A Letter From the Executive Director

By | December 16, 2013

2013 is the year the District got into full swing improving our neighborhood. Many initiatives that were started in earlier years are really taking off, and yet more have moved from a hopeful future dream into a goal for the coming year. In short, the Montrose District has been more successful in 2013 than we could have hoped for.

Our BikeShare program, which as of previous writings was still in its infancy, has expanded to seven stations in the Montrose area connecting riders to a much larger network throughout downtown, the Heights, and West U. The program is seeing unprecedented success in Houston, and reducing traffic congestion as a result.

In 2014, you can also expect to see District-branded bike racks popping up at businesses throughout the neighborhood. Montrose has many residents and visitors that get around primarily on personal bikes, and in the coming year we are answering their call for safer, more secure bike parking.

Additionally, we have the very first Montrose special parking management district in the approval process with the city. This parking district would improve congestion along the Westheimer corridor from Shepherd to Waugh by allowing lot sharing and relaxing proximity rules for businesses. To learn more about this proposal, please visit the District’s website at montrosedistrict.org.

The popular Montrose Bridge Lighting Project is also moving along. We have secured TXDOT funding and an agreement with an engineer to get the project underway in early 2014. We hope to have the bridges lit by the end of the year, and connected to a network of LED-lit neighborhood designation signs that will border Montrose and welcome visitors.

These are just some of the most successful projects of the District over the past year. We hope to get more going in 2014 as these are completed, and to continue to bolster the District’s development economically, socially, and culturally. If you have ideas for us, or comments on our current implementation, please do not hesitate to contact me or other board members through montrosedistrict.org.

Happy Holidays


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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.