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Since shifting to a remote learning model in the spring, Conroe ISD has made a variety of resources available to its students.

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Following a summer of planning and adaptation to coronavirus guidelines, Conroe ISD welcomed more than 64,000 students back to physical and virtual classrooms Sept. 8 as the 2020-21 year kicked o. Although some parents, educators and experts said they feel in-person education is an ideal model for learning, health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 are causing many students to remain virtual or carry additional emotional baggage this year. Schools and community members said they are working to ensure adequate resources are available for students’ mental and social well-being. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in person or if you are

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Following six months of eects from the coronavirus pandemic on the area retail and tourism industries, local gov- ernmental entities have adjusted their budgets to make up for lower sales tax BY VANESSA HOLT & ANDREW CHRISTMAN Township, cities pass budgets after gauging coronavirus e ects

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and hotel occupancy tax revenue. While funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act has helped entities such as Oak Ridge North and Shenandoah, department budget requests and spending across the board have generally gone down to compensate for the lower revenue. Among the cuts, The Woodlands Township is holding back on several CONTINUED ON 58

Most local governments are projecting less revenue from sales tax in the upcoming ›scal year 2020-21 from the coronavirus’s enduring negative ežects on the local economy.

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FROMNICOLE: With the arrival of September and the longest spring break in memory coming to an end, our children have nally returned to school in some form. Educators have been innovative to start school safely in both public and private schools. Our annual Public Education Edition starts on Page 30, including district data, demographic information and information about budgets. Nicole Preston, GENERALMANAGER

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in The Woodlands in late June. The business at 207 East Shore Drive, Ste. 160, oers group and private class sessions. 281-948-1525. www.thewoodlandslagree.com 6 A new Enterprise Rent-A-Car center opened in the Village of Creekside Park on July 1. Located at 27030 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. 110, Tomball, the facility oers a variety of cars, SUVs, trucks and vans for rental. 281-378-2024. www.enterprise.com 7 East Shore Salon and MedSpa opened a 4,433-square-foot space at 207 East Shore Drive, Ste. 290, The Woodlands, in late August. The new salon’s services include massages, facial waxing, makeup application, haircuts, coloring, extensions and styling as well as spa treatments. 936-271-2566. www.eastshoresalonmedspa.com 8 St. Luke’s-The Woodlands Hospital marked the opening of its new cancer treatment center in an Aug. 28 ribbon- cutting ceremony. The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17198 St. Luke’s Way, Ste. 100, The Woodlands. The cancer center oers various services related to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including clinical trials and genetic analysis through Baylor’s clinical genetics program. 936-266-4330.

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NOWOPEN 1 OlaTee African Mart and OlaTee African Cafe held a grand opening at 501 Sawdust Road, Ste. K, Spring, on Aug. 22. The market oers traditional African products as well as takeaway lunch and dinner options including jollof rice, fried rice, fufu, amala, tuwo, pounded yam, asaro and vegetables. The business also caters events. www.olateeafricanmart.com 2 The Woodlands Mall welcomed a new location of the athletic fashion retailer

JD Sports . The store, located in the mall at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 2030, The Woodlands, opened Aug. 15 and oers a variety of athletic and casual shoes alongside branded sportswear and accessories. 281-419-6976. www.jdsports.com 3 Muse Mantra , a music and arts school, opened June 1 at 3335 College Park Drive, Ste. 500, The Woodlands, to teach lessons to students of all levels. Muse Mantra founder and CEO Tarab Ali said the school oers both online

and in-studio lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, cello, drums, voice and music production. 936-267-2958. www.musemantra.com 4 PNC Bank opened its ‘rst Great- er Houston-area retail banking center July 21 at 2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. F100, The Woodlands. It features an ATM and self-service video banking kiosk as well as in-person banking services. 346-224-9791. www.pnc.com 5 The Woodlands Lagree tness studio launched at East Shore Place

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2520 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 400, The Woodlands, will oer services including background and drug screenings for organizations as well as clinical, diagnostic, drug and DNA testing for consumers. 936-283-4099. www.arcpointlabs.com 14 A new location of Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar-Gyusho is expected to open in mid-September o of the Grand Parkway in Spring, according to NewQuest Properties. The 6,024-square- foot restaurant is coming to the Harmony Commons development at 3532 Harmony Commons Drive, Spring. Shogun oers a menu of Japanese dishes, including sushi, hibachi, ramen and bento boxes. www.ishogun.com 15 Houston Furniture Bank plans to open a new furniture outlet serving the Montgomery County area this fall. The regional nonpro‘t’s second location will launch in September or early October at 295 Sawdust Road, Spring, according to founder and Executive Director Oli Mohammed. The 50,000-square-foot facility will be divided into a furniture assistance center for needy families. 713-842-9771. www.houstonfurniturebank.org 16 An 85,000-square-foot warehouse and business park is coming soon to FM 2978 on the Tomball and The Woodlands border, according to an Aug. 12 press release. Located on more than 9 acres at 26823 FM 2978, Magnolia, the planned Woodgrove Business Park will oer warehouse, light-industrial and o£ce spaces. The development’s ‘rst building is slated to be completed by the ‘rst quarter of 2021, according to the release. 281-367-2220

is expected to open in September at The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. The retailer oers items from the company’s online market- place alongside Amazon-brand devices and accessories. www.amazon.com 10 The Rose Lounge , a new upscale bar concept by Diego Mandoba and Washington Revelo, is coming to Waterway Square at 20 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands. According to a press release from developer Howard Hughes Corp., the bar will feature two levels, including a rooftop space. An opening date was not provided in the press release. www.facebook.com/roserooftop 11 Creamistry , a national chain oering liquid nitrogen ice cream and ice cream cakes, is expected to open at The Woodlands Mall by late September, according to mall management. The ice cream shop will launch at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 3015, The Woodlands. Creamistry’s menu includes a range of ice cream ¢avors served in customizable scoops or nitro milkshakes. www.creamistry.com 12 Texas Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine will open a new o£ce this year in northern Spring. Texas Orthopaedic’s new 2,500-square-foot o£ce at 2827 Waterbend Cove, Spring, is expected to open in late fall and will function as a physical therapy clinic, according to the J. Beard Real Estate Co. 281-351-7261. www.tosm.org 13 The national diagnostic testing provider ARCpoint Labs plans to open a new o£ce in The Woodlands in September. The facility, located at

FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Farm-to-table restaurant Whiskey Cake opened at 27800 I-45, Oak Ridge North, in early September. The eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu that features pancakes, wood- cooked entrees, sandwiches, salads and soups, according to the Whiskey Cake website. The new 9,055-square-foot restaurant features an expansive, dog- friendly patio and repurposed design elements, such as vintage light †xtures RELOCATIONS 17 The Spring location of the low- cost veterinary services nonpro‘t Texas Litter Control moved west of I-45 in June. Now located at 586 Sawdust Road, Spring, the clinic provides prescription re‘lls, vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and other wellness services for qualifying pet owners as well as pet adoptions. 281-528-1238. 18 The investment advisory ‘rm Carl- ton, Ho‰erkamp & Jenks Wealth Manage- ment marked its 10th year of business in The Woodlands on Aug. 20. The indepen- dent ‘rm oers services including invest- ment management and retirement plan- ning from its o£ce at 10200 Grogans Mill Road, Ste. 340, Spring. 281-298-2700. www.chjwealthmanagement.com www.texaslittercontrol.org ANNIVERSARIES

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NAME CHANGES 19 The Woodlands-based Mitcham Industries Inc. announced Aug. 4 it had reincorporated from Texas to Delaware and rebranded as Mind Technology Inc. while retaining its corporate headquar- ters at 2002 Timberloch Place, Ste. 400, The Woodlands. Mind oers technology and other services in the oceanograph- ic, hydrographic, defense, seismic and security industries. 281-353-4475. www.mitchamindustries.com CLOSINGS 20 International tapas concept Broken Barrel , located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 1900, The Wood- lands, announced it has permanently closed as of July 29. Broken Bar- rel was founded in February 2017. www.brokenbarrelwoodlands.com

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The Woodlands Township’s Arts in the Park series presents “The Tem- pest” by the Points North Theatre Company. 5 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

26 ENHANCE LANDSCAPING SKILLS The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department’s annual lawn and garden seminar takes place in a drive-thru format this fall. The landscaping solutions event features giveaways and sales, and it is accompanied by a series of online learning sessions available Sept. 28-Oct. 3. 9 a.m. Free. Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 8001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 29 CELEBRATION FEAST AND FOOD DRIVE Avanti Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar caps o its two-month food drive in support of St. Anthony’s Bread Food Pantry with The Feast of San Gennaro Wine Dinner. The drive for monetary and nonper- ishable food donations runs through Oct. 10 in partnership with Via Emil- ia Italian Kitchen, while the Sept. 29 dinner features a six-course meal with optional wine pairings accompanying each course. 7 p.m. $99 ($134 with wine pairings). Avanti Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, 8540 Creekside Forest Drive, Ste. C100, The Woodlands. 281-377-1777. www.avantiitaliankitchen.com, www.pushpay.com/g/stanthonyofpadua The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department holds a trio of fall community races. 7 a.m. $35 (Fun Run), $55 (5K), $70 (10 miles). North- shore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

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Following its postponement this spring, Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands with four local events, including two scheduled in late September and early October.

VOTE IN THE CRITTER PAGEANT A fundraiser active in September raises money for Operation Pets Alive, a Montgomery County-based support or- ganization advocating for a no-kill com- munity for homeless animals. Participants can vote online for their favorite pet, submit a photo for the pageant and participate in a rae. Prizes are available for contestants and for those who participate in the rae, which oers a grand prize of a new air conditioning system installed by The Woodlands Heating & Air Conditioning. $1 (minimum per pageant entry), $10 (starting price for rae tickets). 281-363-4822. www.thewoodlandsac.com/opa 26 JOINAVIRTUAL CHARITY RUN The 2020 CASA Child Advocates Superhero Run’s eight-week fundraising program begins Sept. 26. The superhero- themed virtual run allows participants to chart their own course at locations of their choice and fundraise in support of Montgomery County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates. Free. 936-441-5437. www.casaspeaks4kids.com

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SEPT. 25 Join the Ladies of the Vine

on the Spring Creek Nature Trail running along the southern edge of Montgomery County. 6:30 p.m. Free. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 23 SPONSOR A PORCH EVENT This year In the Pink of Health, a nonpro¡t supporting breast cancer pa- tients presents A Porch Aair as a social distancing fundraiser event. Sponsors can take part from their porch, patio or home. The nonpro¡t provides a kit with a gift card to a local restaurant and other items. Noon. $1,000 (minimum sponsor- ship). www.inthepinko¢ealth.org The annual Wine Walk will take place outdoors in the Market Street shopping center. Time TBD. $40. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 713-557-5732. www.wineandfoodweek.com

OCTOBER 03 SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S CARE The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s for North Harris and Montgomery counties kicks o in an adapted format Oct. 3. Individuals and small teams walk in their communities. Free. 713-314-1335. https://act.alz.org 08 LISTEN TOA CONSERVATION LECTURE Regional geographer and photogra- pher Bill Bass presents a forum on the preservation of natural spaces, focused A wine tasting and panel discussion features women in the wine industry. 11:30 a.m. Free. The Club at Carlton Woods, 1 Carlton Woods Drive, The Woodlands. 713-557-5732. www.wineandfoodweek.com

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands area

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A SURE THING ROCK THE ROW

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GLADE CULTURAL CENTER 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands 832-557-8781 www.gladeculturalcenter.com SEPTEMBER 16 Live jazz TBD, 7 p.m. 19 Live jazz TBD, 8 p.m. 23 Live jazz TBD, 7 p.m. 26 Live jazz TBD, 8 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR AND RESTAURANT 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com SEPTEMBER 18 Velvet Punch Band, 7:30 p.m. ROCK THE ROW Hughes Landing, The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov OCTOBER 08 A Sure Thing, 7 p.m. 15 Sol Flair, 7 p.m. The outdoor live series Rock the Row wraps up for the season in October at the band shell in Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands. (Courtesy A Sure Thing)

The †ve-member, Dallas-based group Prophets and Outlaws has been performing for the past decade and produced †ve EPs. (Courtesy Prophets and Outlaws)

GENUWINE TASTING ROOM 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com SEPTEMBER 15 Jazz Jam on the Northside, 7 p.m. 18 Anthony Pitt, 7:30 p.m. 19 Jazz Pitch, 7:30 p.m. 22 Jazz Jam on the Northside, 7 p.m. 25 Marianne Troiano, 7:30 p.m. 26 London Lawhon, 7:30 p.m. 29 Jazz Jam on the Northside, 7 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com SEPTEMBER 18 Folk Family Revival, 8 p.m. 19 Let it Rock, 8 p.m. 20 Shake Russell, 7 p.m. 21 Market Junction, 8 p.m. 22 Walkin the Line, 8 p.m. 23 Bad Sneakers, 8 p.m. 27 Prophets and Outlaws, 7, 9 p.m. 29 Bart Crow, 8 p.m. 30 Hill Country Band, 8 p.m.

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FEATURED VENUE Austin-based Shane Smith and The Saints are celebrating 10 years of music with the release of their latest album, “Hail Mary.” The †ve-piece group has toured in 40 states and three continents to inspire the album. 8:30 p.m. $58-$98.

DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com SEPTEMBER 17 Cody Canada and The Departed, 8:30 p.m. 18 19 William Clark Green, 8:30 p.m. 23 Chris Knight, 8 p.m. OCTOBER 01 Ally Venable Band, 8 p.m. 02 05 Sundance Head, 8 p.m. 06 Walt Wilkins, 8 p.m. 08 Blue Water Highway Band, 8 p.m. 09 Van Halen Tribute, 8 p.m.

24 Shane Smith and the Saints, 8:30 p.m. 25 Josh Fuller, 8:30 p.m. 26 The Statesboro Review, 8:30 p.m. 30 Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, 8 p.m. OCTOBER 01 Jason Boland, 8:30 p.m. 09 Michael Martin Murphy, 8:30 p.m. 16 Prophets and Outlaws, 8:30 p.m.

10 11 Larry Gatlin, 8 p.m. 13 Double Vision HTX, 8 p.m. Events are subject to change or

cancellation. Attendees should con rm performances with the venue in advance.

Find more or submit The Woodlands-area events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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Geing your annual mammogram is still important. Houston Methodist can see you safely. Getting your annual mammogram is one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy. That’s why our Breast Care Center is taking every necessary precaution during the coronavirus pandemic to keep you and our staff members safe.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are:

Screening all patients, ensuring only those without COVID- symptoms are seen in the office.

Wearing masks and other personal protective equipment while providing patient care.

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Implementing additional sanitation processes to disinfect all equipment and surfaces.

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Visit houstonmethodist.org/breast-care or call 936.270.3600 to schedule your mammogram today. We do not require a doctor’s order for your annual screening mammogram.

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road access at Woodlands Parkway and Robinson Road as well as widening Robinson at Patsy Lane to four lanes. The widening includes adding a tra€c signal at the Robinson overpass at I-45 and aligns lanes at the interchange. It also includes reconšguring the cloverleaf at the I-45 frontage roads. Timeline: March-early fall Cost: $2.4 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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COMPLETED PROJECT Lake Woodlands Drive widening The Lake Woodlands Drive widening and signalization project was substan- tially complete more than a month ahead of schedule in mid-August, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3. The project included widening Lake Woodlands Drive from I-45 to Six Pines Drive, adding a through lane in each direction and improving turn lane movements at the intersections, according to Precinct 3. It also included installing new tra„c signals at Lake Woodlands Drive intersections with Pinecroft Drive and The Woodlands Mall entrances. The project is funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond. Timeline: April-August Cost: $1.5 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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where Birnham Woods will be widened to four lanes from about 600 feet north of Rayford to 600 feet south of Rayford. All four Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection approaches will have a dedicated left turn lane, according to a Precinct 3 news release. The project is intended to improve mobility in the developing area east of the Grand Parkway, according to a news release from Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack. Construction on the project will tenta- tively last from this fall through fall 2021. Timeline: fall 2020-fall 2021 Cost: TBD Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 ONGOING PROJECTS 2 Robinson Road widening Work on improvements at Robinson Road and I-45 continued in mid-August, with new tra€c signals working and contractor Main Lane completing striping, signage and landscaping, among other projects, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3. The project will improve I-45 frontage

3 Gosling Road Segment 3 widening A project is in the šnal stage of the design phase to upgrade Gosling Road to four lanes between West Rayford Road and Creekside Forest Drive. The project is expected to request authorization to bid in the fourth quarter of 2020, Harris County o€cials said. Timeline: fourth quarter 2020-TBD Cost: TBD Funding source: Harris County Precinct 4 4 Gosling Road bridge across Spring Creek Gosling Road will be upgraded to a four-lane boulevard with twin bridges across Spring Creek. The project is a joint participation project between Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3. The project was in the design phase as of mid-August, and Harris County expects to seek authorization to bid the project in the šrst quarter of 2021. Timeline: šrst quarter 2021-TBD Cost: TBD Funding sources: Harris County Precinct 4, Montgomery County Precinct 3

1 Rayford Road improvements planned Montgomery County Precinct 3 began seeking bids for a project to widen a section of Rayford Road east of the Grand Parkway in August. The project will widen Rayford to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. The proposed work includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend Cove to the intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for the westbound lanes. The project will also include building a bridge for eastbound Rayford tra€c east of Spring Trails Park Drive. A tra€c signal will be added at the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection,

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Montgomery County Public Notice | Health Care Assistance Program (HCAP) All residents of Montgomery County who fall within the maximum income, resource, residency, citizenship, and household composition criteria established in the Montgomery County Indigent Care Program (MCICP) and Medical Assistance Program (MAP) Handbooks*, and who have no other equivalent public or private health care benets, may be eligible for medically necessary health care benets as mandated by the State of Texas pursuant to the programs and services o€ered by the Montgomery County Hospital District (MCHD).

A complete application will include but may not be limited to the following types of verication:

Potentially eligible residents may include:

• US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents 18 years of age or older; • ‰ose whose household composition makes them ineligible for Medicaid through the State of Texas; • Adult males, non-pregnant females without minor children; married couples of either gender or any age who reside in Montgomery County; • ‰ose whose countable gross income minus work deductions does not exceed the maximum established Federal Poverty Income Level (FPIL) of 150% FPIL; and • ‰ose whose resource standards approximate the State of Texas’ TANF stan- dards. Eligibility determinations will be made within 14 (fourteen) days a§er the date a complete application and all the required documentation is received by MCHD’s HCAP o¨ce.

• Identication for each member of the applying household; • Proof of marital status; • Resources identication, to include automobile registration or title, property tax statement, savings account/CD statements, etc.; • Proof of income or lack of income to include verication of support by friends, family or other sources, pay stubs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamp) award printout, self-employment records, etc.; • Proof of County residency; and • Proof of registration with Texas Workforce Commission (some exemptions may apply).

Applicants must provide all requested information and documentation in order to determine eligibility or applicant will be denied eligibility for HCAP assistance. Applicants have the right to appeal adverse decisions regarding eligibility. HCAP caseworkers will be available by appointment for purposes of verifying eligibility ONLY once the application and required documentation are provided.

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Applications are also available by mail or fax upon telephone or written request to the number and address located above. Additionally, applications can be found on the HCAP website at www.mchd-tx.org by clicking on the HCAP tab at the top of the page. MCHD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, or gender in administering HCAP Plans to eligible residents. *‰e most recent versions of the MCICP and MAP Handbooks are available online at www.mchd-tx.org

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Developments underway in The Woodlands area

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LANDMARKAT AUBURN LAKES Construction is nearing completion on the apartment complex Landmark at Auburn Lake. According to the complex’s management, residents will begin moving in Sept. 9. The complex oers a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom options with oorplans oering up to 1,312 square feet. Space: 408 units Timeline: open to residents Sept. 9

CREEKSIDE PARKAPARTMENTS Work is proceeding on a new apartment complex at 8440 Creekside Green Drive, The Woodlands. Developed by Howard Hughes Corp., it will feature six four-story buildings comprising one-, two- and three- bedroom units ranging from 600 to 1,400 square feet and will open by fall 2021. Space: 360 units Timeline: late 2019-fall 2021

DOVERSHIRE COMMUNITY Dovershire, a D.R. Horton community, is under development just o Gosling Road and north of the Grand Parkway. The community features a variety of home models with amenities, including a homeowners association, three-car garages and single-story homes. Space: TBD Timeline: TBD

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ECONOMY Hospitality, tourism industries hope for signs of recovery in 2021

REVENUE REDUCTION Continuing the trend established since April, reduced revenue for Visit the Woodlands was balanced by lower expenditures.

Year-to-date budget as of June 30

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reopened July 1, every week has grown in occupancy since then.” Domenick said much of the hotel’s business consists of one-time stays for now, and he does not expect to see a major increase after Labor Day. However, he said the big question is when larger gatherings and conven- tions may be able to resume. “Our best case before we have any substantial groups on the books is December,” Domenick said. “We’re optimistic in Q2 [of 2021] things should start to begin to rebuild and continue throughout the year getting better.” The board also approved a $38,000 study to examine the feasibility of expanding the convention center capabilities at the Marriott. “This is the time when you should be doing planning,” VTW board Chair Bruce Rieser said. He said the study will consider whether it makes sense to consider expanding the convention center to remain competitive. In the meantime, the Marriott held several meetings safely in the summer despite not holding major conferences, Domenick said. “Meetings are small and light com- pared to what we’re typically used to handling, but we have done a number of meetings safely,” Domenick said. “Our biggest challenge is getting attendees to keep their masks on.” TheWoodlandsMall, Market Street The Woodlands Mall and Market Street representatives also said

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Despite less hotel tax revenue ow- ing into its co ers this year, Monique Sharp, The Woodlands Township’s assistant general manager for nance and administration, said the town- ship’s convention and visitors bureau is positioned to absorb these losses. Sharp said the bureau, better known as Visit the Woodlands, has not yet had to tap its fund balance of $1.5 million this year, in part because it reduced its expenditures alongside its revenue losses. Hotel tax deposits for the year-to- date are 52% below the previous year to date and 54.3% below the budgeted amount for 2020 as of the July report, she said. The July report covers deposits through June 30. Hotel tax revenue funds VTW’s promotion and tourism e orts. “In our planning for 2020, we could actually get to about a 70% year-to- date reduction and still be able to cover the debt service requirements of The Woodlands Township and the reduced level of expenditures for Visit the Woodlands without having to utilize any type of fund balance,” she said in an Aug. 19 videoconfer- ence meeting. Fred Domenick, a VTW director and the general manager for The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, said some signs of recovery are starting to take shape even as the pandemic continues. “We are seeing some green shoots,” he said. “Since [the Marriott]

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$538,527 $665,455 $802,181 $306,002 $36,751 $76,026 $204,550

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they are looking to 2021 for further recovery but have seen consistent shopping activity in the summer. Ted Harris, a director for Visit the Woodlands and the general manager of The Woodlands Mall, said the mall has seen a consistent ow of weekend shopping. The mall has several new openings planned this year. It has completed 95% of its renovated courtyard area, and it expects a Shake Shack and an Amazon 4-star store to open this year, Harris said.

It also opened a new JD Sports store in August. Jenny Taylor, the general manager of Market Street at 9595 Six Pines Drive, said Aug. 19 the shopping district had opened the VTW concierge center the previous week, and its stores have seen similar trends to those at the mall. “It’s slow and steady,” Taylor said. “Despite some of these large national bankruptcies and closures ... I think it’s a good opportunity to make way for ... new folks to come aboard.”

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