The Woodlands Edition | December 2021

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Represented by the 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, The Woodlands area will have a new congressman following redistricting eorts by the Texas Legislature in October. NEW CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION

1 in 4 child care centers in Texas closed from March 6 toAug. 7, 2020. Child care Child care industry experts point to consistently lowwages as a factor in the shrinking child care workforce, which has resulted in center closures in TheWoodlands area. 1 8% of child care CHALLENGES

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Child care workers ranked 14th lowest average annual wage among 691 jobs in the region. centers closed, and 8,372 child care center seats were lost in House District 15 between September 2019 and August 2020. 1 8%

The Woodlands area will see changes to its rep- resentatives on the federal, state and county levels as new redistricting maps take eect in 2022. The Texas Legislature wrapped up redistricting for the state in October. After every decennial census, the state is required to redraw the bound- aries of congressional and state representation to account for population changes. After 25 years of representing The Woodlands area, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, RThe Woodlands, announced in April he will be retiring at the end of his term next year. However, his 8th Congressional District will no longer represent The Woodlands community. Following redistricting, the region will now primarily fall under the 2nd District, held by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, RHouston, with the 8th District being redrawn west and north of the area. JJ Hollie, director of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, said the immediate eects of redistricting will be felt after Brady’s precinct is no longer representing the area. “We are losing a great representative that has been in Congress for a lot of years that has been very pro-business,” Hollie said. “That is a huge blow to us with that amount of history and his caring for the community.” At the state level, Sen. Paul Bettencourt, RHouston, will cover more of area on the west, with Sen. Brandon Creighton, RConroe, losing

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lands. Hickory Farms sells prepared gift baskets and gift basket items, such as meats, cheeses, deserts and gourmet food items. In addition, Hickory Farms sells wine and champagne. 281-937-4723. www.hickoryfarms.com 5 On Nov. 3, The Classy Cork opened at 22916 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. 100, Spring. The wine room serves 60 varieties of wine as well as beer and snacks such as cheese and meat boards, sandwiches and atbreads. Monthly events will be held at the location, and customers can also book private events. 832-534-1900. www.theclassycork.com 6 Alluring Sele Lounge opened Nov. 20 at The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. Alluring Sele Lounge is an interactive museum with backdrops for photos. It is located on Level 2 near Dillard’s. Alluring Sele Lounge oers 20 themed backgrounds, such as an airplane interior, a beach and lifeguard stand, a ball pit and oral backdrops. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. www.alluringseles.com 7 Semper Laser , a laser hair-remov- al company, opened for business at 25 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, on Nov. 4. According to a news release from The Howard Hughes Corp., the company’s specialists use the Candela GentleMax Pro system. Semper Laser is located next to Morton’s Grille. 888-318-1383. www.semperlaser.com COMING SOON 8 Mike Abbate, assistant vice president for real estate and development with

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NOWOPEN 1 Mastro’s Ocean Club opened Dec. 8 at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 100, The Woodlands. The eatery replaced Grotto and oers a variety of seafood and steak options. The restaurant also maintains a dress code. 346-298-3958.www.mas- trosrestaurants.com 2 Tasting Points Wines and Grocery , a new wine and spirit store located at

4849 FM 1488, Ste. 700, The Woodlands, held its grand opening Nov. 23. Tasting Points Assistant Manager Michael Gittess said he and his business partner are excited to oer their services to the area, including a collection of wines, spirits and custom gift baskets for holiday needs. 281-789-4067 3 New York-style bagel shop Fuhged- aboudit Bagel Co. opened Nov. 18 with a limited menu. Fuhgedaboudit Bagel Co. sells plain, garlic, onion, poppy seed,

asiago, wild thyme, sesame and jalapeno cheddar bagels with a variety of schmear options. According to the owner, a more extensive menu including sandwiches will be added this winter. Fuhgedaboudit is lo- cated in the Indian Springs Shopping Cen- ter at 6777 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 212, The Woodlands. www.eatmorebagels.com 4 Hickory Farms opened a location in The Woodlands Mall on Oct. 29 at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Wood-

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In-N-Out Burger , said the company is working on opening a location in The Woodlands at 1717 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. Abbate said the In-N- Out location is early in the development process, and he could not yet comment on a potential opening date. The future In-N-Out building is near The Woodlands Mall where a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant was previously located. The Califor- nia-based restaurant chain has three locations in the Greater Houston area. www.in-n-out.com 9 NYDIG , a Bitcoin company, an- nounced Nov. 18 it has leased over 26,000 square feet of oce space at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive, The Woodlands. According to a news release from The Howard Hughes Corp., NYDIG is a provider of technology and nancial solutions for organizations seeking to integrate Bitcoin into their operations and investments. The release states the rm recently announced a partnership with the Houston Rockets and has also helped the Houston Fireghters’ Relief and Retirement Fund take a step in diver- sifying its investments in cryptocurrency. www.nydig.com 10 Buy the Book , a new and used bookstore, is planning to open a new location at 25162 Grogans Park Drive, The Woodlands, sometime in December, as of press time. Owner Lynette Fletcher said the new store will be managed by her daughter and part owner, Abby Fletcher. The bookstore is expected to host author events, book clubs and crafting activities. www.buythebook-tx.com 11 Fusion restaurant Burrito District will open a location at 22916 Kuykend- ahl Road, Ste. B, Spring, in January. The

business serves a variety of Califor- nia-style Mexican dishes such as ceviche, tacos and burritos as well as margaritas. www.facebook.com/burritodistrict 12 Miyagi Ken International Academy will be opening a location at 22936 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. A, Spring, at the end of March. The studio oers lessons on Japanese karate for students as young as 4 years old. 936-217-3155. www.karateinthewoodlands.com 13 Memorial Hermann Medical Group signed a 20,000-square-foot, build- to-suit lease for a Memorial Hermann Primary Care Clinic to be developed in Shenandoah, according to a news release by Howard Hughes Corporation. Memo- rial Hermann Primary Clinic is expected to sit on over three acres of land at 1890 Research Forest Drive, Shenandoah. Construction will begin later this year. 713-222-2273. www.memorialhermann.org ANNIVERSARIES 14 Class Act Productions celebrated the theater’s 25-year anniversary this winter. The theater, located at 25275 Budde Road, The Woodlands, hosted an anniversary event Dec. 4 at The Westin at The Woodlands Wa- terway with performers, an open bar, food and casino games. 281-941-8500. www.classactproductions.org RENOVATIONS 15 Bear Branch Park , located at 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Wood- lands, closed for renovations Nov. 29 and will reopen April 1 as an inclusive play-

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON The Howard Hughes Corp. announced a Kirby Ice House location will be built on over four acres of land in The Woodlands Town Center, according to a news release from Howard Hughes Corp. The location is being built at 1700 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, across from The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, according to the release. Kirby Ice House will serve a variety of draft beers, cocktails, wine and spirits. It will have over 70 televisions and 120 taps for beer. In addition, the location ground, according to a news release from The Woodlands Township. The entire play structure and rubber surfacing at the park will be removed and redesigned, imple- menting additional elements that allow individuals with and without disabilities to access the playground. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

will feature a 141-foot bar, claiming the distinction as the longest bar in Texas. An estimated opening date has not been released. www.kirbyicehouse.com

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CLOSINGS 16 Zoe’s Kitchen , located in the Sterling Ridge Shopping Center, closed Nov. 17. The location will be converted into a Cava, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant. Cava is expected to open sometime in 2022, according to Cava ocials. Cava has 16 locations in Texas. The Woodlands location, 6700 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 170, The Woodlands, will be the rst Hous- ton-area Cava location. www.cava.com

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the company, Frozen Vibes is expected to open in February. Frozen Vibes is a frozen daiquiri bar that oers drinks to-go and limited on-site dining. Daiquiris are packaged in single-serve and share-size travel containers. Frozen Vibes has two locations in the Houston area. www.ilovefrozenvibes.com 5 Crawsh Cafe is slated to open in May at Metropark Square, 8888 Met- ropark Drive, Shenandoah, according to the president of Crawsh Cafe. Crawsh Cafe serves Cajun food and seafood as well as wings and fried platters. Custom- ers can create an individual seafood boil by choosing the seafood, sauce, house blends and spice level. Appetizers include turkey neck, oyster nachos and crawsh egg rolls. Crawsh Cafe has two locations in Houston and one in San Antonio. 281-575-1746. www.crawshcafe.com of land valued at over $3 million by developers Jim Holcomb, Dick Weekley and David Weekley. In addition to the land, the Holcomb and Weekley families donated $3 million FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN The Holcomb Family YMCA opened Dec. 11 at 5201 Imperial Promenade Drive, Spring following the rst phase of its construction being completed. The expansion of YMCA services to the Spring community was the result of a donation of the 10.2 acres

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air. The restaurant oers a variety of tacos, enchiladas, guisadas and fajitas. Kokomos oers catering services as well. 832-299-6214. www.kokomos- mexicancantinarestaurant.com 3 F45 Training , a high-intensity inter- val training tness studio, was planning to open Dec. 11, as of press time, in Birnham Woods Marketplace, located at 4057 Riley Fuzzel Road, Ste. 1050, Spring. According to F45 Training Mem- bership Manager Marlena Hedine, the studio focuses on functional movements that use multiple joints and muscles. 346-454-1848. www.f45training.com COMING SOON 4 Frozen Vibes is coming soon to 466 Rayford Road, Ste. 101, Spring. According

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Santa is coming to The Woodlands Resort to have breakfast with children. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. $39 (per adult), $20 (children ages 6-12), free (children 5 and under). The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-1100. www.woodlandsresort.com (Courtesy The Woodlands Resort)

The Taste of the Town Restaurant Month returns in January, oering opportunities to sample local cuisine at more than 40 local eateries with a purchase of a ticket. Times vary. $40 a ticket. Participating local restaurants. 281-736-4057. www.tasteofthetown.org (Courtesy The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce)

19 HAVE TREATS WITH FROSTY AND SANTA Families are invited to enjoy breakfast treats with Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. Attendees can craft holiday wreaths and take photos with the two Christmas icons. 9:30-11 a.m. $20 (resident), $25 (nonresident). The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 19 ENJOY A HOLIDAY POOCH PAGEANT Dog owners can bring their pets to a dog park for a pooch pageant and treat hunt. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 (per dog). Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 20 MEET ELSA AND ANNA Guests can take photos and visit with Elsa and Anna from “Frozen.” 10:30- 11 a.m., 12:30-1 p.m. (Elsa); 11:30 a.m.- noon, 1:30-2 p.m. (Anna). $7 admission. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

25 ENJOY A CHRISTMAS MEAL The Woodlands Resort is hosting a Christmas day breakfast buet at The Woodlands Dining Room. 7 a.m.-noon. $24 (per adult), $16 (children ages 6-12), free (children under 5). The resort also has a Christmas day holiday brunch planned in the Grand Ballroom. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. $75 (per adult), $32 (children ages 5-12). Finally, the resort hosts a three- course dinner as well. 5-10 p.m. $69 per person. The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-1100. www.woodlandsresort.com 31 ATTEND A FAMILYFRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Thee Woodlands Children’s Museum is hosting a daytime New Year’s Eve party. Children will have the opportunity to make New Years crafts. 9:30-11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m. $10 per ticket. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org 31 RING IN THE NEW YEAR Back Table Kitchen and Bar at The Woodlands Resort is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and party. The evening

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Santa and snow. The hayride will leave from Marilyn Edgar Park and tour the city’s Christmas lights. Admission to the ride is two nonperishable items that will be donated to Nourishment for the Needy. 5 p.m. Free (donation required). Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com 18 MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH SANTA Join Santa in constructing a gingerbread house. Registration is required. 10- 11 a.m., 1-2 p.m. $15 (resident), $20 (nonresident), $5 sibling discount. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 18 SEE A HOLIDAY TUBA PERFORMANCE Market Street is hosting the Tuba Christmas event. Musicians of all skill ranges are encouraged to participate. The holiday concert begins at noon. Free (to watch), $10 (to participate). Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 936-577-0092. www.tubachristmas.com

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VISIT THE ICE RINK BEFORE IT CLOSES THE ICE RINK AT THE WOODLANDS TOWN CENTER

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center opened for the season on Nov. 19 will close Jan. 17. Various skate times and pricing are available. The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-5630. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.go (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands

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PIANO PUNCH MAIN STREET CROSSING

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COOL FREDDIE E &THE CREW DOSEY DOE BIG BARN

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)

Cool Freddie E & The Crew covers a variety of genres and has a Christmas album. Cool Freddie E & The Crew is available to book for events. (Courtesy Cool Freddie E & The Crew)

THE REFUGE BAR&BISTRO (Courtesy The Refuge Bar & Bistro)

FEATURED VENUE The Refuge Bar & Bistro hosts live entertainment from local musicians every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m.-midnight. According to the company, The Refuge Bar & Bistro opened on the Waterway in 2013 and provides a social environment with a variety of menu options, creative decor and classic drinks with a twist. In addition, it hosts events such as wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, birthdays and anniversaries. THE REFUGE BAR&BISTRO 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 110, The Woodlands 713-389-5674 www.refugeinthewoodlands.com DECEMBER 11 The Others, 8 p.m. 17 Yelba, 8 p.m.

DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoetickets.com DECEMBER 16 Cody Cannon, 8 p.m. 17 Texas Flood, 8:30 p.m. 18 Ian Flanigan, Curtis Grimes & David Adam Byrnes, 8:30 p.m. 19 Hamilton Loomis, 7 p.m. 23 Joe Burlison’s Christmas Jazz, 8 p.m. 30 Cory Morrow, 8:30 p.m. 31 T. Graham Brown, 8:30 p.m. JANUARY 01 Mike Zito Band, 8:30 p.m. 06 Clay Melton, 8:30 p.m. 08 Back in Black AC/DC Tribute Band, 8:30 p.m. 09 Cool Freddie E. & The Crew, 6:30 p.m. 12 Marshall Tucker Band, 8 p.m. 13 Christian Lopez, 8:30 p.m. 15 The Kingston Trio, 8:30 p.m. 16 Je Canada & Friends, 7 p.m. 21 Dale Watson, 8:30 p.m.

MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com DECEMBER 1416 Roger Creager, 8 p.m. 17 Gary Morris, 7 p.m. 18 Trout Fishing in America, 7 p.m. 19 The Wilder Blue, 7 p.m. 23 Vince King Christmas Show, 8 p.m. 26 Dale Watson, 8 p.m. JANUARY 02 Dueling Pianos with Piano Punch, 7 p.m. 06 Double Vision HTX Foreigner Tribute Band, 7 p.m. 07 Prophets and Outlaws, 7 p.m. 08 Tribute to George Strait featuring Derek Spence with Southern County Line, 8 p.m. 14 Kyle Hutton, Cannon Brand & Market Junction, 8 p.m. 15 Deadeye Grateful Dead Tribute Band, 7 p.m. 16 Let It Rock Bon Jovi Tribute Band, 6 p.m.

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The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com DECEMBER 15 Nik Rincon, 6 p.m. 16 AJ Santana, 8 p.m.

17 Party On Band, 8:30 p.m. 18 The Blaggards, 8:30 p.m. 22 Paige Lewis, 8 p.m. 23 Not The Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 29 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. JANUARY 01 Nervous Rex, 8:30 p.m. 02 Paul Byron, noon 05 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. 06 The Three Fuses, 8 p.m. 07 The Fuse, 8:30 p.m. 08 Not The Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 09 Logan Beard, noon 12 Randy Hulsey, 6 p.m. 13 Nik Rincon, 8 p.m. 14 Party On, 8:30 p.m. 15 Will Carter, 8:30 p.m. 16 JB Barnett, noon

18 Justin Leblanc, 8 p.m. 31 Unique Soul, 8 p.m.

20 Joshua Ray Walker, 7 p.m. 21 Hamilton Loomis, 8 p.m.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

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RobinsonRoadmay go tobid earlier than expected; cityworking on trac control plans, rights of way

REALIGNING THE ROUTE

The new Robinson Road route will include a four-way trac light.

According to Oak Ridge North ocials, the $6 million Robinson Road realignment project is being evaluated by project engineers and is on track to go to bid in January 2023 with the completion set for May 2024. However, city ocials said they believe the project—which will realign the intersection of Robinson and Hanna roads—could go to bid as early as mid-2022, shaving roughly six months o the completion date. Heather Neeley, Oak Ridge North city manager, said proposed changes to the trac control plan could result in a shortened timeline for the project. The city is in the process of nalizing a new trac control plan. Phase 1 of the plan was approved by City Council during a special meeting Oct. 18. Council members said they wanted to avoid routing trac through residential streets, so

the plan routes trac from Robin- son to behind the Oak Ridge North Community Center. As of November, the trac control plans were being evaluated by project engineers. In addition, Neeley said the city is working with local residents and businesses to purchase rights of way—easements that allow trac to travel through another person’s land. Neeley said right of way acquisition takes time, and the city is awaiting acquisition for some rights of way As of November, the city is waiting for a nalized design from project engineers. Once that design is nal- ized, Montgomery County, Montgom- ery County Drainage District 6 and railroad ocials have to be in agree- ment and have certain requirements along Robinson. Looking ahead

met regarding the Robinson project. Project engineers have not provided the city with an estimate on when the design will be nalized. The Robinson realignment is Oak Ridge North’s rst step to build its planned Plaza District, a commercial zone that will be located north and south of the road. “Once Robinson Road is built, the hope is that more development will commence in the Plaza District,” Neeley said. “With this new develop- ment, sales and property tax should increase, which once again keeps the burden o of the residents when it comes to setting property tax rates each year.” According to the city, the esti- mated cost for construction is $6 million. The city is funding the project with certicates of obli- gation, which allow local govern- ments to issue long-term debt for a variety of uses, including public infrastructure projects, without voter approval, according to the state comptroller’s oce. They are backed by the city’s tax increment reinvestment zone and economic development corporation. “The widening of Robinson Road has long been a necessity,” Neeley said. “The city believes that by opening the road, it helps move mobility through the city. It will also allow the city to develop the Plaza District, which will bring money into the city and help sustain the city’s budget for years to come.”

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December 2020: City receives about $9M in COs to fund project

May 2021: City pushes back project’s completion date to 2024

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Late 2023: The earliest the project could be completed

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UPCOMING PROJECTS BirnhamWoods Drive widening Precinct 3 ocials said Montgom- ery County is advertising for bids to widen Birnham Woods Drive from Waterbend Cove to Rayford Road. Bid opening was expected to begin in mid-December, with an expected start date in early 2022 and a contract length of 420 days. The project will expand Birnham Woods from two to four lanes from Waterbend to Rayford and to ve lanes at the intersection with Waterbend Cove and Lexington Boulevard to allow for dedicated left- turn lanes. cials said. The project—which is widening Kuykendahl from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands to Research Forest drives—began in January with a 365-day contract with contractor WadeCon LLC. According to Precinct 3, as of Nov. 16, the contractor had completed the concrete pouring of the main lane, and work was ongoing on asphalt shoulder work, drainage ditch construction and concrete tie-ins on both the north and side ends of the project.

1 Rayford Road, BirnhamWoods Drive improvements A project to widen portions of Rayford Road and Birnham Woods Drive as well as add multiple trac signals is nearing completion, as of Nov. 16, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials. While nal striping along Rayford is ongo- ing, contractor D&W has completed the left-turn lane on the bridge from Rayford turning onto Spring Trails Park Drive and the concrete tie-ins along Rayford on the east and west ends of the project. D&W is nearing completion on turn lanes and the widening of the Rayford and Birnham Woods intersection; the installation of the trac signals at the intersection will be completed as roadwork nishes. Once completed, the project will widen Rayford to four lanes from 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove to 400 feet east of Birn- ham Woods and expand Birnham Woods to four lanes from about 600 feet north and south of Rayford Road. Timeline: October 2020-end of 2021 Cost: $2.88 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

2 Gosling Road widening The widening of Gosling Road over the Spring Creek bridge began Dec. 6, according to Montgomery County Pre- cinct 3 ocials. A joint project between Precinct 3 and Harris County Precinct 4, the project is expanding the roadway to four lanes between Creekside Forest Drive and Gatewood Reserve Lane. The expansion includes a 1,817-foot bridge over Spring Creek for the con- struction of the new southbound lanes with the existing lanes becoming the new northbound lanes. Northbound Gosling at the intersection with Creekside Forest will be restriped to allow through lanes of trac. Awarded by Harris County to NBG Constructors in July, the project is expected to take 14-15 months to complete. Timeline: Dec. 6-early 2023 Cost: $8.2 million Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3 ($4 million), Harris County Precinct 4 ($4.2 million) 3 Kuykendahl Road expansion A widening project is nearing completion along Kuykendahl Road, Precinct 3 o-

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Timeline: January 2021-January 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

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KIDDIE ACADEMY Construction on educational child care facility Kiddie Academy is nearing completion on Creekside Forest Drive near the Creekside Park Village Center. Construction on the facility broke ground in late April, and it is anticipated to open in the fourth quarter of this year. Space: 10,000 square feet Timeline: April 26, 2021-mid-January 2022

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