First Service Plan (2006 – 2010) Accomplishments

Pursuant to goals enumerated in the First Service Plan, the District accomplished the following:

NEIGHBORHOOD FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT
  • Implemented an ongoing and active graffiti abatement program.
    • Abated more than 7,560 sites from 2006 to April 2010.
  • Coordinated with the Houston Police Department to address vagrancy, burglaries, misdemeanors, and other criminal activity.
  • Coordinated area clean-ups in all areas of the District.
  • Participated in meetings and Texas Department of Transportation (TX-DOT) public hearings regarding infrastructure improvements for:
    • Hardy Toll Road
    • Elysian Viaduct
    • San Jacinto Extension


HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Implemented an ongoing security patrol program.
    • Made more than 59,500 business contacts since the program's inception.
  • Implemented a pilot safety program to educate business owners about safety precautions.
  • Coordinated with the Houston Police Department on safety programs, such as the Keep Houston Safe Program.


QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Implemented an ongoing and effective litter abatement program in the public Right-Of-Way in commercial areas, including:
    • Mowing, edging, weeding, and trimming;
    • Performing general site clean-up and trash removal;
    • Removing/cleaning illegal dumping sites;
    • Removing/returning shopping carts;
    • Recycling tires and other materials;
    • Removing debris in ditches; and
    • Cleaning areas where transients left debris.
  • Coordinated with the City of Houston’s Public Works Department to clean up storm debris in the District after Hurricane Ike.
    • Established a Code Enforcement Committee to report and address code violations.


EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS

  • Coordinated with the City of Houston to ensure that the District receives its fair share of City services and improvements.
  • Worked with Metro to educate business owners regarding the new light rail and its anticipated impact on District businesses.
  • Worked with the Harris County Toll Road Authority to increase mobility in the District by extending the Hardy Toll Road.


MARKETING AND PROMOTION

  • Developed a District website.
  • Developed a District brand with logos and taglines.
  • Established a District newsletter.


DISTRICT CREATION AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Created the District and obtained consent from the City of Houston for its creation.
  • Hired staff and consultants to operate the District and implement its programs.
  • Established District bank accounts, investment accounts, books, and files.
  • Audited the District’s financial reports.
  • Monitored and complied with all laws applicable to the District.
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