First Montrose Commons
Final Punchlist Walkthrough – May 30, 2019
City of Houston Public Works Officials, TCL, and First Montrose Commons walked the entire project site this morning – listing items in need of attention before the final sign-off of NSR-467. Perhaps the single biggest issue discovered was a stormwater drainage problem at Jack St and Richmond Ave that will require complete closure of both westbound lanes of Richmond at Jack as crews excavate an old stormwater drain conduit and replace it to fix the backup in the new drainage system. Work to address this issue is pending approval of the traffic detour and road closure plans but should begin very soon. Expect significant delays in this area for the week of construction.
Residents should also pay very close attention as there will be some changes to the locations of STOP signs and NO PARKING signs, and enforcement will begin immediately following the placement of the new signs over the next couple of weeks. The signs being installed now are replacements for those in place before NSR 467 began; additional NO PARKING and SCHOOL CROSSING signs will likely be installed in August following a traffic and parking study.
TCL will resume watering the trees and sod beginning May 31. Work crews will also return to FMC May 31 to address cracked curbs, sidewalks, streets, and general final cleanup.
HISD Announces Arabic Immersion Magnet School to Relocate to the Montrose HSPVA Campus this Summer
HISD announced that it will relocate the Arabic Immersion Magnet School to First Montrose Commons this summer as a Pre-K-8 campus, continuing its trailblazing history as the nation’s first public Arabic language immersion school.
The Civic Association of The First Montrose Commons plans to feature officials from HISD at our May 21, 2019 meeting to address the neighborhood about this important next step in the more than 105 year history of schools in the heart of FMC.
AIMS (Arabic Immersion Magnet School) Needs Our Help Now to Establish Its New Big Brothers Big Sisters Program as it Moves to FMC this Fall.
You can Make A Difference!
Both Big Brothers/Big Sisters as well as Corporate Sponsors are needed now to kick off this important new program at AIMS. Let’s kick off our relationship with our new school by signing up to mentor or sponsor.
YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE in a CHILD’S LIFE!
Don’t Lose Your Privileges –
Pay your 2019 FMC Dues before
MARCH 2, 2019
FMC Bylaws require that Membership & Voting Privileges be suspended for any member whose dues are more than 60 days in arrears – that date is March 2, 2019. You can pay your dues online using a credit or debit card, venmo or PayPal (no PayPal account is required, you can log on as guest).
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!
Running STOP SIGNS in FMC
WILL GET YOU A TICKET!
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!
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.
Your Neighborhood Association depends on Your Support
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!
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!
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.
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.