By | November 30, 2017

Changing the way Montrose walks, bikes, drives, parks and lives.

Planning, Mobility, Environmental & Urban Design, Visual Improvements, and Cultural Promotions – these projects provide the foundation for enhancing how the District looks and works while also providing a sense of place, a source of community pride, and dramatically impact the decisions of potential investors. During the first ten years plans were developed for projects related to beautification, landscaping, perimeter and interior markers, HWY 59 bridge lighting, banners, flags, custom signage, and monuments. The District also advocates concepts to improve internal mobility and regional access including a Special Parking Area (SPA).

Specific Projects developed during The First 10 Years included:

  • Completion of a comprehensive study of mobility, parking, and drainage infrastructure throughout the District and presented study results to the Houston city council committee on infrastructure, transportation, and technology to focus its attention on District infrastructure needs.
  • Coordination with the City of Houston, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and Texas Department of Transportation to secure grant funding and redesign lighting along the seven U.S. 59 overpass bridges with opportunity for area non-profits to light bridges and ID markers with organization colors.
  • Application to the City to designate the core of Montrose as a SPA to address after-hours parking challenges and to take advantage of flexibility allowed in the latest city parking ordinances.
  • Support of Metro’s petition to amend the city’s thoroughfare plan to accommodate a University Line Transit.
  • District monumentation and beautification program including
    improvements to Montrose entrances and esplanades.
  • Adoption of all of the esplanades throughout Montrose to ensure consistent maintenance standards.
  • Improvements to Montrose esplanades and installation of Identity Markers.
  • Support for initiatives that maintain and increase District parks and green spaces.
  • Design and installation of branded bike rack system near select Montrose businesses at 7 locations in partnership with BikeHouston.

Summary of Expenditures…

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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 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.