Neartown/Montrose Association Meeting – September 2010

I attended the August Neartown Association meeting tonight at the Cherryhurst Park Community Center.  Minutes from the meeting will be posted at the Neartown website, but I took a few notes from the discussions:

Whole Foods (Waugh at Dallas)

Whole Foods representatives Scott Simons and Mark Dixon presented renderings of the new Whole Foods store planned for the corner of Waugh and W Dallas.  The store is currently epxected to open in March or April of 2011.  The 40,000 square foot store will be slightly larger than the Kirby location.  Whole Foods is planning to add solar panels and rainwater collection, as well as pedestrian and bike friendly spaces.  Concerns over parking, bicycle access, layout and the loading dock were adressed at the meeting. 

Whole Foods is also searching for local artists for wall and sculptural art.  More information can be found at the Whole Foods Houston facebook site.

Renew Houston

Renew Houston reviewed the benefits of Proposition 1 (on this November’s ballot).  Proposition 1 creates a dedicated fund to repar aging streets and drainage systems in Houston.  The Neartown Association passed a motion to support the proposition.  More information can be found at

HISD Choices in Education

The second annual community forum will be held at the First Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Clay downtown Wednesday, October 27th, at 6:30pm.  The forum will explain the various HISD programs (Magnet, Vanguard, etc).  Contact Gwen Syzdek at or Brenda Kenney for more information.

 Peter Schwethelm for HISD Board of Education, District VIII

Peter Schwethelm requested your vote.

Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County

The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) provides free mediation services conducted by trained professionals to help people resolve their disputes.

2010 National Night Out

Please join us at the 1800 block of Norfolk on Tuesday, October 5th, 6 – 8 PM for our annual National Night Out event. We’ll be serving hamburgers and hotdogs grilled up fresh with chips, cokes, beer, and wine for all our residents. Feel free to bring an additional side or dessert to share.