Shady Acres Civic Club, proudly supporting the Shady Acres neighborhood, which is located in the heart of Houston, Texas, is an enthusiastic volunteer organization, compromised of diverse individuals who share a common interest – To Make Shady Acres The Best Neighborhood in Houston!
Shady Acres Civic Club works with the City of Houston to keep our neighborhood safe and beautiful. We also are in constant contact with the super-neighborhood council, local businesses, police and fire departments, and other service groups to make sure our community is always informed about what’s going on in our community, as well as in the entire city of Houston.
SACC General Meeting
Rescheduled due to inclement weather...
Shady Acres Civic Club Meeting
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 7PM
Live Oak Friends
1318 W 26th Street
Houston, TX 77008
Representative Ralph DeLeon of the Memorial Heights TIRZ 5 will be out to exchange ideas about changes proposed to take effect in area over the next few years. Please come out to join in, meet your neighbors and share your thoughts.
TIRZ 5 Interest in Shady Acres
Do you like to bike, hike or walk your neighborhood? Do you like to use the neighborhood parks? Are you interested in ways to make the neighborhood more family friendly? Are you interested in what your neighborhood will look like in the next few years and want your property value to increase?
What do those questions have to do with me?
- There is a proposal that parts of Shady Acres become part of TIRZ 5 which could greatly impact the look and feel of the neighborhood for years to come. So, if you live in the neighborhood, get out in the neighborhood, walk, bike, use the parks in the neighborhood, rent or own property in the neighborhood, eat or shop in the neighborhood, this proposal affects YOU!
What is a TIRZ?
- Tax Incremental Reinvestment Zone - These Zones were created by City Council to attract new investment in the neighborhood, by funding improvements within the boundaries of the TIRZ. TIRZ 5 is known as the “Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority TIRZ 5” and encompasses areas all around us. http://www.houstontx.gov/ecodev/tirz/5.html
Why do I care about TIRZ?
- TIRZ have the power and the funding to shape the areas that they encompass.
- Their goals include the creation of pedestrian-friendly safe environments and public green space.
- Reconstruction of key streets and public utility systems
- Design of new storm water systems, retention basins, environmental restoration projects
What are some of TIRZ 5 proposed goals for the Shady Acres area? Here are the high points.
- Little Thicket: $920,000.00 for park design, park improvements and construction of trails connecting to the White Oak Bayou Trail.
- $11,800,000.00 for expansion of West 20th to a four lane boulevard. Funding would become available for West 18th and 19th improvements should they be annexed by the TIRZ 5.
- Develop connectivity from our neighborhood to the White Oak and Buffalo Bayou Trails by providing pedestrian and biking improvements along Shepherd/Durham, West 20th . 19th and 18th would be included if annexed.
Will it cost me money?
- No. The TIRZ are funded by a small percentage of property taxes generated by the properties located within the TIRZ boundaries. This increment is then re-invested within the TIRZ annexed areas.
What is the Shady Acres Civic Club’s role?
- We are being asked by the TIRZ 5 to provide support and input for the proposals affecting us.
- We strongly support the TIRZ 5 annexation and proposed improvements for Little Thicket, all the White Oak Bayou sections as well as the high power easements.
- We strongly support the inclusion of West 18th, 19th and 20th in the TIRZ 5 annexation to include cycling and pedestrian neighborhood connectivity to the White Oak Bayou Trails, landscaped greenspace as well as water features for improved drainage.
- We cannot support the expansion of West 20th to a four lane major thoroughfare.
- We recommend drainage improvements for Turkey Gully to be included in the upgrades for West 18th, 19th and 20th .
What can I do to help?
- Send your comments to Councilwoman Cohen’s office firstname.lastname@example.org, Mayor Parker’s office email@example.com and the Heights Memorial TIRZ.
- Send questions to the SACC inbox firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact our Shady Acres representative Nancy Wilcox email@example.com.
Easter Egg Hunt
Wright-Bembry Park is Getting a $740,000 Renovation
We are looking for donors to help fund some additions to the park that cannot be done within the current $740k budget. Things like shade structures and a rubber fall pad for the playground as well as a splashpad are several items that could bring great value to the park. Please socialize this park with your neighbors and let us know if you are interested in fundraising for this project. If you are interested in donating, please contact the Shady Acres Civic Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.