Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | January 2022

2022 SUGAR LAND MISSOURI CITY EDITION

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A TALE OF TWO CORRIDORS Missouri City leaders are focusing economic development eorts on two key parts of the city: encouraging new growth along Hwy. 6 near the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road, and promoting investment and redevelopment along Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road—an older part of Missouri City that many businesses have since left.

Missouri City leaders promote new growth while fostering investment and revitalization

BY CLAIRE SHOOP

have developed strategic plans to encourage new growth along Hwy. 6, while also promoting revitaliza- tion along the Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road corridor. “We want to balance [new growth] o with also a redevel- opment focus and a revitalization plan that is really centered around the Texas Parkway and Cartwright [Road] corridor,” Council Member Jerey Boney said. Revitalizing older areas Boney said Missouri City was established as a bedroom commu- nity where residents could escape Houston. As a suburb, he said the city developed a lot of rooftops and green space but little in terms of amenities. These amenities became more sought after as Missouri City grew with younger families coming into the city, he said. “As we grew as a city, there were needs that people had,” Boney said. “In order to get those things

When Diane White moved to Missouri City 33 years ago, the Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road corridor where she lives was a vibrant, thriving area. “There were a lot of privately owned shops; there were busi- nesses of all kinds and eateries … that survived the area very well,” White said about the two roads, which intersect about a mile west of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road. “But as time went on and the econ- omy started aecting everywhere, it denitely aected that area.” Much of the economic and resi- dential growth in the city has since shifted away from the older parts of the community and toward unde- veloped areas alongHwy. 6 near the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road. “[The corridor] was the core of the city; that was where all the driv- ing homes were; that was the place to be—and then it wasn’t,” said Aubrey Nettles, Missouri City’s eco- nomic development director. Now, city leaders said they

A new initiative aims to promote redevelopment.

Development is taking place near Hwy. 6.

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“THAT GROWTH ALONG HWY. 6 IS JUST REALLYAN ORGANIC GROWTH THAT’S HAPPENINGDUE TO THE EXPANSIONOFPOPULATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.” SHIFTING TONEWGROWTH AUBREY NETTLES, MISSOURI CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Create the Facade Improvement Program ( City Council allocated $1M for this initiative in November ) Launch a restaurant program Beautify roadway medians The Texas Parkway/Cartwright Corridor Development Advisory Committee, established by City Council, has created programs to encourage corridor investment and has future plans. AFOCUSONREVITALIZATION

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Mango Biche Mia allows customers to add up to 10 different toppings to create a snack and has plans to add all-natural juices and slushes in the near future. 281-785-8655. www.mangobichemia.com COMING SOON 4 A new location-based entertainment concept that combines interactive the- ater with new technology is coming soon to Sugar Land Town Square. Department of Wonder , a 10,000-square-foot venue that will look to stage an immersive, mixed-reality fantasy, is slated to open in early 2022 at 2180 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land, at the former location of Z Gallerie, according to a Dec. 8 announcement. To bring the concept to life, a team of storytellers, technologists, designers and producers will look to produce new forms of digital and interactive entertainment, according to the announcement. A web- site and phone number were not available as of press time. 5 Shades the Nail Bar will open a location at 9101 Sienna Crossing Drive, Ste. 160, Missouri City, in the Sienna area on Jan. 18. The salon offers manicure, pedi- cure, waxing, threading and sugaring ser- vices as well as complimentary beverages and ring cleaning. Additionally, the salon implements elevated sanitization proto- cols to promote safety. 832-440-0301. www.shadesthenailbar.com 6 Wellby , a nonprofit financial coop- erative previously called JSC Federal Credit Union, will be opening a loca- tion at 8215 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, by mid-2022. Dubbed a “solution center,” these branches will include new services

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NOWOPEN 1 A new massage and facial spa is now open in Sienna Village. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa expected to open its new location at 8840 Hwy. 6, Ste. 140, Missouri City, in mid-January, after press time. The spa provides a full complement of specialty massages, fa- cials and enhancements along with other services such as hair removal, according to the spa website. Facials are performed by certified estheticians and tailored for women, men and teens. The spa chain

also offers Dermalogica and ClarityRX products and prescribes maintenance programs for continued skin health, according to the spa website. Massages, meanwhile, include Swedish, couples, deep tissue, sports and hot stone, among others. Hand & Stone comes to Sienna Village with over 475 locations through- out the United States and Canada. The spa first opened in 2004 and began franchis- ing in 2006. 281-407-1064. www.handandstonemissouricity.com 2 Quick Quack Car Wash , a chain of car washes offering fast, guided service

and brushless technology, soft opened a new location in Woodbridge on Jan. 1 at 11725 S. Hwy. 6, Sugar Land, with plans for a future grand opening. Quick Quack Car Wash offers three unlimited car wash membership packages, which start at $19.99 per month. 888-772-2792. www.dontdrivedirty.com 3 Mango Biche Mia , the fruit snack bar chain specializing in selling mangos and other fruits and vegetables, opened a new location on the first level of Sugar Land’s First Colony Mall, 16535 South- west Freeway, Sugar Land, on Dec. 16.

          

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and improved facilities and are part of a multiyear strategy to invest in the com- munity. According to a Wellby represen- tative, the new Missouri City location will include a Bean Here coffee shop, remote co-working spaces and a community am- phitheater. www.wellbyfinancial.com 7 Waters Edge Winery recently ap- plied for a winery permit with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a new Waters Edge Winery & Bistro located in Missouri City. The new location will be located at 9018 Sienna Crossing Drive, Ste. 100, in Missouri City. There was no confirmed opening date as of press time. The winery also has another location in Richmond and is family owned. No phone number was available as of press time. www.watersedgewineries.com 8 Bounce Bounce Trampoline Park has been delayed in opening the doors of its Missouri City location as it continues to work through the city’s permitting pro- cess. The park is now expected to open sometime in 2022, though an exact date is not known. Located at 9710 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, the indoor bounce park will feature wall-to-wall trampolines, tram- poline sports courts, a foam pit, a zip line and other activities. Bounce Bounce has one other location in Cypress. 281-246- 4460. www.bouncebouncepark.com 9 Mayweather Boxing + Fitness , the group fitness experience combining immersive training with boxing leg- end Floyd Mayweather’s techniques, will open a new location in Richmond at 22377 Bellaire Blvd., Richmond, in the first quarter of 2022. The gym will utilize methods developed throughout Mayweather’s 21-year undefeated box- ing career with a combination of boxing,

strength and cardio conditioning. www.mayweather.fit

Gigi’s Playhouse calls its facilities “Down Syndrome Achievement Centers.”

Thorne Lab, a new artificial intelli- gence-supplemented prevention and wellness lab, will be launched in spring 2022 by Legacy Community Health, a full-service network of over 50 commu- nity health centers offering primary and specialty care. Thorne HealthTech is the wellness company providing the artificial intelligence and health intelligence engine that will look to provide customers with information and products to improve health. The lab will open in Missouri City, though an exact location is not yet known. www.legacycommunityhealth.org ANNIVERSARIES 10 Summer Moon Coffee celebrated its first anniversary Dec. 5. The Austin-based coffee shop is located in the Oyster Creek Crossing shopping center at 9402 Hwy. 6, Missouri City. The business—which serves hot and iced coffee drinks and noncoffee drinks and light bites—is known for its wood-fired coffee roasting process and signature Moon Milk creamer. Summer Moon Coffee has over 30 locations in Tex- as, Oklahoma and Kansas. 346-816-7281. www.summermooncoffee.com RENOVATIONS 11 Multiple businesses in Sugar Land Town Square will be updating their store- front facades in the first quarter of 2022 as part of the shopping district’s plans to reinvigorate the customer shopping expe- rience. Located at 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, Sugar Land Town Square consists of

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Gigi’s Playhouse Sugar Land opened a 10,000-square-foot Down Syndrome Achievement Center in December. The center was designed by Perkins&Will, a Houston-based architecture and design rm, and is located at 13003 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 170, Staord. The new space is being used as a multipurpose venue after previously being used as oce space. Gigi’s Playhouse oers multiple services for those who have down syndrome, including job skills training, speech therapy, occupational therapy, arts and tness. “I founded GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land after struggling to nd resources and places that would provide positive support for my daughter Sadie and our family,” said Ammie Blahuta, founder of GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land, via press release. “[I] quickly saw that so many families needed what I was looking for—a place of encouragement and community. I’m so excited to have this new, vibrant space to provide programs—at no cost—that embrace 223,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, offices, condominiums, a plaza, Sugar Land City Hall, and a hotel and confer- ence center. Storefront refreshes are currently planned for Perry’s Steakhouse

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families and say ‘yes’ to the unlimited potential of these amazing kids and adults with down syndrome.” The new space also includes a play area, an art room, speech therapy rooms, tutoring rooms, meeting rooms, oces, an exercise area and a job skills training room. 832-939-9919. www.gigisplayhouse.org/sugarland

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SUGAR LAND The city of Sugar Land saw a more than 40% increase in population since 2010—aligned with Fort Bend County’s similar increase. Sugar Land’s 2022 budget put $59.1 million going toward the city’s capital improvement projects, which focus on drainage and mobility.

Missouri City saw a more than 10% increase in population since 2010—signicantly less than Fort Bend County and Sugar Land. Missouri City’s 2022 budget puts $134.55 million toward expenditures. MISSOURI CITY

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Fort Bend County and Sugar Land both saw signicant growth since the 2010 census. Missouri City’s population growth was closer to 10%. Population changes

Quick community facts

Year founded

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$134.55M $297.69M

10-year population change Fort Bend County: +40.6% Texas: +15.9%

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Local demographics*

Missouri City’s tax rate is nearly twice as much as Sugar Land’s, but some unincorporated areas have their own tax rates. 202122 property tax rates (per $100 valuation) Top tax rates

Sugar Land’s largest demographic is Asian at 38.4% of the population—passing white at 38.1%. Missouri City’s largest demographic is Black or African American with 40.6%.

12.1% 38.1%

18.9% 18.8% 40.6%

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White

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American Indian or Alaska native

18.2% 0.03% 0.48%

38.4% 0.02%

Asian

Native Hawaiian or other Pacic Islander

0.5% 3.5%

Some other race Two or more races

2.8%

*ALL CATEGORIES LISTED ARE RACES, EXCEPT FOR HISPANIC OR LATINO, WHICH IS NOT A RACE. HOWEVER, THE PERCENTAGES OF THE RACES LISTED DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANIC OR LATINO RESIDENTS. NOTE: DUE TO ROUNDING, PERCENTAGES MAY NOT COME OUT TO 100%.

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18732 University Blvd., Sugar Land www.wingologyrestaurant.com $$ COMING SOON 2022 9 Woles Restaurants and Sports Bars 2329 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land 2819800009 www.woles.com/locations/woles-sugar-land $ H K GREEK 10 Gyro King 2587 Town Center Blvd. N., Ste. N., Sugar Land 8325004896 www.gyroking.com $ 11 Gyro Republic 19920 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land 8328474736 www.gyrorepublic.com $ ASIAN 12 Silom Station 222 Hwy. 6, Ste. 500, Sugar Land 2813400707 www.silomstation.com $$ 13 Takara Sushi & Asian Bistro

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4 KB’s Hot Chicken 636 S. Hwy. 6, Ste. 500, Sugar Land 2813025710 www.facebook.com/KBshotchicken $ H K 5 Main Bird Hot Chicken 13513 University Blvd., Ste. 300, Sugar Land 3463092196 www.facebook.com/Main-Chick- HTX109144654164275

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HEALTHANDWELLNESS 34 Alkaline Market 4713 Hwy. 6, Missouri City 3463042186 www.thealkalinemarket.com 35 Water Tree Sugar Land 11134 S. Hwy. 6, Ste. 202, Sugar Land 8329176358 www.facebook.com/sugarlandwatertree GROCERY STORES 36 Balanced Foods 9101 Sienna Crossing Drive, Ste. 185, Missouri City 3463189517 www.balancedfoods.com 37 My Spice Grocery 6158 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City 2819695343 www.facebook.com/myspicegrocery LIQUOR STORESSMOKE SHOPS 38 Bahama Mama 7022 Hwy. 6, Missouri City 2392093375 39 Dreamz Smoke and Vape 10581 S. Hwy. 6, Sugar Land 3462790201 www.houstonsmokeandvape.com 40 Jellos Liquor 16661 W. Airport Blvd., Sugar Land 2813025761 www.jellosgroup.com MISCELLANEOUS 41 Blue Door Antiques 2883 Dulles Ave., Missouri City 8326542485 42 Little Joy Snacks, Sweets & Gifts 16121 City Walk, Sugar Land 43 Chamak Cosmetics + Chocolates 3023 and 3027 N. Main St., Staord 8325004348 www.chamakcosmeticsandchocolates.com

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15830 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 100, Sugar Land 8329398983 www.takarahouston.com $$ H K 14 The Nines Thai Cuisine 203 Century Square Blvd., Ste. 150, Sugar Land 2813025497 www.theninesthai.com $$ 15 Umami Japanese Restaurant 18921 University Blvd., Ste. 900, Sugar Land 2819037067 www.facebook.com/umami.sugarland $$ SEAFOOD 16 Crawsh Bistro 9340 Hwy. 6 S., Ste. 100, Missouri City 8324400013 www.crawshbistro.com $$ 17 Happy Crab Cajun Seafood 5418 Hwy. 6, Missouri City 6462093637 ww.facebook.com/happy-crab-110061241361988 COMING SOON 2022 INDIAN 18 Elite Indo Pak Restaurant 11941 S. Hwy 6, Sugar Land www.eliteindopak.com COMING SOON 2022 19 Mahesh’s Kitchen 16019 City Walk, Sugar Land 8324056395 www.maheshskitchen.com $$ H K 20 Nayaab Restaurant

16100 Kensington Drive, Ste. 400, Sugar Land 7132347242 K ITALIAN 21 Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza 18802 University Blvd., Ste. 140, Sugar Land www.myrosatis.com COMING SOON 2022 DESSERT 22 Beard Papa’s 3516 Hwy. 6 S., Sugar Land 2813025289 www.beardpapas.com/sugarland 23 Gelato Picks 16525 Lexington Blvd., Ste. 130, Sugar Land 3468747494 www.gelatopicks.com $ 24 Karachi Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor 11315 S. Hwy. 6, Ste. H, Sugar Land 2812079591 www.karachirestaurantandicecreamparlor.com $ 25 Morelia Gourmet Paletas 16155 City Walk, Sugar Land www.paletasmorelia.com COMING SOON 2022 26 Red Circle Ice Cream 3595 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land www.redcirclefranchising.com WINEBEERCOCKTAILS 27 Candy Shack Daiquiris 6850 Hwy. 6, Missouri City 8327814897

www.candyshackdaiquiris.com 28 Messina Hof Harvest Green Winery & Kitchen 8921 Harlem Road, Richmond 3462929463 www.messinahof.com $$$ H 29 Uncorked: Daiquiri’s & More 5211 Hwy. 6, Ste. F, Missouri City 8325391445 www.facebook.com/daiquirisnmore $$ TEACOFFEE 30 Dulles Nutrition 609 Dulles Ave., Ste. 800, Staord 3463425257 www.facebook.com/dullesnutrition 31 Gong Cha 4899 Hwy. 6, Ste. 107C, Missouri City 8325391887 www.gongchausa.com/tx-sugarland $

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Houston-areamobility groups plan for federal funds from$1.2 trillion bill

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hurdles needed to be cleared before HGAC or other planning organiza- tions can begin discussing funding allocation. “It’s going to take a fair amount of time for [all of the funding announce- ments] to work their way through their processes before we start seeing that,” he said. Once the new appropriations bill makes its way through Congress in 2022, Raborn said HGAC plans to get public input into future transporta- tion planning in the spring. HGAC is updating the region’s four-year, 10-year and 25-year transportation plans, which will receive input from the public and local governments before informing the state of the prioritized projects to receive funds. Raborn said updates could be complete by the rst and second quarters of 2023. He said it is too early to tell how much of the funding the Greater Houston area will receive and which projects will be allotted funds. Susan Lent, an adviser to the city of Houston, said the city might be a candidate for a $1.4 billion grant for weather preparation projects, a $250 million congestion relief pro- gram and a $3 billion railroad grade crossing elimination program. Construction could begin soon

ROADMAP TO FUNDING Once Congress approves funding in 2022, local governments and planning groups coordinate to receive funds.

President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law Nov. 6, provid- ing funds for projects nationwide. Texas is expected to get about $35 billion of that funding, while existing federal aid programs will receive an inux of $265.4 billion over ve years, according to Chandra Bhat at The University of Texas. Craig Raborn, transportation director of metropolitan planning organization Houston-Galveston Area Council, said Houston-area entities will have 11 new grant programs to apply for. Raborn said the bill’s broad scope will increase funding to programs, such as the Surface Transportation Block Grant, which is seeing a 24% increase in funding. “It’s a big bill; there’s a lot in it,” Raborn said. “And so it’s going to take a lot of time for agencies like ours to nd and match the pieces to the needs they have.” Raborn also highlighted new programs that could target resiliency and ood control as areas of interest, such as the PROTECT Program, which provides up to $8.7 billion to help reinforce surface transportation routes and evacuation routes. However, Raborn cautioned that other federal funding and regulatory INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN HOUSTON The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will boost federal programs and open new ones Houston-area entities can apply for.

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FM 1092 median installation A project to install medians along FM 1092 will precede a resurfacing project, which will bid in March. Timeline: January-July 2022 for instal- lation, March-TBD for resurfacing Cost: $2.4 million Funding source: TxDOT

organizations, or MPOs, such as the Houston-Galveston Area Council, add projects to plans. INPUT Local governments and the public provide input on projects to prioritize. PROJECT DESIGN The MPO sends its project recommendations to the state, which works out design details with the local government. CONTRACTS Local and state governments administer contracts for project construction.

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on a high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas by privately owned Texas Central. Lent said a $36 billion program for high-speed rail lines is for governmental entities, but private

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Grand Parkway widening TxDOT will widen 5.9 miles of the Grand Parkway to six lanes total. Timeline: October 2022-October 2024 Cost: $85 million Funding sources: state and federal funds

Houston metro planning organizations will have 11 new grant programs to apply for.

Existing federal programs will see an increase of $265.4 billion over ve years.

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in federal funding, Texas will receive $35 billion.

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Stang challenges persist in some FBISD roles BY HUNTER MARROW

Some district roles have seen stang declines as ocials seek potential solutions—but teaching roles continue increasing. STAFFING CHALLENGES

FORT BEND ISD As districts across the country face stang shortages, Fort Bend ISD has maintained its teach- ers—but ocials said other district roles are harder to ll. According to the district, the number of teachers increased from 4,844 during the 2018-19 school year to 5,262 in 2020-21—but substitutes and bus drivers have not seen the same stang increases. “Right now we have 120 teacher vacancies, and we have about 50 bus driver vacancies,” FBISD Super- intendent Christie Whitbeck said. “Those are areas where we’re focusing the most. Keep in mind that we have 12,500 employees, so you have to put that into perspective.” The number of FBISD bus drivers has declined since 2018-19 from 386 down to 366 in 2020-21. It joins other areas seeing declines, including child nutrition workers, which saw a one-year drop from 572 employees in 2019-20 down to 535 in 2020-21. Substitute teachers saw a sharp decline in that time period from 1,386 to 1,118. “The shortages are mostly in hard-to-ll jobs,” Whitbeck said. “For example, like in special education, upper-level math and science, some specic career technology where you need trade skills, those have always been hard to ll.”

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UH to build College of Technology facility at Sugar Land campus The University of Houston College of Technology will move to the Sugar Land campus after the Texas Legislature put $52.4 million toward a second technology building. “This will help all of the UH System universities and instructional sites to improve their respective facilities so that we may continue to expand educational opportunities and launch new programs that meet the changing workforce demands of our regional and state economies,” said Jason Smith, UH vice chancellor for governmental and community relations. The building’s location and timeline for construction are not yet available.

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FBISD continues to search for solutions for its stang challenges. “We have some grow-your-own programs to grow our own people—bring them up through the ranks to become teachers,” she said. “We’re working with the universities. We have a strong HR department. ... We had an employee fair. ... We’ll continue with that kind of outreach.”

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NewMissouri City citymanager assumes role

Telfair drainage project kicks o The $2.2 million drainage improvement project in the Telfair community began construction Dec. 20. The project, approved by City Council in November and funded by the 2019 bond, will include the installation of a storm sewer line and the enlargement of inlets. Ocials expect the project to be complete by May. Riley wins runo election by 5 votes Monica Riley has ocially been elected to lead District A on Missouri City City Council. Riley received 393 votes, or 50.32% of the vote. Opponent Reginald Pearson secured 388 votes, or 49.68%—a dierence of ve votes. Township Square closer to updates Renovations to a Missouri City shopping center staple are one step closer. Township Square Shopping Plaza, located at the intersection of Hwy. 6 and FM 1092, will undergo a series of renovations in an upcoming redesign, ocials said. Council approved the rst of two readings that would rezone the property to allow for redevelopment as well as design exibility, city documents said.

BY HUNTER MARROW MISSOURI CITY The employment contract for Missouri City’s new city manager ocially began Dec. 13 after a unanimous City Council vote Nov. 6 approved an employment contract for Charles “Tink” Jackson. The approval of his contract came after Jackson was selected unani- mously by City Council for the role. “I’m very honored and humbled to be selected as a nalist and just feel absolutely blessed to have been selected as the person to be the next city manager,” Jackson said. “I’m extremely excited to get started moving Missouri City forward quickly and productively.” Jackson lls the role following City Council’s decision to terminate the employment contract of former City Manager Odis Jones without cause in April 2021. “There’s been some turmoil there

“I’M EXTREMELY EXCITED TO GET STARTED MOVING MISSOURI CITY FORWARD QUICKLY AND PRODUCTIVELY.” CHARLES “TINK” JACKSON, MISSOURI CITY CITY MANAGER

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ENCOURAGING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT As Missouri City ocials promote revitalization, development moves forward. Fort Bend Town Center II will have retail, restaurants and entertainment, while Phase 3 will consist of mixed commercial use and apartments.

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The Texas Parkway/Cartwright Corridor Development Advisory Committee comprises seven residents with connections to the area. The committee brought forward a $1 million program that reimburses businesses for a portion of the money they spend on exterior improvements.

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Missouri City businesses along Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road can now apply to the city’s Facade Improvement Incentive Program. The program reimburses commercial businesses up to 75% or $200,000 for renovations that improve building exteriors. To qualify, businesses must be located on Texas Parkway between Cartwright Road and Hwy. 90A or on Cartwright Road between Texas Parkway and Dulles Avenue. Painting Updating signage Updating doors & windows Restriping parking lots Adding exterior lighting Landscaping Enhancing patios/decks ELIGIBLE UPGRADES INCLUDE: Additional details and the application are available at www.missouricitytx.gov/1077/ facade-improvement-incentive-program

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2021-22 budget for economic develop- ment and beautication eorts. On Nov. 15, City Council approved $1 million of this funding for the Facade Improvement Incentive Pro- gram, which will reimburse businesses located along Texas Parkway and Cart- wright Road up to 75% or $200,000 for exterior upgrades or renovations. Nettles said the program, the com- mittee’srst big initiative, aims tobeau- tify the area and promote investment. With $500,000 not yet allocated, White said the committee is consider- ing a restaurant program and median beautication projects in the future. Je Wiley, the president of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, said it is harder to redevelop than to build, and investors avoid hurdles. “There will need to be a sustained eort and vision wherever commit- ments exist to redevelop, a patient citi- zenry and engaged taxing districts that see the long-term benets of investing or establishing incentives for redevel- opment to occur,” Wiley said. Despite challenges, Nettles said res- idents will see the results of revitaliza- tion eorts start materializing in 2022. “In no way will we leave this area behind,” Nettles said. “This area is just as important a part of the community as Hwy. 6 and Fort Bend Toll [Road].” Promoting newgrowth Missouri City is also experiencing growth along Hwy. 6 toward the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road.

“That growth is just really an organic growth that’s happening due to the expansion of population [and] infra- structure,” Nettles said. Two upcoming developments driv- ing growth are Phase 2 and 3 of the Fort Bend Town Center as well as the new Amazon fulllment center, she said. Wiley said these recent devel- opments are good signs for quality growth within the city and will bring new commercial tax centers to support the growing population. “[Fort Bend Town Center] will pro- vide a community focal point now and in the future to those with proximity to Fort Bend Parkway [Toll Road] and Hwy. 6,” Wiley said in an email. Construction on Fort Bend Town Center II broke ground Aug. 5 and is expected to be completed by late 2023, according to a press release fromdevel- oper NewQuest Properties. The devel- opment will be anchored by a 12-screen Cinemark theater with the remaining space featuring retail, restaurants and an entertainment venue. NewQuest Properties also purchased land for Phase 3 of the development, which will include mixed-commercial space and 589 apartments. Construc- tion on Phase 3 will begin in mid-2022, according to a release. Nettles said the development has renewed interest in the area. Likewise, with the Amazon fulllment center’s opening in late 2021, she said there has been a push for multifamily housing to support the workforce.

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and meet those needs, they had to travel outside of Missouri City.” Boney said the lack of amenities drove residents out of the corridor and into neighboring communities or developing areas near Hwy. 6. “[Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road] is a major thoroughfare when you rst come into the city,” White said. “It just didn’t give a very good [look] or benet to the community.” Boney said the city has worked to create an economic development plan focused on attracting strategic indus- tries and growth. However, the citywas without an economic development director for about a year until Nettles was hired—slowing progress. According to Nettles, the city has a responsibility to revitalize aging areas. “When you have a part of the com- munity that essentially had a tremen- dous amount of resources at one time and left, … it is [the city’s] obligation to make sure that you’re ghting to bring those resources back so no part of the community is left behind,” she said. City Council in April appointed seven residents, including White, who have a connection to the area to serve on the Texas Parkway/Cartwright Cor- ridor Development Advisory Commit- tee, which Boney chairs. The city is working with the commit- tee to establish programs to encour- age businesses to come to the corridor using $1.5 million in the scal year

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“We want business growthwhere we canhaveworkforcedevelopment going on where people are actually opening up their headquarters or bringing their businesses toMissouri City to hire local and bring people to Missouri City to live, work and play,” Boney said. White said as Missouri City contin- ues growing, she hopes to restore the some of the vibrancy it had when she moved there. “I want somebody to come to Mis- souri City and say, ‘I’d really like to live there because they [oer] all the needs that society has today and a few of the wants,’” she said.

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