Greater Northside Management District Area 2021 Planning Project Ranking Survey (Created 2021)
Please fill out the new GNMD Area 2021 Planning Project Ranking Survey that will be due May 17, 2021, and shared at the next GNMD CIP meeting. Please rank projects from short-term to long-term for planning project priorities for new capital pedestrian, bicycle transit, beautification and urban design/art improvement projects.
Please review the new GNMD Area Project Map to review active, planning and completed projects within the District by multiple partners such as METRO, City of Houston, GNMD and more.
GNMD Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Committee (Created 2015)
The Capital Improvement Program is a forward-looking committee that reviews and discusses infrastructure improvements, art enhancement, amenities and special projects within the District. Quarterly meetings are held to inform stakeholders on district-wide transportation projects and ongoing capital projects. The committee offers ideas and makes recommendations for potential projects. Click here for CIP Committee slides.
Irvington Boulevard and East Crosstimbers Adopt-An-Esplanade Program (Completed 2016)
GNMD Partners: Avenue CDC, City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department, McDugald Steele
In August 2010, a Northside Livable Centers Study was prepared for the GNMD and the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The study recommended that Irvington Boulevard have a central, landscaped esplanade/boulevard for safety and beautification reasons (the area had overgrown and unmaintained planting strips). It was decided that the esplanades located at Irvington and East Crosstimbers were prime candidates for the Adopt-An-Esplanade program, a project of Keep Houston Beautiful, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas Forest Service.
McDugald Steele is a landscape architectural, construction and management company headquartered in Houston. The firm relocated in July 2014 from the Houston Heights to East Crosstimbers Street in the Greater Northside Management District. McDugald Steele collaborated with the District to enhance the urban environment along the Irvington and East Crosstimbers esplanades.
This project was funded by GNMD, McDugald Steele and Avenue CDC. The first phase of the project was completed in December 2016 with the installation of the irrigation system and landscaping, including nine Mexican sycamore trees, 106 New Gold Lantanas and 37 Katrina African irises. The second phase of the project was completed in 2019 with additional irrigation connections and landscaping, including 201 New Gold Lantanas and 62 Katrina African irises.
Butterfly Pocket Park (Completion Date: Summer 2020)
GNMD Partners: Artist Rosalinda Toro, Asakura Robinson, AT&T, Avenue CDC, Centerpoint Energy, Custom Scapes, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Wilderness, Open METRO, Architecture of Houston, TBG, Trees For Houston
Since 2005, an overgrown, vacant lot owned by the City of Houston has been home to illegal activities and blight in the Near Northside. In 2015, the vision to create a Butterfly Pocket Park started with artist Rosalinda Toro and other community organizations. The Greater Northside Management District and Avenue CDC held a series of meetings with Open Architecture of Houston and TBG to create a conceptual design.
In 2019, Avenue CDC obtained a “Visit My Neighborhood” grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. The grant enabled Asakura Robinson to create a final landscaping design constructed by Custom Scapes.
The project includes an irrigation system and landscaping, including Mexican sycamore trees donated by Trees For Houston and multiple small trees, shrubs and plants to help attract butterflies. The art enhancement includes a beautiful butterfly sculpture with a mosaic pedestal, a caterpillar mosaic replica and a short pedestal that shows the life cycle of the monarch butterflies.
The City of Houston placed a city park sign on the property and METRO will add a bike rack. This project is helping to revitalize the Near Northside with art and green space along the METRORail Red Line.
Quitman Corridor Pedestrian-Transit Improvements Project (Proposed Completion Date: Spring/Summer 2022)
GNMD Partners: Houston-Galveston Area Council, TBG, The Goodman Corporation
The Quitman Pedestrian-Transit Improvements Project is GNMD’s first capital infrastructure project. It includes improvements to the pedestrian realm, such as ADA accessible sidewalks and ramps, landscaping and streetlights. The streetscape improvements along Quitman Street will enhance the sense of place and preserve the cultural fabric by augmenting the overall quality of the area. The project extends along 0.72 miles of Quitman Street from South Street to Gano Street and is currently under preliminary design.
GNMD received the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) 2015 Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) Call for Project Funding for the Quitman Pedestrian Enhancements Project. The Quitman Corridor history that assisted in the the H-GAC TIP Call for Projects includes the following studies:
Lyons Enhancement Project (Completed 2019)
GNMD Partners: Houston BCycle, Houston Bikeways Program, Saint Arnold Brewing Company
In 2015, Saint Arnold Brewing Company hosted their first 5K with 1,900 attendees. By 2019, the event had grown to 4,000 attendees. The Lyons Avenue Enhancement project was funded from proceeds from the 5Ks. In 2019, a Houston BCycle station was installed at Saint Arnold’s to enable residents to enjoy the Lyons Avenue bike lanes installed by the Houston Bikeways Program.
GNMD Maintenance Partner:
Capital Project Plans performed by other entities
Houston Avenue & White Oak Drive Esplanade (Completed 2019; Ongoing Maintenance by GNMD Starting Summer 2020)
Constructed by Community Partner: Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ No. 5
In 2019, Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ No. 5 completed the intersection improvements of Houston Avenue and White Oak Drive to include the realignment of the intersection to improve safer crossing conditions and connectivity to park and bike routes. The project included the beautification of the gateway space at the northeastern corner of the intersection with new roadway pavement, traffic signals, shared use path, bicycle amenities, pedestrian facilities and landscaping. The old clock was refurbished to decorate the new greenspace. As a maintenance partner, GNMD will maintain the Esplanade project landscaping.
GNMD Stakeholders for Capital Project
Plans by other entities: