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Demand for substitutes rises inTomball,Magnolia ISDs

DAILY PAY School districts in northwest Houston range in substitute teacher pay with additional compensation on certain days of the week for some districts. On March 9, Tomball ISD trustees approved additional compensation for Mondays and Fridays.

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22 positions were unlled on average in February 2021. With teachers out for longer periods of time and reduced applicant pools due to COVID- 19, districts have adapted by implementing new recruit- ment strategies and programs to help meet the need, district ocials said. “When you see teachers getting quarantined because they’ve come in close contact with a COVID[-19] case—and sometimes this happens mul- tiple times to a teacher—you can imagine the consequences to a campus where several of these teachers are out,” said Rob D’Amico, spokesperson for the Texas American Federation of Teachers, noting districts statewide are seeing similar demands for substitutes. CONTINUED ON 26

Fullling increased demand for substitute teach- ers amid the coronavirus pandemic has proven to be a challenge this year for Tomball andMagnolia ISDs, district o- cials said. District data shows the gap between the number of substitutes needed and the number of substitute positions lled has widened since the 2019-20 school year, prior to the pandemic’s onset. an For example, in February 2020, Tomball ISD was unable to ll an average of eight sub- stitute teacher positions each day, whereas in February 2021, an average of 17 positions were left unlled daily, according to district data. In Magnolia ISD, the district had an average of 10 positions unlled daily in February 2020, whereas

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This March marked the sixth anniversary of Magnolia resi- dent Danielle Sleeper’s unsolved disappearance in 2015. Sleeper, who was 32 years old at the time she went miss- ing, was last seen attending a barbecuewith her husband and friends o Bowler Road and FM 1488 just east of Magnolia on the evening of March 21, 2015, according to records from the Montgomery County Sheri’s Oce. According to Sleeper’s husband, the family—along with Sleeper’s 3-year-old son— CONTINUED ON 28

Billboards with information about cold cases are placed at more than 30 locations in the Greater Houst on area. COURTESY MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFF ICE

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NOWOPEN 1 Viva Jalisco Taqueria & Restaurant opened at 10800 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 100, Tomball, on March 24. The taque- ria specializes in authentic Mexican fare such as fajitas, carnitas and carne guisada. 346-808-5886. www.vivajalisco4.com 2 James Avery Artisan Jewelry opened April 7 at 33020 FM 2978, Ste. 531, Magnolia, in Westwood Village. The

Texas-based, family-owned retailer oers nely crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold, bronze and gemstones. The Magnolia location oers curbside pickup, options to buy online and pick up in store, and in-store shopping. 800-283-1770. www.jamesavery.com 3 Local craft daiquiri business Daq Shack held a soft opening at 6920 FM 1488, Magnolia, in late February. The

business is planning to hold a grand opening May 5. In addition to oering a selection of avored daiquiri cocktails, the drive-thru business hosts a number of food trucks on-site, such as Mr. Porco HTX, Kaleb’s Krawsh & Seafood and Chamowes. 832-400-4629. www.facebook.com/daqshackmagnolia 4 PetSuites The Woodlands opened in April at 8531 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. The location oers pet boarding, training

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7 Tire and wheel repair service provider TireLink will open its third location this fall in Magnolia, Tomball store manager Austin Webb said. Soon to be located on FM 1488 at North Westwood Drive, the business also has two other locations in Spring and Tomball. TireLink oers tire brands such as Bridgestone and Conti- nental as well as services such as at repair and tire balancing. www.tirelinkco.com 8 Co-owners Barkat Sunesara and Sharif Ali are planning to open Bubba’s Gas Station in late December at 19603 Telge Road, Tomball. The new business plans to include ve fuel pumps and grocery amenities. Contact information for the business was not available before press time. 9 The Joint Chiropractic will open a Tomball location in mid-May at 14040 FM 2920, Ste. B. in the Tomball Town Center. The Tomball location will oer chiroprac- tic adjustments for back, neck, shoulder, elbow and knee pain. The Joint does not require appointments or insurance; walk- ins are welcomed. The location will also be open on evenings and weekends for convenience. Clients can receive a com- plimentary visit at the new FM 2920 loca- tion by texting TheJoint2920 to 56468. 877-872-4476. www.thejoint.com RELOCATIONS 10 Smitty’s Meat Market and Smoke- house is planning to relocate to a new facility at 22621 Hufsmith-Kohrville Road, Tomball, from its existing Mahaey Road site, according to Tomball Economic

Development Corp. information. Owner Blake Smith said the relocation is antici- pated by year’s end. Smitty’s applied for a TEDC grant—which council members authorized April 5—to aid with infrastruc- ture costs related to the construction of an 8,000-square-foot commercial build- ing for the meat market and wild game processing facility. Smitty’s oers custom meats, smoked meats, appetizers and wild game processing and has outgrown its Mahaey Road facility, according to meeting information. 281-516-7205. www.smittysmeat.com 11 We Rock the Spectrum children’s gym plans an April opening at 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 104, Conroe. The business is under the new ownership of Taya and Dustin Thornburgh at a new location in The Woodlands area. A location formerly operated on Sawdust Road. The gym provides an environment to help children with movement sensory processing, com- munication, strength, social interactions and self-care skills, according to the business website. Equipment includes a zip line, trampoline and hammock swing. www.werockthespectrum thewoodlands.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Christ Community Church will cele- brate its 10th anniversary in Magnolia on April 25. Led by lead pastor Seth Thorn- ton, the church oers worship services at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy in addition to virtual service options. Christ Community Church will host an April 25 celebration event in which attendees

Beef short stack rib sliced o the bone, seared, sousvide and grilled will be served.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Chef Paul Friedman, the founder and a former owner of Peli Peli, will be returning to Vintage Park this summer with a new concept, The Chef’s Table . According to Friedman, The Chef’s Table will open in June at 110 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. P, Houston—the former location of Peli Peli prior to its coronavirus pandemic-induced closure in March 2020. While Friedman said Peli Peli featured South African cuisine, The Chef’s Table will be inspired by Friedman’s own personal travels. Some dishes patrons can look forward to will be steamed and grilled octopus with scallops, topped with a chimichurri sauce; beef short stack rib sliced o the bone, seared, sousvide and grilled; and Indian curried fried onions. The Chef’s Table will serve lunch and dinner daily

as well as brunch on weekends. Friedman said the restaurant will feature both indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar and a retail store where Friedman will sell his spices and sauces as well as wine and beer. The entire venue will feature a 1920s theme echoing “The

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can participate in a dinner and other activities. Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy is located at 9768 Research Forest Drive, Magnolia. 281-846-5095. www.c3.church 13 Bradie, Bradie and Bradie, a fami- ly-owned law rm, celebrated its 30th anniversary April 1. The rm, formed in 1991, specializes in wills, estate planning and probate work, serving Montgom-

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barbecue dinner, live music, live and virtual silent auctions, Mexican bingo, a rockwall, inatables, food and other activities. Proceeds from the event go toward building a new church. Noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). Behind the church, 302 FM 1774, Magnolia. 281-356-2000. https://st-matthias.net/bazaar 08 BROWSE VINTAGE CARS First Presbyterian Church Tomball presents its annual vintage car festival with a May 29 rain date. Health and safety guidelines will be in place at the outdoor festival. The event includes Cajun music by The Barn Band, craft vendors, face painting and barbecue in addition to the car show. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). www.fpctomball.org 22 SUPPORT HISTORICAL PRESERVATION, STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The Kohrville Community Association presents a community festival fundraiser with assorted food trucks, a waterslide, desserts for sale, a car show, a rae, a DJ, face painting and other activities. Proceeds go toward historical preservation and scholarships. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission), $10 (per car show entry). 10555 Spring Cypress Road, Houston. www.kohrvillecommunityassociation.com

prizes, a barbecue food truck on-site, and a donation collection of wipes and diapers for the Community Assistance Center of Montgomery County. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 6910 FM 1488, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/qochiro 01 ENJOY A CRAWFISH FESTIVAL The city of Tomball’s annual Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival returns following COVID-19-related festival cancellations in 2020. The festival features live music, crawsh, Cajun treats, festival food and a kids zone. Live music from Bayou Roux, The Posse, The Gary Michael Dahl Band and Mango Punch is also slated. 11 a.m. (gates open), noon (music begins). Free (admission, parking). 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.tomballtx.gov 01 VOTE IN THE MAGNOLIA ISD ELECTION Position 6 of the Magnolia ISD board of trustees is on the May 1 ballot. Incumbent Travis Moatt and candidate Sharon Craig are running for election to Position 6. Early voting wraps up April 27. Voters must cast a ballot in their precinct on election day for Montgomery County races. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. www.elections.mctx.org 02 BROWSE A SPRING BAZAAR St. Matthias Catholic Church hosts its 43rd annual bazaar with a

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MAY 01 CELEBRATE NEW MOTHERS Quality of Life Chiropractic’s Bump Day Celebration honors moms and babies with educational vendors for new moms, entertainment for children, door $30 (registration at gate, parking donations accepted). 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball. 713-410-6542. www.tomballlionsclub.com The Tomball Lions Club hosts its annual car show open to all makes and models and car clubs with awards available in 33 categories. Music, barbecue and beverages will also be available. A rain date is proposed for May 2. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission),

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FEATURED EVENT April 30May 9: Shop local 10 Days of Tomball Together, presented by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and Tomball Economic Development Corp., is a 10-day campaign encouraging residents to support small businesses in Tomball. The event includes sales and special events as well as mystery shoppers handing out $100 to the rst to identify them. Participating shoppers can also enter a rae. Find the list of participating businesses and mystery shopper clues online. Times and locations vary. Downtown Tomball 281-351-7222 www.tomballtogether.com

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A virtual meeting was held April 22, after press time, for Montgomery County Precinct 2 residents to provide input on transportation concerns locally as Precinct 2 and the Houston-Galveston Area Council conduct a mobility study. Residents can submit feedback and pinpoint areas of concern on a map online until May 14. The study began in September and is expected to last until spring 2022, according to the HGAC. The study will recommend short-, medium- and long-range transportation projects for Precinct 2. Mobilitystudyunderway

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FM 2978 widening The Texas Department of Transportation is widening FM 2978 from two to four lanes between FM 1488 and

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The new, nontolled direct connector will carry northbound travelers on I-45 onto eastbound Hwy. 242. The project, estimated to take two years, will be funded in conjunction with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and is estimated to total $30 million. “This will bring relief to the trac snarls that occur in this area and allow for all vehicles that need quicker access to reach the area hospitals a better chance at saving time to save lives as well as other emergencies,” Riley said.

For more information: https://engage.h-gac.com/montgomery- county-precinct-2-mobility-study

FM 1488 widening The TxDOT project widens FM 1488 from the Waller County line near Joseph Road to FM 1774 in Magnolia. As of March 28—the most recently available data—TxDOT informa-

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tion shows the project was 13% complete. The project widens FM 1488 from two to four lanes with a continu- ous left-turn lane. Timeline: Nov. 23, 2020-rst quarter 2023 Cost: $29.79 million Funding source: TxDOT

Hwy. 249segment fromFM1488 toFM1774 inToddMissionopens

Segment 1B of the Hwy. 249 extension project opened March 26, allowing tollway access from FM 1488 in Magnolia to FM 1774 north of Todd Mission, according to the TX SH 249 project team. The opening marks the completion of the exten- sion project’s Segment 1, as Segment 1A— extending 6.4 miles from FM 1774 in Pinehurst to FM 1488 in Magnolia—opened Aug. 8, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. “[Hwy.] 249 coming all the way up to 1486 was ... something that’s been talked about for a long, long time,” said Brett Schoeneld, president and general manager of Blue Jack National, a private golf club and community located on FM 1486 near Magnolia

and Montgomery. “It’s going to have a signicant economic impact on Montgomery County, and certainly Blue Jack will be a beneciary of that.” According to the Hwy. 249 project

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boulevard from Siedel Cemetery Road to north of FM 2920 in the Tomball area. The project was awarded Nov. 10 for construction to Mar-Con Services LLC. Precinct 3 is managing construction. Construction was slated to begin March 29. Timeline: November 2020-May 9, 2022 Cost: $3.98 million Funding sources: Harris County precincts 3 and 4

website, Segment 2 will include the construction of a two-lane, nontolled highway extending 11 miles from FM 1774 in Todd Mission through Grimes County to Hwy. 105 in Navasota. The nal segment is scheduled for completion in late 2023.

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TRANSPORTATION County judges debate transportation funding legislation, I45 plans at annual mobilitymeeting

“We have these tax increment reinvestment zones and nancing, but we don’t have it for the county as it relates to transportation projects. Anything that will help us be able to control our destiny as we move forward as local entities especially with the growth happening in Mont- gomery County.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo echoed this support. “For Harris in particular we would use that for transit operations to serve folks outside the [Metropolitan Transit Authority] service areas,” she said. I45 improvement project The panel also discussed TxDOT’s proposed project to reroute and expand portions of I-45. Although TxDOT has moved forward with several steps in process, including completing its federally mandated environmental impact studies, Harris County issued a challenge in the form of a lawsuit in March. However, a resolution between TxDOT and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which funds a portion of the project, was approved March 26. Hidalgo said the federal govern- ment has identied the project as potentially violating civil rights, and it could displace a thousand single mul- tifamily units as well as two schools. Keough described the situation as “politically charged.” “It has not been proven it’s a civil rights violation that has slowed this process down so it’s going to be a couple years before we can move forward on this,” Keough said at the March 26 meeting. “It’s gotten so politically charged it’s on the edge of out of control.” Emma Whalen contributed to this report.

BY VANESSA HOLT

Transportation topics

Five county judges in the Greater Houston area convened in a meeting with Transportation Advocacy Group-Houston Region on March 26 to discuss regional mobility challenges, legislation and upcoming projects. TAGHouston board members moderating the event highlighted several pieces of legislation they said would be important to watch this year as well as projects like Texas Department of Transportation’s planned $7 billion overhaul of I-45. That project drew a lawsuit from Harris County March 11 claiming that TxDOT did not adequately consider the environmental ramications of the project. Among the other items TAGHous- ton brought up, House Bill 2219 would open accessibility to the Texas Mobility Fund, allowing TxDOT to issue bonds secured by future revenue as legislation previ- ously allowed from 2001 until 2015, according to TxDOT. House Joint Resolution 99 would call for a constitutional amendment to allow counties to issue bonds or notes for Transportation Reinvestment Zones. A TRZ nances redevelopment of an underdeveloped or blighted area, and bonds could be repaid through increases in property tax revenue, according to the resolution. County judges agreed the TRZ bill would give them additional opportu- nities to secure funding for projects. “I’m in full agreement,” said Mont- gomery County Judge Mark Keough.

Current legislation

At odds over I-45

Two items proposed in the 87th legislative session were among those pertaining to transportation funding.

A $7 billion Texas Department of Transportation project proposes to widen and reroute portions of I-45.

Segment 1: 2025 or later Segment 2: late 2023 Segment 3: late 2021

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344 commercial buildings 2 schools

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Developments underway in the Magnolia area

model home in May with home sales underway. Devon Street homes begin in the $220,000 range with up to five bedrooms and floor plans ranging from 1,500 to 2,662 square feet. “Homeowners will benefit from an excellent location near plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment and employment, as well as on-site retail and a number of parks and other amenities,” said Sam Yager, vice president of Audubon Magnolia Development LLC— the developer behind the project—in the release. Phase 1 of Audubon also includes Screech Park, featuring a play structure, swings, benches, activity lawns, trails and a screech owl habitat. In addition to the 4,200 single-family homes planned throughout Audubon, the master plan also includes 550 acres for mixed-use development, such as retail and dining space, according to the release. “Audubon is designed to be a walkable community filled with beautiful homes that have easy access to community amenities and destination shopping and dining,” Yager said in the release. “Every home is situated to be within a five-minute walk of a trail, a park or another amenity.”

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60-ACREMIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTMAGNOLIA VILLAGE SLATEDAT SPUR 149 A 60-acre mixed-use development is in the works at FM 1488 and Spur 149 in Magnolia, Gulf Coast Commercial Group Inc. announced in an April 6 release. The development, known as Magnolia Village, will be located across Spur 149 from Stratus Properties’ proposed Magnolia Place development where H-E-B is scheduled to break ground in June, according to the release. Phase 1 of Magnolia Village spans 36 acres of retail and office space as well as 300 multifamily units, according to the release. “We are extremely bullish about the future of this rapidly growing and currently underserved north side pocket,” said Tom Lile, Gulf Coast Commercial Group Inc. president, in the release. “It’s one of the most dynamic suburban intersections to arise since COVID[-19] began and ideally poised for daily needs tenants ranging from restaurants and medical to service businesses and general retail.” Magnolia Village is slated for completion in fall 2022, according to the release. The leasing of big-box tenants will be overseen by Gulf Coast Commercial Group Inc., while Houston- based Ironbridge Realty Partners will market the multitenant retail and restaurant spaces along Spur 149 and FM 1488, according to the release.

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MASTER-PLANNEDMAGNOLIA SPRINGS SET FOR 665 ACRES The Signorelli Co. announced April 6 a new 665- acre master-planned community is set for Magnolia. Named Magnolia Springs, the new community is anticipated to feature 1,900 single-family homes, according to the release. “The community’s picturesque, wooded creek running through the property, coupled with the convenience of the future [Hwy. 249 extension], makes this an ideal place to call home,” said Juanita Orsak, vice president of land development for The Signorelli Co., in the release. Magnolia Springs sits along FM 1486 just north of the Hwy. 249 extension. It will be zoned to Magnolia ISD and include more FIRSTMODEL HOMES OPEN IN AUDUBON INMAGNOLIA Home sales have begun within the master-planned Audubon community with the April 5 opening of its first model homes by Anglia Homes, Audubon representatives announced in an April 5 release. Audubon spans 3,000 acres at the crosshairs of the Hwy. 249 tollway extension and FM 1488 in Magnolia. Anglia Homes and Devon Street Homes are developing within Audubon’s first phase. Audubon is expected to have 4,200 single-family homes at build- out, according to the release. Anglia’s model homes begin in the $240,000s with 15 plans available, ranging from one- and two-story options from 1,464 to 2,653 square feet, per the release. Devon Street Homes is anticipated to open a

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ROSEHILLMEADOWS UNDERWAY The 51-acre community Rosehill Meadows is in the early stages on Decker-Prairie Rosehill Road in Magnolia. Developer Ahmet Ozan said the community will include approximately 250 home sites in two sections. The first 120 sites are slated to be ready in July for model home construction. The neighborhood will feature parks, picnic areas and walking trails. Devon Street Homes and Colina Homes are the builders in the community. According to Devon Street Homes, model homes will be available this fall. COURTESY DEVON STREET HOMES

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MUSTANG RIDGE IN THEWORKS KB Home is developing Mustang Ridge, which is under construction near Magnolia West High School. The community will feature 226 lots and is anticipated to open this summer, spokesperson Cara Kane said in an email. The new community will offer homes ranging from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths, beginning in the low $200,000 price range. A park, playground and pavilion are also planned, Kane said.

97-HOME CREEKSIDE COURT UNDER CONSTRUCTION Creekside Court, a KB Home community, is underway in Magnolia and anticipated to open this summer. The community will feature 97 single-family homes with a park, playground and open green space also planned, spokesperson Cara Kane said in an email. Homes will range from 1,200 to 2,600 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to three bathrooms, she said. Additionally, preliminary pricing is anticipated to be in the low $200,000s range.

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DEVELOPMENT Sidewalks, renovations taking shape on Houston Street inOld Town Tomball

Renewing Houston Street

Family-owned The Hutson Group is adding sidewalks to Houston Street in Tomball in three phases following the approval of a matching grant from the Tomball Economic Development Corp. While The Hutson group owns property throughout Old Town, parcels nearby Houston Street are shown.

BY ANNA LOTZ

Phase 1—which is complete—adding sidewalks along the south side of Houston Street westward to Walnut Street in Phase 2 and adding side- walks along the north side of Hous- ton Street from North Elm to Walnut streets in Phase 3, Latsis said. The project is estimated to cost $97,600 and wrap up in late 2021 or early 2022, Hutson said. He said his family owns all of the property on the north and south sides of Houston Street between North Elm and Walnut streets as well as property on Commerce Street and elsewhere in Old Town, which allows for continuity along Houston Street and potential connectivity with Commerce Street. He said he hopes to upgrade an existing driveway near Thirsty Bee Meadery on Commerce Street to a walking path connecting to Houston Street. In addition to lining the new sidewalks with the Hutsons’ signa- ture brick pavers, Hutson said he plans to add street lamps—identical to the lamps on Market Street—and benches. However, improvements beyond installing sidewalks are not included in the TEDC grant, Hutson claried. “Each development or group of buildings that we work on, we sort of have this idea of the look and feel, the vibe that we want to create in that development. The 300 Market Street development … the idea was a turn-of-the-century, sort of 1900s, old downtown [buildings],” Hutson said. “[Houston Street] is more of a nature oriented, nature themed. ...

The Hutson Group, a fami- ly-owned real estate development business in Old Town Tomball, has shifted its focus to the north side of Main Street following the comple- tion of its Market Street develop- ment in 2018, anchored by Fire Ant Brewpub and other tenants. Managing partners and siblings Bryan Hutson and Teresa Latsis said The Hutson Group is adding side- walks on Houston Street with plans for other walkability improvements to accompany building renovations from North Elm to Walnut streets. “There’s been a lot of focus on Market Street because it was new and pretty but looked old, and it was new businesses,” Latsis said. “There’s sort of this divide—there’s the south side, and there’s the north side. … To bring its due attention to both sides … I think it will be really lovely for the north side to have this … coherence of walkability as we move forward.” Tomball City Council approved a Tomball Economic Development Corp. grant for The Hutson Group on March 15 of up to $48,800 for the construction of pedestrian and park- ing improvements along Houston and North Elm streets, according to city information. The grant totals up to 50% of the project costs, according to TEDC information. “General walkability is the goal and also the draw of businesses for the walkability,” Latsis said. The three-phase project includes adding sidewalks at the corner of North Elm and Houston streets in

Sidewalk Improvement Project

The Hutson Group- owned properties

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Phase 1 Scope: corner of North Elm and Houston streets Timeline: completed Estimated cost: $31,250

Phase 2 Scope: south side of Houston Street Timeline: TBD Estimated cost: $18,750

Phase 3 Scope: north side of Houston Street Timeline: TBD Estimated cost: $47,600

On March 15, Tomball City Council approved authorizing the TEDC to grant up to 50%of the sidewalk project’s cost , totaling up to $48,800 in grant funds. SOURCES: THE HUTSON GROUP, CITY OF TOMBALL, TOMBALL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP., HARRIS COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

The walkways we have over on the Houston Street side meander a little bit; they’re curvy; they wander to give more of an organic feel.” Hutson said this ts with the block’s 100-year-old oak trees and existing tenants, which include Callie’s Kitchen, Wild Spirit Yoga, and Gina’s Massage and Bodywork. Latsis said while several buildings on Houston Street still have renova- tions to be done, the vision includes cafes or eateries on the four corners at Houston, North Elm and Walnut

streets. Renovations are ongoing at the former Jane & John Dough Bakery at 208 N. Elm St., which will hopefully be another bakery or cafe, Hutson said. “On the four corners of these blocks, we try to put in cafes or small restaurants, and then we’ll ll in the middle in between them with retail spaces or quasi retail,” Hutson said. “Generally, the corner lots are larger … and make them more accommodating with outdoor and indoor space.”

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