TIRZ 27 Board Votes Unanimously to Provide $150K to Match SPARK Funds for Park

NOW WE Must Match the last $150K
AIMS Students stand in the concrete lot that will become the new Spark Park at AIMS in FMC – PROVIDED we can raise the required mating funds. Do your part to fund the Park!

April 20, 2020 – During its first ever public online meeting the TIRZ 27 Montrose Redevelopment Board voted unanimously to provide $150K in matching funds to those already provided by Spark itself. This is a tremendous boost for our efforts to re-establish a park on the site of the Arabic Immersion Magnet School, (formerly HSPVA and before that Montrose Elementary). Our Community must now raise the remaining $150K to bring this dream to fruition. The AIMS PTO has already raised some funds before fundraising activities were curtailed due to COVID-19 restrictions. FMC residents Steve Longmire, Marge Frazier, and Donna Drennen helped kick off our fundraising with contributions totaling $3,320 – even before the first official fundraiser began.

Please do your part to fund the park!

Write a Check today to:  SPARK and write in the Memo field: Spark Park at AIMS/FMC. All contributions made in this manner are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE, as Spark is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Make Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE Check Out Today.
Checks should be mailed to CAFMC  SPARK PARK
603 W Main St.,   Houston, TX 77006-5618

Note that we will hold checks until we can safely deliver them to the Spark office. Please also note in the envelope whether you wish to remain anonymous in your donation.

Help us Bring a Park back to First Montrose Commons for the first time in 40 years – Please send your check TODAY. 

For more information about the Spark Park at AIMS 




Novel Coronavirus/ COVID-19/ City of Houston Information and Updates

Click the image or link above to go directly to the City of Houston Emergency Management Page for the latest AUTHORITATIVE updates on the STAY HOME WORK SAFE order and COVID-19 resources.


Don’t Let FMC become a
COVID-19 Casualty!



Membership renewals stop after April 15, leaving us far short of the 200 in 2020 goal. Please renew your membership now.

Click the Image to Pay 2020 Dues Now

Emails were sent to alert folks who have not yet paid the 2020 Residential Membership Dues that their voting privileges would be automatically suspended March 1, as required by the Bylaws. While some heeded the alert, many did not; as a result 103 former Residential Members can NO LONGER VOTE on matters before the Civic Association. Matters like “how much of our funds should we contribute towards the building of the Spark Park?”; or changes to the Bylaws that would require the Board to set Annual Residential Dues each year, thus abolishing the 26 year old restriction on so doing.

Our Civic Association remains the single most effective tool we have to get results from the City of Houston, HISD, and Harris County. Your support of your Civic Association is critical to our mission.

Our Residential Dues have remained fixed at only $10 per person per year for 26 years – the lowest of any active Civic Association in Neartown. Yet many simply do not take the time to pay this small amount and others choose to pay only $10 for the whole household.

The Membership will be asked to vote approval on two important issues at the next FMC Meeting, but 103 will not be able to vote to support the future of our unique neighborhood.

The remedy? Click the image above (or the one immediately below) to pay your 2020 Residential Dues NOW – and have your voting privileges restored. It’s Easy – Fast – and Secure! You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to renew online – simply choose to log on to PayPal as a guest and enter your payment information. Be sure to select the number of members you are paying for before clicking the PayPal button.

Click the image above to Join or Renew your Membership- Be a Part of the 200 in 2020!

The Civic Association of The First Montrose Commons Meets Every THIRD Tuesday of the Month at The Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street at Bute Street, Room 106 from 7:00-8:00pm.

Everyone who lives or owns property or a business within the area shown should attend these important meetings to keep abreast of ongoing construction, security, and events affecting our neighborhood.

Renters and families with children are encouraged to attend – we’d rather you bring the kids than stay at home and miss something!

First Montrose Commons, Houston TX © 2019 The Civic Association of The First Montrose Commons, Inc.


NEW Requirements for Submitting Certificate of Appropriateness Applications

As of July 2, 2018, all Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Applications must be submitted through the Historic Preservation Tracker online.


PLEASE BE MINDFUL in street parking to OBSERVE PARKING REGULATIONS AND SIGNS – Parking Management patrols FMC daily writing tickets for violations.

Neighborhood Security

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.

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!