4th Annual Bike Fun Run Honoring Veterans – Kingwood Events

4th Annual Bike Fun Run Honoring Veterans – Kingwood Events

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ToppHevvy is having their 4th Annual bike ride to honor Veterans Saturday, November 12thth.

This is a family friendly bike ride throughout the greenbelt trails that benefits the Humble Area Honor Garden in front of Creekwood Middle School (you know, that AWESOME tribute to our veterans that we all drive by but hardly ever stop to soak it all in??)

Register at http://www.topphevvy.com by November 1 to make sure you get a t-shirt! 🙂 Children ride FREE with the purchase of 2 adult entries.

This is truly a great ride for a GREAT cause. (100% of proceeds go directly to the honor garden!)


When – Saturday, Nov 12th, 2016

Time – 8 a.m. (packet pickup at 7:30 a.m.)

Where – Kingwood High School
2701 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood

Cost – $25 per adult.  Kids ride free with two adult entries

Developers flock to West Lake Houston Parkway

Developers flock to West Lake Houston Parkway

By Rosemary Smith

lhk-2016-06-05-1More than 12,000 single-family homes are projected to be built in the Lake Houston area by 2025 as developers chase the area’s undeveloped land as well as its rapid job and population growth.

Much of the development is situated along the West Lake Houston Parkway corridor where several housing projects are under construction between Kingwood and Beltway 8, according to a study by demographics firm Population and Survey Analysts.

“People are willing to drive the distance because of the wooded area and fresh air, and you don’t have to drive all the way to downtown Houston for shopping because we have a lot of great new stores,” Besa said.

Developers flock to West Lake Houston ParkwayRapid single-family growth

There are 50 single-family subdivisions under development in the Lake Houston area, according to the Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership. The PASA study estimates 12,093 homes will be constructed in the area by 2025.

Friendswood Development Co.—the original Kingwood developer—is constructing 1,300 homes in new Kingwood development Royal Brook. The community sits on 510 acres north of the intersection of Mills Branch Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway with prices ranging from $300,000 to more than $600,000. It is the last piece of land slated for single-family homes in Kingwood, FDC officials said.

FDC decided to develop Royal Brook because of the demand for new homes in the area as well as the desirability of Humble ISD, said Kayla Steward, land analyst and marketing coordinator for the developer.

“It’s been about 10 years since we opened a new section in Kingwood,” FDC Senior Acquisitions Manger Michael Johnson said. “There’s some pent-up demand for a new home product in Kingwood.”

Farther south in Atascocita, several large housing developments are under construction on West Lake Houston Parkway, with neighborhoods, such as The Groves, Lakewood Pines and Bridges on Lake Houston, under development. More than 2,500 rooftops are planned in these three communities, according to the PASA study.

Just northwest of the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Beltway 8, Land Tejas Companies is planning Phase 2 of master-planned community Park Lakes. The development is a subdivision named Balmoral and is projected to include more than 1,600 homes, according to PASA. The 900-acre development is projected to begin producing homes by 2017.

Driving demand

Many factors, such as a desirable school district, retail development and job growth, are driving demand, said Michael Prats, vice president of LHAEDP.

Between 2010 and 2015, the Lake Houston area’s total population grew to 257,759 by an estimated 33,000 new residents. The population is predicted to rise by 12 percent to 288,599 by 2020, according to the LHAEDP.

The population growth spurred by single-family development is also attracting large-scale retail developments near West Lake Houston Parkway, such as Westlake Marketplace and Main Street Kingwood, LHAEDP CEO Charlie Dromgoole said.

“It’s an area that hasn’t had as much retail and community development as other areas of Houston, and people are finally discovering the area,” Dromgoole said. “Land availability and development have developers creating housing, and retail and other projects are following.”

Two major east-west transportation projects—the Beltway 8 extension in 2011 and Segment G of the Grand Parkway—have also ignited growth in the area, Dromgoole said. Combined with Hwy. 59, the relatively unclogged traffic arteries provide easy access to the Greater Houston area, he said.

“You’ve got good access to downtown Houston, The Woodlands, the ship channel and all major employment centers,” said Nicole Zimmerman, project manager for Crescent Communities, The Groves’ developer. “Beyond that, there’s just the natural beauty of the landscape.”

HISD effects

The rapid single-family growth puts more students within HISD’s boundaries. The district is planning six new schools, including a seventh high school in Atascocita, by 2022. Five of the planned schools are located in the southeast quadrant of the district, four of which will be located on or near West Lake Houston Parkway.

HISD has $155 million in authorized bond funds from a 2008 election to purchase property for the six new campuses, build three of the schools and provide some funding toward the construction of a fourth school, Superintendent Guy Sconzo said. The district is planning a 2018 bond referendum to fund the remaining schools, he said.

The district added about 4,600 students to its enrollment between 2009-14, a trend that is projected to continue to increase over the next decade, according to the PASA demographics study.

“For next school year, and maybe the following, growth is going to slow a little bit,” Sconzo said. “And that has everything to do with the price of oil, but that slower growth for us is in the 1,000-to-1,100-student range. After that, it starts escalating.”

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The 2016 Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk Saturday, November 5, 2016

The 2016 Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk  – Saturday, November 5, 2016

Let’s Walk!


The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers. Thank you, our walkers, donors and volunteers who help fight heart disease and stroke.   whatis_people_2016

Register Now for Heart Walk.

$76 Million Humble Budget Contains 1-cent Property Tax Rate Increase

$76 Million Humble Budget Contains 1-cent Property Tax Rate Increase

To offset declining sales tax revenue in 2016 and contribute more to reserves, the city of Humble approved a 1-cent property tax hike to 21 cents per $100,000 valuation on Sept. 22. The municipality also approved its $76 million budget in September.

It was the first change in the property tax rate since 2005, city officials said.

In April, heavy flooding across the Lake Houston area, which is situated near the West Fork San Jacinto River, contributed to a drop of about $300,000 in sales tax revenue, Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske said.

Sales did not recover for about a week during the Tax Day floods. Two hotels were damaged and will not reopen until 2017, exacerbating the decline, he said.

$76 million Humble budget contains 1-cent property tax rate increase“Our property tax is the only thing that’s stable that we have coming in every year,” Humble Mayor Merle Aaron said. “Everything else fluctuates by sales. We do live by sales tax in the city of Humble.”

The tax hike was necessary to prepare for other possible revenue losses, Boeske said. Humble receives a 1-cent rebate from its yearly 2-cent per $100 valuation payment to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, which can be used to cover transportation-related expenses.

The contract for the rebate expires in 2025 and could cause a $6 million deficit in the budget if the rebate is not continued, he said. The increased property tax revenue will allow the city to contribute more to its reserves and prepare for the possibility of a deficit.

However, the future of the property tax rate will be determined by sales tax growth, as a 2 percent growth in sales tax revenue this year would outpace the 1-cent property tax increase, Boeske said.

He said he expects revenue growth due to new retailers—such as Costco and Dick’s Sporting Goods, which will open in October, and Main Event which is projected in 2017.

“You can anticipate that every year we’re going to have to give [the property tax rate] a strong look to see where sales tax is in relation to the entire economy of our city,” he said. “Being this year we’re down, we’re going to hope that’s not a continuing trend, especially since we have some major big-box retailers that are newly opened.”

The 2016-17 budget includes more than $19 million in capital improvement projects.

Two major transportation projects—the $4.3 million four-lane expansion of the north-south portion of Townsen Boulevard west of
Hwy. 59 and the $6.2 million 2016 Concrete Pavement Improvement Program—are funded within the budget.

The budget also features $1.2 million in funding for the new Senior Activity Center and $275,000 for a new building for the Parks Department. Boeske said he expects to select an architecture firm to design the Senior Activity Center before the end of September, and the center to be completed before the end of 2017.  

Get in the Halloween spirit with these Houston-area activities

Get in the Halloween spirit with these Houston-area activities

Haunted houses and ghost tours:

The Haunting at Bear Branch
5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands

A tradition in The Woodlands, The Haunting at Bear Branch will take place in Bear Branch Park Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 8-10 p.m. This year’s theme is Trail of Treachery: The Cursed Wood. The event is recommended for children age 9 and older. Admission is $8 per person.

The Kingwood Asylum
1965 Northpark Drive, Kingwood

The Kingwood Asylum includes four parts: Hallowed Grounds, The Estate, The Hospital and Infrastructure. Tickets are $30 per person.

5250 S. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston

Attractions at Phobia include Dawn of the Machine, Genetic Nightmare, Darke World, Savage Ground and Contagion. One house is $15, two houses is $30 and Exile, which is 3 linked attractions, is $30.

Scream World
2225 North Sam Houston Pkwy., Houston

Scream World includes five attractions that includes The Swamp, Jake’s Slaughterhouse, Edge of Darkness, Asylum Maze and Zombie Graveyard. Regular night pass is $27, All You Can Scream Pass is $29.

Spring Ghost Tour
303 Main St., Spring

Spring Ghost Tour offers the “Old Town Spring Walking Ghost Tour.” The walking ghost tour starts in Whitehall House where participants go through “Ghost Hunting 101.” The tour includes learning to use ghost hunting equipment and touring the streets of Old Town Spring. The tour is $18 per person.

Pumpkin patches in North Houston:

P-6 Farms
9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery

P-6 Farms in Montgomery will host its first annual U-Pick Pumpkin Patch from Oct. 1-30. The Pumpkin Princess will be in the field to greet guests and take pictures with visitors. Call ahead for availability.

Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
7632 Spring Cypress Road, Spring

The Old Time Christmas Tree Farm in Spring offers a pumpkin patch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Customers are encouraged to bring a wagon to carry pumpkins. A train ride and hayride are also available. Tickets are $5 per person.

Oil Ranch
23501 Macedonia Road, Hockley

Located in Hockley, the Oil Ranch features a pumpkin patch for the month of October, along with hayrides and a tour of decorated scarecrows. Children get a free pumpkin with every admission. Admission is $15.95 per person.

Evaluate Your Life Day – Wednesday Oct 19th

Evaluate Your Life Day

mailer_headerThe time comes in every life where we have to take an accounting, a reckoning of the things we’ve done, the progress we’ve made, and the path we’re on. During that evaluation we may find that we don’t like where we are, and want to make changes to move forward with our goals. Maybe you’ll find that you’re making the progress you wanted to, and everything is moving along smoothly, most likely it’ll wind up somewhere in between. Whatever the case, Evaluate your Life day is a great opportunity to figure out where you are on your path.

History of Evaluate Your Life Day
Evaluate Your Life Day was created by the excellent people at Wellcat.com to encourage people to check out what’s going on in their lives, and to set things on the proper course. The concept of how important checking your course is cannot be understated, we all get a little lost on our trek, and without a regular check-in, how are we to know and plan for the future?

How to
Celebrating Evaluate Your Life Day can be an involved and harrowing experience, but any time you reevaluate your life should be. It can start with a solid accounting, breaking your life down into the various parts that make up our lives. Social, Educational, Financial, each piece to be broken down into its component parts to find out where you are along the path. Once you’ve got everything nicely itemized down, you can start cross-referencing how they relate to each other, and see where you’ve arrived on the path of your life.

For those of a less organized bent, getting away from it all can be the perfect way to re-evaluate your life, there are retreats to get away from it all, where you can be guided through a self-realization process that will help you take a full and honest accounting of your life. These are great for those who can afford them, and the kind of professional guidance will help put your life back on track.

If this kind of thing is out of your price-range, there’s good news! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a solid hold on your life. Instead take a minimalist trip out to the country, into the woods away from it all, and spend your time conversing with yourself, and nature. Sometimes all it takes is the quiet, crackling fire, and the stars overhead to really understand your place in the world.

Developers attracted to Lake Houston area amid plans for $4 billion facelift at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

lhk-2016-10-06-1Plans for a $4 billion renovation of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport over the next decade are driving economic development throughout the Lake Houston area.

The airport is overhauling four of its five terminals—including an international terminal—adding 120 restaurants and stores and more than
2,000 new parking spaces, said Jarrett Simmons, assistant director of aviation, capital projects and planning for the Houston Airport System.

The new restaurants will open within a year and include Greater Houston area eateries, such as The Breakfast Klub, Hubcap Grill and Mexican restaurant Hugo’s, Simmons said. Italian restaurant Tony’s opened within the airport in early August.

Meanwhile, five large-scale projects with industrial components are under development near the airport in Humble, according to the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership.  

“[The airport is] a primary driver of jobs in the Lake Houston area,” said Charlie Dromgoole, senior vice president of economic development for the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. “Not just the airport and jobs created by the airport but businesses that utilize the airport in their daily operations. So it’s critical to our economy.”  

IAH plans $4 billion faceliftIAH plans $4 billion faceliftRevamped terminals

In addition to retail and restaurant enhancement, the airport terminals will receive massive makeovers.

Construction on the $244 million renovation of domestic Terminal C is projected to be complete in March, Simmons said. The 265,000-square-foot terminal is 100,000 square feet larger than the previous Terminal C, according to United Airlines. The remodel is a joint project between the Houston Airport System, the city of Houston and United.

Construction on the $1.5 billion Mickey Leland International Terminal, which will replace Terminal D, is expected to begin before the end of 2017, Simmons said. An architect will be hired to design the project before the end of the fall, he said. The planned terminal will be 780,000 square feet.

Once terminals C and D are completed, the airport will shift its focus to terminals A and B, he said.

“We’re in the planning stages of a complete remodel of Terminal A, and also we’re working with United Airlines on two more concourses for Terminal B, which will replace the last boarding gates [at the airport that were constructed in] the 1960s,” Simmons said.

The projects are necessary to accommodate for rapid growth in visitor traffic at Bush Intercontinental, Simmons said. The international airport had 42 million travelers come through in 2015—a 2 million passenger increase from 2014.  

Industrial growth

As developers have built around the airport, coveting access to Beltway 8 and Hwy. 59, the Lake Houston area has become a hub for logistics, transportation and industrial development over the past half decade, Dromgroole said. At least three industrial parks and two mixed-use tracts of land near Bush Intercontinental are being developed.  

The airport’s expansion is beneficial for developers purchasing land in the area, said Christopher Gongolas, a partner for Edge Development Partners.

Edge is the developer of the 72-acre International Tech Park Houston, which will begin construction early in 2017.

While International Tech will not benefit directly from the airport vendors due to the expansion, Gongolas said it shows that demand is increasing as the Lake Houston area experiences rapid population growth. Edge, formerly known as Endres Commercial, owned the land that comprises Industrial Tech Park for nearly two decades before development commenced. 

“That area of town was not ready for development—now it is,” Gongolas said. “Northeast Houston is on fire. It took quite a while for the market to catch up to where it needs to be.”

The three business parks under development—IAH Humble Business Center, the 113-acre Gateway North Business Park and International Tech—plan to take advantage of proximity to an international airport and easy access to the Port of Houston through Beltway 8, said Steve Adkisson, owner of the Adkisson Group, which is developing IAH Humble Business Center.

The 16-acre IAH Humble Business Center is under construction at the southeast corner of Will Clayton Parkway and South Houston Avenue. Adkisson said demand for industrial space has remained strong.

“We’re in Phase 1, which is eight buildings, and we’re slated for another six buildings for Phase 2,” Adkisson said.

IAH plans $4 billion faceliftRetail, sales tax boon

The development of the airport and surrounding area has offered residual benefits for retail outlets in the Lake Houston area as travelers and employees become frequents shoppers at Deerbrook Mall and other big-box stores along FM 1960, Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske said.

Humble, which depends on sales tax revenue to balance its budget, receives thousands of out-of-town shoppers and several tenants who pay hotel occupancy taxes each month because of its proximity to the airport, Boeske said.

Sales tax revenue accounted for about $13 million of the city of Humble’s projected revenue of $28.3 million for
2016-17, according to the budget. Humble also projects to receive more than $500,000 in 2016-17 hotel taxes, which helps fund tourism activities, such as the Humble Civic Center, museums and marketing for big events, City Secretary Jason Stuebe said.

“[The Humble economy benefits from] all of the services that support an airport enterprise—everything from catering to cleaning services to freight forwarding companies and all the people that support the freight forwarding companies, signage, rental cars, fleets,” Boeske said. “Houston is a great destination and we’re right next door.”