We have a general meeting of the RPCA tonight at 7pm at Zoes Kitchen. Please plan to join us. Dues are just $50 per household. We hope to see you soon.
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Please update your memberships to the Richwood Place Civic Association by paying your 2013 dues today. Visit http://home.richwoodplace.org/membership/ You can pay the $50 dues or a larger donation amount by clicking through the PayPal link. There is also information about where you can mail a payment, if you prefer that option.
Don’t forget, we have our first meeting of 2013, Tuesday, February 26, 7pm at Zoe’s Kitchen. We hope to see you all then!
The RICHWOOD PLACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS will meet tonight at 7. If you have anything that you would like us to discuss, please let us know. We have a lot going on that we will talk about tonight and discuss at our next meeting. Our next General Meeting and election for 2013 is this Tuesday, 7pm at Zoe’s Kitchen. We hope to see you soon!
The citizens asked…. and the city listened! Effective November 1, 2012:
OUR HEAVY TRASH PICKUP DAY IS CHANGING!
It will be the 1st Wednesday of each month
These collections of tree waste and junk waste collection
will still occur in alternate months
(odd months for tree waste and even months for junk waste)
BUT ON THIS NEW HEAVY TRASH DAY
Please note that the collection schedule for regular garbage, yard waste trimmings and recycling WON’T change.
There are many benefits to these changes including better management of routes, budget savings in time and fuel as well as less confusion. Any questions? Check with Houston 3-1-1 by phone or on the site.
The following update was written and submitted by Ruth Adams, RPCA Board member after she attended Neartown Association meetings this Summer. Thank you for representing our neighborhood at these meetings, Ruth and for updating us!
Ruth Adams has attended both of the summer meetings for the Neartown Association. The meetings are held monthly at Cherryhurst Park Community Center. With over 60 civic and neighborhood associations represented, Neartown represents all of us as our “super association” improving the quality of life in Houston’s historic neighborhoods. At the monthly meetings the topics covered are those that are important to our collective safety, economics and advancement.
Several recent events discussed include:
• New developments underway in the Montrose area
• The recent closing of the Fiesta store at Dunlavy and Alabama. The store closed 7-15-12 but all employees were offered the opportunity to be re-employed at the other (13) store locations. A residential/retail development is slated to be built at this site
• Introduction to a new Parks Bayou program that is a movement to connecting all 7 bayous, renovation of parks and support of the short-term goal of passing an anticipated $150 million bond initiative in November.
Foremost on the agenda has been discussion and finalized support of a resolution that requests METRORail to begin construction on routes that were originally passed with the General Mobility Program. How the monies have been collected and spent has been divided differently between various cities within the county – pushing project details further out in to communities while not following through with decisions made that would improve our Neartown streets and rail preparation. Population density is heavy in our area and cars/people have a huge impact every day. Sue Lovell, past City Councilperson, is leading the charge to use the Rebuild Houston dollars as promised.
While this presentation to the Metro Board backs up decisions that have already been made, its primary purpose and support of this resolution gives backbone to requesting the progress that citizens within our area require and have expected. Neartown supports having the Board commit to take necessary action to move forward with projects in our area and not move improvements further outside of our area with our dollar.
Please watch for further information on this important November ballot referendum. It will be a good idea to review your voting choices ahead of time as sometimes wording can be difficult to get through. You want to make sure you understand what your “Yes” or “No” vote on this issue really means.
Stop Ashby High Rise group stages “park-in” to show traffic problems around proposed tower
Residents near the site of the Ashby high rise have vowed to do everything legally possible to stop construction of the proposed 23-story tower. On Monday, in the first of a number of actions to illustrate the impact on surrounding neighborhoods, they parked their cars along several blocks of Bissonnet, at the site of the planned development.
They organized the “creative direct action,” with around 70 cars parked between Mandell and Hazard streets at or near the 1700 block of Bissonnet, to show what traffic will look like during construction and afterwards.
The protest was aimed at convincing investors to think twice before funding the proposed tower. “There are better places,” Justus said. “It’s just a bad choice.”
”It’s a legal ‘park-in’,” said Margaret Justus, spokesperson for the Stop Ashby High Rise Task Force. “Instead of civil disobedience, it’s civil obedience.”
Justus said the protest was aimed at convincing investors to think twice before funding the proposed tower. “There are better places,” she said. “It’s just a bad choice.”
Resident David Thomas said all of the cars came from homes within walking distance of the protest. He pointed out that the proximity of the proposed tower to Poe Elementary School is a particular safety concern.
“It’s really going to be difficult to construct such a big building in such a small space,” he said.
With a new Museum of Fine Arts, Houston building planned to the east on Bissonnet and a midrise going up to the west, at Greenbriar near Bissonnet, residents are calling for a new traffic study, calling a three-year-old study that the city of Houston relied upon to approve construction of the tower outdated.
Justus said the group will continue to organize “creative, effective, visual and legal” protests to convince investors that it won’t make sense to put the tower in the proposed location. “We’re not going to give up,” she said.
She noted that the Southampton and Boulevard Oaks neighborhoods surrounding the proposed tower recently renewed their deed restrictions for another 50 years to ward off any future high rise development. And while some critics say the affluent neighbors are blocking progress, Justus noted that the Stop Ashby High Rise group has received strong backing from other neighborhood groups throughout Houston.
“We’re sending a message that it’s time for the city to start thinking about how Houston protects its neighborhoods,” she said.
Dear RPCA members,
We will have a board meeting next week. Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm.
All members are always welcome to Board meetings. Please subscribe to our yahoo group emails (which are private) for more details.
We will handle old business, new business and we will be setting the calendar for the remainder of the year.
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The City of Houston deferred considering the request for a variance of the setback requirement for the Audi dealership along Greenbriar at Lexington until today. They are set to consider the variance request at 230 today at City Hall Annex.
If you are interested in how this development will impact our neighborhood, please attend or call let the city of Houston know your concerns.
RICHWOOD PLACE NEIGHBORHOOD
Monday, May 7, 2012
1800 Block of Lexington
Southeast Corner of Hazard and Lexington
Bring something yummy to share with your neighbors
*We will not be grilling this time
*bring lawn chairs if you would like to sit
RPCA will provide drinks
Current 2012 RPCA members will be entered to
win the raffle (drawing at 7:45pm)
2012 Dues are $50, please join today by visiting http://www.richwoodplace.org
Or, you can join by check at the event
We hope to see you and your neighbors Monday night!
It’s that time of year again! Time for our Annual Spring Neighborhood Block Party and Spring Membership Drive! We will be hosting the block party thanks to the new and soon to be-previous owners of 1853 Lexington at the corner of Lexington and Hazard (South East corner). The party is from 6-8pm. It is a potluck. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. We will provide burgers, hot dogs, fixins and some beer and wine. If you would like to bring extra wine/beer to share, please do. The more the merrier.
Also, this is a membership drive for our Civic Association. All current members (paying $50 in 2012) will be entered to win the raffle which will be drawn at 7:45pm. You can pay your dues by check that evening or you can pay ahead of time via our website. http://www.richwoodplace.org Click Join Now at http://home.richwoodplace.org/membership/
We are also still accepting items for the raffle basket. If you would like to contribute, please let Rebekah know by Sunday. Items we need: wine, gift certificates to local shops/restaurants, tickets to events, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org Membership dues support our presence in the neighborhood, beautification projects, safety, deed restriction enforcement, printing of fliers, parties and much more.
Curbside recycling is scheduled to take place in our neighborhood every other Monday. Our pickup was missed a few times recently. However, we are working on that and trying to increase the participation in the neighborhood by reminding everyone when to put out their recycle bins. These reminder signs went out in the neighborhood over the weekend. Many thanks to Liuda Flores for getting the signs for us and painting them with the correct day. Thank you to the block captains for taking on this new responsibility to help us increase recycling in our neighborhood. Recycle bins must be put out by 7am on our recycle day. If you put your item out on time and your pick up is missed, please call 3-1-1 to report.
In other news, construction is nearly complete at 1850 Norfolk and the home will be opening for a grand event Wednesday evening. One of our local real estate agents asked that we let each of you know that there will be a party this Wednesday bringing a large number of people and cars to our neighborhood. So please be aware of this as our neighborhood is showcased this week.
Have a great week and we hope to see you Monday evening!
Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam
President, Richwood Place Civic Association