A Message from Claude Wynn, Chairman of the Board

By | July 14, 2014

Claude WynnSomewhere, in between the gray of winter and the “generous warmth” of Houston’s summer season, there is a brief window of opportunity for enjoying Montrose at its best. It’s called “spring” and if you blinked, you missed it.

However brief, the balmy weather makes it more inviting to walk or bike through the Montrose neighborhoods, to enjoy the lush canopy of venerable old trees, and to dine al fresco at one of the District’s many cafes, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

The board of directors and staff of the Montrose Management District are ever mindful of what we have to do to make the neighborhoods and commercial corridor more “walkable,” whether by focusing on creating more sidewalks and repairing those that exist, or just advocating for both bike and pedestrian safety.

Another area of great interest to the District is forecasting the future commercial needs of the community. As Houston continues to grow in population, so does Montrose. With a cultural, historical, and artistic ambiance like no other part of the city, Montrose also benefits from its proximity to the city’s core without feeling like “downtown.”

As we grow, we may need to take inventory of the current retail, restaurant, service industries, and commercial businesses in our unique neighborhood and do a little forecasting for what might be needed in the future. What are the missing pieces of the puzzle that need to be recruited to improve the quality of life in our community, and how do we get them here?

This is part of a new conversation we’re only beginning to initiate, so we don’t have all the answers yet. That’s where your thoughts and suggestions may prove to be valuable. Please let us know what you think.

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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.