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HOME SALES SURGE

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Since mid-2020, houses in The Woodlands area have been selling faster and for higher prices as the costs of materials rise.

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The Woodlands area has seen an increase in both home sales and prices since 2020, including areas like this street in Sterling Ridge.

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Teens ll employment gaps in TheWoodlands areaworkforce

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Teen unemployment rate In 2015-19, The Woodlands’ teen unemploy- ment rate was below state and U.S. rates.

As “now hiring” signs pop up in storefronts around The Woodlands, some employers said they are strug- gling to acquire and retain employees this year. However, students out of school for the summer are beginning to step in and ll open positions. Heather McKeon, chief marketing ocer for Gringo’s Tex-Mex restaurant located at Woodlands Parkway and FM2978, said Gringo’s does not actively recruit younger employees, but it will hire the available workforce to ll a position. “At The Woodlands location specically, we still have CONTINUED ON 54

Age 16-19 unemployment in 2015-19

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When we moved from Tennessee to Houston in 1981 it was miserably hot, my son got attacked by fire ants, and we all caught some sort of a horrible flu for days. Not much of a warm welcome to Houston after leaving my hometown of many years. On top of this, I realized that with four children ages 3-13, and a house payment with a 16% interest rate, I would need to start working to help out. I knew I could sell, but I also knew it would have to be something everyone needed, and a house fit that criteria! So, off I went to get my real estate license and dive right into the market. The early 80s were a time when the oil business was starting to slow down, and the housing market with it... great time to be in real estate!! Interest rates were high, but starting to come down. The “tools of the trade” consisted of a multiple listing book that was WAY out of date by the time it arrived each month. Email was brand new, we had no cell phones, social media, centralized showing systems, or even faxes. I still remember when the first fax came across on that continuous slick paper roll and how exciting it was. All of that considered, the best way to market homes and myself was simply print ads, mailouts, etc. I recruited my family to go out and deliver cookbooks that I put together and flags on the 4th of July. I went door to door meeting neighbors and passing out my cards - in the unbearable heat in a silk dress! Nothing like a huge family and a high mortgage payment to motivate one to be the best. Add to that my philosophy of “If you can’t be the best, don’t even try”. I had a scary combination of persistence, drive, passion, a strong commitment to serving others, and VOILA I was on my way. Fast forward to having not only faxes, but emails, cell phones, social media and online MLS with real time updates, the whole practice of real estate changed right before my eyes. No more walking door to door and stopping at filthy phone booths to make appointments and calls. We were entering the beginning of the modern world of real estate as it is today. That brings us to today’s market. I can tell you, it is the hardest market I've seen since I became a realtor 40 years ago. First time home buyers cannot compete in a race for a home. Buyers have to be prepared to pay 10%-20% over market with a waiver of appraised value, no repairs, owner lease back, and more. Sellers can and do take advantage of the market and stand firm on above-list offers. Buyers will even use multiple agents to look and write offers for them - unbeknownst to either agent. The result of this is when you see houses go under contract then are back on the market within days as buyers back out of the ones they like the least. Some agents will also write offers on multiple homes for a buyer, hoping one of them will be accepted.This is a travesty, unprofessional, and we do not practice this at our company. At Beth Ferester & Company we embody the skills needed to navigate such a difficult market: thoughtful negotiation, loads of patience, tons of experience and 18 hour days, 7 days a week. This is what makes us the best choice for buying and selling homes. As a matter of fact, we were just voted as one of the top 3 brokerages in The Woodlands, up against much bigger companies.

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location is the second Fit Kitchen Meals location to open. 504-494-0138. www.˜tkitchenmealswoodlands.com COMING SOON 6 Spacecraft Airsoft will open in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, in July, according to representatives from the mall. The store sells airsoft imitation guns and sup- plies used in airsoft sports. 281-363-3363. www.thewoodlandsmall.com 7 Velvet Taco will open a location in The Woodlands at 9120 Gosling Road, Spring. The location is expected to be open in early 2022, according to company representatives. Velvet Taco is a fast- casual, Tex-Mex restaurant that serves specialty tacos. www.velvettaco.com 8 The Howard Hughes Corp. announced June 17 that Roots Dental Studio is coming to Hughes Landing, located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. The opening date has not yet been announced. It will be located on the ground level of multifamily complex Two Lakes Edge. www.howardhughes.com 9 The Howard Hughes Corp. announced June 17 a location for The Pretty Kitty will open in Hughes Landing at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. An opening date was not available as of press time. The Pretty Kitty is a waxing business that will be located at the One Lakes Edge apartment community. www.prettykittywax.com 10 I Heart Mac & Cheese will open in late summer or early fall at Creekside

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NOWOPEN 1 A Salata restaurant opened at 1555 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, on June 14. The new location is the second Salata in The Woodlands area following the closures of the Market Street and College Park locations. The salad bar oers customizable salads and wraps available for individuals or catering orders. 346-331-2576. www.salata.com 2 El Chaparro Mexican Bar & Grill opened a third location in Alden Bridge Village Center, 8000 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 200, The Woodlands. The family-owned and -operated Mexican

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SPRING restaurant also has locations in Tomball and Spring. The Woodlands location opened May 31. 346-831-0671. www.elchaparro.net 3 Philipose’s Kitchen and Bar opened in early March at 32823 FM 2978, Magnolia. The Cajun and Creole restaurant oers American Southern-style food with Indian in”uences, such as spiced chicken pu pastries or seafood linguini. The eatery is open for dining in or takeout. 281-789-4176. www.facebook.com/ philiposeskitchen 4 Sushi restaurant The Blue Fish reopened at 1900 Hughes Landing, Ste. 300, The Woodlands, on June 13,

after closing in October. Alongside sushi and sashimi options, The Blue Fish oers Asian-inspired hot plates, salads and desserts. 281-292-3474. www.theblue˜shsushi.com 5 Fit Kitchen Meals opened July 5 at 4150 FM 1488, Ste. 132, Magnolia, according to the owners. Fit Kitchen Meals sells various macronutrient- focused prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers can preorder meals for pickup or shop for select meals available in store. Fit Kitchen Meals also sells apparel, drinks and supplements. Fit Kitchen Meals ˜rst opened in Louisiana in 2018. The Woodlands

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14 Magnolia Eats & Treats , a sweet shop oering candy, ice cream, popcorn and other assorted treats, is planning to open Sept. 1. The business will be located at 32907 Tamina Road, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/ magnoliaeatsandtreats 15 Crumbl Cookies will open a location in the Westwood Village shopping center, 33020 FM 2978, Ste. 521, Magnolia. The location will open during the ˜rst week in August, according to Crumbl representatives. Crumbl Cookies serves a rotating menu of four dierent specialty cookie ”avors each week. www.crumblcookies.com Fast-food chicken and biscuits company Bojangles has announced plans to expand into three Houston markets: Humble, Conroe and The Woodlands. The announcement comes after the company announced it will expand into the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Bojangles’ Humble location is slated to be the ˜rst Houston market to open, but no anticipated opening date or address has been provided as of press time. www.bojangles.com RELOCATIONS 16 Beauty & Con‡dence Electrolysis relocated June 13 from 5529 Louetta Road, Ste. A, Spring, to 25420 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. B-400, The Woodlands. The business oers a permanent hair-removal process called electrolysis, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for people of any gender on most parts of the body, including eyebrows,

Park Village Green, 26400 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, according to The Howard Hughes Corp. I Heart Mac & Cheese is a fast-casual restaurant with 180 locations throughout the U.S. It specializes in made-to-order, build-your- own macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches that guests can customize using a variety of proteins, ingredients and sauces. Also on the menu are choices with quinoa, broccoli or cauli”ower bowls as well as gluten-free pasta. www.iheartmacandcheese.com 11 Miss A is expected to open at the end of September in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 700, The Woodlands, according to mall representatives. Miss A sells decor, accessories, skin care and makeup products for $1. www.shopmissa.com 12 Apparel store TX7 is expected to open in early August in The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, according to mall o£cials. TX7 is a women’s clothing and accessories store with locations in various malls throughout Texas. www.thewoodlandsmall.com 13 New York-style bagel shop Fuhgedaboudit Bagel Co. will open in the Indian Springs Shopping Center, 6777 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 212, The Woodlands, this fall, according to the owner, Kurt Crowley. Fuhgedaboudit will feature a wide variety of bagels and schmears as well as bagel sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. The owner of Fuhgedaboudit is local to The Woodlands and graduated from McCullough High School. www.facebook.com/Fuhgedabou- dit-Bagel-Co-100306572018632/ ?ref=page_internal

Hughes Landing is one of two The Woodlands locations where new o ce leases were signed by The Howard Hughes Corp. in June. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON The Howard Hughes Corp. announced June 9 three companies have signed leases at The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway, A 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive, The Woodlands. Businesses include Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage professional services and investment management company, leasing 4,100 square feet; Prevailion , a cyber intelligence company, leasing 3,487 square feet; and Nordic Holdings , a foundation of Arden and Laura Hetland, leasing 2,398 square feet. The Woodloch Forest tower has a two-story ˆtness center and a rooftop terrace as well as a 9,000-square-foot conference facility. In addition, three new leases were announced at its B 1725 Hughes

Landing building, a 13-story oŠce building. WaveCrest Energy has leased 1,794 square feet; Innocube Biosciences Inc. will occupy 1,724 square feet; and Quattro Financial Advisors, an investment management services company, will occupy 1,551 square feet, according to a news release. www.howardhughes.com

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in The Woodlands in the future. He said the company was in the development application process as of July 1. Abbate said no location has been named for a possible future site. The California-based restaurant chain has three locations in the Greater Houston area in the Willowbrook area, the Katy area and the Staord area. www.in-n-out.com

the upper lip, the chin, the abdomen, thighs, arms and legs. 346-298-1172. www.bcelectrolysis.weebly.com IN THE NEWS Mike Abbate, assistant vice president for real estate and development with In-N-Out Burger , said the hamburger company is seeking to open a restaurant

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JAX Burgers plans a location at Metropark Square. (Courtesy JAX Burgers, Fries & Shakes)

NOWOPEN 1 Regal Benders Landing opened in June at 4495 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring. The new theater features a full-service bar with beer, wine and cocktails; a coee shop; a smoothie shop; a concession stand; and auditoriums with laser projection technology and sound enhancements. www.regmovies.com 2 GlassWing Organics opened a warehouse in April at Hanna Business Park, 26797 Hanna Road Bldg. 4 Ste. 6, Oak Ridge North. Customers can buy products through the GlassWing Organics website and pick up their purchases at the warehouse. GlassWing Organics sells all- natural soap, facial care products, body oils, butters and lotions. Products sold by GlassWing Organics are handmade and inspired by the ancient traditions of African and Jamaican cultures. www.glasswingorganics.com COMING SOON 3 A PetSuites location is expected to open in August at 2825 Canyon Ranch Drive, Spring, according to PetSuites representatives. PetSuites oers

boarding, grooming and day care for cats and dogs. In addition, the facility oers training and puppy preschool for dogs. Training classes range from drop-o services, group classes, puppy classes and private classes. 346-386-6585. www.petsuitesofamerica.com 4 Wild Rose Dental , a new dental o”ce, is will open at 2430 Rayford Road, Ste. 102, Spring on July 23, according to the business website and Facebook page. Wild Rose Dental oers a variety of services, including implants, oral surgery, whitening, dentures and cosmetic dentistry. The practice is operated by dentists Caroline Le and Mary Kuruvilla. 281-892-1480. www.wildrosedentalcare.com CLOSINGS 5 The Growing Together Early Learning Center , a day care center located at 2021 Rayford Road, Ste. 100, Spring, announced its closure June 12. The day care center had been in the area for 17 years. A statement from the business on its Facebook page cites the reason for the closure as property management issues. www.growingtogether.net

FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON JAX Burgers, Fries & Shakes will open a location at Metropark Square, 8888 Metropark Drive, The Woodlands across from the AMC theater, according to Metropark ocials. JAX is family- owned and was established in Spring. The restaurant specializes in burgers, fries and shakes. JAX also has a mobile food truck available for event catering.

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Children can wear a superhero costume and take pictures with area heroes. 10 a.m. $5-$10. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org (Courtesy The Woodlands Children’s Museum)

Visitors can join The Woodlands Car Club at Market Street for its monthly event. Proceeds from parking meters are donated to charities. 7 a.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com (Courtesy The Woodlands Car Club)

SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY EVENTS 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands 936-442-7727 • www.countylibrary.org JULY 14 Pet Friends eld trip, 10:30 a.m.; animal drawing, 2 p.m.; adult evening book club, 6:30 p.m. 15 Nonction book club, 1:30 p.m.; “Wildlife Encounters: Animal Tales,” 3 p.m.; Cards and Calendars hosted by the R. B. Tullis Library and Central Library, 3 p.m. Adult Excel Part 1, 3 p.m.; 4-H Agrication, 3 p.m. 21 “Wooden O: A Sensory Adventure,” 10:30 a.m. 22 Newsletters and Flyers hosted by the R. B. Tullis Library and Central Library, 3 p.m. 24 Professor Universe, 10:30 a.m. 26 Adult Word, Part 1, 1 p.m. 27 Pet stories, 1:30 p.m.; Adult Excel, Part 2, 3 p.m.; 4-H Agrication, 3 p.m. 28 Meet the library ducks, 10:30 a.m. 29 “Ask a Zoo Expert,” 3 p.m.; homeschool resources, 3 p.m. 31 Antique appraisal, 11 a.m. 17 Professor Universe, 10:30 a.m. 19 Children Excel, Part 4, 1 p.m.; bird feeders, 3 p.m. 20 Faux scrimshaw, 11 a.m.; Shoppers can support local farmers and businesses at Shenandoah’s monthly farmers market held at Metropark Square. 9 a.m. Free (admission). Metropark Square, 8888 Metropark Drive, Shenandoah. www.metroparksquare.com (Courtesy Metropark Square)

12 GOVERNMENTAL BUDGET WORKSHOPS BEGIN Area municipalities and governing bodies will begin their workshops for the upcoming ‰scal year 2021-22 budget. Among the discussions will be proposed tax rates. Meetings will be open to the public. Dates and times vary. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov www.shenandoahtx.us www.oakridgenorth.com 14 LEARNABOUT INVASIVE SPECIES The Woodlands Environmental Services is hosting an online workshop to teach attendees about local invasive species to the area. Registration is required. 8 a.m. Free. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 21 ATTEND THE ANNUAL CHAIRMAN’S BALL The Woodland Area Chamber of Commerce’s 43th annual Chairman’s Ball will have the theme “A Night in Napa” this year. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. $200. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-736-4057. www.woodlandschamber.org

JULY 17 LEARNABOUT PET WASTE ISSUES Area residents can take part in The Woodlands Watershed Project and learn about the negative eects of pet waste on local waterways in an event presented by The Woodlands Environmental Services. 8 a.m. Free. Meadowlake Park, 9501 N. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 19 THROUGH06 TAKE PART IN SUMMERWORKSHOPS The ‰nal three weeks of The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s summer workshops including opportunities from learning about knights and dragons to cooking. Each day is meant for children ages 4 to 8, and workshops run from Mondays through Fridays. Times vary. $56-$141. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

AUGUST 04 SEE A FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Participants can see a free movie with their families at the Creekside Park Village Green. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs as they watch “Tom and Jerry.” A DJ will be on-site for entertainment prior to the movie. 6:30 p.m. Free. Creekside Park Village Green, 26400 Kuykendahl Road, Spring. 281-719-6100. www.facebook.com/ creeksideparkvillagegreen 11 THROUGH 30 AREAACADEMIC YEARS BEGIN Area schools begin their 2021-22 academic years in August. Both Conroe ISD and Magnolia ISDs will begin their school years Aug. 11, and Tomball ISD will begin Aug. 17. Lone Star College students will begin their fall semester Aug. 30. www.conroeisd.net www.magnoliaisd.org www.tomballisd.net www.lonestar.edu

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands

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JULY 20

PIANO PUNCH MAIN STREET CROSSING

JULY 21

PAUL BYRON MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR

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DOSEY DOG BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoetickets.com JULY 16 Gary Morris, 8:30 p.m. 17 Jason Cassidy Band, 8:30 p.m. 22 Little River Band, 8:30 p.m. 23 The Texas Gentlemen, 8:30 p.m. 24 Max Stalling Band, 8:30 p.m. 25 John Conlee, 7:00 p.m. 29 Kevin Black, 8:30 p.m. 30 Foghat, 8:30 p.m. 31 Jon Stork, 8:30 p.m. AUGUST 01 John Berry, 7 p.m. 05 Josh Ward, 8:30 p.m. 06 Lorrie Morgan, 8:30 p.m. 07 The Vandoliers, 8:30 p.m. 11 Randall King, 8 p.m. 12 Kelley Peters, 8:30 p.m. 13 Kevin Galloway, 8:30 p.m. 14 The Wilder Blue, 8:30 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, Piano Punch is a Conroe-based dueling piano group. Since 2006, Piano Punch has been playing piano to audiences all over Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. (Courtesy Piano Punch)

Singer and songwriter Paul Byron, known for performing a variety of classic rock, blues, R&B and country styles, will perform at Mahoney’s Texish Bar. (Courtesy Paul Byron)

The Texas Gentlemen perform music with in†uences including rock and pop music of the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as funk, soul and Southern rock. (Courtesy The Texas Gentlemen)

FEATURED VENUE The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s box oŠce oŠcially reopened June 21, and concerts are scheduled into the fall. CYNTHIAWOODS The Woodlands 281-364-3010 www.woodlandscenter.org JULY 16 Banda MS with Natalia Jimenez, 8 p.m. 24 Lindsey Stirling with Kiesza, 7 p.m. AUGUST 11 Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with Lucinda Williams, 7:30 p.m. 13 KEM with Babyface and Musiq Soulchild, 7 p.m. 14 The Black Crowes with Dirty Honey, 7:30 p.m. 15 Brad Paisley with Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe, 7:30 p.m. MITCHELL PAVILION 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will perform with singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams on Aug. 11. (Courtesy Lucinda Williams)

24 Already Gone, 8 p.m. 25 Let it Rock, 7 p.m. 26 Walt Wilkins, 7 p.m. 28 Texas Flood, 8 p.m.

22 AJ Santana, 8 p.m. 25 Stacey Steele, 6 p.m. 24 Bad Boyfriend, 8:30 p.m. AUGUST 06 Party On, 8:30 p.m. 11 Xavier Joseph, 8 p.m. ROCK THE ROW Hughes Landing Boulevard,

29 Folk Family Revival, 7 p.m. 30 Derek Spence with Southern County Line, 8 p.m. 31 Led Zeppelin and Rush Tribute, 7 p.m. AUGUST 0304 Cody Canada, 8 p.m. 05 Swearingen & Kelli, 8 p.m. 06 Drew Kennedy with Josh Grider, 8 p.m. FIELDING’S LOCAL KITCHEN + BAR 26400 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands 281-623-1712 www.‡eldingslocal.com SUNDAYS Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. WEDNESDAYS Anthony Pitt and Justin Peña, 6 p.m. THURSDAYS Pete Sca—di, 6 p.m. FRIDAYS Mallory Bechtel, 6 p.m. SATURDAYS Duane Dulane, 6 p.m.

The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov JULY 22 Joiful Entertainment, 7 p.m. 29 DVS MYNDZ, 7 p.m. AUGUST 05 TBA, 7 p.m. 12 Big E and the Lowdown, 7 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com JULY

16 Doug Stone, 7 p.m. 17 Mary Sarah, 7 p.m. 18 Shake Russell with Dallas Burrows, 7 p.m. 20 Piano Punch, 7 p.m. 22 The Heartachers, 8 p.m.

The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com JULY 21 Paul Byron, 8 p.m.

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3 FM 2978 widening The Texas Department of Transportation will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in two phases. The bridge over Spring Creek was also widened. In early July, the project’s “rst phase was 77% complete, and the second phase was 99% complete. The bridge was completed in 2020. Timeline: September 2018-fourth quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 2) Cost: $21.47 million (Phase 1), $13.7 million (Phase 2), $7.56 million (bridge) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds 4 Hwy. 242 overpass at FM 1314 The project will construct a grade separation along Hwy. 242 from west to east of FM 1314. This is the “rst of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. The project was 86% complete as of early July. Timeline: July 2018-fourth quarter 2021 Cost: $24.34 million Funding sources: federal funds, TxDOT

the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection and continued concrete pavement pours along Rayford Road. Timeline: October 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $2.88 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 2 Kuykendahl Road widening A project to widen Kuykendahl Road from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands to Research Forest drives is underway. A new bridge will be constructed over Bear Branch to accommodate the northbound lanes, and the existing two lanes will become southbound lanes. As of June 15, contractors were continuing to make progress on the bridge drill shafts at Bear Branch and had moved to the south side to “nish those pours. In addition, dirt preparation work continued along the approximately 1.5-mile-long project. Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials said work on the concrete pavement will start later this summer. Timeline: January 2021-early 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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HOLCOMB FAMILY YMCA Construction for the rst phase of the Holcomb Family YMCA began in March o Imperial Promenade Drive. The center will serve the community east of I-45 and north of the Grand Parkway. Amenities include an outdoor tness center, multipurpose sports elds and community gathering spaces. Space: 100 acres Timeline: March-fall (Phase 1)

LIFE TIME FITNESS Work is progressing on the Life Time Fitness on Six Pines Drive. The complex will bring around 400 multifamily units to the area as well as a cafe, a lounge, a spa, pools and tness equipment. In June, Natalie Bushaw, Life Time senior director of public relations, said development resumed after COVID-19 delays. Space: 11 acres Timeline: summer 2019-TBD

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GOVERNMENT Incorporation planning resumes in TheWoodlands after hiatus

THE MUD MUDDLE

The Woodlands must consider the future disposition of its 11 municipal utility districts, or MUDs, as it resumes its incorporation study. It will be up to a possible future city to decide how those services would be organized.

BY VANESSA HOLT

and keep the MUDs in their current state with their own tax rates, debt and administrative costs. A second option would be for the new city to abolish the utility operations and assume their assets and debts. This would provide some Œnancial beneŒts, Norrell said, because it would decrease operational and

After more than a year’s pause in the incorporation planning study begun by The Woodlands Township in 2018, planning sessions resumed in June with discussion of one of the more complicated facets of the process: the future of water and sewer utilities. The township’s board of directors June 17 heard a review of some

Municipal utility districts in TheWoodlands

11 MUDs are in The Woodlands.

MUDS are managed by one agency. They do not own treatment, distribution and collection facilities. They service approximately 37,000 single-family customers. MUD debt ranges from $0 to $151.4 million . Tax levies range from $0.035 to $0.49 per $100 valuation.

They provide water and sewer services to customers. Services are owned by the San Jacinto River Authority and Harris-Montgomery County MUD 387. MUDs have a combined annual revenue of $63.8M .

administrative costs and bring them under one umbrella. Because existing MUDs range widely in their debts and their tax rates, that solution would mean consoli- dating all of the debt and sharing it among all utility users, he said. The issue with that

“MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THEMUDS ARE PRETTY POWERFUL; THEYARE EFFECTIVELYA ZONINGAGENCY.” KENT MAGGERT,

of the highlights of the study as well as scenarios for how 11 municipal utility

districts with dierent tax levies, debt service and fee structures could be managed under a

future city government. Water and sewer plans Consolidating the township’s municipal utility districts in an incorporation scenario has been one of the more complex issues in the study, o cials have said, because of the dierences among the various districts’ debt service and tax rates as well as the fact the structure of the services would need to be determined by a future governing body. Water and sewer utilities in The Woodlands are served by a total of 11 municipal utility districts that provide direct water and sewer utilities to customers but do not own treatment, distribution or collection facilities. Those are owned by the San Jacinto River Authority or by Harris-Montgomery County MUD 387, according to the June 17 presentation. MUDs in The Woodlands serve about 37,000 single-family customers and are managed by The Woodlands Water Agency. Don Norrell, the former general manager of The Woodlands Township who retired last summer, returned to present information to the board on the various possible MUD scenarios. Norrell said if an incorporation election is held and approved by township voters, the new city would have several options, one of which would be to maintain the status quo

Future options

FORMER MEMBER OF THE MUD 36 BOARD

If The Woodlands residents vote to incorporate during an election, the future city will need to decide how to proceed with utility operations.

would be some people currently not paying taxes on MUD debt would see a new tax cost, Norrell said. The third option would be an interlocal agreement with MUDs to allow the city to assume operations, but the MUDs would continue to levy tax for debt service until their debts are paid o. During the public comment portion of the subsequent regular township meeting, Kent Maggert, a former member of the MUD 36 board, said he has advocated for consolidating the MUDs for some time. “Most people don’t realize the MUDs are pretty powerful; they are eectively a zoning agency,” Maggert said. Maggert said while most MUDs do not take advantage of that authority, they can theoretically refuse water and service to developments. No decisions relating to the incorporation study were made at the June 17 meetings. Chamber urges delay Assumptions for the future of the municipal utility districts cannot be made before incorporation because a future elected government would have to make that decision, board Chair Gordy Bunch said. Under state law, a majority

Option 1: Status quo

Option 3: Interlocal agreement

Option 2: Consolidation

The MUDs continue in their present state.

The MUDs would be abolished, and the new city would assume assets, liabilities and debts.

Negotiated agreements would require the approval of all MUDs.

Summer schedule

The Woodlands Township board will decide on whether to hold an incorporation election.

Deadline to place an item on the Nov. 2 ballot: Aug. 16

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vote is required for residents to approve incorporating into a city. The Woodlands Township board of directors has until Aug. 16 to decide whether to put incorporation on the November ballot. Once incorporated, a city cannot change back into a township, o cials have said. While a ballot measure has not yet been approved by the township, a local area chamber of commerce urged its leaders to ask the board not to push for a vote this year, and the chamber approved a resolution July 2. The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy Council voted 18-2 on June 18 to approve a resolution to be sent to

chamber leaders, asking to support the delay of an incorporation vote for The Woodlands. The resolution, approved by chamber leadership, supports delaying a vote beyond November for further education and outreach, according to the resolution text. “We have until the year 2057 to make a decision on incorporation, and we feel like it is such an important issue that we should take our time and study it and involve as many residents and businesses as possible so we can make the most informed decision,” President J.J. Hollie said in a phone interview. Ally Bolender contributed to this report.

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