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SALES TRENDS STABILIZING After peaking in March, home sales in The Woodlands fell by more than 30% year over year in April and May but exceeded 2019 levels in June.

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Industry experts said they believe the real estate market in south Montgomery County may have stabilized in June after a decline in home sales and list- ings this spring due to COVID- 19. But the continued spread of the coronavirus has clouded the market’s outlook in 2020. Like many other economic sectors, the real estate industry felt the e…ects of the pandemic, stay-at-home orders and shifts in consumer activity. However, real estate agents in The Woodlands

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Peaceful protests took place across The Woodlands area in June, which organizers said were intended to bring awareness to racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25. Area law enforcement o cials with Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North and the Montgomery County Sheri…’s O ce responded by indicating a willingness to examine their use-of-force policies and other changes their departments might be able to make. “There is a lot of work to be done to ensure we have the right language so we give our deputies the correct guidance on how to proceed in certain instances … and also protect our citizens that we might be in an altercation with,” Mont- gomery County Sheri…Rand Henderson said at a June 18 The Woodlands Township meeting. CONTINUED ON 62

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It takes all 16,705 of us to be ranked one of the nation’s best. We’re not just the largest children’s hospital in America. For 12 straight years, we’ve also been recognized as one of the best by U.S. News & World Report. This year, we’re ranked #4 overall and in the top five in seven specialties—including #1 in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. It takes great technology, facilities and expertise to be recognized year after year, but the most important thing it takes is great people. People who care deeply about caring for children. And we’re honored that so many people like that choose to work here.

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FROMNICOLE: Summer has arrived and so has our 2020 Real Estate Edition. In this issue we look at the The Woodlands and surrounding cities’ housing markets. We hope homeowners and renters nd this issue useful to stay up to date on the latest market data, which direction prices are trending, whether it is a buyer or seller’s market and where to nd the newest multifamily developments (see Page 39). I love reader feedback, so don’t hesitate to drop us a note. Nicole Preston, GENERALMANAGER

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Nicole Preston, npreston@communityimpact.com EDITOR Vanessa Holt REPORTERS Andrew Christman, Ben Thompson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Caitlin Whittington ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Crystal Sha€er METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Jason Culpepper MANAGING EDITOR Matt Stephens ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Tessa Hoe„e CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in P„ugerville, TX. The company's mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across six metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON Please join your friends and CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE

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Local events and things to do TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 15 Updates for local road projects

FROMVANESSA: After Memorial Day, the nation responded to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. The Woodlands area was no exception, with peaceful protests organized throughout the area. In one of our front-page stories, we look at how both protesters and local police have responded to recent events, changes evolving in community policing and what could come from the next legislative session. Vanessa Holt, EDITOR

COMMUNITY 19 The Woodlands Children’s Museum halts reopening plan

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You may be asking yourself, how is it possible to invest in an environment where things seem to go from bad to worse on a daily basis? Admittedly, there is some faith involved at times like these- faith that our medical community will provide therapeutics and vaccines soon, faith that we will come together as a people and do the right things, and finally, faith that the American democratic capitalist system will prevail and thrive in the end. But, remember, we don’t invest for today; we invest for tomorrow and our family’s future. And, the best time to invest for the future is now when the picture may not be so clear. We can help you stay focused, take advantage of opportunity and prepare for your family’s future. Stay safe everyone. MONTHLY COMMENTARY For our daily commentary and all disclosures, visit www.chjwealthmanagement.com 10200 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 340 • 281-298-2700

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WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN THE HAMMER MISSES THE NAIL AND FINDS YOURS?

Our ER is Open. Ready. And Safe. Emergencies are one-of-a-kind events. You don’t know when, or how, or where they’re going to happen. But you do know that when an emergency takes place, you’ll want an Emergency Room you can count on. Especially now, when our community continues to battle COVID-19, you need to know that there’s a hospital ER that’s open, ready, and safe for you and your family. And we are. For more information, visit us at StLukesHealth.org/Here-Always.

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UPDATE ON THE MARKET AS WE NAVIGATE A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC

via Facetime, virtual open houses, and remote closings. At times, we have had to close in title company garages or parking lots, when buildings are closed to the public. We have learned to tolerate masks and gloves and even foot covers while showing homes. At our coffehouse, next door to our office, the results of the pandemic has cut into our business more than 50% making it difficult to keep staff working and ordering the right amount of food each day. Having built the coffeehouse cafe to give back to charities, we have continued to "weather the storm" and stayed open, even giving to several charities during the entire quarantine. Many other small businesses have suffered the same so we urge all of you to support local businesses. We would certainly love for you to support Lovebeans. :) In conclusion I would just reflect on a song released by Thomas Rhett and other corroborating musicians entitled "In a world full of hate, be a light". Listen to it sometime and take to heart the other lyrics below "In a time full of war, be peace In a time full of doubt, just believe Yeah, there ain ' t that much difference between you and me In a world full of hate, be a light

These are difficult times for most of us with so many moving parts and so many obstacles to overcome. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and our prayers to those who are fighting the virus. Along with the pandemic, we have oil prices fluctuating around the lowest prices per barrel in the history of the oil business. We also have an election year and other issues that divide the country at a time we need to be united. As far as real estate in the Woodlands, it is booming. Why, we all ask? Honestly, it is an enigma that is hard to understand. After 38 years in the business, I have a few theories but don ' t completely understand it myself. The inventory of homes for sale is lower than normal. This could be that we are "hunkering down" in our homes and hesitant to open up to buyer and agent traffic coming through. This situation has created a flood of buyers competing for the brightest and best homes, many with multiple offers, and selling above list price in days or even hours. Along with low interest rates, families are moving out of the city environment to the suburbs in hopes of a more quiet life with less fear of contracting the disease or being caught - up in a divisive situation in the inner - city areas. It has been forecasted that 14% - 20% of city dwellers will move out to the outskirts of town. Last, but not least, I believe that families feel like a home is their security at any time, especially in troubled times, like we are in now. Our business at Beth Ferester & Company has been non - stop since the quarantine started. We have learned to have virtual showing

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signage products include vehicle wraps, banners, digital signs, trade show displays, and yard and real estate signs. 409-904-0550. www.signarama.com 5 Houston-based title company InterAmerica Title Group expanded to The Woodlands on July 1 with a new o™ce in Hughes Landing. The title company will occupy a space in the Two Hughes Landing building at 1790 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste 100, The Woodlands. InterAmerica o“ers step-by-step guidance through the closing process for both residential and commercial properties and services includ- ing support related to 1031 exchanges and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. It features a multilingual o™ce with translators for several languages. 832-418-3704. www.iatgs.com 6 The rowing-based Žtness studio Row House launched its newest location in Hughes Landing in The Woodlands on May 18. The full-body cardio work- out studio, located in the Two Lakes Edge building at 2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 400, The Woodlands, o“ers low-impact rowing workouts for all experience levels. According to Row House, its lineup of rowing workouts is designed to help participants build muscle and endurance. Memberships and class packages are available. 346-220-6099. www.therowhouse.com 7 StretchLab , a wellness studio provid- ing assisted stretching services, opened its newest location at Hughes Landing in The Woodlands this spring. StretchLab o“ers both individual and group stretch- ing sessions, including both static and active stretches, which the company said are designed to increase œexibility,

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bank’s sixth in the Houston area and the Žrst to launch outside the city. In addition to personal and business banking, The Woodlands PCB branch o“ers safe deposit boxes, currency exchange, cash advances and ATM services. 281-517-3380.www.plainscapital.com 4 A new location of the national signage services company Signarama opened east of Oak Ridge North in early May. The new store, Signarama— The Woodlands (South), is located at 28131 Robinson Road, Ste. D, Conroe. Signarama o“ers custom graphic design and sign printing services. Available

NOWOPEN 1 Southern California-inspired Mexican eatery Baja Cantina and Fiesta opened May 19 in The Woodlands Town Center at 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 160. It features a food and drink lineup inspired by Mexican and Latin American cultures, includ- ing Baja California. Baja Cantina serves breakfast items, appetizers, salads, tacos, tortas and desserts alongside a variety of cocktails such as margaritas and mojitos. Social distancing and sanitary precau- tions are also in place. 832-432-2252. www.eatbaja.com

2 Trigger Point Stretch Studio , a new body work studio located at 26797 Hanna Road, Bldg. 1, Ste. 5, Oak Ridge North, is open and accepting clients as of June 29. Co-founder Brandon Hanlon said the business originally opened May 18 but had to close due to the coronavirus. The business uses a combination of body work techniques to stretch and strengthen clients. 281-362-5765. www.triggerpointstretch.com 3 Texas-based PlainsCapital Bank opened its newest branch June 2 at 1699 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 100, The Woodlands. The new location is the

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ANNIVERSARIES 10 Zanti Cucina Italiana , located at 10000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, celebrated its Žrst anniver- sary June 24. According to a Facebook post from the Italian restaurant, more than 14,000 pizzas, 13,000 bottles of wine and 39,000 pasta dishes were ordered in the Žrst year. As of press time, the restaurant was open for dine-in at 50% capacity through reservations only. Curbside and delivery options are available as well. 281-259-1300. www.zanticucina.com NEWOWNERSHIP 11 AXIOS Industrial Group LLC , headquartered at 10077 Grogans Mill Road, The Woodlands, announced its agreement for a merger with the Deer Park-based A&L Industrial Services was e“ective June 5. Following the merger, the new company will be named AXIOS. Both companies o“er soft craft services such as sca“olding, insulation and abra- sive blasting for industrial clients in the energy, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors, according to the statement. 713-352-0633. www.axiosindustrial.com RENOVATIONS 12 Boardwalk at Town Center , a 450-unit apartment complex located on The Woodlands Waterway, announced in June that a nearly two-year renovation of the complex was complete. An exterior facade update and interior renovations had been underway at the property at

athletic performance and posture while reducing pain and stress. StretchLab opened May 18 in the Two Lakes Edge complex at 2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 300, The Woodlands. 346-220-4375. www.stretchlab.com Point Real Estate , a new full-service real estate Žrm comprising several local Realtors, launched in The Woodlands on May 16. Agent Greg Flory said the Žrm has chosen a local o™ce space to occupy in the future but will continue working with clients remotely until late 2020 or early 2021. 832-938-0411. 8 Killen’s Barbecue has purchased a second property in The Woodlands and plans to open later this summer at 8800 Six Pines Drive, The Wood- lands. According to a press release from NewQuest Properties, the 4,249-square- foot structure, which is currently a Culver’s restaurant, will be completely renovated prior to its opening. The new building will o“er a permanent home for the pop-up barbecue pit, which is currently only available on the weekends. The Woodlands location will be the sec- ond in the area for the barbecue restau- rant, with the original being located in Pearland. www.killensbarbecue.com 9 O The Hook Seafood , a new sea- food restaurant located at 2222 Rayford Road, Spring, announced it plans to open in July. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, guests can enjoy fresh seafood daily, including mahi mahi, red snapper, oysters, shrimp, crab and more. www.facebook.com/o“thehookrayford www.pointrealestate.us COMING SOON

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release stated the company has perma- nently closed more than 100 gyms across the U.S., including the West Woodlands location at 10860 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands. www.24hourŽtness.com 14 Berryhill Baja Grill announced it closed its Market Street location at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 250, in The Woodlands on June 8. In a June 9 Facebook post, the Mexican restaurant announced it will not be able to fea- sibly reopen the location due to com- plications caused by the coronavirus. A response from Berryhill Baja Grill’s corporate team said the cancellation of the concerts at the nearby Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hurt the business. The Facebook post said the remaining locations in Houston will remain open. www.berryhillbajagrill.com

2203 Riva Row, The Woodlands, since fall 2018. Existing community amenities include a billiards lounge, a club room, a rooftop terrace, a business center, and two swimming pools and hot tubs. Leas- ing is currently available for the renovat- ed units at Boardwalk both virtually and in person by appointment. The prop- erty features eight one- and two-bed- room œoor plans ranging from 558 to 1,608 square feet. 866-629-8204. www.boardwalkliving.com CLOSINGS 13 National Žtness chain 24 Hour Fit- ness announced June 15 that it Žled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to e“ects from the coronavirus pandemic. The news

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The Woodlands Township announced Riva Row and Lakes Edge boat houses were closed due to an employee being diagnosed with the coronavirus. The facilities were closed for sanitizing until further notice. Information about the facility reopenings will be announced on the township website. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandastownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

25 LEARNABOUT ORGANIC GARDENING Gardening expert Bob Randall will share advice on organic vegetable gardening during a three-hour video seminar. Advanced registration is required. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 27 THROUGH 30 JOINA SOCCER CAMP Coaches from the Houston Dynamo/ Dash Youth Soccer Club host a skills- based soccer camps featuring a variety of training and games. Two camps are open for children ages 3-5 and ages 6-12. 6:30-7:30 p.m. daily. $90-$185 (resident), $100-$195 (nonresident). Bear Branch SportsŽelds, 5205 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov AUGUST 15 ATTENDAHAWAIIANBALL The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual chairman’s ball features a Hawaiian theme for the 2020 celebration. The event includes dinner, music and recognition of chamber board Chair Je Garrett. 6 p.m. $200. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777. www.woodlandschairmansball.com

JULY 18 TRAIN FOR AMARATHON The USA FIT Woodlands Annual Training Program for marathon and half- marathon preparation kicks o July 18. USA FIT coaches lead a 33-week, goal- oriented training program following an initial placement run in July. Schedule TBD. $150 (returning member), $180 (new member). Fleet Feet, 1925 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-969-3820. www.usaŽt.com/woodlandsŽt 18 ATTENDA COMEDY SHOW GenuWine Tasting Room presents its Žrst stand-up comedy shows with a set of two performances. Houston comic Royce Moore hosts both events, which feature comedians John Wessling and Ted Vincent. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20. GenuWine Tasting Room, 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia. 832-934-2675. www.mygenuwine.com 25 SUPPORTMILITARY SERVICEMEMBERS The Texas nonproŽt Boot for Troops presents author and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell as a speaker at its Boots & Suits Gala. The nonproŽt was founded to support morale and mental health by providing care packages, including boots, for service members. 6 p.m. $250-$3,000. The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 281-789-7567. www.boots4troops.org

Six The Woodlands Township pools are open with limited hours. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township) FEATUREDACTIVITY Go for a swim Pools across The Woodlands area reopened for the 2020 summer season in June. THEWOODLANDS The regular pool season runs through Aug. 11.

Mon.-Fri. 2-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-6 p.m. • Bear Branch Pool 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands • Wendtwoods Pool 8950 Creekside Green Drive, The Woodlands ___________________________________________________ SHENANDOAH Regular season through Aug. 9, postseason hours also available Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (resident). • Mary Pat Case Municipal Pool 1619 Wellman Road, Shenandoah ___________________________________________________ OAK RIDGE NORTH Tue.-Thu. noon-6 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $4 (daily), $2 (age 55 and older). • Marilyn Edgar Park pool 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North

Open every day, noon-6 p.m. $5 (resident), $10 (nonresident): • Alden Bridge Pool 7725 Alden Bridge Drive, The Woodlands • Creekwood Pool 3383 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands • Forestgate Pool 7505 S. Forestgate Drive, The Woodlands • Sawmill Pool 2200 Millpark Drive, The Woodlands

Events were con•rmed as of press time July 7 but are subject to change. Find more or submit The Woodlands-area events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

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Weekly live outdoor music performanc- es start July 16 at Hughes Landing. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

GENUWINE TASTING ROOM 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com JULY 31 Ken Gaines, 7:30 p.m. AUGUST 01 Louis Lamb and the Gentle Lamb Experience, 7:30 p.m. MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com JULY Singer-songwriter Jon Wolfe brings his brand of country music to the Tomball venue. (Courtesy Jon Wolfe)

GLADE CULTURAL CENTER 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands 832-557-8781 www.gladeculturalcenter.com Bands are announced about 10 days before performance dates JULY 15 Live jazz 17 Alternative/cover band

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DEEP BLUE SOMETHING The 1990s band will play at Dosey Doe. (Courtesy Deep Blue Something)

FEATURED VENUE Live music venues have begun to open in The Woodlands area following the state loosening some coronavirus-related restrictions. Among the venues, Dosey Doe will follow social distancing guidelines for 50% capacity recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders, which includes a screening process for attendees. Guests will be asked questions about whether they feel sick or were near coronavirus patients. Dosey Doe is scheduling shows in July and August unless other restrictions are announced by the state. 7:30 p.m. (July 15) $18-$24 (July 15). DOSEY DOE 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com JULY 15 Deep Blue Something, 7:30 p.m. 16 Zac Wilkerson, 8:30 p.m. 18 Micky and the Motorcars, 8:30 p.m. 23 Sam Riggs, 8:30 p.m. August 01 Junior Gordon, 8:30 p.m. 06 Curtis Grimes, 8:30 p.m. 07 Carolyn Wonderland, 8:30 p.m. 08 Glen Templeton, 8:30 p.m. 12 Chris Knight, 8 p.m.

18 Live jazz 22 Live jazz 24 Alternative/cover band 25 Live jazz 29 Live jazz 31 Alternative/cover band

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14 Texas Flood, 7 p.m. 15 Texas Flood, 7 p.m. 16 Vince King, 8 p.m. 18 Nightbird, 8 p.m.

19 Marty Haggard, 5 p.m. 19 Merle Haggard, 8 p.m. 23 Blues Brothers Tribute, 8 p.m. 24 Johnny Rodriguez, 8 p.m. 25 Already Gone, 8 p.m. 26 Van Halen Tribute Band, 8 p.m.

16 Ripp Tackett, 7 p.m. 23 Brenda Guy, 7 p.m. 30 Vinyl Stripes, 7 p.m. AUGUST 06 Mechanix, 7 p.m. 13 The Goods, 7 p.m.

24 Jason Cassidy, 8:30 p.m. 25 Texas Flood, 8:30 p.m. 26 Gary Kyle, 7 p.m. 2729 Sarah Kelly Music School Showcase, 6:30 p.m. 30 Walt Wilkins, 8:30 p.m. 31 Lee Deweyze, 8:30 p.m.

Events are scheduled as of press time based on existing coronavirus restrictions but are subject to change. Attendees are advised to contact the venues individually.

29 Jon Wolfe, 8 p.m. 30 Led Zeppelin and

Rush Tribute, 8 p.m.

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

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Cost: $1.5 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 Hwy. 242 landscape development The Texas Department of Transportation began work on a landscape development project on Hwy. 242 from Harper’s Way to Lazy River Road in October. The project was 48% complete in mid-June, and completion was expected in the second quarter of 2020, according to TxDOT. Timeline: Oct. 14, 2019-second quarter 2020 Cost: $1.72 million Funding source: federal funds, TxDOT 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 ˆrst of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. The project was 75% complete as of mid-June. Timeline: July 2018-third quarter 2020 Cost: $23.7 million Funding source: federal funds, TxDOT

The project includes signalizing the Woodlands Parkway-Robinson overpass at I-45 and aligning lanes on the interchange between the frontage roads. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3 o‹cials. Timeline: March-late 2020 Cost: $2.4 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 2 Lake Woodlands Drive widening Montgomery County Precinct 3 is widening a 0.17-mile section of Lake Woodlands Drive from west of Six Pines Drive to the western side of I-45. The project includes adding a third westbound lane between I-45 and Pinecroft Drive and making the inside lane a left turn lane. The project is funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond and will be completed by late summer or early fall, Precinct 3 o‹cials said. As of mid-June, work at the Pinecroft Center and The Woodlands Mall was almost complete, and signal poles were installed. Timeline: April-early fall

1 Robinson Road widening Work began in March on a project to improve I-45 frontage road access at Woodlands Parkway and Robinson Road and to widen Robinson at Patsy Lane and Westwood Road. The widening work ex- tends from about 350 feet west of Patsy and Westwood to 550 feet east of that intersection. Joe Sherwin, public works director for Oak Ridge North, said June 9 the widening of Robinson at Patsy Lane is continuing on schedule, and engineering plans for the potential future realign- ment of Robinson at Hanna Road to the east would be sent to the city, county and Union Paciˆc Corp. for review in mid-June.

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The $250 million expansion of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, which will add a new tower with 100 beds, is proceeding on schedule as of early July, according to Trent Fulin, vice president and COO of the hospital. Construction on a new 880-space parking garage included in the project will begin in October, Fulin said. Space: 260,000 square feet Timeline: early 2022 completion

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MUSEUMMAKEOVER The Woodlands Children’s Museum will hold summer workshops and online events while remaining closed until further notice, ocials said in July.

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The Woodlands Children’s Museum will continue to oer summer workshops with limited capacity. Visitors can register forweekdayworkshops throughAugust:

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lost $250,000 in revenue.” However, it was able to secure a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover some costs during that time period. The museum employs 34 people. Colton said the loan will help ensure employees do not face hardship due to the closure. “We’re a family here, and to think that our family wasn’t getting taken of ƒnancially—it was bothering me,” she said. Before the shutdown, Colton said the museum expected to have several scheduled birthday parties within its limited occupancy and events later this year are expected to proceed if a reopening is possible, including Halloween and Christmas 125,000 total visitors this year. The museum will still honor events, so sta…are preparing for those possibilities, Colton said. She said the museum will be increasing its e…orts to garner support through donations now that it will need to be closed until further notice and missing revenue from most of its services. “If you just think about little things—if 1,000 people each donated $25, ... if more could become involved and have a stake, that would be fun,” she said. The 11,164-square-foot museum is an independent nonproƒt, and it has operated in the Panther Creek Shopping Center since 2010. A virtual 10-year anniversary party was held July 10.

About three months after it closed during the initial pandemic shut- downs in March, The Woodlands Children’s Museum reopened to the public June 15 with new procedures in place to promote safety. However, two weeks later it decided to close once again after Gov. Greg Abbott scaled back the phased Texas reopening plan, Executive Director Angela Colton said. Although it will close for most activities, its scheduled summer workshops will continue on week- days through early August, Colton said. The facility will keep its occupancy to 10 people during those time periods, she said. During the time it was open to the public, the facility underwent a deep cleaning and it will also be cleaned for the next six months with a nontoxic antimicrobial ƒlm used in children’s museums, she said. Workshops are available for various age levels on topics such as Legos, superheroes, science and the arts. Although the museum will con- tinue to o…er weekly online story- time and puppet shows this summer, the shutdown e…ectively eliminated its revenue streams for much of the year so far, Colton said. Aside from donations, the museum relies on birthday parties, admissions, ƒeld trips and memberships. “Our numbers were increasing, but once the end of January hit every- thing went down,” Colton said of the museum’s admissions. “We probably

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Themuseum is asking for donations and other forms of support during the time it is closed.

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The museum will limit its occupancy to 10 PEOPLE for the summer workshops.

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