First Montrose Commons
Running STOP SIGNS in FMC
WILL GET YOU A TICKET!
June 26, 2018– This morning we received a phone call from HPD’s Westheimer Storefront following up on complaints about folks running stop signs. The officer reported he has ticketed quite a few people running the signs – some doing so even while he was sitting in his patrol car in plain sight of the intersection!
Running a stop sign is is not only dangerous, it’s costly – $235
If you’re also speeding when the workers are present you can add another $235-295 to that!
UPDATE – JULY 11, 2018
NEW DRIVING & PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Following resolution of some technical and engineering issues, CONSTRUCTION at JACK ST between W ALABAMA and SUL ROSS is slated to resume TODAY, JULY 11, 2018. EXPECT COMPLETE ROAD CLOSURE OF THIS BLOCK DURING CONSTRUCTION HOURS
Construction at JACK ST and W MAIN is temporarily halted pending a change to the drain inlets to preserve access to apartment parking spaces. The contractor says they will provide temporary access to the apartment parking until the parts arrive.
EXPECT NEW CONSTRUCTION ON
JACK ST FROM SUL ROSS TO W ALABAMA
TO BEGIN AS SOON AS THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 25
Expect new construction to begin at Sul Ross and Jack and proceed northward along the east side of JACK ST to W Alabama this afternoon (6/25/2018). As soon as crews finish placing sanitary sewer pipe on Greeley this afternoon they will immediately move to resume work on Jack St. TCL will place a new storm sewer and storm inlets, and then immediately prep this blockface for paving of driveways and roadway. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING IN THE 3800 BLOCK OF JACK FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. ILLEGALLY STOPPED OR PARKED CARS ARE SUBJECT TO TOWING.
As soon as the concrete is cured on the east side of Jack St, crews will begin at W Alabama and proceed south to Sul Ross, installing sanitary sewer lines driveways and sidewalks. Once concrete has cured on the west side of Jack St they will reopen both sides from W Alabama to Sul Ross, and move to the next block south on Jack.
DETOURS AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT ON JACK ST THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS – PLEASE USE ANOTHER NORTH-SOUTH ROUTE (STANFORD IS OPEN)
TCL will begin MONDAY JUNE 11, to place a manhole in the center of Garrott @ WEST MAIN. This will involve excavation to place large storm drain pipes across the intersection with intermittent complete closure of both Garrott and West Main in that area.
PLEASE DO NOT USE GARROTT ST TO CUT THROUGH TO SPUR 527 or US 59 from June 11 through June 22 as Cement trucks and heavy construction equipment will block the street during daylight hours.
TCL will maintain access to the Doctor’s office via Milam and West Main during this construction.
Expect TCL to open the north lane of West Main Street to WESTBOUND traffic
June 11. They will begin construction along the south side of West Main St as soon as the manhole is installed at Garrott – so persons along the SOUTH side of West MAIN from MILAM TO JACK should look for alternate places to park as this work begins next week. NOTE – THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF WEST MAIN FROM MILAM TO JACK – YOU SHOULD ALSO AVOID PARKING ON BUTE, GARROTT, OR JACK within 2CAR LENGTHS of the sidewalks to avoid damage to your vehicles from construction equipment. These large trucks need a wide turning radius and parking too close to the intersection is DANGEROUS!
A conflict with AT&T fiber on Colquitt & Greeley has stopped construction there, so crews have already begun work in both the 500 and 600 blocks of Branard instead. After speaking with the contractor, he has agreed to temporarily backfill the 500 block of Branard (Garrott to Jack) to allow homeowners driveway access Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 1-3).
Homeowners in the 500 block of Branard ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MOVE VEHICLES OUT OF GARAGES OR DRIVEWAYS SUNDAY NIGHT JUNE 3.
Crews will excavate the entire north block face beginning Monday morning at 7:00am. Cars not moved before that time will be trapped for up to two weeks depending on weather conditions and the speed of operations. On Monday, June 3 – the contractor will begin the installation of new 36″ stormwater pipe under the north lane of Branard from Jack to Garrott St. You should EXPECT COMPLETE ROAD CLOSURES along JACK and BRANARD for periods of time while they transport the pipe sections into place, or while dump trucks remove or deliver dirt.
Persons who normally use JACK ST to cut through between W Alabama and Richmond ARE URGED TO FIND A DIFFERENT ROUTE as lines of heavy construction trucks are expected to block Jack St throughout next week. Jack is very narrow and offers no opportunity to turn around. AVOID USING JACK AS A CUT THROUGH STREET JUNE 3 – 17. You can use Milam to the east or Montrose to the west.
Most of the north-south streets through First Montrose Commons remain partially closed or obstructed with construction materials or equipment and function as single lane two-way roads. Please observe all posted STOP signs! We have a lot of pedestrian traffic which includes both young toddlers and older people who are trying to walk through the construction areas.
First Montrose Commons continues to communicate with the contractor but we cannot guarantee the exact time or location of construction activities.
PLEASE BE MINDFUL in street parking to OBSERVE PARKING REGULATIONS AND SIGNS – Parking Management patrols FMC daily writing tickets for violations.
MAY 29 – JUNE 8 – BRANARD ST from Greeley to Jack – Paving operations along the north side of Branard will mean NO PARKING in the 600 block of Branard, and limited access to traffic (LOCAL ONLY) in this block along the south side of the street. Expect delays and traffic controls at Branard and Greeley and Branard and Jack as construction vehicles and cement truck enter and leave this block during these two weeks.
May 18 – Construction begins Friday Morning on ROSELAND STREET from BRANARD to W MAIN along the west side. This means ROSELAND will have NO PARKING in this block (either side). DRIVEWAYS WILL BE BLOCKED ALONG THE WEST SIDE. TRAFFIC WILL BE ONE WAY IN THIS BLOCK
MAY 24 – Construction begins on GREELEY ST (East Side) from W MAIN to COLQUITT. There will be NO PARKING AND ONE WAY TRAFFIC IN THIS BLOCK. DRIVEWAYS WILL BE BLOCKED & NOT ACCESSIBLE. PLAN AHEAD NOW TO PARK ELSEWHERE
Annual Membership Dues in First Montrose Commons Remain Just $10 per person! They are payable each January 1st.
Please Renew your Membership TODAY
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 the NEW PayPal links to the right. (click on the PayPal Logo box) 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 or debit 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!
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!
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. Click Here to download our new HPD Quick Contacts & Resources Card which you can use to help you report suspicious or criminal activities.
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?
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.