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THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 8, ISSUE 11 | JULY 9-AUG. 12, 2019

REAL ESTATE EDITION

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7 real estate trends to know in 2019

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IMPACTS NowOpen, Coming Soon &more

Residential growth expected east, south of The Woodlands 1 INSIDE 41

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TO-DO LIST Events and things to do

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DEVELOPMENT New apartment building planned MARKET DATA A look at TheWoodlands area

CLOSE-UP Woodson’s Reserve

Areas south of Rayford Road such as Woodson’s Reserve are a hub of new housing construction in The Woodlands area.

6.5B to add full-day pre-K, increase salaries House Bill 3 marks ‘historic’ school finance, tax reform Conroe ISD is preparing to handle millions in addi- tional state funding aer House Bill  was signed into law June  following this year’s legislative session. The district primarily plans on using the increased state funding, up from % to %, in the next biennium for higher teacher wages and full-day pre-K programs, both mandated in the bill. However, school ocials said facilities may have to be expanded to adjust to the pre-K requirements for students. State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, said HB  is the third most signicant overhaul of school nance in BY ANDREWCHRISTMAN

WHAT IS HB 3? House Bill 3 has been described by legislators as one of the most extensive school finance reform bills in the state’s history.

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TOTAL BILL AMOUNT: $11.6B

$6.5B in public education spending

$5.1B to lower property taxes

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FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

TheWoodlands area continues to grow

other current trends in our annual Real Estate Edition (see Page ) this month. Education needs to evolve statewide along with this growth. With the signing of House Bill  this session, Conroe ISD prepares to handle additional funding and address issues such as mandating full-day pre-K programs. Another legislative item this year named a section of I- aer the late George Mitchell, founder of The Wood- lands, who would have turned  in May. Turn to Page  to learn how his name lives on through Mitchell’s many passions. Thank you for being a valued reader.

Since I moved here more than  years ago, it’s amazing to see the growth in and around The Woodlands area. When I moved to the Village of Alden Bridge in , Research Forest Drive stopped at Alden Bridge, and we had few neighbors on our street. The carousel at The Woodlands Mall was the major attraction, and we went to dances at the Gorilla Hole. Now when you drive around The Woodlands, it is fairly built-out, and new communities are coming alive along the Grand Parkway. Shenandoah is also growing, with multifamily complexes slated for early . We cover these and

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8 IMPACTS NowOpen, Coming Soon &more 12 TO-DO LIST Local events and things to know 19 DEVELOPMENT UPDATES Updates on construction projects SPECIAL SECTION 2019 REAL ESTATE EDITION 34 MARKET DATA A look at TheWoodlands area 35 DEVELOPMENT New apartment building planned 39 CLOSE-UP Woodson’s Reserve

The th Texas legislative session ended May , and the nal deadline for Gov. Greg Abbot to sign or veto legislation was June . In our cover story this month, we look at House Bill , which has repercussions for Conroe ISD and surrounding schools districts in the form of additional money allocated for students as well as for teacher and other sta raises. The bill is also designed to reduce property taxes, reducing the maintenance and operations tax rate by up to . cents in the next academic year. Meanwhile, Senate Bill  passed this year to limit property tax revenue growth to .% more than the previous year in cities, counties and other taxing units. The legislation, signed into law in June, would trigger an election if property tax revenue exceeds that .% threshold. Another measure—House Joint Resolution — which would have provided property tax relief by increasing state sales tax rate, was vetoed by the governor when it reached his desk. Which bills will affect property taxes?

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4 New Italian restaurant Zanti Cucina Italiana opened its doors at 10000 Re- search Forest Drive, Magnolia, on June 24. Zanti offers lunch, dinner and a full-service bar. 281-259-1300. www.zanticucina.com 5 Galindo’s Barbershop opened its second area location June 1 at Marcel Commons in Conroe. The men’s barber- shop is located at 2400 FM 1488, Ste. 125, less than 7 miles from its original location on FM 1488 in Magnolia. Galindo’s sells hair styling products and offers traditional haircuts and grooming services, including shampoos, beard and eyebrow trimming, 6 Health and wellness retailer Arolistic Naturals opened in the Marcel Commons shopping center in Conroe on May 10. The store, located at 2330 FM 1488, Ste. 500, sells a variety of CBD, or cannabidiol, and aromatherapy merchandise, including organic tinctures, gels, butters and other skin care products. 936-271-0646. www.arolisticnaturals.com 7 The newest Hollywood Feed location opened in The Woodlands on May 25. The 3,345-square-foot pet food and supplies outlet, located in the Cochran’s Crossing Shopping Center at 4747 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 200, is one of nearly 100 Holly- wood Feed stores nationwide, including more than 30 in Texas. Hollywood Feed offers pet food, treats, toys, grooming products, training materials, collars and leashes. The store also plans to hold regular community events, including adoptions, microchipping, vaccinations and seasonal 8 Alexan Exchange, a 352-unit luxury apartment complex, opened in mid-April at 21603 Spring Plaza Drive, Spring. The complex features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in 12 different floor plan options. Each unit features 9-foot ceilings, wood-vinyl plank flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats. Ameni- ties include a clubroomwith televisions, activities. 832-616-3100. www.hollywoodfeed.com and full shaves. 936-703-6189. www.galindosbarbershop.com

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afternoon happy hours, and hosts nightly live music performances. 832-663-5228. www.mahoneysbar.com 2 Breakfast and lunch restaurant First Watch opened its new location in Shenan- doah on May 25 at 1620 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 100. The new restaurant takes over the space of a former The Egg and I, and it offers breakfast and lunch items daily, such as omelettes, frittatas, power

bowls, pancakes, sandwiches, salads and juices. 281-419-8333. www.firstwatch.com 3 Play Street Museum , located at 207 E. Shore Drive, Ste. 190, The Woodlands, opened in May. The museum focuses on a combination of play and learning for visiting children. The museum space can be booked for parties and hosts a variety of special events. Through the month of August, Play Street Museumwill be open

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1 Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant opened in The Woodlands Town Center on May 17. Located at 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, the eatery features a menu of items inspired by a fusion of Texan and Irish cooking, including a variety of entrees, burgers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Mahoney’s also offers daily specials and

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a fireplace, coffee bar and shuffleboard; a work lounge; a conference roomwith presentation capabilities; two resort-style pools with tanning ledges; and a courtyard with a kitchen, outdoor fireplace and grill- ing stations. Construction on the project began in March and is expected to wrap up by November. 281-247-0723. www.alexanexchangeapartments.com 9 Torchy’s Tacos will open a new restau- rant in The Woodlands this fall. The eatery will open near The Woodlands Mall at 1555 Lake Woodlands Drive. The Austin-based Tex-Mex chain operates more than 60 loca- tions throughout Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, serving tacos, burritos, side dishes and salads alongside drinks, including fea- tured margaritas, cocktails, beer and wine. www.torchystacos.com 10 A Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods store being built in Spring is expect- ed to open this fall, the retailer confirmed. The new location at 24527 Gosling Road will open in the Berry Farms Marketplace, which is now under development. Spec’s operates more than 130 stores across Texas and sells a variety of beer, wine, liquor, mix- ers, cigars and food. www.specsonline.com 11 Radunare Italian-American Table announced its plans to open in mid-July at 2520 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 500, The Woodlands. The Italian restaurant will fea- ture breakfast, lunch, cocktail, dinner and 12 South Creek Animal Clinic, a new veterinarian office under development in northern Spring, is planning to open its doors by late fall. The clinic, located at 24527 Gosling Road, Ste. D160, will offer pet care, including general wellness checks, vaccinations, dental radiography, surgery and in-house lab work. 281-206-4150. www.southcreekanimalclinic.com COMING SOON to-go options throughout the day. 281-465-8995. www.radunare.com

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Lewis, Dr. Guy Lewis started his business as a small family practice in the Grogan’s Mill shopping center in 1984. 281-612-5219. www.lovethatsmile.com 14 The HealthMarket , a health food and supplement store, will celebrate its 20th year of business in The Woodlands on July 19. Located at 427 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, The Health Market sells products such as vitamins, herbs, essential oils and gourmet health foods, including both wheat- and gluten-free offerings. The market also offers nutritional consulting, iridology, reflexology and hair analysis services. 281-367-0002. www.woodlandshealthmarket.com 15 Shannon Fine Jewelry in The Wood- lands reopened under new ownership on May 1. The family-run jewelry shop, located at 1440 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. I, also underwent minor remodeling work in May. Shannon Fine Jewelry sells rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches and other accessories featuring stones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The store has two jewelers and one watchmaker on staff for repairs and custom orders and offers free cleaning and inspections. 281-364-7172. www.shannonfj.com 16 The Austin-based fast-casual deli chain Schlotzsky’s announced it will rebrand its more than 370 restaurants as Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery this year and transitioned its Houston-area locations to the new concept June 22. The rebrand- ing will include new food and beverage menu items in addition to in-store design changes, and some Schlotzsky’s locations will also serve wine and beer. Schlotzsky’s operates three eateries in The Woodlands area at A 522 Sawdust Road, Spring; B 1620 Research Forest Drive, Shenandoah; and C 515 FM 1488, Conroe. 281-419-6622. www.schlotzskys.com COMPILED BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN AND BEN THOMPSON News or questions about The Woodlands? Email us at wdlnews@communityimpact.com. NEWOWNERSHIP NAME CHANGES

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Northside Lexus will relocate its North Houston dealership this fall to the 150-acre mixed-use Cathedral Lakes development in Spring. The business is planning its move from 17925 I-45, Houston, to a new 149,000-square-foot facility currently under con- struction at 24222 I-45 N., Spring, set to open Sept. 9. Northside Lexus offers both new and pre-owned vehicles as well as service. 281-569-3300. www.northsidelexus.com

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Heart Center, the diagnostic imaging department—including an enhanced Neuro-Diagnostic and Interventional Center—and the Emergency Center. The expansion will add 350 jobs. The hospital is located at 17201 I-45, The Woodlands. 936-270-2000. www.houstonmethodist.org 5 Cast Iron Southern Grill , located at 28533 Springs Trails Ridge, Spring, announced June 11 it will close. The decision for the closure is health related, according to a Facebook post from owner Lina Wang. The restaurant offered a variety of Southern-inspired dishes. 281-362-5911. www.cast-iron.business.site CLOSING

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1 TheCoderSchool opened its first Houston location May 18. The school is located at 3555 Rayford Road, Spring, and provides computer programming lessons to children ages 7-18. TheCoderSchool uses a variety of platforms to teach various coding languages, such as HTML, CSS, Python and Javascript. Every lesson is taught by trained coaches. 832-764-0945. www.spring.thecoderschool.com

2 FINS swim school will open its second Spring location at 4057 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring. FINS will occupy a 9,700-square- foot, freestanding addition to Birnham Woods Marketplace near the Grand Parkway. Construction on the annex started in May, and construction is expected to be completed in October. An opening date has not yet been announced. 832-562-3218. www.swimatfins.com

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Wild Stallion Vineyards hosts a date night cooking class featuring grilling strategies and steak sauce preparation for men as well as macaron baking for women. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $100. Wild Stallion Vineyards, 5969 W. Rayford

The Woodlands Township hosts a blood drive in honor of local first responders before August’s National Night Out. Cupcakes are served to donors at the event. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3883. www.commitforlife.org

Dozens of restaurants around the Greater Houston area participate in the annual Houston Restaurant Weeks, which kicks off in August. Diners at participating locations can enjoy special event menus for the program benefiting regional food banks. www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com Local children are invited to swim, bike and run the annual YMCA Kids Triathlon, benefitting the YMCA Annual Campaign. Races are divided into 6- to 9-year-old and 10- to 12-year-old competitions. Top finishers are rec- ognized with awards, and all participants receive gift bags and T-shirts. 7:30 a.m. $35. The Woodlands Family YMCA at Branch Crossing, 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org/ymca-kids-tri AUGUST 02 CELEBRATE SUPERHEROESWITH CHILDREN The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts Super- hero Day, featuring cape decoration, a photo opportunity, a storybook theater and visits from popular heroes. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $7 (museum admission). The Wood- lands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org 03 SPEND AMORNING IN THEWOODS The Texas A&M Forest Service offers an adults-only shinrin-yoku forest therapy session at a state forest with local medical and therapy guides and forest service staff. 8 a.m. Free. WilliamGoodrich Jones State Forest, 1328 FM 1488, Conroe. 936-273-2261. www.tfsweb.tamu.edu 20 CHEER ON A CHILDREN’S TRIATHLON

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Visitors can speak with local public safety officers and learn more about fire trucks, police patrol vehicles and other equipment at several The Woodlands Fire Department stations in July. The events also include information about National Night Out, a community- building campaign. National Night Out is Aug. 6. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov July 14 3-5 p.m. Free. Central Fire Station, 9951 Grogan’s Mill Road, The Woodlands 281-210-3887 20 3-5 p.m. Free. WFD Station No. 6, 1100 Windsor Lakes Blvd., The Woodlands 281-210-3889 27 3-5 p.m. Free. WFD Station No. 3, 1522 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands 281-210-3887 28 3-5 p.m. Free. WFD Station No. 2, 9303 Gosling Road, The Woodlands 281-210-3886

SHAKESPEAREAN CLASSIC The Lone Star College-Montgomery Theatre Department hosts five performances of “@MacBeth; A Social Media Tragedy,” a play developed at the college. 5:30 p.m. (Wed.), 7 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 3 and 7 p.m. (Sat.). $5-$10. Lone Star College-Montgomery Mainstage Theatre, 3200 College Park Drive, Ste. D-100, Conroe. 936-273-7000. www.lonestar.edu/drama-dept-montgomery.htm 12 AND AUG. 9 PLAY BINGOWITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS The Woodlands Township hosts a family bingo night at Rob Fleming Park, featuring prizes for winners throughout the event. 6:30-8 p.m. $5. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 13 BEAT THE HEATWITH A DIVE-INMOVIE A screening of “Small Foot” is held at Cranebrook Pool as part of The Woodlands Township’s dive-in movie program. 8:15 p.m. $5 (admission), free (season pool pass holders, children under 3). Cranebrook Pool, 11800 Cranebrook Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3937. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Creative Keepsakes Scrapbooks Conventions hosts classes alongside related displays from hobby vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.). $10-$13. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 801-816-8300. www.ckscrapbookevents.com

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and The Woodlands Fire Department go head-to-head at their annual softball matchup. 7-9 p.m. Free. McCullough Jr. High School Scotland Yard Baseball Field, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhoodwatch

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July 10 Matinee, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” 1:30 p.m. 11 Lego fun, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 16 Adult writers group meeting, 1-2:30 p.m. 19 Needlecrafts: Knit & Stitch, 9:30-11 a.m. 23 Crafternoons, 1:30 p.m.

July 10 R.E.A.D. to the Dogs, 10 a.m.-noon 10 Brueggen’s Bees, 2-3 p.m. 11 Baby &Me storytime, 9:15 a.m. 15 VIP readers party, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 5 Family game night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Live music in and around The Woodlands LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR

DOSEY DOE BIG BARN 25911 I-45 N., THEWOODLANDS 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com July 10 Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, 8 p.m. 11 The Essential Journey Escape Experience, 8:30 p.m. 12 Micky and The Motorcars, 8:30 p.m. 13 Ambrosia, 8:30 p.m. 14 Real Life Real Music presents Camp Showcase, 6 p.m. 15 Joe Burlison’s Uptown Jazz, 7:30 p.m. 18 Jamie Richards Band, 8:30 p.m. 19 Jason Cassidy’s birthday bash and live recording, 8:30 p.m. 20 Shinyribs, 8:30 p.m. 24 Real Life Real Music presents Jack Ingram, 8 p.m. 25 Nakia and The Blues Grifters, 8:30 p.m. 26 The Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal, Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs, 8:30 p.m. 27 Don McLean Band, 8:30 p.m.

August 1 Robbie Fulks, Linda Gail Lewis, Red Volkaert and band, 8:30 p.m. 2 Rusty Young, 8:30 p.m. 3 Delbert McClinton, 8:30 p.m. 4 Pablo Cruise, 7:30 p.m. 7 Real Life Real Music presents Walt Wilkins, 8 p.m. 8 Pauline Reese and Lucas Ebert, 8:30 p.m. 10 Hickory Hill, 8:30 p.m. THE CYNTHIAWOODS MITCHELL PAVILION 2005 LAKE ROBBINS DRIVE, THEWOODLANDS 281-364-3010 www.woodlandscenter.org July 12 Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan with special guest Devon Gilfillian, 7 p.m. 20 Korn and Alice in Chains with Underoath, 6 p.m. 25 The United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, 7 p.m. 27 Third Eye Blind with Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot, 7 p.m.

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NAKIA DOSEYDOE

A semifinalist on the first season of “The Voice,” blues performer Nakia plans to celebrate the release of his upcoming album “Blues Grifter” this fall. Nakia performs songs by blues and soul greats such as Otis Rush, William Bell and Howlin’ Wolf. Nakia and The Blues Grifters will perform at Dosey Doe on July 25. 8:30 p.m. $20. 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands. 281-367-3774. www.doseydoe.com

WORTHWHILE CONVERSATIONS WHAT ABOUT THOSE RETIREMENT “RULES OF THUMB”?

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE DEBT - FREE WHEN YOU RETIRE? Being debt-free at retirement is popular advice today on radio talk shows and internet blogs. However, it is not a “one- size-fits-all” approach. Not all debt is created equal, so be careful about following these rules of thumb. ARE YOU SAYING THERE IS “GOOD” DEBT AND “BAD” DEBT? Yes, that is accurate. If you are making multiple minimum payments on credit card balances, you probably need a new plan. That is likely “bad” debt. Making early principal payments on a low-rate, fixed interest mortgage so it will be retired on your 65th birthday is not always the best choice. That mortgage might actually be “good” debt. HOW DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE? Each situation is different. We recently met a couple in our Woodlands office who came in with a very strong motivation to pay off the remaining 6-figure balance on their mortgage, since the husband just received an early retirement severance package. Our analysts modeled their individual numbers, considering their income tax position and other assets. Our advice was to leave the

mortgage alone and continue to make the regular payments. Considering income tax effects and long-term portfolio effects, their long-run financial position was likely to be better keeping the mortgage. They never imagined that the projected long-run improvement in their outcome could be greater than the amount needed to pay off the mortgage today. SO, THE ANSWER IS TO KEEP YOUR MORTGAGE AND PAY OFF EVERYTHING ELSE? No, that would be another rule of thumb. The real solution is to get individually tailored advice from a firm committed to the fiduciary standard, with no particular ax to grind. As Phillip Hamman, CFA, CFP ® , Chairman of our Wealth Planning Committee, stated recently, “We have all the professionals needed to fully address these questions - CPAs, attorneys and other credentialed professionals. We have that team and have been helping clients with questions like this for 48 years.” We are ready to talk and can meet you at our office in The Woodlands. For more information, or a copy of our Form ADV, Part II, with all of our disclosures, call Craig Ivy or Larry Napier at 281 841 0707, or visit www.linscomb-williams.com.

J. Harold Williams, Chairman & CEO, discusses the importance of good advice before entering retirement with the L&W Woodlands team. (Left to right: J. Harold Williams, CPA/PFS, CFP ® ; Paul Vitale (retired); Lauren Rich, CFP ® ; Larry Napier, CPA; B. Craig Ivy, AIF ® )

Linscomb & Williams is not an accounting firm.

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July 12 Marianne Troiano Trio, 7:30 p.m. 13 Sheri Lavo and Ain’t Nobody’s Business, 7:30 p.m. 19 Ronny Corbin and Billy Hillman, 7:30 p.m. THE REFUGE BAR AND BISTRO 24Waterway Ave., Ste. 110, TheWoodlands 713-389-5674 www.refugeinthewoodlands.com July 12 Yelba, 8 p.m. 13 Unique Soul Band, 8 p.m. 19 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 20 Billy Pope, 8 p.m. 26 Yelba, 8 p.m. 27 J-Walkers, 8 p.m. August 2 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 3 J-Walkers, 8 p.m. 9 Yelba, 8 p.m. 10 Louis Lamb, 8 p.m.

17 Chris Knight, 8 p.m. 18 Kevin Galloway, 8 p.m. 19 Josh Weathers Band, 8 p.m. 20 Johnny Cash tribute with Doug Allen Nash and special guest Penny Gilley, 8 p.m. 24 Dion Pride, 8 p.m. 25 Deana Carter, 8 p.m. 26 Mary Sarah with Junior Gordon Band, 8 p.m. 29 The Band of Heathens, 8 p.m. 30 Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, 8 p.m. 31 The Peterson Brothers, 8 p.m. August 1 Elvis tribute with Vince King, 8 p.m. 3 Shay Domann, 8 p.m. 7 Carpenters tribute band, Carpenters Once More, 8 p.m. 8 Neil Diamond tribute, 8 p.m. 9 Johnny Rodriguez, 8 p.m. 10 Bryan White, 8 p.m. GENUWINE TASTING ROOM 6503 FM1488, STE. 401, MAGNOLIA 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com

28 Beck and Cage the Elephant with Spoon, 6 p.m. 31 Blink-182 and Lil Wayne with Neck Deep, 7 p.m. August 1 Alice Cooper and Halestormwith Motionless in White, 7 p.m. 2 Mary J. Blige and Nas, 8 p.m. 3 Hammer’s House Party featuring

MC Hammer, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Dough E. Fresh, Kid N Play, Rob Base and Tone Loc, 6 p.m.

JULY 10

GLEN TEMPLETON MAIN STREET CROSSING

MAIN STREET CROSSING 111W. MAIN ST., TOMBALL 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com July 9 Dale Watson, 8 p.m.

10 Glen Templeton, 8 p.m. 11 Glen Templeton, 8 p.m. 12 Rod Stewart tribute called Vagabond, 8 p.m. 13 Shake Russell with Michael Hearne, 8 p.m.

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YELBA REFUGE BAR ANDBISTRO

15 John Conlee, 8 p.m. 16 John Conlee, 8 p.m.

ROCK THE ROWAT HUGHES LANDING HUGHES LANDING BAND SHELL, HUGHES LANDING BLVD., THEWOODLANDS 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlands.com July 11 The Powell Brothers, 7 p.m. 18 Brenda Guy The One Woman Show, 7 p.m. 25 The Blue Grooves, 7 p.m. August

1 Nervous Rex, 7 p.m. 8 The Nailers, 7 p.m.

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HOW ITWORKS Red-light cameras now illegal in state of Texas House Bill 1631 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1, prohibiting municipalities across Texas from using traffic signal enforcement settings, or red-light cameras. Although the bill prohibits the use of red-light cameras, it also stipulates those cities in an existing contract may continue to operate the system until its expiration date. However, when the bill became law, numerous cities across the state opted to start the process to end contracts immediately. Texas lawmakers had filed numerous bills since 2014 to repeal or prohibit red-light cameras, but none made it to the governor’s desk until the 86th legislative session this spring, according to Abbott’s office. The owner of a vehicle who violated the traffic signal could previously be fined up to $75, according to the Legislative Budget Board. The bill also states vehicle owners who did not pay a previous violation cannot be refused anymore by a county tax-assessor collector or the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to update their vehicle registration.

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1 Rayford Road expansion This project will widen Rayford Road from four to six lanes between Lazy Lane and the Grand Parkway, construct a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks, install new traffic signals and add a raised median. As of mid-June, concrete had been poured for two westbound lanes east of the Union Pacific bridge and drainage pipe installation was nearly complete. The project was slated for 135 more work days as of late June. Timeline: April 2017-late 2019 Cost: $53 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 2 BirnhamWoods Drive improve- ments BirnhamWoods Drive will be widened from two to four lanes from 500 feet north of Fuller Bluff Drive to 500 feet north of Elan Boulevard. Signal poles were added to the intersections of BirnhamWoods with Legends Run Drive and Elan, Precinct 3 officials said. As of mid-June, crews were putting the final touches on the bridge and

completing median work. Timeline: September 2018-August 2019 Cost: $2.7 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 Gosling Road widening A project to widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the Village of Creekside Park is underway in conjunction with Harris County Precinct 4. The project includes widening the southbound bridge over Spring Creek. it is in the design phase as of June and Harris County will oversee the project, Precinct 3 officials said. Timeline: TBD Cost: $4 million (Montgomery County), $5.8 million (Harris County) Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4 4 FM2978 widening The project 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 existing bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of June, the first phase of the project was 27% complete, and the second phase of the project was 44% complete, according to Emily Black, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project also includes widening the Spring Creek Bridge from two to four lanes. Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-fourth quarter 2019 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge) Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.8 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds 5 Hwy. 242 overpass The project will construct a grade sepa- ration at Hwy. 242 fromwest of FM 1314 to east of FM 1314. This is the first of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020 Cost: $23.5 million Funding source: TxDOT

All information on this page was updated as of 6/20/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at wdlnews@communityimpact.com.

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Construction updates 1 Single-family homes under construction in Liberty Branch at Creekside Park are nearing completion. The development includes homes by builders Coventry Homes and J. Kyle Homes. 2 Construction is nearing completion on Woodlands Sportsplex on Gosling Road. Developer RS Investment Group anticipates a mid-July opening, and the athletic compound will be used for various sports and strength-training facilities. 3 MD Anderson Cancer Center’s new three-story building located at the corner of Hwy. 242 and Fellowship Drive is nearly complete and anticipates a fall opening, according to a hospital press release. 4 Construction is underway for a Dave & Buster’s entertainment venue, according to SamMoon Group, the company developing Metropark Square on I-45 North in Shenandoah where the facility is located. Dave & Buster’s is slated for a grand opening in December and will be among the retailers that have signed a minimum 10-year lease, company officials said. 5 Construction is underway on Gosling Road for Berry Farms Marketplace , which Retail Solutions developer Joaquin Orozco said will include a Spec’s store. Other tenants will include a dentist and a veterinarian. Spaces will begin to be delivered to tenants in July or August, he said. 2978

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Program in North Carolina could serve as model for local efforts Shenandoah considers emergency fund to help first responders provide aid

any funds to handle,” Zoerb said. “For example, if [somebody’s] car was broken down and they didn’t have a place to stay for the night … there weren’t any resources. ... It was frustrating as an ocer. We’re sup- posed to be a solution.” Zoerb said the fund he created is available for ocers to use and is accessible through a city credit card. To access the funds, ocers go through an ocer ranking sergeant or higher to determine if the funds can be used. In Charlotte, the program is funded through tax-deductible donations. “Most of the time it is local busi- nesses donating to the police depart- ment for the city to be able to use,” Zoerb said. “It doesn’t require a lot of funds. ... We’ve never had a negative response from anybody. The way it has worked, I call a few businesses

Officer Rick Zoerb explains the fund he established to Shenandoah City Council.

BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN Shenandoah City Council members are considering the implementation of a rst responder emergency relief fund aer hearing a presentation from a North Carolina police ocer during a June  meeting. The ocer said his municipality has successfully implemented the program, which uses donations to create a fund from which emergency personnel can draw to help others. North Carolina, detailed a fund he established within his department in  that provides assistance within his community. Mayor Ritch Wheeler invited Zoerb to speak aer hearing about the program during a business meeting. “When I was on patrol, I discovered community needs that there weren’t The presentation from police ocer Rick Zoerb of Charlotte,

USES FOR EMERGENCY FUND A first responder fund could be financed through donations. A similar program in Char- lotte, North Carolina, sees an average use of one to three times daily for uses such as:

Replacing a flat tire

Covering hotel room costs

Purchasing groceries

Replacing shoes

SOURCE: CITY OF SHENANDOAH/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Shaw said he hopes the program could become something used across Montgomery County. Wheeler said he could see a sim- ilar fund being used in the city in the event of a ood or hurricane to help residents and people traveling through the city. “We have , people traveling through Shenandoah every day on I-, and you think about how many times our police ocers come into contact with somebody ... where they could help them,” Wheeler said.

in January, and we receive enough funding to last the whole year.” In the case of larger purchases, Zoerb said the department will ask for donations. No action was taken following the presentation and a vote was not planned at press time. Zoerb said the emergency need fund has been well-received in Charlotte, and he believes it could be benecial to Shenandoah as well. Shenandoah Police Chief Raymond Shaw said his ocers make similar purchases out of their own pockets.

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