Upcoming Events and Updates in the City of Bellaire
Editor’s Note: This information was originally published in Mandy Nathan’s e-newsletter and tweaked a little for our City Corner blog.
Dear Bellaire Friends,
I'd like to share some information on upcoming events and issues of interest:
Monday, March 30, 6 p.m., Bellaire Civic Center - Community Meeting about the Plans for the Bellaire Facilities Rebuild: Come hear presentations on the "campus plan" adopted by Council for the new City Hall, Civic Center, Police Station and Municipal Courts Building following two meetings in held in May of 2014, as well as several alternative plans. Give your input on which your prefer and why. Council needs your input on the preferable layout of the new facilities, so please come and participate.
Other upcoming events:
- Saturday, April 11, 7:30 a.m. - Bellaire Trolley Run (Bellaire Town Square)
- Saturday, April 18, tentatively scheduled from 12-3 p.m., Dog Day Afternoon (Evelyn's Park)
- Saturday, April 25 - Bellaire City-Wide Garage Sale (Permit fees waived for this day)
- Friday, May 1 - Fab 5 Concert in the Park (Bellaire Town Square Great Lawn)
- Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.- Pop Up in the Park (Evelyn's Park)
- Wednesday Evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Food Truck Wednesdays at Evelyn's Park
Items of interest:
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59/610 Interchange: The City has continued to meet with TxDOT about TxDOT's plans for the reconstruction of the 59N to 610S exchange, which originally included constructing an elevated (35 foot) flyover ramp that would extend to Fournace Street. The City has convinced TxDOT to retain the ramp's current elevation instead of raising it. We are still working out the remaining details of the plan, which also calls for the ramp to become two lanes instead of one, and for through traffic on 610S to be unable to exit on Fournace, but obtaining this concession on the elevation was our top priority. TxDOT expects to host a community meeting about its plans over the summer.
Bellaire HEB Project: HEB's plan for a new two story store at its current location, with parking on the first floor and the store on the second floor, was the subject of a community meeting hosted by HEB last month and a public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Commission this month. The Commission currently intends to consider HEB's plan at its meeting on Tuesday, April 14, and the plan will ultimately need to be approved by Council.
New Construction at 4440 Bissonnet: Council has just approved plans for a new 3-story medical office building and urgent care facility at 4440 Bissonnet, with an accompanying parking garage.
Walmart Project in Houston: Council voted in January to retain attorney Jim Blackburn to explore legal options related to the drainage implications of the Walmart and other developments being constructed and planned in Houston's "Uptown Crossing" district at South Rice at Westpark. Discussions are ongoing.
HISD Rebuilds: Construction on the new Condit has just begun. HISD is still working on developing the plan that it intends to submit to the City for the new Bellaire High School.
Applications for City's Boards and Commissions: The City is accepting applications between now and May 1 for openings on the City's Board's and Commissions. Applications may be submitted online through the City's website.
Bellaire Neighborhood Watch Program: The Police Department is revitalizing this excellent program; call the Police Department at 713-662-8102 for more information.
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