarter, said Eric Davidson, senior manager of communications for Regency Centers.

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Other tenants conrmed for the development include hot chicken restaurant Dave’s Hot Chicken, liquor store Twin Liquors, bistro-style restaurant Cafe Express, nail salon Nails of America and pizza restaurant Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse. Davidson said the businesses are expected to open in the rst quarter of 2023 if the build-outs go smoothly. The development is 80% leased, leaving room for the company to select the remaining tenants that will benet the area the most, according to Davidson. “It also helps ensure that we are bringing a destination that will meet the everyday needs as well as the lifestyle interests of the surrounding community,” Davidson said via email. 713-599-3500. www.regencycenters.com

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10 Bay AreaMeals onWheels will celebrate its 40th anniversary March 1. Meals on Wheels is an organization that provides meals to home-bound people of any age. The organization is volunteer based and has no paid employees. It is located at 14045 Space Center Blvd., Houston. 281-326-3336. www.bayareamealsonwheels.com NAME CHANGES 11 On Feb. 7, South Shore Medical Center, 201 Enterprise Ave., Ste. 900, League City, ocially was renamed to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – South Shore . The center will be fully integrated into Kelsey-Seybold’s multispecialty health care system. The facility will oer 24/7 appointment scheduling every day of the year, access to personal health information and the ability to commu- nicate securely online with doctors, virtual visits each day of the year and other amenities. 713-442-0000. www.kelsey-seybold.com RENOVATIONS 12 The Twisted Parrot Bar & Grill is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen in March or April. Located at 625 Hwy. 146, Kemah, the bar and grill sells a variety of specialty cocktails, along with appetizers, salads, sandwich- es and desserts. It also oers a happy

hour. 713-855-2403. www.facebook.com/twistedparrot CLOSINGS 13 Zoës Kitchen , which has several locations in the Greater Houston area, will close its location at 1501 Bay Area Blvd., Webster, on March 16. The restaurant chain began in Alabama, is headquartered in Pla- no and includes more than 250 locations. It serves modern Mediterranean cuisine. Zoës Kitchen’s Pearland location also closed Feb. 16. www.zoeskitchen.com 14 After being open only since the summer, the Webster location of Texas Pit Stop BBQ has closed its doors as of December due to the COVID-19 pandem- ic. It was located at 20794 Gulf Free- way, Webster. The restaurant has other locations that are open in Galveston; La Marque; and, most recently, Texas City. www.txpitstopbbq.com 15 Elefante CBD has closed its store at 20710 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 46, Webster, as of December. The store sold CBD edibles, CBD drinks, vape cartridges, hemp owers, CBD tinctures and salt lamps. Customers can still buy products from the website but must be over age 21. www.elefantecbd.com 16 Country restaurant Kelley’s , located at 1502 W. Main St., League City, is closed after being completely destroyed by a re Feb. 14. The cause of the re is still under

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES TxDOT commissioner optimistic about I45 agreements

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of Workforce Solutions data from February 2020, 87% of League City’s employed residents work outside the city. Of those, about 65%—about 26,000 residents—commute to the north and northwest to destinations

a Dec. 16 Civil Rights Act complaint against the project, alleging inten- tional racial discrimination and that TxDOT violated procedures in moving forward with the project. Ryan did not comment on the Dec. 16 suit. The I-45 project has the potential to aect Bay Area residents. Accord- ing to Gulf Coast Workforce Board

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Laura Ryan, Texas Department of Transportation transportation commissioner, said the agency was condent agreements could be reached with Harris County and the Federal Highway Administration over the controversial I-45 widening proj- ect. Ryan spoke at the North Houston Association’s luncheon Jan. 31. Known as the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, the project aims to expand and reroute portions of I-45 between Beltway 8 and downtown Houston. However, the $7.9 billion project is on pause amid an ongoing Federal Highway Admin- istration investigation into civil rights complaints related to the project. At the NHA luncheon, Ryan said the FHA was open to a “voluntary resolution agreement.” The agreement would allow some design modica- tions, but the project’s purpose would not change. Ryan did not clarify which design aspects would be modied. Additionally, advocacy groups led

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Calder Road south reconstruction League City nished reconstructing the southern portion of Calder Road be- tween Ervin Avenue and Cross Colony Drive in December. The project wid- ened the road from two to three lanes with a center turn lane, installed water and sewer lines, repaved the existing road and added a sidewalk on the east side of Calder. League City completed a $10.28 million project in June 2018 that widened Calder between League City Parkway and Ervin. Timeline: February 2020-

PASSING THROUGH Proposals for rerouting I-45 involve expanding and rerouting parts of the highway.

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EDUCATION Clear Creek ISDgives update on personalized learning

The official program kicked off in September 2021. District officials completed learn- ing walks in October, which helped them collect data about personalized learning from observations and interviews. This helped inform rec- ommendations for the next phase of the project, according to the presen- tation. During the first learning walk, they interviewed 107 stakeholders, including 49 students, 49 teachers and nine school leaders. The district is planning on having two more strategy sessions during the remainder of the 2021-22 school year after already having two prior ones. These sessions will help pro- vide further direction from district leaders when it comes to personal- ized learning. Officials will also have two more learning walks before the semester ends. In the spring, the district will also host a second coaches academy ses- sion. During the first session, which occurred in December, leaders were able to take a deep dive into per- sonalized learning and were able to plan for the next steps in the project,

LEARNINGWALKS In October, Clear Creek ISD conducted learning walks and interviewed stakeholders on how to advance personalized learning. Stakeholders the district interviewed Students Teachers School leaders

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focusing on include reflection and goal setting, flexible path and pace, collaboration and creativity, and targeted instruction, according to the presentation. Before COVID-19, the district was focused on certain aspects of personalized learning, such as goal setting for students; having flexible content; and using adaptive learning tools, such as DreamBox, a math program designed to adapt to both elementary students’ answers and problem-solving approach, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . During the first wave, the approach was implemented at a total of 10 schools, including Armand Bayou Elementary, Hyde Elementary, North Pointe Elementary, Parr Elementary, Ross Elementary, Weber Elementary and Wedgewood Elementary schools. Elementary, Bay Elementary, Ferguson Elementary, Gilmore

After almost eight years of planning and implementing personalized learning, Clear Creek ISD is looking toward being able to analyze results of it. According to a presentation given at the Jan. 10 CCISD board workshop meeting, personalized learning is “active and ongoing” and defined as “a student-centered approach to learning that calls on educators to be responsive to the needs of their students.” “I’m very impressed by this,” board trustee Michelle Davis said. “I know with COVID[-19] and everything it has done to everyone’s lives, it’s got to have just magnified the different levels where kids are because of learning. I love the fact that you can sit at the desk with the ones who need the intimate one-on-one attention.” The four core values the district is

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