First Montrose Commons
NOW is the Time to Join or Renew Your Membership in YOUR Neighborhood Association
Please take just a moment to join or renew your support for one of the most cost-effective Civic Associations in Houston – First Montrose Commons. We’ve been working to improve our unique neighborhood for more than 24 years, while keeping our Resident Member Dues the lowest of any active Civic Association – just $10 per person per year.
You can join or renew online using either of the PayPal links to the right: The top one works best for single member renewals – it’s fast but only allows one membership at a time; the Image below it allows you to specify how many memberships you are paying for – but please remember to provide us with your street address and the emails of each person joining. (You don’t have to have a PayPal account to use these links, you can join or renew as a guest and pay using your credit card.)
We meet the Third TUESDAY of each month, except April, October & December – check the website for the meeting location.
Help us keep improving the best urban neighborhood in Houston! Thanks for your support!
NEW! – District C Public Meeting on Harvey Recovery & the CIP –
March 21, 2018
Click below to watch the HTV video of this highly informative public meeting in which Mayor Turner, MPT CM Cohen, CRO Costello, PWE Dir Haddock, and Housing Dir McCasland explain the impacts Harvey had on District C infrastructure and services – and outline the plan for recovery.
This meeting was one of the most informative, organized, and clearly explained public meetings ever presented by the City of Houston! Watch this video and be informed exactly what’s being done to recover.
Thanks to District C for your hard work on this meeting!
March 14, 2018—The recent uptick in violent crimes in and around First Montrose Commons, culminating with an armed robbery and shooting on March 11th, has resulted in many calls for the Civic Association to hire private security patrols.
First Montrose Commons is not new to the private security patrol game. In our twenty-four years we have earnestly attempted it twice – and twice it has failed. First, it is prohibitively expensive to provide 24/7 armed patrols for our neighborhood – even if we partner with surrounding neighborhoods. Second, residents have been consistently unwilling to financially support such ventures. We have been able to fund only the first year of each our attempts before folks just stop paying their assessments. Indeed, the current private security efforts of neighborhoods surrounding FMC are facing exactly the same issues right now.
So, we will NOT waste further time and energy pursuing private security. Rather, we must work together within the existing system. If we want more Houston Police Department Patrols in FMC, then we must provide documentation of the need for them – we must REPORT EVERY SUSPICIOUS PERSON AND EVERY CRIMINAL ACT by using HPD’s established methods for doing so:
NONEMERGENCY CALLS (illegally parked cars, abandoned cars, suspicious persons, etc.) 713-884-3131
NO DOPE HOTLINE (report activity suspected to involve the solicitation of, sales of, consumption of, or purchase of illegal substances) 713-466-3673
Please be especially careful when parking your vehicles on the street during construction. Cars left more than 24 hours are subject to ticketing and towing (STATE LAW), and provide a powerful magnet for car burglars looking to find a quick bit to steal and sell. Remember, the criminals ARE PATROLLING OUR STREETS.
March 21, 2018 –
Expect Additional HPD Patrols in and Around FMC
As a direct result of the March 20 FMC Meeting with Lt. Davis of HPD, expect to see more HPD patrols through and around our neighborhood in the coming weeks. Residents made Lt. Davis aware of problems resulting from the ongoing construction, and he agreed a large police presence was justified.
Remember, HPD is severely understaffed, so allocation of Police Patrols is Data Driven!
This means that if you want more HPD patrol coverage you MUST REPORT EVERY CRIME, every incident of suspicious persons or drug offense EVERY TIME. Lt. Davis reports that officers are now regularly pulled from one patrol or beat to another which has more data supporting the need for patrols. If you don’t report, HPD thinks you don’t need patrols.
You should also be aware that parking illegally, especially including leaving a vehicle parked longer than 24 hours on street, gets the attention of both criminals and patrolling officers. Is it really worth the hassle?
POTENTIAL SOURCE OF TAX RELIEF: HARRIS COUNTY HOMEOWNERS MAY REPORT HURRICANE HARVEY DAMAGE TO THE HARRIS COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT
The Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) asks that homeowners in Harris County who suffered property damage from Hurricane Harvey report damage to HCAD as soon as possible. By reporting now, homeowners can help the appraisal district identify the most damaged properties and neighbors to better assist homeowners when property is reappraised in January 2018.
Report Harvey damage by calling 713-812-5805 or emailing email@example.com. Please provide the homeowner name(s), address, phone number, and account number. Damage can also be reported through the upgraded HCAD app, available for Apple or Android phones.
-from CM Amanda Edwards’ Office 9/20/2017
Take Photos of Condition of Your Property on December 31, 2017
IMPORTANT EVIDENCE TO PROTEST YOUR PROPERTY VALUATION FOR TAX PURPOSES
Many property owners in First Montrose Commons have heeded the advice of Laura Mullen to document the conditions on and round their properties each year on December 31st so that she (or they) can present objective evidence supporting their request to lower the value assigned to their property by the Harris County Appraisal District.
If you choose not to protest your appraisal valuation each year, then HCAD will increase its valuation automatically year after year, and you will pay property taxes based on that ever-increasing automatic valuation. It is essential to protest HCAD’s valuations to help keep property values in our area honestly assessed – based on actual conditions at the end of each December – as the law requires.
If your home needs repairs or suffered damages during Harvey – you MUST have receipts and written bids from reputable contractors if you want your damages claim to prevail at the HCAD protest.
NOW IS THE TIME TO GATHER YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOS!
Look before you park to avoid being towed!
AVOID PARKING OR DRIVING IN BLOCKS WHERE YOU SEE CREWS WORKING IN THE ROADWAY. DOING SO IS RISKY – both to your vehicle and to the workers.
FMC Construction Committee Meets with Contractors monthly to address neighborhood concerns
August 11, 2017 – The monthly construction progress meetings among the contractors, supervisors, COH, and FMC continue. We regularly address issues such as tree protection, debris removal, street and traffic safety, and construction staging at these meetings.
FMC Residents and Businesses with concerns or issues are strongly urged to attend our regular monthly FMC meetings for updates. If you have an issue which cannot wait until the next FMC meeting, please email Jeff Griffis – Project Supervising Engineer (download the project hang tag from the link in right column) and copy FMC President so we can address your concern.
Everyone who LIVES, OWNS PROPERTY, or RUNS A BUSINESS in the area shown above is strongly encouraged to
JOIN the First Montrose Commons Neighborhood Association. Your ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP supports our efforts to preserve and improve our historic neighborhood.
Individual membership cost just $10.
Commercial memberships are available beginning at $50.
This page will serve as our temporary home page throughout construction of NSR467. Our original home page is now available via the “WELCOME” menu selection. The PHASE – as indicated on the map above – will be updated and listed in the corresponding color code as construction advances.