All property owners along Northpark have been contacted regarding the right-of-way process begun by the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority/Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 10 (TIRZ), according to Stan Sarman, chairman.
Sarman told the group that he has offered to meet with any that have questions and while some had a reluctant attitude, after he explained that the Authority will be taking inches from the green space between the curb and the sidewalk, the reception has been much better.
“All property owners seem to be in favor of the project. I’ve met with Chik-fil-A and Culver’s. We are meeting with the owner of the strip center on the southwest corner of Northpark next week,” he said.
The Northpark project will bring a significant improvement to the street, adding an overpass from Hwy. 59 to Russell Palmer Road. Initial funding has been secured and engineers have begun work.
Joel Salinas and Vince Obregon of HNTB, the contractors for Northpark, are creating a 3D model and have hired consultants to look at traffic and boring layout. They have met a second time with Union Pacific Railroad.
Representatives of the Harris County Flood Control District gave a brief presentation about the drainage study currently underway in Kingwood. While there are no current capital projects in Kingwood, they are desilting and desnagging water-bearing ditches and channels.
The TIRZ fund balance as of Oct. 31 is $10,562,690. McCall Gibson Swedlund and Barfoot, a CPA firm, gave the final annual audit report. Rachel Ray-Welsh of Walter P. Moore said the two upcoming intersection improvement projects, at Kingwood Drive and Woodland Hills and at Kingwood Drive at Willow Terrace, are in the design phase. She is meeting with HOAs and trails groups to discuss right-of-way issues at those intersections. The completed project at Northpark and West Lake Houston Parkway merited some discussion about motorists headed east attempting to turn incorrectly both north and south. Ray-Welsh agreed to send an engineer out to look for signage improvement.
Sarman announced that a public meeting will be held Feb. 6 regarding the Northpark project. All residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the plans.