First Montrose Commons
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
New Traffic/Bus Plan Agreed for HSPVA 2017-18 School Year
August 10, 2017- At the request of HSPVA Administration, FMC, United Engineers, TCL, and representatives from the City of Houston met to develop a revised Traffic & Bus Plan for the 2017-18 school year. Ongoing construction throughout FMC, but especially around the HSPVA campus means the old routes will no longer be usable as registration begins August 17-18, and classes resume August 28.
The new plan calls for buses to enter FMC from Montrose Blvd via West Main Street, proceed to Stanford and turn north. The BUS ZONE is now moved back onto STANFORD STREET (as it was in the past). Buses then exit FMC via Stanford and W Alabama.
Parents will enter FMC from W Alabama at Greeley, proceed to the drop off area on Greeley beside HSPVA, and then exit FMC via Greeley to Richmond Ave. The Student Parking Lots will have new exits along Stanford Street only to avoid congestion on Greeley. Public Works will seek to install new RESTRICTED PARKING signs on the east side of Greeley from W Alabama to W Main St to alleviate the severe congestion that happened in this area last school year.
This revised plan is designed to separate bus traffic from car traffic, and to encourage all traffic to operate in a single direction in and out of the neighborhood. The 700 block of W Main has not been paved and so cannot be used for student drop off or pick up.
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.
HPD IS STRICTLY ENFORCING PARKING ORDINANCES IN THESE AREAS
WELCOME BACK HSPVA STUDENTS & FAMILIES! – LOTS OF CHANGES WHILE YOU WERE GONE THIS SUMMER!
First Montrose Commons welcomes our HSPVA Students, Families, Faculty & Staff back for the 2017-18 school year. As you can see, there have been LOTS of changes since the end of classes a few months ago. Very shortly you’ll enjoy the first fruits of our neighborhood reconstruction project – all new roads, sidewalks, and most importantly – DRAINAGE!
We encourage any HSPVA Families who have chosen to live in First Montrose Commons, whether renting or buying to join YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION so you can keep abreast of the rapid changes throughout our neighborhood. Our dues are very reasonable – just $10 per person per year, and our association is very active – cooperating with HSPVA and the City to assure a safe and friendly environment for us all to enjoy. Please attend one of our monthly meetings to see for yourselves.
Steve Longmire, President
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.
NEW TREE PLAN AGREED 2-9-2017
Calls for Minimal Pruning to allow clearance for equipment – Removal of only 5 trees
The original tree plan called for the removal of 48 large trees throughout the neighborhood. Today, as a result of negotiations between FMC, the City, and the contractors, an agreement was reached on a new plan that will require the removal of only 5 trees, most of which are severely diseased or in decline already. Further, the new plan calls for careful, selective pruning to remove only the limbs necessary to provide safe clearance for the heavy construction equipment to operate. This equipment needs 25-feet of vertical clearance above the roadbed. The arborist has agreed to work closely with the contractor to assess block-by-block which branches can be lifted and preserved and which must be cut.
The old orange “X” and green “T” markings are NO LONGER VALID – PLEASE IGNORE THEM.
Click here to download PDF of ORIGINAL Tree Plan. (Large file – 33 MB)
NOTE- These pages from the ORIGINAL PLAN DO NOT REFLECT CURRENT TREE PROTECTION/REMOVAL PLANS.
YOU ARE STRONGLY URGED TO ATTEND MONTHLY FMC MEETINGS TO LARGE ABOUT ONGOING CHANGES TO THIS PLAN! This information is presented SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF IDENTIFYING TREE NUMBERS to facilitate discussion about specific trees of concern. Any other use is strictly prohibited.