A TIRZ 18 initiative completed in 2011, this study inquired of various facets of community living in Fifth Ward and helped to establish a framework and create conditions for redevelopment to occur that will stabilize a declining tax base, establish the basis for a consistency of land uses and strengthen the character or residential and commercial properties needed to attract new residents and businesses to the area while safeguarding and nurturing current residents and businesses.
Completed in 2011, this study seeks to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, provide greater connectivity within the study area, and reinforce the linkages to Downtown and other destinations such as Buffalo Bayou.
TIRZ 18 partnered with Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Greater East End Management District to publish the Livable Centers Study, with the goal of facilitating the creation of sustainable, viable, mixed-use, and mixed-income environments.
The TIRZ, the City and the FWRA entered into an agreement for the TIRZ to partially fund the design and renovation of the DeLuxe Theater as part of the "Lyons Avenue Renaissance." The DeLuxe Theater was a popular African-American theater in the mid-20th Century, but sat vacant for over four decades. Now restored, the 125-seat venue hosts plays, community meetings, art classes and more.
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A Community Benefits Agreement ("CBA") was entered into between the FWRA and the Developer of the East River Development to provide for a coordinated effort to mitigate community displacement by maximizing the benefits of the East River Development to the residents and businesses outside of the Development and within the Fifth Ward Area. The CBA serves to provide a framework for ensuring the creation of certain public improvements, which are financed in part by the TIRZ’s funds, also creates opportunities to residents and businesses of the Fifth Ward Area, including, but not limited to, publicly accessible park space, open space, recreational facilities, employment opportunities, affordable housing, and addresses issues relating to traffic, parking and public safety.
A Community Advisory Council shall be established to ensure transparency and accountability with respect to the creation of the East River Development and the benefits to be recognized by the Fifth Ward Area businesses and residents, and to provide recommendations in administering the Community Benefits set forth in the CBA.
Aimee Braswell, representing the East River Property Owners Association
Anna Deans, representing KBRN, LP
Harvey Clemons, Jr., chair, representing TIRZ#18/FWRA
Gerald Shealey, representing a local chamber of commerce
Daisy Stiner of Hester House, representing a local nonprofit
Juan Sorto of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, representing a local nonprofit
Felicia Latson, representing as a local resident or business owner
Rudy Ramirez, representing as a local resident or business owner
Community Advisory Council nominations for the ninth position will be accepted from May 24 to June 11. Please fill out the form in the documents section below if you are interested in nominating yourself or someone you know. Completed forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at 4300 Lyons Ave #300, Houston TX 77020.
To receive updates about the East River Community Benefits Agreement, please fill out the contact form found at http://tinyurl.com/eastrivercba.
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