The Woodlands Edition | April 2021

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PANDEMIC FUELSMENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES As the COVID-19 pandemic entered its second year in late March, a regional mental health survey reported widespread eects of anxiety. The Woodlands area therapists and nonprots have reported increased demand for mental health services amid job loss and other stressors.

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“TheNo. 1 increase has been in anxiety. No. 2 is an increase in depression; No. 3 is in family conict; and fourthwas an increase in substance abuse.” SHERRY BUCKHARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MOSAICS OF MERCY

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For almost 18 years, the killing of Subir Chatterjee in Oak Ridge North remained unsolved. Chatterjee was killed during the Feb. 15, 2002, robbery of his gas station on I-45, according to the Oak Ridge North Police Department. As time went on and leads dried up, the case went cold. However, technological advance- ments and years of persistence from the city’s police force, including responding ocer Lt. Kent Hubbard, eventually led to the arrest of a suspect in late 2019. For years, Chatterjee’s slaying was one of the dozens of unsolved cases in Montgomery County. Montgomery CONTINUED ON 48 Montgomery County launches cold case eort BY BEN THOMPSON & EVA VIGH

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281-478-9032. www.360painting.com/ montgomery-county 5 Uncle’s BBQ opened March 17 at 23211 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. D, Tomball. Menu items range from barbecue sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs to tacos and empanadas. Traditional barbecue sides including macaroni and cheese and potato salad are also available as well as desserts such as apple crisps and Oreo fried ice cream. The location oers takeout and curbside services as well as delivery. 346-298-9955. www.unclestxbbq.com 6 Revive Nutrition Studio , a new health-focused drink bar, launched early this January. Located at 16056 Bridlewood Drive, Conroe, the nutrition studio specializes in meal replacement shakes, herbal energy teas and appetite- curbing shots. Shake avors include cakes, lattes and other sweets alongside fruit-based teas. 936-224-6168. www.facebook.com/revivenutritionstudio 7 Schönheits Spa opened to the public at 202 Sawdust Road, Ste. 114, Spring, on Jan. 1. The spa oers a wide variety of services, including lash extensions, body treatments and waxing. 925-914-6334. www.schoenheitsspa.com 8 A new location of the national cooking education franchise Young Chefs Academy is expected to launch in April at 2520 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 475, The Woodlands. Under franchise owners Elizabeth and Chris McKelvey, the children’s culinary center will host hands-on cooking programming for students of all ages. In addition to its class schedule, Young Chefs Academy in The Woodlands also plans to hold a series

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NOWOPEN 1 La Savonnerie Divine opened its dessert-themed soap store in The Woodlands Mall in mid-March at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. The new shop oers luxury handmade soaps crafted to resemble pastries and sweets. Bath bombs are also sold. 315-834-2771. www.lasavonneriedivine.com 2 Face to Face Spa , a facial skin care boutique, held its grand opening

celebration March 20 after launching a location in The Woodlands in early January. Located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 220B, The Woodlands, Face to Face oers a range of facial services as well as Ultherapy ultrasound and waxing treatments. It also sells personal skin care products. 281-466-2807. www.facetofacespa.com 3 Bravo opened its doors in The Woodlands Mall in mid-March. The menswear store is located at 1201 Lake

Woodlands Drive and oers products such as suits and tuxedos for formal occasions. 832-257-3012. 4 Alex and Alyssum Genthon, Montgomery County natives and The Woodlands High School graduates, launched a local franchise location of 360º Painting on April 1. The business is located at 5202 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, and it oers residential and commercial painting services for county customers.

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of four-day summer camps. Adult cooking classes for parents will also be oered. 281-892-2382. www.thewoodlandstx. youngchefsacademy.com COMING SOON 9 Kids ‘R’ Kids South Woodlands plans to open in April at 23303 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball. The child care and early education center will oer programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and pre-K students as well as before- and after-school care and camps. The new campus is oering pre-enrollment. 832-479-2658. www.kidsrkids.com/south-woodlands 10 Fit Kitchen Meals will open in April at 4150 FM 1488, Ste. 132, Conroe, according to the company. The Thibodaux, Louisiana-based eatery oers health-conscious meals, snacks, meal plans and memberships with options for breakfast, bowls, salads and other items. 504-494-0138. www.tkitchenmeals.com 11 PetSuites The Woodlands will open April 19 at 8531 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. The location will oer pet boarding, training and grooming. 832-559-0337. www.thewoodlands.

formerly operated on Sawdust Road. The gym provides an environment to help children with movement sensory processing, communication, strength, communication, social interactions and self-care skills, according to the business website. Equipment includes a zip line, trampoline and hammock swing. www.werockthespectrumthewoodlands.com 13 Radiance Medical Aesthetics & Wellness is relocating to 9940 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 600, The Woodlands, from 6777 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 300, on May 3. The location oers medical aesthetic treatments, skin and hair care, body sculpting, massages, weight loss and wellness services. 281-367-4700. www.woodlandsradiancespa.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 The Westin at The Woodlands marked ve years at its location at 2 Waterway Square Plaza, The Woodlands, on March 18. The hotel features a tness studio, an innity pool, and an upscale restaurant and bar as well as 302 guest rooms and suites. 281-419-4300. www.marriott.com NEWOWNERSHIP Fresh Coat Painters of The Woodlands , which serves The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery, Spring and Klein areas, began operating under new ownership Jan. 1. The local Fresh Coat franchise, which opened in 2018, now oers pressure washing, drywall repair and gutter cleaning in addition to its namesake residential, commercial and

Scooter’s Coee’s rst drive-thru location in the Greater Houston area launched March 29 in the Creekside Park West development.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN The Nebraska-based coeehouse chain Scooter’s Coee launched its rst Greater Houston-area location March 29 in The Woodlands. Located in the Creekside Park West development at 26551 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, the free-standing drive- thru site oers hot and cold coees and teas, including the signature Caramelicious and seasonal drinks. The coee shop joins other recently opened tenants such as Baja Sur Fresh-Mex and Tequila Bar and Press Wae Co. at the Creekside Park West shopping plaza.

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building. Renovations to the ve- story, 95,561-square-foot facility, located in The Woodlands Town Center, include overhauls of the building’s lobby and nearly 14,000 square feet of oce space across four suites. The lobby was extended through the building’s rst oor and updated with new nishings, while the four oce suites received material and coloring makeovers, according to Howard Hughes. www.howardhughes.com

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RENOVATIONS 4 Work on renovations to a Moseley Commercial Real Estate shopping center located at 2021 Rayford Road, Spring, are anticipated to be completed in late April or in May. According to Todd Moseley, principal of Moseley Commercial Real Estate, the center is in the early stag- es of leasing. Moseley said the leasing company is in conversations with retailers looking to relocate or open new loca- tions at the center. The shopping center currently includes businesses such as Bulldogs Pizza and Growing Together Early Learning Center. 713-522-4646. www.moseleycommercial.com FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN The Shenandoah Community and Visitors Bureau and Sam Moon Group launched a new farmers market at Metropark Square, 8888 Metropark Drive, Shenandoah, beginning April 10. According to a press release from the Shenandoah CVB, the market is a collaboration between Metropark Square and Your Neighborhood Farmers Market Association and is expected to feature around 25 vendors. The Shenandoah Farmers Market will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. around the green space at Metropark

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NOWOPEN 1 After opening its doors at 25908 I-45 N., Spring, in early February, Cold Bear Dispensary held its grand opening April 1. The CBD dispensary oers a range of CBD items including bath bombs, body lotion, balms, tinctures, drinks, edibles, owers and pet treats. 832-764-0056. www.coldbearcbd.com COMING SOON 2 The Hyatt House Hotel , located at 18645 Residence Drive, Shenandoah, is scheduled to open April 28. When com- pleted, the hotel will feature a dining and

DISCOVERY CREEK BLVD. bar area, an outdoor pool, a tness cen- ter, a business center, a market pantry, a guest laundry room and an outdoor pool, according to developer Sam Moon Group. 602-740-9975 www.hyatt.com ANNIVERSARIES 3 Wildcat PPE marked the rst anniver- sary of establishing its headquarters at 301 S. Trade Center Parkway, Conroe, in April. The company was created by Mag- nolia-based Wildcat Cables, which shifted from manufacturing cables to personal protective equipment such as surgical caps and gowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. 832-521-3770. www.wildcatppe.com

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14 Children’s storytime, 10:30 a.m. 15 Children’s STEM challenge, 3 p.m. 20 Children’s poetry, 4:30 p.m. 21 Culinary club, 2 p.m. 22 Nonction book club, 1:30 p.m. 27 The Art of Storytelling, 4:30 p.m. 28 Children’s storytime, 10:30 a.m. 29 Children’s STEM Listen and Learn, 3 p.m. MAY 03 Adult writers group, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 04 Children’s STEM challenge, 4:30 p.m. 05 Family storytime, 10:30 a.m. 06 Children’s Mother’s Day gifts, 3 p.m. PINECROFT DR.

Residents of Sterling Ridge can participate in the sixth annual Sterling Ridge Village Association Fish Festival while they spend the morning enjoying nature. Residents are encouraged to pick up trash at the park during the event. 9:30 a.m. Free. Pepperdale Park, 17 N. Pentenwell Circle, The Woodlands. www.sterling-ridge.org (Courtesy Sterling Ridge Village Association)

Area residents are invited to attend and see this stop on the PGA Tour. More than 40 professionals will be competing for a grand prize of over $337,000. 7:30 a.m. Free (general admission). The Woodlands County Club Tournament Course, 1830 S. Millbend Drive, Ste. B, The Woodlands. 281-357-4653. www.insperityinvitational.com (Courtesy Insperity Invitational)

APRIL 23 HAVE A SUNNY DAYZ NIGHT OUTWITH THE FAMILY Parents are invited to enjoy a night out while their children enjoy their favorite activities at the Sunny Dayz Night Out. New activities have been planned for the camp, including nighttime movies, games, hikes and making s’mores. Pizza is included in the cost of admission. 4-10 p.m. $50. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 24 OBSERVEWORLD TAI CHI DAY The 12th annual celebration for World Tai Chi Qigong Day in The Woodlands includes free workshops and demonstrations of the martial art tai chi. The gathering includes discussion of traditional Chinese medicine and health benets of tai chi. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19- related closures, and organizers said this year’s event celebrates a new beginning. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. www.taichidaythewoodlands.org

MAY 01 VOTE IN THEMAY ELECTION Several local elections are scheduled for May 1. Local elections in The Woodlands area include seats on Shenandoah City Council and the Magnolia ISD board of trustees, and Rayford Road Municipal Utility District is holding a $12 million bond referendum for system upgrades. 7 a.m. Various locations. 936-539-7843. https://elections.mctx.org 01 RUN INA FUNDRAISING RACE WoodsEdge Community Church is hosting a Run for Hope fundraising event consisting of 10K and 5K chip- timed races along with a 1-mile fun run to benet Love Fosters Hope. Upon registering, participants can create a fundraising page and win prizes based on how much money they raise. Age- group winners will receive rst-, second- and third-place prizes. 8 a.m. Free (attendance). WoodsEdge Community Church, 2533 Gosling Road, Spring. 832-823-1889. www.lovefostershope.org 02 SEE A SYMPHONY The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra presents “A Symphonic

Metamorphosis” at the Event Center at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Clarence Frank conducting. The venue will be at half capacity, limiting the audience to 500. 5 p.m. (gates), 6 p.m. (show). $15-$55. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010. www.woodlandscenter.org 03 PLAY INA GOLF CLASSIC Participants can join the Kelsey Research Foundation for its 27th annual golf classic. Golfers will enjoy food stations and beverages along the course as well as games, gifts, a rae drawing, and post-tournament food and awards at The Woodlands Resort. The event acts as a fundraiser for KRF’s research and programming, and it has raised over $4.5 million to date. 8 a.m. $350. Golf Trails of The Woodlands, 2311 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 713-442-1215.

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is free and open to the public, and live entertainment will be featured. 10 a.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com 14 PLAY BINGOWITH THE FAMILY Join with family and friends for a night of bingo provided by The Woodlands Township. Snacks are provided on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Preregistration is required. 6:30 p.m. $5. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Amateur and professional artists are invited to show and sell paintings, photography, jewelry, metal works, sculptures, digital art, mixed media and other works of art at Market Street’s 2021 Spring Fine Arts Show. The event

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Live music in and around The Woodlands

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DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoetickets.com APRIL 15 Bellamy Brothers, 8:30 p.m. 21 Them Dirty Roses, 8 p.m. 22 Kevin Galloway, 8:30 p.m. 23 Scooter Brown, 8:30 p.m. 24 Reverend Horton Heat, 8:30 p.m. 29 Chad Prather, 8:30 p.m. 30 Coey Anderson, 8:30 p.m. MAY 01 Mike Zito & Ana Popovic, 7:30 p.m. 06 Gary Hoey, 8:30 p.m. 07 Terry McBride, Shelia Marshall & Kyle Hutton, 8 p.m. 12 Cody Hibbard with Kyle Hutton, 8 p.m. 13 Back in Black, 8:30 p.m. 14 Deep Blue Something, 7:30 p.m. FIELDING’S LOCAL KITCHEN + BAR 26400 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands 281-623-1712 www.eldingslocal.com APRIL 14 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. 15 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. 17 Jim Curry, 8:30 p.m. 18 Je Canada, 7 p.m. The Alabama quartet Them Dirty Roses features guitarist and singer James Ford, guitarist Andrew Davis, bassist Ben Crain and drummer Frank Ford. (Courtesy Them Dirty Roses)

1617 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. 18 Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. 21 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. 22 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. 2324 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. 25 Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. 28 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. Singer and guitarist Zac Wilkerson’s blend of rock, soul and country will be on display at Main Street Crossing’s “Little House on the Depot” outdoor show. (Courtesy Zac Wilkerson) 01 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. 02 Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. 05 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. 06 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. 0708 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH RESTAURANT AND BAR 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com APRIL 14 Brian Carrion, 6 p.m. 15 Kelley Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 16 Vertigo, 8:30 p.m. 17 Good Time Mun, 8:30 p.m. 21 Steve Garcia, 6 p.m. 29 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. 30 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. MAY

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MARKET STREET SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Visitors can see free concerts this spring. (Courtesy Market Street)

MARKET STREET SPRING CONCERT SERIES Market Street kicks o the spring season with a series of free outdoor shows on the shopping plaza’s lawn. The series runs on a weekly basis through April and May with artists performing music styles ranging from pop hits and covers to jazz and Latin. Guests may take in the concerts from adjacent restaurant patios or bring their own blankets and chairs for seating at Market Street’s central park, and social distancing is encouraged. 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.shopatmarketstreet.com (Courtesy Market Street) APRIL 15 Gary Kyle, 6 p.m. 22 Texas Eagles, 6 p.m. 29 Breakfast at Tiany’s, 6 p.m. MAY 06 Yelba, 6 p.m. 13 Vince King, 6 p.m. 20 Queen Legacy, 6 p.m. 27 Hybrid 7, 6 p.m.

23 Deana Carter, 8 p.m. 24 Big Show at the Depot with Roger Creager and Cory Morrow, 3 p.m. 24 Hamilton Loomis, 8 p.m. 25 Moe Bandy, 8 p.m. 2627 Mark Chesnutt, 8 p.m. 28 Ward Davis, Charles Wesley Godwin, 8 p.m. 29 Johnny Lee, 8 p.m. 29 Zac Wilkerson, 8 p.m. 30 Mickey Gilley, 8 and 9:15 p.m. MAY 01 Shake Russell, 7 p.m. 02 Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, 8 p.m. 05 Walkin’ the Line, 8 p.m. 06 Vince King, 8 p.m. 07 The Spicoli’s, 7 p.m. 08 Already Gone, 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

MAY 01 The Rikkis, 8:30 p.m. 05 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. 06 Anthony Pitt, 8 p.m.

07 Good Time Mun, 8:30 p.m. 08 Not the Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 12 Stacey Steel, 6 p.m. 13 The Three Fuse’s, 8 p.m. 14 Vertigo, 8:30 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com APRIL 14 Jon Wolfe, 8 p.m. 15 Diamond Jack, 7 p.m. 1617 Ray Wylie Hubbard, 8 p.m. 2022 Stoney Larue and Kylie Frey, 8 p.m.

22 Austin Bradshaw, 8 p.m. 23 Nervous Rex, 8:30 p.m. 24 Mr. Wonderful, 8:30 p.m. 28 Nik Rincon, 6 p.m. 29 Paige Lewis, 8 p.m. 30 Diamond Jack, 8:30 p.m.

09 Vinyl Radio, 8 p.m. 11 Ty Herndon, 7 p.m.

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2 Rayford Road improvements A project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove and approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. It includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend to the Rayford intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for the westbound lanes. The project also includes constructing a trac signal at the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection and widening Birnham Woods to four lanes 600 feet north and south of Rayford. As of late March, the contractor was working on the Rayford Road-Spring Trails Park Drive intersection. Work also started on the new bridge for the eastbound lanes just east of Spring Trails Park Drive. County ocials said detours will be established as concrete pavement work continues at the intersections. Timeline: October 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $2.88 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 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 south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe- Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of early April, the rst phase of the project was 69% complete; the second phase was 99% complete; and the bridge was 99% complete. Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-rst quarter 2021 (Phase 2), October 2018-rst quarter 2021 (bridge) 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 79% complete as of April 8. Timeline: July 2018-fourth quarter 2021 Cost: $24.34 million Funding sources: federal funds, TxDOT

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1 Kuykendahl Road widening A project to widen Kuykendahl Road from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands to Research Forest drives is underway, ac- cording to Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials. 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 late March, the contractor had cleared an approximately 1.5-mile stretch for the new northbound lanes and bridge, and work on excavation had begun, Precinct 3 ocials said. Timeline: January 2021-early 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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TRANSPORTATION DavidMemorial Drive extension nears end of planning phase

SCOPE OF THE EXTENSION The David Memorial Drive extension aims to ease congestion at the Hwy. 242 and I-45 intersection with an alternate route.

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and it often interferes with the passage of emergency vehicles,” Reyer said. “We look forward to David Memorial Drive improving this situation as well.” Reyer added heavy rain is also known to ood the Hwy. 242 and I-45 intersection, which limits access to Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Reyer said when the

The planning phase for a project to extend David Memorial Drive and connect with Hwy. 242 has reached 90% completion with construction anticipated to begin in January 2022, according to information from the construction rm overseeing the project. John Bleyl, president and CEO of contractors Bleyl Engineering, said the project has been challenging due to the number of entities Project partners include the city of Shenandoah, the city of Conroe, Montgomery County and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital as it passes through their boundaries, and the goal is to provide an alternate route to access the highway and ease the burden currently placed on the feeders in the area, he said. “There are environmental issues, multiple entities involved and funding, but we are on track,” Bleyl said. Shenandoah City Administrator Kathie Reyer said all trac from businesses east of I-45 between Research Forest Drive and Hwy. 242 is currently pushed onto the service road. “This causes congestion and makes it dicult to access those businesses, involved, but he said all of them believe it is important to extend the road to connect with Hwy. 242.

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that are located o Hwy. 242 and will move trac from the stadium and natatoriummore eciently. As of late March, Bleyl said the project was awaiting the approval of two Army Corps of Engineers permits that were in public hearings and are needed for construction to begin. Bleyl said he expects the permits to be approved before September this year. According to Bleyl, planning for the project began in 2017-18. “The [Shenandoah Municipal Development District] is the sponsor of the project,” he said. “Their portion of the project, the $2 million they put into it, was from a 2016 bond sale they did for bond projects. Once that was funded, that allowed us to move forward.”

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Bleyl added there have been no signicant delays to the project so far, but the number of moving parts have made the process rather slow. “We have had to get the street right of way. ... Houston Methodist has agreed to dedicate right of way as their contribution to the project, but that has not happened yet because they want to wait until construction starts,” Bleyl said. “Permits with the [Army] Corps of Engineers takes three years or so to get, so that is not unusual.” Bleyl added the project is still

underfunded as a whole, but he is optimistic the issue will be addressed around October when new scal year budgets are set. “We have been working diligently since then,” Bleyl said. “We are getting close to the nish line, so that is the good news. Everybody sees the importance of the project, and they have all be great to work with.” Once construction begins on the project, Bleyl estimated it will take around a year to complete. Reyer said the city is eagerly awaiting the project’s completion.

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TRANSPORTATION County judges debate transportation funding legislation, I45 plans at annual mobilitymeeting

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tax revenue, according to the resolution.

adequately consider the environmen- tal ramications of the project. Among the other items TAGHous- ton brought up, House Bill 2219 would open accessibility to the Texas Mobility Fund, allowing TxDOT to issue bonds secured by future revenue as legislation previously allowed from 2001 until 2015, according to TxDOT. House Joint Resolution 99 would call for a constitutional amendment to allow counties to issue bonds or notes for Transportation Rein- vestment Zones. A TRZ nances redevelopment of an underdeveloped or blighted area, and bonds could be repaid through increases in property

Five county judges in the Greater Houston area convened in a meeting with Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region on March 26 to discuss regional mobility challenges, legislation and upcoming projects. TAGHouston board members mod- erating the event highlighted several pieces of legislation they said would be important to watch this year as well as projects like Texas Department of Transportation’s planned $7 billion overhaul of I-45. That project drew a lawsuit fromHarris County March 11 claiming that TxDOT did not

County judges agreed the TRZ bill would give them additional opportu- nities to secure funding for projects. “I’m in full agreement,” said Mont- gomery County Judge Mark Keough. “We have these tax increment reinvestment zones and nancing, but we don’t have it for the county as it relates to transportation projects. Anything that will help us be able to control our destiny as we move forward as local entities especially with the growth happening in Mont- gomery County.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo echoed this support. “For Harris in particular we would use that for transit operations to serve folks outside the [Metropolitan Transit Authority] service areas,” she said. I45 improvement project The panel also discussed TxDOT’s proposed project to reroute and expand portions of I-45. Although TxDOT has moved forward with several steps in process, including completing its federally mandated environmental impact studies, Harris County issued a challenge in the form of a lawsuit in March. However, a resolution between TxDOT and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which funds a portion of the project, was approved March 26. Hidalgo said she believes wide highways encourage speeding, leading to more highway deaths and aecting quality of life. Hidalgo said the federal govern- ment has identied the project as potentially violating civil rights, and it could displace a thousand single mul- tifamily units as well as two schools. Keough described the situation as “politically charged.” “It has not been proven it’s a civil rights violation that has slowed this process down so it’s going to be a couple years before we can move forward on this,” Keough said at the March 26 meeting. “It’s gotten so politically charged it’s on the edge of out of control.” Emma Whalen contributed to this report.

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