Bay Area Edition | January 2021

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Stopping stormsurge Coastal barrier aims to protect Greater Houston area BY JAKE MAGEE

TOP STORY TO WATCH IN 2021

The projects proposed in the Corps’ study total $26.2 billion. However, this is comparable to the cost of storm recovery eorts.

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $26.2B

in the summer, and, pending funding, work would begin as soon as 2023. It has been over a decade since the idea of a coastal barrier was rst proposed, and local ocials are excited to see the study close to potential funding, espe- cially considering recent storms. In September, Tropical Storm Beta dropped up to a dozen inches of rain on the area while also causing coastal storm surge, giving the creeks nowhere to drain and demonstrating the need for more ood mitigation, ocials said. “Every day we delay keeps us at risk,” League City Mayor Pat Hallisey said. “When we get a coastal surge of 10 feet or above and inland rain, we’re all going underwater.” Multibillion-dollar, decadeslongplan In addition to dealing with COVID-19, Texas saw an active hurricane season in 2020. While no hurricanes hit Texas directly, residents across the coast want to see protection before another Hurri- cane Harvey or Ike strikes, Army Corps Col. TimVail said. “There’s denitely a sense of urgency,” he said. “We’ve had some CONTINUED ON 26 Galveston County sees rollout of COVID19 vaccines

GATES: $14B HURRICANE IKE RECOVERY: $38B

After ve years of work, a study of how to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from storms is nearing nal approval, and it could result in a slew of some of the longest andmost expensive projects in the state’s history. On Oct. 30, the Army Corps of Engi- neers and the Texas General LandOce released the Coastal Texas Study, which proposes several projects to protect Gal- veston Island, the Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Bay and the rest of the coast from storm surge ooding caused by hurricanes. The study calls for $26.2 billion worth of projects, including building gates between Galveston Island and the Boli- var Peninsula; constructing miles of beaches and sand dunes along Galves- ton Island and the Bolivar Peninsula; creating a ring barrier system of vari- ous defenses around Galveston Island; building gate systems and pumps at Clear Lake and Dickinson Bay; and con- ducting “nonstructural improvements,” such as home elevations, along the west side of the bay. The studywill go beforeU.S. Congress

The largest component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to protect the Texas coast from storm surge is a series of gates between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.

HURRICANE RITA RECOVERY: $18.5B

SOURCES: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SHALLOW ENVIRONMENTAL GATES

Near Bolivar Peninsular, a series of shallow gates are proposed. The water in this area is only a few feet deep, allowing for a dierent type of gate design.

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VERTICAL LIFT GATES These gates, each one about 300 feet wide, would stand several stories tall and lower into the water in the event of a major storm.

Three articial islands are proposed with a set of gates between them that would swing into the water during a storm, ll with water and sink into the bay.

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TODO LIST January and February events INSIDE INFO Tackling transportation in 2021

FROMPAPAR: Happy New Year! Our mission is to help build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses. The Annual Community Guide is a great example of that with shopping and dining listings of new local businesses from 2020 and a look at the news we expect to continue to cover in 2021. Papar Faircloth, GENERALMANAGER

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Papar Faircloth, pfaircloth@communityimpact.com EDITOR Jake Magee REPORTER Colleen Ferguson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Justin Howell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Lara Estephan

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FROM JAKE: With a pandemic and tumultuous election in play, 2020 felt like a decade, but there are a lot of good things to look forward to. Our Annual Community Guide shows what news is on the docket for the coming year. Here’s hoping your 2021 is better than 2020! Jake Magee, EDITOR

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS Whether a Gilley’s Club ends up in League City is up in the air, but the city is still working with the developer on bringing projects to the city. Originally, Western Spherical Developers planned to turn the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex into Epicenter League City, a destination with an amphitheater, sports arena, hotels and other attractions, including Gilley’s Club. Country singer Mickey Gilley founded the original honky-tonk bar Gilley’s Club in Pasadena in the 1970s, and the club was the central location of the 1980 lm “Urban Cowboy.” It closed in 1990 after a re. The new Gilley’s Club would pay tribute to that heritage with a bar and family- friendly restaurant similar to other Gilley’s Clubs in Dallas and Las Vegas. The Epicenter League City plan was never implemented, but Western Spherical indicated it planned to build Gilley’s Club at 1400 Link Road. City ocials said that project could still happen but that there are no updates. However, Western Spherical is working with the city to build infrastructure at the site for future businesses to use. A Gilley’s Club could still end up at the site, Director of Planning and Development David Hoover said.

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NOWOPEN 1 The Toasted Yolk opened Dec. 28 at 2535 S. Gulf Freeway, League City, in Pin- nacle Park. This marks the 15th location in the Houston area. The Toasted Yolk is a full-service cafe that pairs break- fast and lunch with juices, coees and cocktails. To celebrate its grand opening, the restaurant oered free doughnuts and $3 mimosas to diners and hosted a digital rae. The Toasted Yolk also invited area rst responders to dine for free the morning of Dec. 24. Toasted Yolk is located at the former site of Olympia Grill, which closed in March 2019. 281-729-1053. www.thetoastedyolk.com 2 Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas opened in the fall at 380 Greene Wing St., Webster. The facility features eight indoor and eight outdoor courts, a physical training center, a pro shop and special viewing areas. Originally expected in July, the opening was delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. www.avatexas.com 3 The Italian Heritage Museum opened at Heritage Park, 1220 Coryell St., League City, in December. The museum, which displays Italian relics, is in the Ghirardi House, which was built in the early 1900s by one of the 12 original Italian families who settled in League City. 281-332-1393. www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com 4 Himalayan Taj opened Dec. 7 at 1425 NASA Parkway, Houston. The Indian and

Nepali cuisine restaurant team has more than 15 years of experience and oers dine-in, takeout and catering services as well as a bar. The business serves curries, sh, goat, vegetable dishes, desserts and more. 832-406-7079. www.facebook.com/himalayantaj COMING SOON 5 In early 2022, Moody Neurorehabil- itation Institute at Space Park will open at 1275 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay. Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute, formerly known as Transitional Learning Center, is a brain injury rehabilitation cen- ter with a Galveston location that opened in 1982. The Nassau Bay location will be 60,000 square feet and will employ about 150 sta members. It will feature a large therapy gym and outdoor therapy courtyard to provide post-acute brain in- jury rehabilitation for up to 40 inpatients. www.moodyneuro.org 6 League City’s second 7-Eleven loca- tion will open on the east side at 1210 E. FM 518, League City. A timeline has not been determined. Developers originally proposed a 7-Eleven on the west side of the city, but League City City Council de- nied the plan after neighbors complained about the density of gas stations in the

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rant has a Bay Area location at 1109 Bay Area Blvd., Ste. B, Houston. To celebrate, Dickey’s launched its Golden 80th Anni- versary Limited-Edition Big Yellow Cup, available to collect throughout January and February. Some of the proceeds from the cup sales will support The Dickey Foundation, which provides safety equip- ment and support for rst responders. 281-286-7427. www.dickeys.com IN THE NEWS 8 During closed session Jan. 12, League City City Council voted to terminate its agreement with Big League Dreams , which oers at least six baseball elds on which athletes can practice and play, at 1150 Big League Dreams Parkway. The city determined operations at the facility should not continue until the elds’ dete- riorating conditions, which include safety and playability issues, can be repaired. 281-316-3400. http://leaguecity.bigleaguedreams.com

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The Toasted Yolk will provide breakfast. 8:30-10 a.m. $25 (League City Regional Chamber of Commerce members), $35 (nonmembers). Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City. 281-338-7339. www.leaguecity.com 31 CHILI FEST Baksh Brewing Co. is hosting a chili cook-o as a fundraiser for the Pearland Professional Fireghters Association. Ticketholders will be able to listen to live music while sampling and voting on 20 competitors’ oerings. 1-5 p.m. $5. Baksh Brewing Co., 1231 E. Broadway St., Pearland. 281-993-8658. www.eventbrite.com/e/baksh-chili-fest- tickets-132460690491 LEADERSHIPSYMPOSIUM At this inaugural Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce event, award-winning speaker Amy Castro will lead a seminar alongside local industry leaders on communications, strategic planning, collaboration and more. Due to COVID-19, the in-person event has been changed to virtual only. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. 281-488-7676. FEBRUARY 1 THROUGH 4

Special Olympics Texas is fundraising for its athletes with a virtual polar bear plunge. Individuals or teams can submit videos of themselves jumping into water, and judges will award prizes. Videos are due Feb. 5, and winners will be revealed Feb. 24. $60 (individual), $480 (team of eight). www. givegab.com/campaigns/plunge-gulf (Gulf Coast), www.givegab.com/campaigns/ plunge-houston (Houston) THROUGH FEB. 20 CLEARCREEKCLEANUP Each Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 20, the Clear Creek Environmental Foundation will lead a cleanup of Clear Creek. Boat owners are needed to assist in clearing thousands of pounds of trash from the area. Lunch and event T-shirts will be provided. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. League City Boat Ramp, Hwy. 270 between Hwy. 519 and NASA Road, League City. 281-830-3419. www.facebook.com/ events/420991949051898 29 STATE OF THE CITY BREAKFAST League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and City Manager John Baumgartner will lead a conversation about the city’s recent achievements and outlook for 2021.

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Pamela Hart, a singer who was named “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz” by Austin Woman Magazine , is coming to the Bayou Theater at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She will discuss her over 25 years of experience as a jazz artist and take questions before giving a performance while taking requests from the audience. Seating is limited to allow for social distancing. 6 p.m. $25. Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Ste. 1002, Houston. 281-283-3024. www.uhcl.edu

Billed as America’s largest Mardi Gras boat parade, Yachty Gras invites area boat owners to decorate their vessel with a theme of their choosing, gather their friends to form a “Krewe” and join the parade as it passes through the Clear Lake Channel along the Kemah Boardwalk to the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center. Judges will give awards to the boats with the most extravagant decorations and energetic Krewe. 7 p.m. $125 (boat registration). 713-882-4040. www.yachtygras.com

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The Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region maintains a list of projects needed to enhance mobility in the Greater Houston region, and before each legislative session, the group prepares a list of priorities for which to advocate. The 87th legislative session began Jan. 12. Tackling transportation in 2021

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Before the 2021 Texas legislative session began, the Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region, a coalition of businesses, nonprots and other entities, planned on seeking support for transportation priorities from state legislators. TAG Executive Director Andrea French said the organization plans on focusing on three major pieces of legislation: general transportation funding; indexing the gas tax; and ling legislation regarding alternative-fueled vehicles paying into the State Highway Fund, which is made up of portions of oil and gas severance taxes, general sales tax and motor vehicle sales tax. “Transportation is not like other investments that the state needs to make,” French said. “When you invest in transportation, you are also investing in jobs and the economy.” To prepare for the legislative session, TAG hosted lunch- and-learn sessions throughout the year in order to continue promoting its message. An interactive map is available at www.taghouston.org.

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TAG wants the gas tax to be indexed to keep up with the ination rate.

Indexing does not mean an increase. Indexing involves adjusting for the ination rate. Gas tax is used to fund the State Highway Fund.

The Texas gas tax was last changed in 1991 .

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TAG is tracking transportation project needs around Houston, including those that aect highways and high-capacity transit.

Indexing could provide more funding for transportation projects, according to TAG.

$19.5B minimum need Highway needs include improvements on I-45 from Beltway 8 to Loop 336 South. HIGHWAY PROJECTS

FUNDED PROJECTS

$7.5B funded Projects that have secured funding include connections between I-45, Hwy. 69 and I-10 in Central Houston.

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legislation for alternative-fueled vehicles, which currently do not contribute to the highway fund. TAG wants to promote vehicle equity so more people contribute equally to the transportation fund. “Something needs

$42B minimum need North corridors identied for projects include I-45, Hwy. 249 and Hwy. 59 HIGHCAPACITY TRANSIT PROJECTS

$525M for a Houston bike plan $10.5B for Houston infrastructure OTHER MOBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

French said it is not known what fee collection could look like.

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As the Bay Area continues to be developed, League City’s population increased by more than 14,000 people between 2014 and 2019. The city is about halfway built out and sees thousands of new residents annually. LEAGUE CITY

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The Clear Lake area—which includes the ZIP codes 77058, 77059 and 77062—has seen an overall population decrease since 2014. ZIP codes 77058 and 77059 are losing residents, while ZIP code 77062, the most populous of the three, is gaining residents.

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Data and analysis on local communities

A smaller community, Nassau Bay was originally built to house those who worked at the Johnson Space Center nearby. The median annual household income for Nassau Bay residents increased by nearly 50% from 2014 to 2019. NASSAU BAY

In the last ve years, the median annual household income for Clear Lake Shores residents remained around $100,000. Top occupations include management, business, nancial operations and computer science positions. CLEARLAKE SHORES

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11 RYSE Chiropractic + Spa 780 Clear Lake City Blvd., Ste. A, Webster 281-406-0772 www.rysechirospa.com 12 The Woodhouse Day Spa 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Ste. A125, Friendswood 832-835-5050 www.baybrook.woodhousespas.com HOBBIES 13 Board & Brush Creative Studio 194 Gulf Freeway, Ste. D1, League City 281-545-5158 www.boardandbrush.com 14 Spades Poker House 20798 Gulf Freeway, Webster 281-724-1415 www.spadespokerhouse.com LANDSCAPING 15 Moon Valley Nurseries 402 FM 646, League City 713-588-5408 www.moonvalleynurseries.com MISCELLANEOUS 16 Dollar Tree 2000 Bayport Blvd., Ste. 210, Seabrook 832-261-3465 www.dollartree.com PARTY SUPPLIES 17 Bravo Party Shop 2951 Marina Bay Drive, Ste. 216, League City 832-864-2616 www.bravopartyshop.com SPORTS 18 Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas 380 Green Wing St., Webster 281-678-8752 www.avatexas.com 19 D-Bat Baseball and Softball Academies 20251 Gulf Freeway, Ste. D, Webster 713-360-3228 www.dbatwebster.com

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TRANSPORTATION

Updates on key transportation stories

OTHER STORIES TO FOLLOW IN 2021

Hwy. 146widening expected to nish year early BY JAKE MAGEE TOP TRANSPORTATION STORY OF 2021

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Despite major delays and challenges, an “aggressive” approach to construction means the widening of Hwy. 146 will likely nish over a year ahead of schedule, an ocial working on the project said. Will Bradley—senior project manager with Webber LLC, the construction contractor—said he expects the $201 mil- lion Hwy. 146 project to nish in May 2023—a year ahead of the June 2024 deadline. As of late November, work was 45% done, but Webber had used only 34% of its allotted time to complete the project. “We wanna be ahead on work and not using all the time [allotted to us],” Bradley said. “This means we’re ahead of schedule.” When complete, the existing Hwy. 146 bridge over Clear Lake will have three lanes in each direction between Red Blu Road and Hwy. 96. Additionally, there will be two express bridges on the west side—one with two northbound lanes and one with two southbound lanes. Both will allow drivers to circum- vent local trac on the main bridge. The Texas Department of Transportation’s original idea for the project was to split it into four sequential phases. Instead, Webber has worked on phases simultaneously to progress work faster. The only stipulation was Webber had to allow for at least two lanes of trac in both directions, which it has, Bradley said. “We took advantage of that, and that’s why we’re able to get this reduced schedule,” he said. While working, Webber ran into several snags that would have delayed the project had the company not been working on multiple phases at once. Part of the project includes relocating an Enterprise pipeline running from Red Blu Road to Hwy. 96. This was supposed to be done by May 2020 but will not be com- pleted until March, Bradley said. The pipeline relocation delay is holding up Webber from creating drill shafts for the foundation of part of the express-lane bridges. Webber has done all the work it can in the area in the meantime and is working with TxDOT to come up with alternative solutions and a potential

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redesign, especially if Enterprise does not remove the existing pipeline once a new one is built, Bradley said. Additionally, AT&T and CenterPoint Energy were sup- posed to relocate utilities by February 2019, but this work is still incomplete, delaying some parts of the widening project, Bradley said. “We’re nding ways to work around those,” he said. Finally, Webber has widened Hwy. 146’s northbound lanes on both sides of the channel, but there is a gap over Clear Lake. This is because when Webber contractors tried to put piles in the water, they hit an obstruction. After hiring someone to use sonar to see what they were hitting, Webber discovered an old drawbridge once stood there and was demolished, but its foundation was not removed from the lake. Webber is now working to install drill shafts through the obstruction to allow them to nish widening the existing Hwy. 146 bridge over the lake, Bradley said. “We’re excited to be doing this project,” Bradley said. “It’s complicated, though. There’s a lot of issues.” Contractors working on the widening of Hwy. 146 believe they will nish in May 2023—a year before schedule. JAKE MAGEECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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EDUCATION

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NEWNAMES Several other Texas school districts have already shed the Pre-AP designation, and others will follow suit in 2021.

TOP EDUCATION STORY OF 2021

Clear Creek ISD swaps Pre-AP course titles for Honors designation

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Honors: implemented fall 2020

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Holder, executive director of CCISD’s Gifted and Talented program. “We really do encourage and work with our counseling department to encourage students that have an aptitude ... to go into [one of these pathways].” Keeping the Pre-AP designation would not only be expensive—each Pre-AP course costs $3,000 per year—but would make the courses assessment heavy. That is in conict with district philosophy because CCISD opposes overassessing students, Holder said during an Oct. 26 board of trustees meeting. The course name change will not aect course material, she added. The district oers more than 100 Pre-AP classes, includ- ing accelerated courses, for sixth through 12th graders. Students do not need to be part of a Gifted and Talented program to take accelerated or Pre-AP courses, ocials said. Nine other Texas school districts, including Katy, Pearland and Friendswood ISDs, have already shed the Pre-AP designation with similar changeover timelines to CCISD. This change will save the district about $278,000 annually, Holder and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Silva said.

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Advanced: to be implemented fall 2021 Mustang AP: to be implemented fall 2021 Honors: to be implemented fall 2021

As Clear Creek ISD leaders grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent adaptations to the educational experience, secondary students interested in more rigorous coursework will see changes to the titles of their fall 2021 classes. Pre-Advanced Placement courses for Clear Creek ISD’s intermediate and high school students will be called Honors courses starting in fall 2021 after the board of trustees voted to approve the name change unanimously in late 2020. One of the main stipulations accompanying a Pre-AP designation involves CCISD either following exactly the curriculum set by the not-for-prot organization College Board or having to vet an alternate curriculum through the College Board’s process, which oers little to no exibility for personalization, district leaders said in a Nov. 2 media release. The College Board is responsible for the curation and implementation of accelerated courses at schools across the United States. “We try to make sure that students are nding their niche and where they’re going to excel,” said Glenda

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CITY&COUNTY

Updates on the biggest issues facing local entities

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TOP CITY & COUNTY STORIES OF 2021

League City bond drainage, trac projects underway through 2021

BY JAKE MAGEE

PROJECT PROGRESS Of the 31 trac and drainage projects throughout League City, one has been completed, and progress will be made on several throughout the year. Under construction Complete Awaiting grant funding Under construction Under design Under design Scheduled for purchase Scheduled for design in 2022

Grissom Road will be underway early this year. Another four projects are under design, and the remaining two are scheduled for design next year. Of the 21 drainage projects, one is under construction: improvements to the Bay Ridge subdivision’s drainage capacity adjacent to Gum Bayou. This year, the city expects to start other phases of Bay Ridge and projects at Oaks of Clear Creek, Bradshaw Ditch, Countryside, Rustic Oaks, Hidden Oaks and Dove Meadows. Another eight drainage projects are under design, and ve are awaiting a grant decision before work can begin. The nal project, which is to purchase trailer-mounted and bypass generators for use during major oods and storms, is scheduled for purchase sometime between 2022 and 2024.

After overwhelmingly approving $145 million worth of bonds for drainage and trac projects in May 2019, League City residents will see progress on projects throughout the year. As of January, one of the 31 bond- funded projects is already complete. The city has completed a $519,000 project to construct an eastbound right turn lane from League City Parkway onto Hobbs Road to improve trac ow at the intersection and around Bauerschlag Elementary School. Of the remaining nine trac bond projects, two are under construction: the southern portion of Calder Road improvements and installation of trac signals along League City Parkway. The reconstruction of

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ExplorationGreen development continues

Harris County to allocate all CARES Act funds

BY SHAWN ARRAJJ

CARES ACT ALLOCATIONS Harris County has allocated about $404.9 million of CARES Act funding so far.

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

Within the next month, work will start to revamp the main parking lot on Diana Lane, changing its orientation and repaving to cover potholes. The funds to do so will come from funds for phases 3 and 4, Weary said. Street-side parking will be available for visitors while the parking lot is unusable. Phase 4 is more than 50% excavated, and Phase 3A, which is now open for use, is virtually completed; tree and grass seed planting on Phase 3A will begin in the fall. Phase 3B is in the nal stages of permitting, and construction will start in the rst quarter of 2021, Weary said. Phase 2, which is also fully open, will have benches put in and repairs completed this summer. Once Phase 4 is complete, work will begin on Phase 5, likely in late 2021, Weary said.

Harris County ocials said they were on track to allocate the entirety of the $427 million provided by the federal government in March from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. When U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, portions of relief funds were allocated to state and local governments across the U.S. with the caveat they had to be used by Dec. 31. Any unspent after that would need to be given back to the U.S. Treasury Department. How- ever, that deadline was extended to Dec. 31, 2021, as a part of a new $900 million stimulus bill passed Dec. 21. Of the $427 million allocated to Harris County, about $22.1 million was not allocated as of mid-January. At a Dec. 15 meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court, Bud- get Director Dave Berry said there were multiple avenues by which the remaining money could be spent. Including money that has already been allocated, the county has iden- tied about $572 million in expenses that the $427 million could end up

Leaders and volunteers at Explora- tion Green Conservancy—a former golf course turned stormwater detention pond between El Camino Real, Bay Area Boulevard and Space Center Boulevard—have continued construc- tion, planting and maintenance on the conservancy’s ve phases amid COVID-19. The conservancy will host a wetland walkabout event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 13 during which attendees can take guided tours of primarily Phase 1 and learn about the various wetlands and wildlife there. The conservancy has received support from conservation nonprot Texan by Nature, an agreement which chair Frank Weary said may be extended due to the pandemic. Texan by Nature has helped nd leads on grants for Exploration Green, including a grant recently awarded for phases 5 and 3B, Weary said. Exploration Green is after another grant from the state for an entry plaza. If $500,000 in matching grant funds are secured for the plaza, the project funds will be complete, Weary said.

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going toward, Berry said. “I think we are in as good of shape as we possibly can be,” Berry told commissioners. “We have a base plan that uses the $427 million and backup plans should we have any issues.” At the Dec. 15 meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis noted around 700,000 people have applied to the county’s direct assistance program since it was rst launched, suggesting there are still many unmet needs among county residents. “I hope additional money is coming,” he said.

NUMBER TOKNOW $100,000- $300,000 is the amount required per year for conservancy maintenance. SOURCE: FRANK WEARYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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