Houston, TX- The Greater East End Management District (GEEMD) is starting construction on its Livable Centers” and community revitalization projects. The general public and business owners are invited to attend and participate in this ceremonial event, September 29, 2011. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and the ceremony starting at 9:00 a.m. The groundbreaking will occur at the 3500 Canal and 200 N. Sampson Streets intersections.
This kick off ceremony will gather public officials, community leaders, and private investors interested in the Livable Centers. During the event, the GEEMD will kickoff construction of capital improvements funded by grants in 2009 totaling five million dollars. The timeline will be released for a pedestrian oriented York and Sampson Streets and Navigation Boulevard. Development will include new sidewalks, lighting, bus stops, landscaping and wayfinding elements, as well as on-street parking.
This infusion of capital improvements will raise the quality of life and improve pedestrian access for East End residents. Today, 34% of the population in area are pedestrian oriented and rely on public transit to get to and from their destinations during their daily commutes. Upon completion of the project, increased and safer connectivity will be realized by the citizens. In the near future it is anticipated that these capital improvements will yield increased East End economic development and tourism opportunities. The Livable Centers Plan is a component of the strategic plan developed by the GEEMD with input from many East End businesses, civic organizations, and residents.
Today, more than one half a billion dollars is being invested in the East End to usher in an era of efficient transit throughout the community, along with street beautification projects. The GEEMD has been a catalyst for galvanizing the community to address some of its concerns, as well as getting feedback for ways to make improvements. With the support and attendance of the business community at the groundbreaking ceremony, the GEEMD is unifying further a cohesive business community.
The activities planned include; mariachi music, display of a vintage World War II tank, display of the “Classy Chasis Club’s” vintage automobiles, mariachis, as well a host of additional activities offered by local vendors. About the Greater East End Management DistrictThe Greater East End Management District was founded in 1999. Its mission is to revitalize the infrastructure and image of the District, to attract more businesses and to increase economic activity in the area. Improvements include new infrastructure, beautification, security, public safety, and workforce development.
The Greater East End Management District covers 16 square miles and borders Clinton Drive to the north, Loop 610 to the east, Telephone Road and Interstate 45 to the south and the Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad to Highway 59 to the west. Visit www.greatereastend.com to learn more about the Greater East End Management District.
Jose Monterrosa Imagina Communications