There’s good news for Lake Houston drivers maneuvering the crowded roads in the southern Lake Houston area. Woodland Hills Drive will be a four-lane boulevard stretching from Beltway 8 to FM 1960.

“This is a big deal,” Jennifer Wooden said at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Feb. 9 Summer Creek BizCom at Summer Creek High School. “Phase one, now under construction, includes the addition of a two-lane concrete section to the existing roadway, resulting in four lanes from Beltway 8 to Ridge Creek Elementary, to be completed in the second quarter of 2017.”

Phase two, Wooden said, includes construction of four lanes from Ridge Creek Elementary heading north with a bridge over Williams Gully. 

Wooden, community liaison for Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, estimates 5,000 drivers a day will travel the expanded drive when it opens. 

“Lake Houston is unique,” Wooden said, “because it is shared by three precincts. We work well together and you’re seeing this firsthand as we complete Woodland Hills Drive.”

While listening to the speakers, BizCom attendees munched on homemade cookies, specially baked by high school students in the Summer Creek High School culinary arts kitchen.

“We don’t just learn about cooking,” Junior Rebecca Alvarez explained, “we learn dependability, responsibility and we learn to become entrepreneurs.”

“There are only six students in the class,” Senior Bryson Williams said, “so we become family.”

Summer Creek High students Rebecca Alvarez, left ,and Bryson Williams, right, took time from baking a cake for the Humble ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo to talk about culinary arts at Summer Creek BizCom. With them is Daniella Jenkins, culinary arts instructor, and Nolan Correa, Summer Creek High principal. Photo by Tom Broad

To participate, Culinary Arts Instructor Daniella Jenkins said students must show professionalism, accountability, staying on task – and must take all the classes required of a high school student. The program is offered at all Humble ISD high schools and housed at Summer Creek.

Doug Erdy predicts an exciting time for growth along W. Lake Houston Pkwy. 

His professional building, opening soon next to The Groves, includes a unique one-stop home center, Erdy said. He is chief executive officer of the Doug Erdy Group. 

“I know of only one other real estate office quite like what we’re building,” Erdy said. “You’ll be able to list a home, buy or build one and do all the things you need to do under one roof.”

A second professional building will be constructed next door, Erdy said, opening in 2018.

“Not much open land is left along West Lake Houston Parkway,” Erdy told the group. “We have 32 acres for sale and that will be gone soon.”

This is the fifth year that Duane and Erica Johnston of Chick-fil-A of Fall Creek have coordinated Leadercast for Lake Houston.

Erica predicts Leadercast will make for a better person. Leadercast is a day-long motivational speaker forum broadcast from Atlanta and will air live around the world on May 5, including at Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.

“For just $79, you’ll hear noted speakers talking leadership. You’ll learn how purpose motivates us to build stronger organizations,” Johnston said. 

Leadercast profits go to area nonprofits, Johnston said. Past recipients include Humble Area Assistance Ministries and Including Kids.

The next Summer Creek BizCom will be June 8 at 11 a.m. at Summer Creek High School. For information about Summer Creek, Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble BizComs, call the Lake Houston Area Chamber at 281-446-2128 or visit lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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