TIRZ 10 April meeting is speedy, full of positivity
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10’s April gathering was a short one, with everyone still riding the high from last month’s news that the Northpark Drive expansion was approved to receive millions in city and federal money.
The meeting was held 8 a.m. Thursday at the Kingwood Community Center.
‘Aye’ from everyone
According to a letter dated last Thursday that TIRZ 10 Chairman Stan Sarman sent to Houston Public Works Director Carol Haddock, the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority requested the transfer of the city’s $6 million so the project can begin.
The ordinance-appropriated $6.6 million is part of the city’s $15.5 million contribution toward the Northpark Drive expansion.
The $6.6 million will be used for the first half of the two-phased expansion, which will bring Northpark Drive to six lanes between Hwy. 59 and Woodland Hills Drive. The $86 million project includes an overpass at Loop 494.
All Houston city council members and Mayor Sylvester Turner voted “aye” on the ordinance, which was passed and adopted March 27, per a copy of a request to the city’s controller’s office.
More funds for mapping
The other major item addressed at the meeting was to authorize engineering consultant McKim & Creed’s request for additional funds “to complete the right-of-way mapping of Northpark Drive” between the roadways in Phase I, or between Hwy. 59 and Russell Palmer Road.
The firm requested the unused portion of the project’s approved $50,000 budget — nearly $25,000— to be transferred to the project that served this purpose. The step will raise the approved budget of the Northpark Drive’s right-of-way mapping and topography surveying project to close to $290,000.
McKim & Creed listed the works in need of completion are revision of tracts, reabstraction of tracts, verification of found and set monuments, updating of metes and bounds descriptions and, if possible, provision of field services to the LHRA.
The TIRZ will reconvene 8 a.m. on May 9 at Kingwood Community Center. Members of the public may also attend.