Montrose Management District Sets Up Account with Montrose Boulevard Conservancy 501(c)3 to Accept Tax Deductible Contributions for Bridge Lights

By | February 1, 2018

Houston, TX – January 29, 2018 – The Montrose Management District announced today that it has taken the administrative steps necessary to accept contributions for keeping the Montrose Bridge Lights working – until the court order preventing the District from making any expenditures is lifted.

Contributions can be made out to the “Bridge Lights Fund” c/o the Montrose Boulevard Conservancy, a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit – and mailed to the Montrose Management District at PO Box 22167, Houston, TX, 77227. All donations are tax deductible and will be used solely for paying the utility bills required to light the Montrose Bridges.

Ben Brewer, executive director of the Montrose Management District, commented, “We hope this is a temporary situation, and it is my sincerest hope that we can get back to delivering the services that ensures Montrose remains a safe, clean and attractive place to live and do business.”

The Montrose Management District also wants to thank (again) Mayor Turner, the executive leadership of Reliant Energy and the many friends of the Montrose community who have reached out in recent days with generous offers of support.

David Houston, a Montrose resident and owner of New Leaf Real Estate was one of the first contributors to the 501(c)3 fund. “I’m not trying to make a political statement, I just feel strongly about those lights and what they mean for our city,” said Mr. Houston. “My wife and I think they are so iconic and important for this part of town and I know a lot of people who share our view.”

Ed Brandon, former weatherman for KTRK abc13 and resident of Montrose, also contributed. He said, “I want to thank the District for taking the leadership to get the lights turned back on.”

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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.