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March 2017

Survey Positions Area for Flood Funds, Projects 

The District has a new study that will help in advocating for projects and funding to reduce flooding. Commissioned by the District and performed by Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc. (LAN), the study provides the technical details needed to pinpoint specific projects and compete for federal funds. 

"Texas will be receiving $222 million in funding to help with relief efforts and the District is meeting with elected officials and governmental agencies to ensure some of that money makes its way to our area for improvement projects," said Robert Fiederlein, the District's vice president of strategic planning and development. 

LAN modeled the April 2016 floods using state-of-the-art technology to determine how the flooding occurred in the North Houston District and why. The study identifies the area's close proximity to Greens Bayou and the capacity of current drainage infrastructure as key factors in the flooding experienced last year. 

Potential improvement projects have been identified for the area as a result of the study including drainage improvements along West Hardy, Greens Road and Imperial Valley Drive. In addition, detention needed to support these projects may require the purchase of existing property in the floodway, which could open opportunities for more parks or green space in the area. 

Construction Begins at Jack Drake Park 

Pathways have been marked and clearing has begun at the site of Jack Drake Park on Bradfield Road at Hedgecroft Drive. 

The park's trail will become the beginning of an existing four-mile system along Greens Bayou that runs through Thomas R. Wussow Park, at 500 Greens Road, and Cityview Park at 16822 CityView Place. 

The construction of this park is different from others in the area's portfolio. Bart Baker, the District's Executive Vice President and COO, who is in charge of planning and infrastructure projects, explained that while different elements such as parking, seating and lighting are being incorporated, the primary focus is conserving the park for native species. 

"It has been an extremely detailed process to make very deliberate decisions about what vegetation will work best. In the end, we will be rewarded with a park that is not only a beautiful site for visitors to walk, but that provides a secluded, natural habitat for several species in the middle of suburban north Houston," Baker said. 

Greens Bayou Coalition received a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) for the construction of the park and is partnering with the District on both the clearing and design of the area. Trees for Houston, a non-profit dedicated to preserving woodlands, has also donated several species of trees for the park including Texas and Oklahoma Redbuds, White Fringetree, American Sweet Gum, Water Oak, Southern Live Oak and Texas Mountain Laurel. 

Jack Drake Park is expected to be open to the public in early summer. 

Partners Recognized at Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 

The North Houston District recently celebrated community and corporate partners who contribute to the area’s growth and success. North Houston District President Greg Simpson highlighted the importance of the honorees by saying, “Our ability to continue building this community is closely tied to our partnerships and volunteers.” Melody Douglas, vice president of finance and administration for Morganti Texas, Inc. and vice-chair of the District’s board, joined Simpson in awarding outstanding community servants for 2016.

Hardy Properties at Intercontinental was recognized as Company of the Year for its substantial investment in a 34-building business park along West Hardy near the Sam Houston Parkway. Improvements at their business park changed the landscape of the District in that area. 

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office took home the award as Partner of the Year for the commitment and dedication of the Harris County Task Force. Launched in March of 2016, the task force has contributed to an overall reduction in crime. Furthermore, their efforts to build relationships with area residents, especially youth, are changing the dynamic between the law enforcement and the community. 

As Volunteer of the Year, Tom Wussow, a longtime District board member, was acknowledged as a leader whose vision and insight continues to be an integral part of the organization’s progress. Credited with being the District’s founder, Wussow still offers guidance that helps the area address tough challenges. Following the 2016 Tax Day Flood, Wussow led efforts for an engineering study that puts the community in a position to compete for federal funds for flood mitigation projects. 

Three Community Spirit Award recipients were honored for the critical roles and resources provided to support flood recovery efforts. Aldine ISD helped rescue families and safely transport them to shelters. Its M.O. Campbell Educational Center served as the primary shelter for District families displaced by the flood. Harvest Time Church became a primary donation drop-off and distribution point in the heart of the community, offering hot meals and supplies within walking distance of many of the hardest hit apartment communities. The City of Houston worked tirelessly to expedite recovery efforts. A team met weekly with property owners to assist with critical needs, like permitting for repairs, debris removal, additional law enforcement and providing housing options and resources for displaced families. 

North Houston District board members are also recognized for their service. Donna Volkerding, area business travel manager for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, was recognized at the luncheon for one year of service. 

The volunteer appreciation event began in 1992 as a way to acknowledge individuals and organizations whose partnership and efforts significantly enhance or expand programs in the North Houston District service area. 

To view an album of photos from the luncheon, visit our Facebook page. 

North Houston Skate Park Featured in Sports Illustrated

Check out Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Simone Biles in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition! Both gymnasts were photographed in the District at North Houston Skate Park. 

October 2016

New Name Highlights Location, Structure for a North Houston Management District

On the heels of celebrating its 25th anniversary, the management district serving the community at the intersection of Interstate 45 and the North Sam Houston Parkway has changed its name to better reflect the area's location and composition. The Greenspoint District is now the North Houston District.

"Our new name reflects a change that is already naturally occuring in the market," said Greg Simpson, District president. "Many of our businesses strongly identify with a north Houston location, with some even using it as part of an official name. Our companies recognize the advantages of a close proximity to the airport and a central location between other activity centers like downtown and The Woodlands," Simpson added.  

Being located at the intersection of two major freeways, the North Houston District promotes access to the greater Houston region as one of its major selling points. However, those freeways divide the community into quadrants that are developing differently. 

"When people think of this area, they typically focus on our northeast quadrant that includes Greenspoint Mall and some of our Class A office space," said Bart Baker, the District's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "But developments in our southwest quadrant, like the announcement of a new Amazon facility in Pinto Business Park, weren't associated with our community. Since our new name is tied to our overall location and not a property, it will facilitate talking about development and activity throughout our entire service area, not just one section," Baker said. 

After joining the organization in August 2015, Simpson restructured the Greenspoint District to clarify the focus and goals of the organization moving forward. Now in his second year, he continues to position the organization to support the growth and address the challenges of its transitioning service area. 

"The community has undergone many changes over the past 25 years, and this organization has always tood ready to put in the work and build partnerships that have resulted in projects and improvements for the area," Simpson continued. "Our committment remains the same and we feel our new name allows us to better share with others what we are today. Even our new logo was designed with the symbolism of our location and quadrants in mind," said Simpson. 

North Houston District staff can still be reached at the same phone number and physical address. The domain for emails and the Web site has changed to Connect with the District on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on the latest news. 

Lone Star College Picked As Training Site for Automotive Giant 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) recently enlisted Lone Star College (LSC) - North Harris to serve as a service training site. The program, known as Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) Local, is sponsored in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The program officially launched at LSC-North Harris on Oct. 27.    

"Together with our partner, NC3, we are making great progress in expanding our geographic footprint of training sites by identifying and certifying colleges nationwide, such as LSC-North Harris, that have a highly-qualified automotive program," said John Fox, director of dealer training at FCA US LLC. LSC-North Harris is currently the only college in the greater Houston area participating in the program. 

LSC-North Harris President Dr. Gerald Napoles said, "This new partnership is exciting for students enrolled in our successful automotive program. The automotive industry is always looking for qualified technicians to fill current positions because of the ever-changing technology and now our students will have a competitive advantage and be able to earn an excellent salary right out of college."

According to Tom Robertson, director, career and applied technology at LSC-North Harris, "With Mopar CAP Local, our students will learn specific technologies used exclusively on Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and Fiat products."

The program will enable students to go to college and begin working at a Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or Ram dealership. Chrysler also supplies each Mopar CAP college with training aids including the latest production vehicles, components, diagnostic equipment, service information and Chrysler-specific training materials. "FCA US LLC is the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual sales, so there will be incredible employment opportunities for our students in the future," Robertson added. 

LSC-North Harris offers Level I or Level II stackable certificates and an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology. The college's program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

LSC-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. The college, which opened its doors in 1973, serves the residents of Aldine and Spring ISDs. Currently, more than 17,000 students attend class on the 200-acre main campus in addition to its two satellite centers, LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center.

North Houston Bike Park to Host 2020 BMX World Championships 

Union Cyclist International recently announced that the North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction adjacent to the North Houston Skate Park, will host the competition. 
Several organizations including the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, United States Olympic Committee, USA Cycling, USA BMX and the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) all worked together to submit the winning bid for the competition scheduled to take place May 26-31, 2020. 

When completed the North Houston Bike Park will be part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX race track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor sports center that will be able to seat approximately 3,500 guests. 

Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is excited about the potential tourist activity this new park will bring to Houston and the surrounding area. "Houston's brand-new North Houston Bike Park is truly impressive with great offerings and appealing fan fest areas that can be utilized in the green spaces surrounding the park. We are looking forward to building our cycling community with these facilities," she told USA BMX magazine. Sally Bradford, executive director of the GGRA, echoed this sentiment. "We are excited to host this incredible event and invite the world to enjoy this wonderful complex," she said. 

BMX cycling has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years and debuted as an Olympic sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The UCI World Championships will be the final stop for the athletes before heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. 

METRO Offers Free Rides to Voters 

METRO is offering free round-trip service to and from the polls on all METRO local bus, light-rail and METROLift paratransit services on Friday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 8.

For more information on early voting and polling locations, click here. Please inform the bus operator or train fare inspector to receive your free, round-trip ride to the polls. 

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North Houston Shopping Center Sells for $15 Million 

The West Road Collection, located in the District at 10719 North Freeway, was recently sold for $15 million, representing one of the highest prices per square foot in the area. 

The 65,798-square-foot center is 98% leased, with tenants including Wing Stop, Mattress One and Verizon. The center was purchased by Hass Holdings, LLC. 

Police and Community Joined Forces for North Houston District's National Night Out 

Area families took time to meet neighbors and share in fun icebreaker activities with local law enforcement at North Houston District's National Night Out at Thomas R. Wussow Park. The event supports the District's crime prevention initiatives by increasing awareness and facilitating partnership between area residents, local businesses and the patrols that serve them. 

"National Night Out provides a relaxed, friendly way for children to get to know the person behind the badge or uniform. It's important for police to know the community, and for the community to feel comfortable relying on the police," said Tracy Harrison, the District's public safety director. "Positive interactions on both sides were accomplished at this event. I'm extremely happy about the partnerships that were fostered between the public and the different organizations that participated." 

Festivities included a petting zoo, face painting, caricature drawing and a Build-A-Workshop by Home Depot. In addition, both young and old enjoyed activities with officers and a first-hand look at a lineup of fully-equipped vehicles, such as police cruisers and a fire truck. 

Property managers for eight area apartment communities partnered with the District for the event, including Madera Residential, Palm Beach Estates and Villa Serena Communities. Other community organizations who participated were ABC Dental, Aldine ISD Police Department, Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries, City of Houston 3-1-1, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harvest Time Church, Houston Fire Department - Station 84 and the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

National Night Out is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of October in Texas. The initiative is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation and support for local anticrime efforts, strengthen partnerships between the community and law enforcement and send a message that the community is organized to prevent and fight crime. 

To view an album of the night's activities, visit our Facebook page.  

September 2016

Greenspoint District Celebrates 25 Years of Partnerships and Progress 

District President Greg Simpson, who celebrated his one-year anniversary in August, kicked off the evening by welcoming approximately 200 guests who all share a connection to the north Houston area. "Just as those early milestones were reached thanks to your collective efforts, we know that our success in the next 25 years depends on the support and partnership of the people in this room," Simpson said. 

Simpson was joined by the man credited with being the District's founder, Tom Wussow, former executive with Exxon Land Development, Inc. and Friendswood Development Company. "In the beginning, a very good man had a vision," said Jack Drake, who served as the District's president for its first 22 years, about Wussow. "His company had been part of building a Greenspoint office complex and he was committed to further improvements for the area," Drake added. "Serving this community and being your partner was the best of my work life."

Continuing the emphasis on partnership, elected officials recognized the District for collaborative efforts with local government through the years. Proclamations were delivered by representatives from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Senator Sylvia Garcia. "Every one of you has given your time, skill and knowledge to help the District achieve all it has. We look forward to building the next 25 years - together," Simpson said as he closed the program. 

Created by the Texas Legislature, the District is a municipal entity created to support economic prosperity for Greenspoint's businesses and improve quality of life for its employees and residents. The District's 12-square-mile service area has 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties. The area includes more than 4,000 businesses, 72,000 employees and 112,000 residents. A few of the noteworthy projects resulting from District advocacy and partnerships include the Public Safety Center at Greenspoint Mall, a branded signage and wayfinding system, seven public parks, and a trail system along Greens Bayou. The organization was also instrumental in the creation of the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, which oversees the area's Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and the Greens Bayou Coalition.

To view an album of the District's anniversary celebration, visit our Facebook page.  

Greenspoint District Parks and Recreation Manager Among This Year's "Women of Excellence"

Dockery currently serves as vice president of the ABWA board and has previously served as secretary and president of the organization. "Although it is an individual award, I truly believe that it is my chapter's award," she said. "My chapter has had a big hand in motivating and supporting me in obtaining professional development. It has helped me in my career and I am truly honored."

ABWA-Greenspoint Chapter President Keisha Beasley has been proud to witness Dockery's professional growth over the years. "She has blossomed from her beginning as an employee, having worked all the way up to being in charge of Greenspoint's parks. We are overjoyed to have her as our nominee." Beasley added that Dockery is truly deserving of the recognition. "You would probably see her picture next to excellence in the dictionary. She is always doing whatever she can on behalf of our organization and she is a role model to others."

The Federation of Houston Professional Women is an alliance of diverse women's professional organizations. Its Women of Excellence annual event honors outstanding business women from the member organizations and raises scholarship funds for women in the Houston area. Dr. Melanie Brown is president of the group and further explained, "Each organization acknowledges a woman from their group and we spotlight their achievements throughout the year. One of the main purposes of our gala is to have a number of scholarships to raise funds for educational opportunities and help women in need in their academic journeys." 

As the parks and recreation manager for the Greenspoint District, Dockery oversees the operations of Greenspoint parks including North Houston Skate Park, the largest skate park in North America. Prior to her current role, Dockery supported the District's Operations, Planning and Infrastructure department as project administrator, where she was responsible for the coordination of various code enforcement, field services, and facilities activities. 

She also currently serves as the vice chair of ABWA's Houston Area Council. Previous positions with the organization also include: co-chair for the fundraising committee for the Business Associate Event as well as member of the hospitality, membership and nominating committees. She is affiliated with several other organizations that promote leadership and community involvement.  

Dockery is a graduate of both the Harris County Citizen's Police Academy and Leadership North Houston. An avid sports advocate since college, she uses her passion for youth sports by volunteering with the Southwest Juniors Volleyball Club and the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, which also utilizes the North Houston Skate Park as a venue for its Teen Achievers program. Dockery studied physical education at Eastern New Mexico University. 

The 2016 Women of Excellence Gala took place on Sept. 17 at The Norris Conference Center. To view pictures from the event, check out the District's Facebook page.

District Invites Families to National Night Out 

Families in apartment communities surrounding Thomas R. Wussow Park, located at 500 Greens Road, are invited to a community-wide National Night Out celebration.

"National Night Out is a fun and interactive way for our families to meet neighbors and learn how we can all work together in creating safer neighborhoods," said Tracy Harrison, the District's public safety director. "I'm excited about the response from our apartment communities and law enforcement to team up and bring this event to Wussow Park. Families will be able to walk to the park, enjoy the activities and learn about crime prevention," she added. 

The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 between 6 and 8 p.m. Parking is extremely limited, so families in the surrounding communities are encouraged to walk over for the event. 

For more information contact the Greenspoint District at 281-874-2131. 

August 2016 

Amazon Announces New Facility in Greenspoint 

The fulfillment center is expected to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs. Employees at the new 855,000-square-foot facility will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics, and toys. 

Amazon chose its new location strategically. "According to an analysis detailed in Amazon's application to Harris County, Greenspoint was selected because of its proximity to the airport and access to major freeways," said Robert Fiederlein, the District's vice president of strategic planning and development. 

Located at the intersection of Interstate 45 and the North Sam Houston Parkway, Greenspoint is minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. It is also in close proximity to the Hardy Toll Road, Interstate 69, U.S. 249, U.S. 290 and the new State Highway 99. 

Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter 2016, with operations projected to begin in the third quarter 2017. 

Upgrade Your Career, Skills at Lone Star College - Greenspoint Center 

Lone Star College - Greenspoint Center is a full-service satellite center of Lone Star College - North Harris, located conveniently near Interstate 45 on the North Sam Houston Parkway frontage road. 

The center offers a selection of day, evening and weekend credit courses in a variety of fields including university-transfer courses, certificates, computer and office skills and developmental studies. 

"We seek to serve not only the residents of the local community but also the people that are working in the offices and businesses nearby," said Kelly Jacobs, dean of instruction at Lone Star College - Greenspoint Center. "We try to service working professionals who might be interested in taking more college classes, earning credits, or working professionals who have not completed college and want to earn a degree." 

Several services are also provided at the center including: college admissions, college placement testing, free tutoring, academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, an extended learning center, library services, full-service bookstore, cafe, and adult basic education and literacy courses. 

For more information or to explore the programs offered, click here

Construction Begins at North Houston Bike Park 

Construction has officially begun at the North Houston Bike Park. The new park will be adjacent to the North Houston Skate Park, the largest skate park in North America, located at 12351 Kuykendahl Road. 

Following a 20 to 22-month construction schedule, the park is expected to be up and running in fall 2017. Admission will be free to the general public. 

Plans for the site include a bank to Jersey barrier, a Tranquility rail, vertical walls, transfers in, five-and-a-half foot coping to coping spines and multiple dirt courses. 

Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Sally Bradford is hoping to draw crowds from all over the world just like the skate park. The park's features are designed to appeal to amateurs and professionals alike. "Not only will bikers be able to use the park recreationally, but they will also be able to use our facility to train for the Olympics and other competitions," Bradford said. 

For more information and updates on progress, like the North Houston Bike Park on Facebook

Houston TranStar Website Can Help You Plan Your Commute 

Using live data from nearly 1,000 closed-circuit TV cameras, TranStar's interactive traffic map provides website visitors with the sam information used by news outlets to report up-to-the-minutes conditions. 

The map allows users to not only view road closures, but also construction, accidents, stalls and high-water locations. 

"One of the features unique to the TranStar traffic map is the weather overlay showing storm motion, intensity and direction," said Mike Vickich, senior analyst with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. "Of all the impacts on traffic, weather is one of the biggest influencers for producing extraordinary traffic events. By providing access to weather and traffic information simultanously, TranStar improves public safety."

Route builder and traffic alert applications are also provided to allow users to estimate travel times. Email, text or Twitter-based alerts can also be set-up and tailored to specific routes traveled. 

For more information about how to travel smart with TranStar, visit: 

Aldine Library Hosts Story Time at North Houston Skate Park 

The Harris County Public Library Aldine Branch is hosting "Storytime in the Park" at the North Houston Skate Park at 9 a.m. on August 3 for children ages one through five. Activities will include reading a story, along with songs and arts and crafts. Parents are welcome to attend and particpate with their children. North Houston Skate Park is located at 12351 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77067. 

June 2016

Two Weeks Left to Register for April Flood Disaster Aid 

Texans can register online at or by phone at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. 

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. 

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. 

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the April storms, or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion6.

Download the FEMA app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more. 

Google, Houston Parks Board Invite You to Tour Greenspoint Parks 

Google designed its Trekker equipment to map locations that are only accessible by foot. The system uses a 40-pound backpack, fitted with GPS gear and cameras, to record 360-degree images. In all, the Houston Parks Board staff hiked approximately 150 miles to collect images from Houston trails and parklands. 

"The Greenspoint District is home to seven parks, totaling more than 36 acres. Each park has its own personality and unique features. This initiative helps us showcase different aspects of the parks in the Greenspoint area to a broader audience," said Bart Baker, the District's chief operating officer and executive vice president. Baker added that the new feature highlights projects along Greens Bayou being spearheaded by the District's partner, Greens Bayou Coalition

With this new technology, Houston parks and trails join the Amazon Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as off-street destinations featured on Google Street View. 

To visit City View Park on Google, click here, and to explore Thomas R. Wussow Park click here

Greenspoint's Public Art Portfolio Expands in Unexpected Places 

The new project transforms traffic signal control cabinents at intersections into murals, which UP Art Studio refers to as Mini Murals. The Greenspoint Mini Murals are the latest additions to the public art projects brought to the area. 

"The boxes are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston," Elia Quiles, Mini Murals project manager at UP Art Studio, said. 

Sally Bradford, executive director of GGRA, thinks the two entities make a great team. "UP Art Studio has done many projects throughout the City of Houston, and we had previously discussed a project to soften the look of the electrical boxes with art," Bradford said. "They had existing relationships with city officials and local artists. When they approached us, the project seemed like a perfect fit." 

UP Art Studio worked with the GGRA to select the final artwork from renderings submitted by 29 artists. Local artists selected for the Greenspoint project include: FX Crew, Roger Seward, Jessica Guerra, Bret Nix, Anat Ronen and Janavi Folmsbee. 

"Public art projects, like Mini Murals, enhance visual appeal and help establish the character and identity of an area," said Bart Baker, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Greenspoint District. Baker oversees the District's Operations, Planning and Infrastructure department, whichc also works on beautification projects in Greenspoint. "The GGRA has a history of bringing unique public art to Greenspoint and engaging local artists in projects. We appreciate the organization's work in distinguishing our community with unique projects." Baker added. 

Each mural, which has been installed at intersections throughout the Greenspoint area, has a different theme. 

"Along Greenspoint Drive we wanted the murals to have a calming effect, so the images are things like butterflies and flowers. The mural close to North Houston Skate Park has a grafitti-like appearance with abstract shapes," Bradford said. 

Current Greenspoint Mini Mural locations include: 
  • Greens Road at Imperial Valley Drive 
  • 11200 Airline Drive 
  • Greens Road at Wayforest Drive 
  • Airline Drive at Buckboard Drive 
  • Kuykendahl Road at Rankin Road 
  • Greens Road at Northchase Drive 
  • Airline Drive at Hardwicke Road 
  • Airline Drive at Dyna Drive 
  • Benmar Drive at Greenspoint Drive
An additional mural is planned for the intersection of Airline Drive and Goodson Drive. 

Katherine Whaley, morning traffic anchor on ABC 13, heard about the mural on Benmar Drive at Greenspoint Drive and filmed a segment on the project. 

Bradford told Whaley she is excited about the new art in Greenspoint and is looking to add more murals in the near future. 

For more information about the project and a map of mural locations, click here

Get the Facts about Safety in Greenspoint 

The Greenspoint District's new brochure highlights the programs and initiatives that promote safety in our community. The publication is packed with statistics, tips and resources. Crime prevention starts with knowing the facts. To download, visit the District's Publications page

March 2016

Greenspoint District Initiates New Task Force to Build Relationships, Continue Focus on Safety 

"Our Harris County Task Force gives us a chance to focus on deterring and preventing crime," said Tracy Harrison, public safety director for the Greenspoint District. "These deputies were hand-selected for their work ethic, teamwork and proven ability to build relationships in the neighborhood they serve. Since most crime in this area is against property and not people, this group can really help engage the community in proven crime prevention practices," she added. 

As a program provided by the Greenspoint District, the new task force does not take the place of law enforcement services provided by the Houston Police Department and Harris County. Rather, it builds on their work by providing a team that doesn't respond to calls for service, which allows time to target specific concerns and for outreach work with businesses and residents. 

For more than two decades, the Greenspoint District has used collaboration as a tool to care for the needs of its diverse community. 

"Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to safety in the community," added District president, Greg Simpson. "This organization has a long history of building partnerships across organizations and communities to address citywide concerns, like crime. We increased our public safety budget this year to invest in programs like this that support our mission of creating an appealing, safe, accessible and green activity center," he said. 

Seven deputies are assigned to the team that is housed at the Greenspoint Public Safety Center at Greenspoint Mall, which was also established as a result of District partnerships. In addition to increasing awareness on ways to increase safety, the task force will focus on initiatives related to burglary and theft, which are typically the top crimes in major activity centers like Greenspoint. 

Greenspoint District Restructures to Continue Commitment to Area's Growth

"This year, the District reaches a milestone of 25 years of service to this community and it's important that we are prepared to build upon the work that has been accomplished," said Greg Simpson, who joined the District as president in August 2015. "I am confident that the changes made allow us to deepen the programs we have, as well as develop new initiatives to help us capitalize on our convenient location, access to the airport and high-tech amenities," he added. 

Robert Fiederlein joins the District in a newly-created position, vice president of Strategic Planning and Development. In this role, Fiederlein will focus on structural and policy issues related to commercial and residential development. In particular, he will help the organization explore opportunities to diversify its housing options, which are largely composed of multi-family housing with approximately 72 apartment communities in the District. Robert's work experiences include two management districts, Memorial City and East End, and chief of staff positions with former city council members, Peter Brown and Gabriel Vasquez, as well as serving as special assistant to former Houston Mayor Bill White.  

The organization also welcomed back Shelia Redmon-Jones, who was part of its communications team from 2000 to 2009, as the director of Marketing and Public Affairs. Shelia returns to the District, after launching a second career in education administration as a Career and Technical Education coordinator in Spring ISD. Her professional experiences also include public relations roles with AIG American General and the Houston Chronicle. In her current role, Redmon-Jones oversees the communication initiatives of all District departments, including advertising, print and online publications, community relations, promotions and events. Amy Craig also returns to the marketing team as brand manager and graphic designer. 

In addition to welcoming new employees. the District also announced promotions. Bart Baker has been named the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the District. He will continue to manage the Operations, Planning and Infrastructure department, but will now also assist the president with oversight of the Finance and Support Services department and help set the direction for the Marketing and Public Affairs and Strategic Planning and Development departments. Toby Stephens has recently taken over the position of field services manager and is now part of the operations, planning and infrastructure team. 

Brenda Spratt was also promoted and now serves as director of financial and support services for the District. In this position, Spratt oversees daily operation of the District in the areas of finance and accounting, records management, personnel and office administration.

"We will continue to advocate for the needs of the community and we are now positioned to accomplish many more milestones," said Simpson. He continued, "This year, we will add a fifth park to our growing greenway along Greens Bayou and we have aligned our budget to intensify our existing programs, particularly public safety. This team has the expertise and passion to develop the ideas and partnerships needed to continue enhancing the landscape of this dynamic community."  

METRO Vanpool Offers Chance to "Team Up" Against Traffic 

STAR offers Houstonians, and those living in its eight-county surrounding area, the opportunity to leave the car behind and carpool with 7 to 15 passengers coming from their area of town, to and from work, on a daily basis. 

How does STAR work? Once a user registers in the program, METRO will work to connect them to an existing group or form a new one. Most routes start at a local Park & Ride lot or other convenient meeting location, where the riders' cars are left throughout the day. Routes are then driven by a volunteer from the group. The hassle-free ride isn't the only convenient aspect of the program. Several pay options are available to meet a variety of needs. 

In addition, the program offers other benefits to commuters. "Vanpooling is a great alternative for saving energy, reducing congestion on the roadways, and improving air quality," said Anita McLaurin, account executive for METRO STAR. "Travel time can also be significantly reduced for these travelers due to the ability to use the many HOV and Diamond lanes throughout Harris County,"

Users of the program are automatically enrolled in the Emergency Ride Home program. If a midday crisis arises, or you have to stay for unscheduled emergency overtime, you get a free ride home. All you have to do is call METRO's customer service between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Ready to sign up? Visit this website and METRO will find the STAR route that works for you. If you have questions about the program or need more information, call 713-739-4811 or email

New Dining Option for Busy Greenspoint Employees 

Jimmy John's is the latest restaurant to set up shop in Greenspoint. 

The chain might be known for its delivery speed, but did you know you can order as little as one sandwich to be dropped off? "We know our customers are busy and some days having lunch brought to them is the only way they'll be able to eat that day," said Peter Fontano, co-owner of the new Jimmy John's location in Greenspoint. The delivery area served by the store is small to ensure that each order can be delivered in 15 minutes or less. 

If an office wants to order lunch, the website features a new group-ordering tool where each person can add their personal order to the same online ticket. Each person pays individually, but everything is delivered together. 

Catering is available for groups of any size. Several different options, including box lunches or party trays, offer something for everyone. 

Both Peter and his business partner, Cris Garthe, are excited to be a part of the Greenspoint area - which is home to approximately 72,000 employees. "We are very happy to be in Greenspoint, and we've met a lot of great people so far," Peter said. 

For more information on delivery, go to the restaurant's website. Those outside the delivery area can still take advantage of the easy online ordering feature and place an order for pick up. Jimmy John's, located at 12124 Greenspoint Drive, is open Monday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For a full list of Greenspoint eateries, check out the Greenspoint District's "Restaurants" page

January 2016

North Houston Skate Park and Dylan Park Recognized; Plans for New Bike Park Next Door Now In the Works 

Greenspoint is home to a 10-acre recreational complex that includes North Houston Skate Park, the largest skateboard park in North America, and Dylan Park, a park without limits for visitors of all abilities. The project was funded and constructed by the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA). In October, Sally Bradford, the executive director of GGRA was presented with the Mayor's Proud Partner Award from Keep Houston Beautiful for the parks, and TEDC has recently recognized the economic impact of the recreational complex. 

With over 72,000 square feet of skate surface, North Houston Skate Park includes a world-class, competition-scale, Texas-shaped bowl featuring a full pipe, a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus backyard-style pools and three flow bowls — beginner, intermediate and advanced. A section designed to emulate the street-skating experience has ledges, rails, benches, quarter pipes and stair obstacles, providing fun and creative challenges for skaters of all levels and interests. 

The park has been popular since it opened in 2014, with more than 78,000 people traveling from as far away as Taiwan to either test their skills themselves, or watch others hone their craft. Professional skaters have also tested out the park's many features including Paul-Luc Rochetti and legendary skateboard Hall-of-Famer Steve Olson. Steve also designed "High Noon," the art piece featured inside the park. 

Several events have been held in the park since it opened, including the "Skate It Up" contest put on by the Truth Riders. 

In the same complex is Dylan Park, a park without limits with areas designed to engage children who are sight and/or hearing impaired, autistic or wheelchair-bound. The park, which includes open grassy areas for unstructured play, also features wheelchair-accessible playground equipment and interactive tactile elements allowing those with sight and hearing impairments to explore and interact with different textures and surfaces. The park is named for Dylan Newman, an area child who was severely injured and later died from child abuse. Because Dylan loved butterflies, they are featured prominently throughout the park. The entry gate is a butterfly, and right inside the park is a mosaic by Dixie Friend Gay of Dylan surrounded by butterflies. A butterfly garden also provides users of the park a place to decompress. 

Connecting the two parks is a community center accessible from both sides; half a mile of walking trails also weave through the complex, which is completely fenced in. 

Now GGRA is working on its newest facility, the North Houston Bike Park, to be located across Rushcreek Drive from North Houston Skate Park. 

Plans for the more-than-20-acre site include a bank to jersey barrier, a Tranquility rail, vertical walls, transfers in, five-and-a-half foot coping to coping spines and multiple dirt courses. Mayor Annise Parker attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new complex on Dec. 1.

Both GGRA and Greenspoint District share a common goal of developing parks to provide places for physical activity and to increase community cohesiveness and involvement in the Greenspoint area. The much-anticipated bike park will be a welcomed addition to the area and will provide BMX enthusiasts with several opportunities to sharpen their skills.

Digital Media Students Have a New Place to Learn in Greenspoint 

Avant Media Institute, now located in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility at 256 North Sam Houston Parkway E., provides world-class training in the digital technologies and multi-media fields. Students enrolled in the program cover everything from a basic understanding of the science of sound to mastering audio for music and film, and leave school prepared to work in dynamic environments like radio stations, movie sets, television studios, major motion picture studios, recording studios, live production venues, video game and animation companies. 

Building on the philosophy that hands-on training is the most effective way to teach a skill, students at Avant Media Institute work with and use the latest technologies within the first week of class. All classes and labs are held at either the specially-designed facility conveniently located in Greenspoint complete with all of the necessary equipment, or out in the community at an actual commercial facility. 

This commitment to interactive learning is what sets Avant Media Institute apart from other programs; no other audio program in Houston offers the same exposure of commercial recording studio environments to students. 

For more information, visit the school's website.  

Welcome, Avant Media Institute, to the Greenspoint District! 

Much-Needed Improvements Now In the Plans for Aldine ISD 

Voters in Aldine ISD came out strongly in favor of the district's proposed bond referendum, passing the proposal by a 72 percent margin on Election Day. 

The proposed plan will help the district keep up with the projected growth in the area. Aldine is expected to grow by 15 percent over the next five years, with an estimated enrollment of 80,000 students by 2020.  

Items included in the plan range from campus security to athletic stadium improvements. 

In addition to technology upgrades and infrastructure improvements across the district, several Aldine ISD campuses are getting major renovations to cope with the estimated increasing student populations in the coming years. 

According to the district's website, bonds will be sold as needed for the construction of new schools, renovations, purchases, replacements and improvements as outlined in the proposal. 

Because Texas passed the statewide Proposition One amendment, which reduces the homestead exemption amount for school property taxes, implementation of the bond referendum should have minimum impact on the taxpayers. The value reduction could be as much as $25,000 for one household. 

For more information, including detailed plans related to renovation projects and campus security and technology upgrades, visit Aldine ISD's website

September 2015

Greenspoint District Welcomes New President Greg Simpson 

The Greenspoint District team is thrilled to introduce its newest team member. Greg Simpson joined the District as President on Aug. 31. 

He brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to the District. He is an executive with experience leading teams in the areas of marketing and public relations, government relations, constituent services, strategic planning, program development and implementation, and grant management. 

Prior to joining the District, Simpson spent an 18-year career with the City of Houston where he served as Assistant Director, Communications for the Houston Public Library System, a system of 42 locations, 500 employees, and an annual budget of $38 million. He also worked in the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office and the Neighborhood Protection Division. 

Simpson has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from the University of Texas. 

As a former resident of the area and student of the Aldine Independent School District, Simpson knows the community well. He is well-suited to lead the organization serving both the commercial and residential interests of Greenspoint, and he is excited to take on the role of advocate for the Greenspoint area. 

"Greenspoint is full of opportunities for growth and development for businesses, families and individuals; I am excited about working with the Board and the team at the District to continue the work of enhancing the area's quality of life and telling the story of Greenspoint's value as a place to live, work, visit or invest," Greg said. 

Welcome to Greenspoint District, Greg! 

Greens Bayou Trail Adds Accessibility to the Area 

The Greens Bayou Trail now provides those wanting to exercise while enjoying nature a place to do just that. The new 2.2 mile stretch begins in the future site of Jack Drake Park on Bradfield Road and ties into existing trails that connect Thomas R. Wussow and CityView Parks lengthening the system to nearly four miles. 

The trail is a unique amenity for Greenspoint, providing both those who work and those who live in the area with a place to enjoy and appreciate the green space and openness the area has to offer. 

Through a partnership with Greenspoint District, Texas Department of Transportation constructed the project with funding from the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program. 

The addition of Greens Bayou Trail is just the latest in a string of improvements and amenities in the District. For updates on projects like this and more information on exciting features coming to the Greenspoint District, like Jack Drake Park, connect with us on Facebook, visit our website, and sign up for our newsletters

Greenspoint Hoops & Heroes - A Slam Dunk 

Greenspoint Hoops and Heroes officially kicked off on Aug. 13 at the Biscayne at Cityview apartments. Representatives from the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston Fire Department, U.S. Army and S.E.A.L. Security Solutions participated, and over 75 children came out for the event. Pro Court portable basketball hoops were provided as well as smaller, carnival-like basketball and inflatable games. The management staff at Biscayne provided hot dogs, water, and popsicles, and the Greenspoint District handed out t-shirts to the participants. The Greenspoint heroes and children spent the afternoon interacting and playing basketball. The sense of community did not stop when the event was over. The children stayed to help clean up trash. Some of the older kids assisted in loading the basketball gear into the waiting truck to be taken to storage. 

The goals of the Hoops and Heroes program are five-fold: 
  • Address concerns and needs in the community by working with apartment managers and property owners 
  • Provide positive role models 
  • Develop communication, trust, and respect for law enforcement 
  • Provide equipment to facilitate healthy activities 
  • Offer information and handouts to encourage a healthy lifestyle 
The mission of the program is simple: to establish and provide positive role models for our youth to plant the seed of wanting to achieve success in life and for a future. 

Steve Moore, the owner of Biscayne at Cityview, said, "When people start to connect with each other, and they start to care for each other, they start to feel a sense of community. That is the nirvana, that is the ultimate way to run a property like this where everybody wins." 

Greenspoint District Public Safety Director Tracy Harrison hopes to recruit more organizations to participate and to reach more children and families in more communities. 

"Our youth is our future, and we must create tomorrow's leaders through trust and respect. The Greenspoint District is committed to community involvement and wished to provide a hands-on approach by implementing a program that allows an open line of communication and trust between the residents and the community. The idea is to promote positivity by providing exemplary role models and leadership. This can be achieved by engaging in an old-fashioned community outreach to the youth through engaging in physical activities, providing healthy choices, and breaking down the barriers that exist in communication today with law enforcement," she said. 

Harrison is very happy with the first Greenspoint Hoops & Heroes event. 

"The event was a success with a good turnout. The youth loved interacting with our Heroes in Greenspoint," she said. 

For a slideshow of the festivities at Biscayne at Cityview, check out the District's Facebook page.  

June 2015

New Hampton Inn & Suites Provides New Accommodations in Greenspoint

Guests traveling to Greenspoint now have a new option when choosing a hotel - the new Hampton Inn & Suites on North Sam Houston Parkway features 82 rooms all equipped with free Wi-Fi, 48-inch televisions and a coffee makers.

A hot breakfast is provided daily, or guests in a rush can pickup a Hampton's On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Monday through Friday. Small snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the hotel's Suite Shop. A manager's reception is also held every evening featuring beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. 

Other guest amenities include an outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness and business centers, coin-operated laundry, and a 1,500-square-foot ballroom that can hold up to 125 people.  

Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Seeking Nominations for Small Business of the Year Awards

It's time once again for the the Small Business of the Year awards, hosted annually by the Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center. 

The Center calls on members of the community to nominate area companies that have made an impact on their local community and economy. Nominations can be made by individuals, businesses and organizations. 

BBVA Compass is a proud sponsor of this year's competition. "These entrepreneurs are making significant contributions to our communities and we look forward to recognizing them later this year," Amos McDonald, North Houston district retail executive for BBVA Compass said.

Award recipients are chosen based on leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and success as well as the entrepreneurs' ability to make a meaningful contribution to the community. Three finalists will be selected from each of Lone Star College's six service areas with one winner from each college service area being ultimately chosen. 

The deadline for this year's nominations is June 30. Click here for more information about the rules for nominating a company.  

All of the finalists will be recognized at the 29th Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet held in November.  

UT Physicians Opens New Clinic in Greenspoint  

UT Physicians Greens Clinic 
245 West Greens Road Houston, TX 77067
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The clinic provides primary care for all ages, as well as gynecology/obstetrics, pulmonary, endocrinology, cardiology and pediatric care. 

In August, the clinic plans to add extended hours, offering some late nights as well as opening for four hours on Saturdays. 

UT Physicians identified Greenspoint as the perfect location for a clinic in order to serve the dense population of the area who consist of all ages in need of quality healthcare. All insurance plans are accepted, and the clinic also provides a sliding fee scale for services. 

The new clinic is introducing an integrated approach to transform healthcare. Case workers and social workers both will office at the new facility in order to integrate behavioral health with primary care. 

The UT Physicians Greens Clinic will also be introducing two initiatives to address common health problems: an asthma management program and the HEAL Project, a program to teach expecting mothers healthy living and eating habits. 

To make an appointment call 713-486-5600 and ask to be seen at the UT Physicians Greens Clinic.

April 2015

Action Plan Announced to Improve Market Competitiveness of Houston's Buildings 

Recent research shows that energy savings of 30 percent from Houston's commerical office spaces alone would provide more than $500 million to the Houston economy. These savings would be equal to the investment required to build 10 new mid-size power plants. Furthermore, these cuts could translate into nearly 20,000 jobs over a five-year period, as they would increase the employment of those skilled in energy efficiency retrofitting of buildings and other energy services. 

The Houston Energy Efficiency in Building Laboratory collected this research. The Laboratory is a joint venture with the WBCSD and the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD). The research contributed directly to an action plan unveiled by the two participating organizations at a recent ceremony at Rice University. 

The plan focused on four themes and actionable steps primarily for owners of Class B and C classified office space. 

  • Raising awareness of the multiple benefits of Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) - A targeted communications campaign will aim to move regional real estate professionals to take actions toward energy efficiency in the properties they represent. 
  • Financing EEB solutions - All financial tools, such as utility on-bill financing, energy service agreements, and Keeping PACE in Texas, will be presented under an energy efficiency financing umbrella. 
  • Building capacity to deliver EEB solutions - Teaching will address the nature of energy efficiency investments, achieving maximum value and recognizing energy savings that can be sustained. 
  • Increasing Houston's real estate market competitiveness with EEB Solutions - Public policy will be developed that centers on improving the long-term attractiveness of these properties. 

Implementation of these four actions will be facilitated by a team of local leaders from both the public and private sectors. 

Although there is still work to be done, significant steps have been made in improving the energy efficiency of Houston's office buildings. Houston is now ranked fifth in the country in the number of projects that are LEED certified with a total of 369. Furthermore, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced a public commitment to the United Nations Summit on Climate Change on Sept. 23, 2014 that Houston would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

In order to fully implement the action plan, a new platform led by the WBCSD and the USBSCD and managed locally by the Houston Advanced Research Center has been established. "Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Houston" is a new initiative bringing together leaders from the Gulf Coast Green Building Council, the City Energy Project and Keeping PACE in Texas to facilitate and coordinate actions between key stakeholders and provide governmental guidance. "Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Houston" will allow members to complement each other's activities, exchange stories about experiences, collaborate with the public sector on the development of a long-term strategy for energy- efficient buildings and engage in policy consultation through the channels offered by the partner organization. 

For more information  on the Houston platform, contact Gavin Dillingham at or Andrew Mangan at

METRO Reimagines Bus Routes to Better Serve Houston Commuters 

The METRO System Reimagining Plan was approved by the METRO Board of Directors on Feb. 11. Deliberate efforts were made to address six key issues through the new design. 

  1. The new schematic directly answers pleas made by riders using METRO's services. Users have been asking for simpler, faster, more frequent bus routes, better service on weekends and more ways to get directly where they would like to go. This is exactly what the new routes are designed to do. 
  2. METRO responded to concerns over wait times on transportation by implementing the Frequent Network, which includes buses on 22 routes, as well as three rail lines scheduled to run at least every 15 minutes for 15 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  3. Riders expressed the need to improve bus service on the weekends. The routes in the proposed network run all weekend, just as frequently as they will at noon on a weekday. 
  4. METRO's executives also aimed to simplify the system. The new routes have been designed to be simpler, straighter and easier to remember to allow for less confusion among riders. 
  5. Under the old system, buses were delayed several times when having to stop for freight trains. The new grid is arranged to cut street-level freight crossing by 30 percent on a daily basis. 
  6. Finally, the new system is laid out with the idea that it will be expanded upon in the future to serve the growing activity centers throughout the region. 

Riders in Greenspoint specifically will benefit from the changes. A route extending down Imperial Valley Drive from Cypress Creek Parkway to the Sam Houston Parkway will run every 20 to 30 minutes. A 60-minute route will loop on Greens Road and Aldine-Westfield Road, in addition to frequent routes that will run along parts of Greens Road, Northchase, Imperial Valley and Airline Drives.

A transit center on Greenspoint Drive between Greens Road and the Sam Houston Parkway will serve the area, along with two park-and-rides conveniently located off Interstate 45 between Rankin Road and Airtex Drive and on Carlway Road between Cypress Creek Parkway and Bammel Road.  

Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA Hosts Achiever's Program at North Houston Skate Park 

The YMCA Achiever's Program helps teens set and pursue high educational and career goals that result in higher rates of graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring, this program encourages youth to raise their academic standards, develop a higher self-esteem, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to reach for greater heights. 

The students involved in the program at the North Houston Skate Park (formerly Spring Skate Park developed and owned by the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority [GGRA]) have hit the ground running, already drafting their contract that expresses committment to the program and attending their first major field trip. "The 12 teens enjoyed an overnight 'lock in' at the Langham Creek YMCA before leaving to visit the Texas A&M - College Station campus," Tory Manchester, YMCa Youth Development Director said. 

The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA is unique in that it a "Y without walls." All of its programming is hosted at facilities other than a standing YMCA building, such as preschool at Lone Star College - North Harris, youth sports at Thomas R. Wussow Park and now the YMCA Achiever's Program at the skate park. 

The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA also works hand-in-hand with the Greenspoint District. The skate park where the teen program is held was funded by the GGRA and is managed by Greenspoint District staff. Also, the District's Communications Coordinator sits on the Board of Directors for the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, ensuring lines of communication remain open and initiatives like the Achiever's program are successful. 

February 2015

Economic Development Business Retention and Expansion Program Spotlighted in February 

The 6,000 businesses and nearly 65,000 employees in Greenspoint are fundamental to the vitality of North Houston. It is the goal of the Greenspoint District staff to ensure that all of those companies have access to the resources they need in order to be successful. 

The District supplements services provided by the City of Houston and Harris County for economic development, infrastructure, marketing and public safety. From navigating government processes to facilitating new traffic lights and providing public safety resources, the Greenspoint District offers a wide range of value-added services funded through annual commercial property tax assessments. All companies in Greenspoint pay the assessment directly or indirectly - as a property owner or as a building tenant through a lease agreement. 

To ensure that the Greenspoint District continues to deliver services that meet local companies' needs, we regularly seek feedback from area business leaders through the District's Growing Greenspoint Program. Through these visits, we aim to address current or potential obstacles and provide valuable assistance. 

District staff and several volunteers with partner organizations kicked off the 2015 program with a Business Visit Blitz during the first two weeks in February. The concentrated effort was a success that resulted in 31 company visits. Concerns identified during these visits ranged from companies looking for additional space to workforce development. District staff is now hard at work making sure the identified obstacles are being addressed. A second Business Visit Blitz is scheduled to take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 9. 

If your business could benefit from a visit with someone from the District, please contact Toby Stephens at 281-874-2134 or

Greenspoint District Staff Join Area Leaders to Support Education Enhancement Program 

The new program, coined the North Harris County Education Alliance (NHCEA) is centered on the principle that education begins long before a child ever steps into a classroom. The initiative seeks to bring together leaders from business, community and education to support the success of every child throughout their entire education path, from cradle to career. 

NHCEA has identified and is focused on five key segments that cover every aspect of a child's learning. 
  • Ready for School seeks to ensure that children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. 
  • Ready for Intermediate School seeks to guarantee children are able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math. 
  • Ready for High School seeks to ensure youth demonstrate proficiency in reading and math. 
  • Ready for College seeks to guarantee students graduate high school with proficiency in English and math. 
  • Ready for Career seeks to ensure graduates enroll in college and complete a post-secondary program. 
After prioritizing these key segments, NHCEA has chosen to begin working with the Ready for School initiative to increase the percentage of children participating in quality pre-kindergarten programs and increase proficiency in math to ensure students are Ready for College and Career. In order to move forward with this initiative, NHCEA has organized two Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) comprised of volunteers from the community. 

Several Greenspoint District staff members are taking part in this initiative. District President Jerry Lowry sits on the North Harris County Education Alliance Council. District Chief Development Officer Regina Lindsey is part of the Ready for College and Career CAN, and District Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Melanie Tumbleson participates in the Ready for School CAN. 

"The District works with several higher education institutions in the area and is well aware of the need for a solid base to ensure students are adequately equipped for college," Lowry said. "This initiative allows us to work with other community leaders to develop this foundation." 

Northpark Apartments Earn Blue Star Designation from the Houston Police Department 

The Houston Police Department's (HPD) Blue Star Program is an innovative crime prevention program designed to help reduce the opportunity for crime to occur and to raise awareness of public safety issues in multi-family communities among apartment managers, owners and residents. The program seeks to promote a safer and cleaner community with a higher quality of life for residents. 

Northpark Apartments, located at 90 Northpoint Drive in the Greenspoint District, is the area's first Blue Star designated apartment community. Communities only receive a Blue Star designation after completing three phases of the program as implemented by HPD's Apartment Enforcement Unit and meeting the minimum standards required for certification. 

The management team at Northpark Apartments met the Phase One requirements by completing eight hours of training for property owners, managers, leasing staff and other management personnel. Phase Two included a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection and follow up to ensure issues identified in the inspection were remedied. Finally, the complex hosted a "Safety Social" event as Phase Three to increase awareness and educate residents on safety best practices. 

The Greenspoint District provides Blue Star communities with several incentives, including a custom-designed sign recognizing the complex for outstanding crime prevention concepts, in addition to HPD's two Blue Star signs. The District also pays the RCR subscription costs for these communities. RCR is a program which allows apartment managers to run credit and background checks on potential tenants in order to screen for possible red flags before allowing them to rent a unit on their property. Lastly, all Blue Star certified communities located in the District are featured on the District's website so that potential tenants can better find those properties when looking for a place to call home.

Northpark Apartments received the new Greenspoint District Blue Star Certification recognition sign at the District's Apartment Summit on Jan. 28. Stay tuned to the District's newsletter and Facebook for updates when the sign is installed.  

For more information on the Blue Star Program, the HPD's Apartment Enforcement Unit can be reached at 713-309-3911 or by visiting their website

December 2014

Key Projects Enhanced the District in 2014, More Planned in 2015

Many key projects were completed in the District in 2014. From Planning, Operations and Infrastructure to Public Safety, Economic Development and Marketing and Public Affairs, staff in all departments were hard at work throughout the year. 

Sam Houston Parkway was improved between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. Additional lanes were added both east and westbound on the bridge over Imperial Valley to aid with cars both entering and exiting the roadway. In addition to the extra lanes on the main thoroughfare, the frontage roads also were updated. 

Spring Recreation Area, including the country's largest skate park and Dylan Park, a park without bounds, officially opened in August. More than 7,000 skaters from all around the world have already registered to use the park's facilities. Dylan Park caters to individuals who are sight and hearing impaired as well as those who are autistic and wheelchair bound.

The two-and-a-half mile Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail, which was funded by the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP), began construction in August and is scheduled to be complete by January 2015. When complete, the trail will intersect with existing trails throughout the District and will run north of Greens Road to Knobcrest on both sides and east from Imperial Valley to Bradfield Road.  

A new forest-themed playground transformed the sprayground at Wussow Park. The new equipment provides an ideal place for climbing, scaling and dynamic play. 

Operation Greensweep continued to foster contacts, spread awareness, and make law enforcement officials more visible in order to make Greenspoint safer for everyone living and working in the area. As part of the program put in place by the District's Public Safety department, 2,003 business and citizen contacts were established, 3,000 auto burglary and theft prevention report cards were issued, 149 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design inspections were performed and 3,329 Crime Prevention Pamphlets were distributed to residents. Also, 377 instances of graffiti were reported and removed, as well as 3,563 bandit signs were identified and removed. 

The District's Marketing and Public Affairs team shared the good news of Greenspoint, not only locally, but around the world. Headlines appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal, the UK's Press and Journal and several other publications. The team also led a flurry of social media activity and produced more than a dozen events to promote Greenspoint's favorable business climate. 

The Economic Development team also produced tremendous results. The team was actively involved in 62 new business attractions projects in 2014 involving both foreign and domestic companies. The District won 37 projects. Notable companies that made announcements about locating in Greenspoint in 2014 include: Data Foundry, QuEST Global, Tulsa Welding School, Downhole Products, Victory Packaging, ABS and Grocers Supply.

As 2014 comes to a close, staff at the District aren't slowing down. Several exciting projects are planned in each department.

Construction is expected to begin on Jack Drake Park in late 2015 following he completion of the Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail, which will run through the heart of the new park. The District worked with Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition to secure a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife for $100,000 to help in the development of this new park, which is named in honor of the District's first president.  

The public safety department is working with S.E.A.L. Security Solutions to implement a more highly visible patrol of the public areas throughout the District. Although S.E.A.L. began working with District last February, a more directed patrol with additional interaction with local law enforcement and increased relationship building between citizens and business owners in the District is planned for 2015. The goal is to increase the comfort of residents, employees and business owners who live and work in the District. 

Economic Development is gearing up for a busy year with a specific focus on meeting with companies both new and established in the District as park of "Growing Greenspoint," the District's business retention and expansion program. The department also will be evaluating qualified projects through an EB-5 study. EB-5 refers to projects that have been funded by approved foreign nationals looking to establish residency in the U.S. 

The District's Marketing and Public Affairs department is refocusing the District's brand and image in order to better promote the positive aspects of the District not just in Greenspoint, but in Houston, the U.S. and around the world. 

Stay tuned in 2015 as we announce more exciting projects and updates on our ongoing initiatives. 

You're Invited to Participate in the Houston Green Office Challenge 

The Houston Green Office Challenge, facilitated by the City of Houston Office of Sustainability, is a practical, impact-driven and friendly competition for commercial property owners, managers and office tenants that is designed to celebrate achievements in green operations with Mayoral and media recognition. By participating in the Challenge, your business can demonstrate environmental leadership, become more efficient and save money.

This city-wide program partners local, state and national sustainability experts with businesses and properties to educate and engage in both introductory and high performance green building practices through free workshops and trainings. The program provides access to resources that will make it easy for participants to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, conserve water and more in their buildings or office space, which can lead to significant cost savings for tenants and property owners. Also available through the program will be easy-to-use tools designed to engage both tenants and employees to improve workplace sustainability, reduce environmental impacts and increase retention.

The Challenge, which is open to all businesses, organizations, building owners, managers, and tenants in the City of Houston, works like a game, with participants scoring points for a variety of activities. All you have to do to get started is create a free account and enroll in the program. Click here to join the Houston Green Office Challenge.  

Greenspoint District Honors Board Members 

It wasn't all business as usual at Greenspoint District's annual December Board of Directors meeting. The District took part of this time to honor four board members for their service to the District. 

Greenspoint District's Board of Directors and committees are filled on a voluntary basis by individuals in the community who are committed to maintaining Greenspoint as an outstanding place to work, live, shop, build and invest. It is through the recommendation and direction of the Board of Directors and the different committees that support all of the District's departments that the decisions about what initiatives and projects to invest time in to better the Greenspoint community are made. 

Three rookies were honored for having completed one year of service with the District: Tangula Taylor, Texas Children's Hospital; Steve Moore, Villa Serena Communities; and Brian Lopera, Amegy Bank of Texas.

Tom Wussow also was presented with a service award celebrating his 20 years of service to the District. Wussow has been part of the District since its inception. In fact, he interviewed Jack Drake to be the District's first president in 1989. He still works tirelessly for Greenspoint, currently serving on the District's Board as treasurer, as well as Executive Committee as as the chair of the Planning and Infrastructure Committee.

The District thanks all of the members of the Board for the work they do and support they give to ensure Greenspoint continues to prosper.  

Holiday Activities Bring Festive Spirit to Houston 

If you are looking for something festive to do with family and friends this holiday season, Houston has several offerings to appeal to different types of audiences. 
  • The Nutcracker is currently being performed in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Center through Dec. 28. For more information, call 713-227-2787 or visit The Houston Ballet's website
  • The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular returns to the Hobby Center this year with a brand new show. The dancers will be in town through Dec. 28. For more information, call 855-302-8734. 
  • A staple of the Houston Symphony holiday season, Handel's Messiah, will be performed Dec. 19 through Dec. 21 at Jones Hall. For more information, call 713-224-7575 or visit the Houston Symphony's website
  • The annual Festival of Lights celebration, featuring more than one million lights, at Moody Gardens is on display through Jan. 4. For more information, visit Moody Gardens' website or call 800-582-4673. 
  • A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens' story, is currently being performed at the Alley Theatre at the University of Houston through Dec. 24. For more information, visit the Alley Theatre's website
  • Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold returns to Stages Repertory Theatre through Dec. 28. For more information, visit the Stages Repertory Theatre's website.
  • Madeline's Christmas, the 1956 classic story, is being performed through Dec. 20 at Talento Bilingue De Houston. For more information, visit the event's website.  
  • Composer Iain Bell has teamed up with writer Simon Callow in an interpretation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." This opera piece is being performed through Dec. 31 at the Houston Grand Opera. 
  • Ars Lyrica offers Felicias Fiestas!, a musical celebration on Dec. 31 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit the event's website
  • Campfire Christmas, featuring a progressive Christmas dinner, music, a hay ride and tours of the Davis Victorian Mansion and the George Ranch Home ending with dessert around a campfire is currently running through Dec. 20 at the George Ranch Historical Park. For more information, visit the George Ranch website or call 281-343-0218. 
  • The Houston Zoo is currently lit up for the holidays with their annual Zoo Lights display. For more information, visit the Houston Zoo Lights website
  • Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants is on display at Moody Gardens through Jan. 4. For more information, visit Moody Gardens' website
  • Christmas with Elisabeth von Trapp, a concert with the granddaughter of Georg von Trapp, from "Sound of Music" fame, will take place Dec. 19 at Northwoods Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit the Northwoods Concert Series website or call 281-444-8861. 
  • The Grinch's Holiday Workshop, an interactive experience inspired by Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," runs through Jan. 4 at the Children's Museum of Houston. For more information, visit the Children's Museum of Houston's website
  • Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend featuring festive lights, decorations, candlelight tours outside and special room settings that bring historic American celebrations to life runs through Jan. 4 at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For more information, visit the event's website or call 713-639-7750. 
  • Ice skating returns to Discovery Green. The outdoor rink will be available for families to enjoy through Feb. 8. For more information, visit Discovery Green's website or call 713-434-7565.
  • Chanukah on Ice at Discovery Green provides another ice skating opportunity on Dec. 21. For more information, call 713-774-0300 or visit the event's website.  
  • The Santa Hustle Galveston 5K and Half Marathon will be run Dec. 21 at Saengerfest Park. For more information, call 847-829-4536 or visit the Santa Hustle website
  • The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl see the University of Texas Longhorns face off against the Arkansas Razorbacks at NRG Park. For more information, visit NRG Park's website
October 2014

Projects will Enhance Transportation Infrastructure from Freeways to "Feet"ways 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently completed construction along the Sam Houston Parkway between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. Improvements to this stretch of the roadway included the reconstruction of the frontage roads as well as additional lanes to help ease the flow of traffic. The bridge over Imperial Valley Drive was widened to provide three lanes for continuous traffic, and two additional lanes were added in both directions to aid with cars entering and exiting the thoroughfare. 

In other District infrastructure news, the two-and-a-half mile Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail, being funded by the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP), will soon be complete. The trail has been constructed in three phases. When complete, the Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail will intersect with existing trails already running throughout the District and will run north of Greens Road to Knobcrest on both sides. The trail will pass through the heart of Jack Drake Park, which is being built jointly by Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and Greenspoint District. Construction on the park is expected to begin in late 2015. 

How's Your Commute? Complete this Survey to Help Address Transportation Challenges 

Houston has three of Texas' most congested highway corridors: I-45 North, U.S. 59 South and U.S. 290. It is projected that our region's growth, along with construction projects planned for these and other roadways, will likely heighten current congestion levels over the next 10 years. 

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has state grant funds to study and improve their commute-related initiatives programs with the aim of managing congestion and helping companies and commuters keep working. To help accomplish this goal, H-GAC has partnered with Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to conduct research into current practices and preferences for both employers and commuters. The finds from this survey will enable H-GAC and its partners to review policy and commuter incentives that aim to improve congestion management by boosting participation in alternative transportation modes. 

The survey will only take about 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. 

Responses to the survey need to be received no later than Nov. 14. 

You can complete the survey by clicking here

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Speaks at Spring Skate Park Opening

Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) recently held an official opening for the skate park side of the Spring Recreation Area. Speakers at the event included: Sally Bradford, executive director of GGRA; Steve Peltier, GGRA Skate Park Committee;Barry Blumenthal, GGRA Skate Park Committee; Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; and Steve Olson, legendary skateboarder and the artist of "High Noon," an art piece unveiled during the event. The Greenspoint District sponsored the event. Visit the Greenspoint District's Facebook page for an album of pictures from the event.   

Greenspoint Club Collect Toys For Holiday Drive 

The Greenspoint Club, located at 16925 Northchase Drive, is the drop-off location for a toy drive benefitting Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM.) NAM is a nonprofit agency that works to provide basic necessities by encouraging community members to help those less fortunate around them. Toys can be dropped off at the Club Nov. 10 through Dec. 8. You can contact the Greenspoint Club for more information about where to drop off your donations at 281-875-0191. 

August 2014 

Big Deals Inked In Greenspoint's Office Market 

QuEST Global, a global engineering services provider, opened a new 8,500 square-foot engineering center at 515 North Sam Houston Parkway E. Suite 500. The company, which already has more than 100 employees in the Houston area, plans to hire between 300 and 400 more to meet the rising demand for engineering services in the oil and gas industry. 

Stream and AllianceBernstein recently purchased Eight Greenspoint Place in a sale-leaseback agreement with ExxonMobil. This arrangement allows ExxonMobil to continue to occupy the building while leasing it from the new owners for an extended period of time. Despite the sale, ExxonMobil will still have an active presence in Greenspoint. In addition to continuing to lease the building for the foreseeable future, the company also has a contract for 200,000 square feet in Three Greenspoint Place as well as 200,000 square feet at 396 West Greens. 

In addition, other companies now calling Greenspoint home include: Tellworks Communications, Phillip Townsend and Oil Patch Technologies. 

Spring Recreation Area Opens to Monumental Crowds

Skateboarders in Houston now have a new park to hone and practice their skills. The Spring Recreational Area, located at 12351 Kuykendahl Rd., opened to the public on Aug. 14. The complex includes the nation's largest skate park on one side of the complex while the other side features a park without bounds, called Dylan Park, open to visitors of all abilities. The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) developed the parks as part of the City of Houston's Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #11. For additional information about the design and development of the Spring Recreational Area, contact GGRA's Executive Director Sally Bradford at 281-877-9952 or

Spring Skate Park 

The Spring Skate Park features 72,000 square feet of skate surface, including a world-class competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, 12-foot vertical ramp, 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus a couple of backyard-style pools and three beginner/intermediate/advanced flow bowls. A section designed to emulate the street-skating experience has ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles, providing fun and creative challenges for skaters of all levels and interests. 

The facility's hours from June through August are as follows: 
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Tuesday - Closed for maintenance 
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Sunday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The park's hours for the months of September through May will be as follows: 
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Tuesday - Closed for maintenance 
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Sunday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

While the skate park is open to the public and admission is free, skaters are required to register at the front office before entering. A registration form must be filled out by each skater and kept on file. After registration, the skater will receive a membership card, which will allow them to enter the park on return visits. If the card it lost, a new registration form must be filled out to receive a new card. Spectators are welcome to enter the facility but must stay in the designated spectator areas and not interfere with those who are skating. 

Dylan Park

Dylan Park is a park designed without limits to cater to individuals with special needs, including those who are wheelchair-bound, autistic and sight or hearing impaired. The park features wheelchair accessible playground equipment, open fields for free play and is completely fenced. It is named in honor of Dylan Newman, an area child who was a victim of child abuse and later died from his injuries. 

To celebrate the opening, the City of Houston and the GGRA hosted a special ribbon cutting on Jul. 24. Speakers at the event included Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Houston City Council members Jerry Davis and David Robinson, GGRA Chairman Elvin Franklin, GGRA Executive Director Sally Bradford, Greenspoint District President Jerry Lowry and Richard Newman, the father of the park's namesake. Following the official remarks, attendees were treated to refreshments and the talent of a local face painter and balloon artist while they explored the new park. 

Skate Park Rules 

The park has several rules and regulations in place designed to protect both skaters and spectators visiting and using the park. Rule violators will be asked to leave the park and refusal to comply may result in charges for trespass. 

  1. Know your abilities and use the facility at your own risk. Exercise common sense and general courtesy to others. Be alert. Flying objects and bodies are not uncommon. Spectators should watch from the spectator area or outside the fence for safety. 
  2. All skaters are required to wear strapped helmets. Protective equipment (kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards) is strongly recommended. 
  3. Bicycles, BMX, scooters, razors and motorized vehicles are prohibited. 
  4. A parent or authorized adult must accompany children under the age of 10. 
  5. Indecent or abusive language, or any activity, which creates a public nuisance is prohibited. 
  6. The skate park is closed during wet conditions. When thunder is heard or lightning is seen the park will be immediately cleared. The park will remain closed for 30 minutes after the final occurrence of either thunder or lightening. If rain is heavy enough to cause unsafe skating conditions, the skate park will be cleared and closed until conditions improve and areas are once again deemed safe. 
  7. No food or refreshments are allowed on the skating surface. 
  8. Help keep your skate park clean by using trash cans. 
  9. Graffiti or defacement of this facility is prohibited. 
  10. Personal ramps are prohibited. 
  11. Use of wax is prohibited. 
  12. Tobacco, alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited. 
  13. Glass containers are prohibited. 
  14. Animals are prohibited in the skate park. 
  15. Weapons are prohibited. 
  16. Solicitation of fees or donations is prohibited without approval of Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. 
  17. All skaters and patrons must follow Greenspoint District staff instructions.  
In addition to these rules, basic principles in place at the skate park are as follows: take turns, be aware of your surroundings, avoid cutting people off, be pleasant and show respect to all fellow users regardless of skill levels and be mindful of spectators and non-skaters that visit the skate park. 

These rules, regulations and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all those who visit the facility, whether skating or not. The adherence to these guidelines will ensure an enjoyable experience by everyone involved. 

It's An Exciting Time for the Lone Star College System 

Greenspoint District staff are excited about big changes and developments taking place for Lone Star College System.

Dr. Steve Head was recently named the new chancellor of the Lone Star College System (LSCS), a position he officially took over on Aug. 1. Previous to taking on this position, he served as the president of Lone Star College - North Harris, a position he took over in 2007. He has also held several other positions within the LSCS including: executive vice chancellor, acting chief operation officer and president of LSC - Kingwood. 

Head is a long-time volunteer with the Greenspoint District. He has served on our Board of Directors since Oct. 2010.

New leadership is not the only big development happening in the LSCS.

The 70,000-square-foot Lone Star College Energy and Manufacturing Institute (EMI) located at Lone Star's University Park campus is now accepting students. The center features 28 classrooms and labs and industrial training spaces, including one shared with FMC Technologies Inc. 

Head hopes this new facility will help launch many of the nearly 300,000 careers in the oil and gas and manufacturing industries that are expected to come online in the next three years. 

Head explained to the Houston Business Journal that most of the students who attend EMI will receive academic training at Lone Star's North Harris and Cy-Fair campuses before completing "higher-level" training at the new facility. 

The Greenspoint District benefits from its proximity to LSC - University Park where EMI is located. The center is only 20 miles from Greenspoint and offers junior, senior and graduate level classes through partnerships with several universities. Students enrolled with one of LSCS' partner universities, including Sam Houston State University, University of Houston - Downtown Northwest and University of Houston - Northwest, are able to complete a bachelor's or master's degree without stepping on the university's campus. 

Lone Star College - Greenspoint Center, located just one mile from the District, is a full-service satellite center of Lone Star College - North Harris. Students can obtain either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree or prepare to transfer to a university. The Greenspoint Center offers a selection of day, evening, and weekend credit courses in 28 fields including courses that will transfer to a university, certificates, computer and office skills and developmental studies. Other services offered at the Center include: college admissions, college placement testing, free tutoring, academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, an extended learning center, library services, full service bookstore, cafe, and adult basic education and literacy courses. 

LSCS also will work with companies to implement specialized curriculum in order to meet specific needs. Greenspoint District staff can make introductions to LSCS staff who can work with companies to pull these classes together. 

Greenspoint District staff greatly value the partnerships we have established with LSCS. We look forward to continuing to foster that relationship and coordinate with the staff at LSCS to assist Greenspoint-area companies looking to take advantage of the many programs and initiatives LSCS has to offer. 

LSCS was founded in 1973 and the organization remains dedicated to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes and more than 90,000 in total enrollment. LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the United States. 

Help Stop Flooding along Greens Bayou 

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) recently began their first letter writing campaign to garner support for funding for the Greens Bayou Federal Project at Beltway 8 and Antoine. Flooding events can have a major negative impact on regional economic development, and GBCC is hoping to raise awareness by spreading the word to area residents and businesses. The goal of the campaign is to ask area residents to get involved by sending letters to the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Civil Works and our members of Congress asking for their assistance. To show your support, click here to use the automated template provided by GBCC. 

June 2014

Greenspoint District's Board of Directors' Michelle Wogan Named HBJ 2014 Heavy Hitter Representing Office Landlord Representatives 

The Chair of Greenspoint District's Board of Directors, Michelle Wogan, recently was named a 2014 Heavy Hitter by the Houston Business Journal (HBJ). Wogan, executive vice president at Transwestern recieved the designation for her part in representing Unum Group in the 2013 sale of 106,000 square feet at Heritage Park. 

Wogan took office as Chair in January 2014. She previously served as the vice chair of the Board of Directors for 15 years and the chair of the Marketing and Public Affairs Committee for 18 years. She joined both Board and committee in 1996. 

The Board of Directors' purpose is to consider, discuss and adopt orders, resolutions or motions and to take other direct or indirect actions as may be necessary, convenient or desirable with respect to matters brought to their attention by the staff of the Greenspoint District. 

The District relies on the Board of Directors and the various committees for guidance and resources in working to guarantee that Greenspoint continues to be a properous and rewarding place to live and work. 

We thank all of the members of the Board of Directors for their dedicated service to the Greenspoint District and congatulate Michelle Wogan on her most recent accolade. 

Greenspoint District Staff Members are Here to Help 

The Greenspoint District was created to ensure the economic prosperity of the area and enhance the quality of life for area employees and residents. District staff advocate for Greenspoint by partnering with public and private sectors to provide services and amenities that attract and retain businesses and enhance property values. While some services are provided and coordinated directly by District staff, others are facilitated through a partnership with various public area agencies. 

Listed below are the most common needs that arise in the District and the contact information for the person who can help in each instance. 

Economic Development 

Contact Regina Lindsey at 281-874-2137 or for: 

  • Available site or facilities 
  • Coordinating site visits 
  • Connections and assistance for foreign firms expanding to Greenspoint 
  • Help identifying and applying for business incentives 
  • Providing contacts and introductions at all levels of government 
  • Assistance navigating construction permitting process 

Contact Toby Stephens at 281-874-2134 or for: 

  • Market data and demographics 
  • Commercial real estate information and metrics 
  • Business planning and expansion assistance 
  • Qualified workforce identification 
  • Project impact reports 
  • Existing workforce training 
  • Utility services coordination 
  • Targeted market analysis and research 
  • Community services coordination 
  • Export/import assistance 

Contact Sally Bradford at 281-877-9952 or for: 

  • Information on incentives of the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 

Safety & Crime Prevention 

Contact Al Aranda at 281-874-2128 or for: 

  • Speaker/trainer for employee and tenant safety meetings 
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection of facilities 
  • Greenspoint Public Safety Center information 


Contact Bart Baker at 281-874-2140 or for:
  • Information on road construction and infrastructure projects 
  • Greenspoint street signs 

Contact Treena Dockery at 281-874-2146 or for: 

  • Maintenance issues at District parks and trails  

If you can't find what you are looking for here, you can always reach out to us at our main office number at 281-874-2131.

311 Houston Service and Information Helpline Puts City Government at Your Fingertips 

While the Greenspoint District provides various services, the City of Houston is responsible for resolving many common issues in the area. The 311 Houston Service and Information Helpline is designed to put City government at your fingertips. From traffic fines and sewer concerns to pothole problems and neighborhood complaints, you have one contact for information on city services and to report non-emergency concerns. 

The main component of the 311 Houston Service Helpline is the three-digit phone number, accessible from within the Houston city limits. Houstonians can call 311 and speak to an agent 24/7. From outside the City of Houston, callers simply dial 713-837-0311. Residents can report problems online as well by submitting a Self Service Request form available at or by using the 311 smartphone app for iPhone and Android. 

Following is a sample of the information and service requests available through 311: 

Animals & Pets - Report a problem animal; dead animals pickup 
Garbage, Recycling & Graffiti - Trash; recycling; yard waste; trash in public/dumping; graffiti removal 
Licensing and Permitting Fees, Fines and Taxes - Municipal courts; franchise fees; commercial permits; State of Texas general tax information 
Traffic, Streets and Drainage - Maintenance and repairs; parking violations; public transportation 
Utilities - water sewer, electric, gas 

311 continues to increase its functionality by adding new Service Request types on the website and more channels of communication such as chat and texting, which are expected to come online in the near future. 

Summer Brings New Developments to Greenspoint's Parks 

Throughout the Greenspoint District, there are more than 30 acres of designated green space across six multi-purpose parks, several pocket parks and a growing trails system. We continue to work to enhance these parks and trails to improve the quality of life for our residents and employees here during the day. 

Thomas R. Wussow Park 

New playground structures resembling trees and rocks will soon replace the 12-year-old spray ground at Thomas R. Wussow Park on Greens Road. The new nature-themed equipment will add unique elements to the park and will be ideal for climbing, scaling and dynamic play. 

Work to remove the spray ground has begun, and the new playground is expected to be ready for children to enjoy by the end of August. 

Jack Drake Park 

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that Bradfield Park would be developed in conjunction with the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) trail soon to be under construction. 

In May, the District's Board of Directors officially named the new park "Jack Drake Park" in honor of the District's former president Jack Drake. He served in that position from the District's founding in August 1911 until his retirement in December 2012.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission announced that the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC), a partner in the development of Jack Drake Park, was awarded a trail grant. GBCC's proposal was one of 38 selected out of 82 project proposals submitted for trail projects across the state. GBCC will receive $98,280 to develop features of the park, including a decomposed granite trail within the park, as well as, signs, parking, benches and a bike rack. The park will be the trailhead for the Greenspoint STEP trail system and will feature native species and habitat restoration. It is expected to be completed in 2015 following construction of the STEP trail. 

Dylan Park Grand Opening Scheduled for July 24

Dylan Park, part of the Spring Recreational Area at the corner of Ranking and Kuykendahl, will soon be open. This new park without limits, developed by the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, was named in honor of an area child who was severely injured and later died from child abuse. The park features will cater to individuals who are sight and hearing impaired as well as those who are autistic or wheelchair-bound. The park also will include open fields for free play and will be completely fenced. 

April 2014

Exciting Developments Planned For Greenspoint's Parks 

The three-and-a-half mile Greenspoint STEP trail will soon be under construction. This trail is being constructed to eventually intersect with the already existing trails throughout the District. The Texas Department of Transportation is currently accepting construction bids for the trail and is expected to award the contract in May. The project is slated to be complete as early as the end of this year. The trail is funded by STEP, the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program.

Tied to the development of the STEP trail is Bradfield Park, located on Bradfield Street west of W. Hardy Street. This new park will feature the STEP trail running through its heart. 

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) is constructing Bradfield Park. The park is scheduled to start construction after the STEP trail is completed and is expected to be finished in 2015. It will be the trailhead for the Greenspoint STEP trail and will feature native species and habitat restoration. A decomposed granite loop will allow patrons to observe wildlife and will complement the concrete STEP trail being installed in the park. 

Eventually, Bradfield Park will be connected via already completed trails and those currently in development to Wussow Park, City View Park, Ida Gaye Gardens and the Spring Recreational Area. 

Additional features and improvements are in the planning stages for Wussow and Bradfield Parks. Check future editions of our newsletter for further details on all of the District's park developments. 

Officers Work To Protect Our Parks 

Walking around one of the Greenspoint District's many parks or strolling down the connecting trails, you might have come in contact with an officer on a bicycle or a security guard accompanied by a canine. These officers are employed by the District and work tirelessly to ensure safety and peace of mind for everyone enjoying the area amenities. 

Our bike patrol officers split their time between patrolling for the District and working as Harris County Sheriffs. The bicycle patrol officers are charged with providing a high visibility patrol through our parks and trails system, commercial retail, restaurants and multi-family properties. At the request of local property owners, these officers also might perform burglary of motor vehicle report card inspections to help educate vehicle owners on how they can protect their vehicle and belongings from theft. 

Private security officers from S.E.A.L. Security Solutions also help patrol and secure the District's parks. S.E.A.L. was commissioned by the District in February to perform high visibility patrol, either on foot or in a marked vehicle. These officers are all accompanied by a canine to help them patrol. They also visit local businesses to develop relationships with residents, employees and business owners, all while helping to suppress criminal activity. 

While our officers do their best to ensure the safety of everyone working or living in the District, there are simple steps you can take to better protect yourself: 
  • Walk places with friends, rather than alone
  • Stay on a well-traveled street or trail and avoid short cuts 
  • If you think you're being followed, switch directions or cross the street. If they're still there, move quickly to a store, restaurant or busy area and ask for help. 
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid areas with limited visibility or poor lighting 
  • Wear shoes that will allow you to walk quickly, in the event of an emergency 
Following these simple steps will ensure that you can enjoy a worry-free experience no matter where you travel, in the District or out; however, the bike patrol and security officers are available should you ever need them. The next time you are out and about in the District and you come across one of the officers, stop and say hello. They are here to help. 

Greenspoint Club Staff by Day, Championship Wrestlers by Night 

Erik and Andrew Bierbrauer are known as quiet, helpful athletic staff at the Greenspoint Club during the day, but their demeanor changes at night when they take to the ring as professional wrestlers. 

The brothers' paths to becoming championship wrestlers started while growing up in New Richmond, Wis. Their dad, Bryan, was a passionate fan of professional wrestling, and he passed that passion onto his four sons. 

"We always knew we would go into wrestling," Erik said. 

The brothers wrestled throughout their time in public school for the New Richmond Tigers' Amateur Wrestling team, where Andrew earned a 90 percent winning record during his final year. 

Erik had 27 pinfalls as part of the varsity team and was instrumental in leading the team to its first Regional Team Championship in two decades. He also was a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I sectional qualifier his junior year. 

Although they achieved success in the amateur wrestling arena, the brothers gave up their eligibility to compete in the ring and participate in the professional style of wrestling they had been passionate about since childhood. 

"We got into amateur wrestling because that was all we had available to us at the time, but our interest was always professional wrestling. It was easy to walk away from the amateur style," Erik said. 

They have trained in both the American wrestling style and the "lucha libre" style since October 2006. They explained that the American style is more hand-to-hand combat and more a storytelling style, while the "lucha libre" style is flashier with more high-flying stunts and tumbling. 

They received their most notable training in their hometown at the "Gagne Wrestling Academy" operated by former American Wrestler Association wrestler Greg Gagne. The brothers graduated from the academy in spring 2008. 

Erik and Andrew Lockhart, as they are known in their professional careers, entered the professional world of wrestling on May 19, 2007. After competing for more than six years, Erik has gained more than 1,100 matches of experience, and Andrew is not far behind, having no less than 700 matches under his belt. 

In November 2012, the brothers were both scouted to come to Houston by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star, Booker T. 

Erik and Andrew moved to Stafford to begin training at Booker T's school. The manager at the school helped the brothers get jobs at the Greenspoint Club. 

After living in the area for six months, Erik and Andrew were given clearance to continue working for Booker T. They made the move to the Greenspoint area and now spend their days as athletic staff at the Greenspoint Club while training at night and competing on the weekends.  

The brothers currently compete as a tag team for Booker T's Reality of Wrestling (ROW). They bring a signature blend of ground-based and high-flying wrestling style to the ring that is a callback to the style of wrestling mainly seen in the 1970s and 1980s. They explained that it is snugger, more technical and considerably less flashy than the style of wrestling currently seen on television. 

"Our style is directly attributed to our training. How they were trained in the 1960s and 1970s, that's how we wrestle," Erik said. 

The brothers remain dedicated to their day jobs at the Greenspoint Club and count the contacts they have made with the people coming through the Club as the best part about being in Greenspoint. 

"The people we've met are far and away the best part of being in Greenspoint," Erik said. "We have gained a ton of great contacts, and they are all genuine, good-hearted people." 

The brothers continue to gain national television exposure through ROW. The next step to furthering their careers is to participate in the WWE's development program NXT before moving on to the WWE. 

At the Feb. 15 taping for ROW's national television show, which airs on the Soul of the South network, Erik and Andrew won the ROW Tag Team Championship in that night's main event match.  

The brothers continue to successfully defend their title. As of publication, their next match is scheduled for May 10 at the Clear Lake Sports & Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m. 

February 2014

Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority Anticipates Completion of Airline Drive Improvements 

The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) initiated and funded the Airline Corridor Street Project to address road safety issues on the one-mile stretch of Airline Drive between West Road and Aldine Bender. The $6.5 million project will be complete sometime in late spring of this year. 

This area includes three Aldine ISD schools and a Harris County Public Library. However, the sidewalks that existed in the area were damaged, too narrow, forcing families to walk single file to reach their destination, or, in some cases, nonexistent. 

Wanda Bamburg, superintendent of Aldine ISD, noticed that pedestrians, especially children, would cross Airline Drive from the schools to the residential areas across the street. To help insure the safety of the children in the area, she requested that the GGRA design a project which would help improve the sidewalks. 

Sally Bradford, GGRA executive director, anticipates the completion of the project. “I am excited about the impact this project will have on the community. It will make a difference in the daily life of residents and students,” she said. 

Enhancements include pavement repairs, intersection improvements (including signalization to City’s standards), pedestrian lighting, new cross walks, retaining walls, landscaping, trees, 10-foot sidewalks in front of the schools, new bus shelters, solar lighting embedded in the sidewalks, and median improvements. In addition, improvements are also being made to the five side streets crossing Airline Drive within the construction area. 

The 10-foot sidewalks being constructed in front of the schools were built by utilizing an easement provided by Aldine ISD. Public art mosaics, created through a program administered by the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH), will also be featured on the benches and retaining walls. 

Elvin Franklin, chairman of the board for the GGRA, is excited about the benefits this project will bring to the community. “Several of our board members work or live in the area and take their obligations to the Board to heart,” he said. “It is wonderful to see the efforts of our entire Board come together to result in positive changes.” 

Sam Houston Parkway Construction Update 

The east and westbound frontage roads of the Sam Houston Parkway between Greenspoint Drive and the West Hardy Toll Road were recently completed. 

Construction has also begun on the widening of the bridge over Imperial Valley Drive. When complete, the new bridge will feature two additional lanes in both directions between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. The construction will also include signalization and signage improvements at the Imperial Valley intersection. 

During the construction certain lanes, particularly U-turns to go under Sam Houston Parkway, will be temporarily closed. 

The project is expected to be completed by June of this year. 

UT Physicians Developing New Facility in Greenspoint 

UT Physicians is constructing a new clinic facility at 425 W. Greens Road, in the Greens Crossing retail center. The new clinic, which will offer extended and weekend hours, is set to open sometime in late spring. 

Evening appointments until 8 p.m. will be offered two days a week to allow patients to come in after they get off work. In addition, the clinic will also open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. two Saturdays a month. Patients will also be able to schedule same-day appointments or just walk in. 

The UT Physicians Clinic at Greenspoint will provide primary care for all ages, as well as multiple specialty services. 

Additional services that will be provided include:

  • Annual well woman exams 
  • PAP tests 
  • Family planning and prenatal care
  • Acute gynecological problems 
  • Management of high-risk pregnancies 
  • Ultrasound studies 

  • Newborn and infant care
  • Annual physicals 
  • Possible immunizations 
  • Vaccines 

Family Medicine 
  • Preventative and routine services 
  • Acute and chronic medical illnesses 
  • Physicals 
  • In office labs 
December 2013

Greenspoint Honors Partners & Volunteers

The Greenspoint District’s key partners and volunteers were recently recognized at the District’s 21st Annual Partners & Volunteers Appreciation luncheon.

Retiring board of directors Chairman James Curry of Hines was recognized with a mini Roast and Toast by former District President Jack Drake. Curry was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his 18 years of service to the board and 15 years as its chairman. Curry resigned as chairman to accept a transfer to Hines’ Dallas office. 

Incoming board Chair Michelle Wogan of Transwestern received a 2013 Special Achievement award in recognition of her ongoing service to numerous District efforts. Wogan has served for 15 years as vice chair of the board and 17 years as chair of the District’s Marketing and Public Affairs Committee. 

Two individuals and three entities also received accolades at the annual luncheon.

Texas Children’s Health Plan - The Center for Children and Women was named Greenspoint’s 2013 Company of the Year in recognition of its investment in the area. Texas Children’s was a major sponsor of the ground-breaking ceremony for the skate park and park without limits, recently participated in the District’s Health and Safety Fair, has accepted a seat on our board of directors, and has built its Center for Children and Women in Greenspoint.  

Greenspoint Volunteer of the Year award went to Deborah Howle of Lone Star College System. Program coordinator in the Office of External Affairs at Lone Star College, Howle is the District’s go-to person for information and statistics. Her office has also sponsored numerous events of our Marketing and Economic Development departments. Additionally, she is a member of our Economic Development Committee and a volunteer with our Business Expansion and Retention team. 

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC) earned Partner of the Year honors for its help in funding Ida Gaye Gardens, a park designed to aid seniors in maintaining an independent lifestyle. The Coalition is also helping fund Glen Forest Detention Basin, which will begin construction next year, and will include flood remediation as well as recreational benefits. Additionally, GBCC is collaborating with the Greenspoint District on developing another park site on Greens Bayou at Bradfield Road. 

Principal of Granite PR in Aberdeen, Scotland, Brett Jackson, was named International Partner of the Year. Jackson has contributed to the fulfillment of the vision of the Greenspoint District as an international business center. He has put us in touch with Scottish media outlets to help us spread the word about Greenspoint; he has introduced us to government and business leaders who help us reach companies looking to expand to the U.S.; and he helps us grow those relationships and expand awareness of Greenspoint in Scotland.  

SpawGlass Civil Construction, Inc. received the Parks Partner of the Year award. SpawGlass spearheaded the restoration efforts at the Stovall Middle School SPARK Park on Airline Drive. Volunteers from the company took part in planting trees, installing a pavilion, and a bike rack, among other projects. 

Several district board members also received service awards for their years on the board. Recognized for one year of service were: Hosea Jackson of ExxonMobil and Kelly McNeill of Hines. John Ridgway of Celtic Realty Advisors LLC was recognized for having completed 10 years of service. Charles Lopez of Kindred Healthcare and Melody Douglas of Morganti Texas received awards for having completed 15 years of service with the board. 

The awards presented to the District’s recipients are replicas of larger pieces of public art commissioned by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority and displayed throughout the District. The “Of the Year” recipients received replicas of a larger sculpture titled “TimePiece” located at the corner of Greens Crossing and Greens Parkway. “TimePiece,” and the miniature versions presented to award recipients, was created by Houston artist Eric Ober. 

The recognized board members also received replicas of pieces of public art. Ten-year honorees received a miniature of “Body Language,” also located at the corner of Greens Crossing and Greens Parkway and also by Ober. The award presented to the 15-year recipients was inspired by “Blowing Leaves,” located at the intersection of Greens Parkway and Gears. The sculpture and the leaves presented to the recipients were created by artist Kevin Box. 

For a photo gallery of the event, visit

Spring Recreation Area Coming to Life 

June 2014 is the expected completion time for the 10-acre Spring Recreational Area, a complex at Rankin and Kuykendhal that will feature a world-class skateboard park on one side and a park without limits for special needs patrons on the other. 

The complex is being built by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority and will be managed by the Greenspoint District. 

Currently workers are busy pouring concrete for the different elements of the skate park and the park without limits as well as the parking lots and sidewalks. They are also constructing the building that will house the administrative offices for the complex and installing light fixtures. 

Features for the skate park include a competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, 12-foot vert ramp, 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus a couple of backyard-style pools and three beginner/intermediate/advanced flow bowls. A section of the park is also being designed to emulate the street-skating experience and will include ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles. 

The park without limits, named Dylan’s Park in honor of an area child who was severely injured and later died from child abuse, will cater to children who are sight and hearing impaired as well as those who are autistic or wheelchair-bound. The park without limits will also include open grassy fields for free play and will be completely fenced. 

For a glimpse of the progress of construction going on at the complex, check out our photo album at

Greenspoint Market Heating Up 

This year alone, Greenspoint has seen a tremendous amount of leasing and development activity. The numbers speak for themselves: 
  • 71,376 square feet of lease expansions
  • 770,064 square feet in new leases 
  • 1,093,918 square feet in lease renewals 
  • 2,571,225 square feet of new construction
Data centers and industrial space are the Greenspoint District’s key growth sectors, and there are a variety of projects currently underway


In the past year, Digital Realty Trust, owner of the 21-acre Datacenter Park in Greenspoint, launched a $140 million expansion including two new buildings totaling 112,000 square feet. Both buildings were preleased to primary tenants, both geoscience companies serving the energy industry, before construction. TGS Nopec, a Norway-based geoscience data provider, is one of the tenants.

Data Foundry announced in September the purchase of 18 acres on which it is building a 250,000 square foot facility that will break ground in the first quarter of 2014. Completion is expected in the fourth quarter. The $300 million data center complex will have a 50 megawatt power capacity.

Three industrial development projects are currently underway in Greenspoint, the largest being Pinto Business Park on the Sam Houston Parkway west of I-45. Two spec buildings at 120,159 square feet each are currently under construction, in addition to a 600,000 square feet build-to-suit facility. HD Supply, an Atlanta-based industrial distribution company, was announced as the anchor tenant for the build-to-suit facility, leasing 500,000 square feet. 

Additionally, The Reynolds Company, a Fort Worth-based electrical distribution company, has purchased nine acres in Pinto Business Park to build a 130,000-square-foot distribution facility.

East of I-45, development is underway at IDI’s Greenspoint Business Center, where two buildings totaling 350,000 square feet are under construction. The three existing building in Greenspoint Business Park are 93 percent occupied. 

Northwest of I-45 and Beltway 8, in the Greens Crossing Business Center, Liberty Property Trust is currently constructing two buildings that will total 230,000 square feet. The new buildings will bring the center’s total to 800,000 square feet.


While most of the current activity is either industrial or data center development, new office space is also on the horizon. 

Pre-leasing is underway for Northbelt Office Center VI, a 135,000-square-foot building planned for Beltway 8 west of I-45.  Cassidy Turley’s J.P. Hutcheson is handling the leasing.

September 2013

Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition Celebrates Local Craft Brews 

Texas craft beers, food, music and raffle prizes will be served up Nov. 2 at Bayou BrewFest, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition’s first craft beer festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Thomas R. Wussow Park, 500 Greens Road Houston, TX 77060. 

Companies and individuals can sponsor the event. All sponsor materials must be submitted by Oct. 18. For sponsorship information, contact Candice Pauley, or 281-874-2139. 

Tickets are $35 in pre-sale or $40 at the event. A designated driver ticket can be purchased for $15. Ticket prices will also include raffle tickets for special giveaways. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased on site. For more information and to RSVP visit:

Greenspoint Wins Another Public Safety Award 

The Greenspoint District’s public safety program has received another award — the District’s fourth in five years. The latest accolade is the Outstanding Crime Prevention Organization Award from the Texas Crime Prevention Association (TCPA). Jeff McGowen, right, president of TCPA, presented the award to Al Aranda, Greenspoint director of Public Safety & Support Services. 

The Greenspoint District was chosen from among five nominees based on the District’s crime prevention and reduction impact within the business community in the last year.

“Our programs have been highly successful, and the recognition from our law enforcement peers helps us demonstrate the success to the community,” said Aranda. 

Real Estate Pros Discuss "Future of Greenspoint" 

Greenspoint’s future is bright despite a few challenges facing the area in the next few years. That’s the consensus from a panel of commercial real estate professionals convened Sept. 11 by Bisnow, the company behind an electronic newsletter delivering daily tidbits on the people and deals shaping the nation’s commercial real estate landscape. Bisnow covers activities in key target cities around the country, including Houston, and hosts monthly events in those cities to explore the health of their major market areas and industries.

“The Future of Greenspoint” event, held at the Hilton Houston North, featured speakers who represent some of Greenspoint’s largest commercial properties. Greenspoint District President Jerry Lowry also participated. Panelists in addition to Lowry included: Chip Covill, president of Covill Office Properties; Dan Bellow, president of Jones Lang LaSalle Houston; Zaya Younan, chairman and CEO of Younan Properties; Lee Jeane, principal of Avison Young; Palmer Letzerich, managing director of Hines; and Bryan Marsh, VP of Digital Reality Trust. Michelle Wogan, EVP of Transwestern, moderated the panel. 

Discussion focused on Greenspoint’s strengths in attracting businesses to the area. 

Proximity to Bush Intercontinental Airport was cited as a major advantage by both Bellow and Jeane. 

They agreed that the future of Greenspoint looks bright despite large blocks of office space becoming available within the next couple of years. Proximity to the massive new developments in the Spring area, with better lease rates and land values in Greenspoint, were cited as the reasons for the rosy predictions. 

Covill agreed, calling Greenspoint one of the region’s hottest markets for investors.

Concerns for the area were also addressed, including the future of Greenspoint Mall. Lowry explained that the right deal has not come along yet to motivate the owner to either sell or redevelop the property, despite the availability of public funds from the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority to enhance a redevelopment. 

Bellow said that as long as there is continued investment in Greenspoint, the future of the area looks promising. He noted that area amenities are extremely important to relocating businesses, and he advised the Greenspoint District to remain focused on improving area amenities. 

BABC to Honor US and UK Businesses 

UK and US companies excelling in transatlantic trade will be recognized Oct. 15 at the 2013 British-American Business Council (BABC) International Business Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Houston Hotel. The registration deadline is Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. 

The luncheon is open to any company doing business between the U.S. and the UK. Membership in the BABC is not a requirement to attend. 

Shara Fryer for News Radio 740 KTRH will emcee and Bill Schneider from George Mason University will be the keynote speaker. 

The award finalists in the small to medium business category are: Exceptionist, Reflex Marine and Spencer Ogden. In the large corporate business category, the award finalists are Michael Page and TopGolf. The recipient of the 2013 Counsel General award is the British School of Houston. 

Members and supporting organization members can attend for $50 while nonmembers can attend for $60 and a corporate table for 10 is $1,000. To register visit:

December 2012

Drake Retirement Prompts Evening of Surprises 

Over 200 guests, including numerous political and regional leaders, gathered Dec. 4th to pay tribute to Greenspoint District President Jack Drake, who will retire January 15, 2013, following nearly 23 years of service to the Greenspoint community. Drake will be succeeded by District Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Lowry.

Several speakers, starting with former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, acknowledged Drake for his contributions 
to the community and the region. Before taking on the assignment of gathering support to create the Greenspoint District, Drake served as assistant to Mayor Whitmire, Houston’s mayor from 1982-1992. Drake recruited department heads and managed Whitmire’s support staff for the first four years of her administration. 

Thanks to event sponsor United Airlines, the former mayor traveled from her home in Hawaii to surprise Drake for the event.

Not traveling as far, but also surprising Drake with various tales and tributes, were Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia (who presented a Sheriff’s Department Stetson to our retiring President), Metro President George Greanias, Greenspoint business owner and volunteer Margaret Eyster of Magoo’s Print Shop, and Ray Laughter, Vice Chancellor of External Affairs for the Lone Star College System.

Additionally, Drake received:
  • A City of Houston proclamation, presented on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker by District B Council Member Jerry Davis.
  • A State of Texas proclamation, presented on behalf of Rep. Armando Walle by former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia.
  • A US Congressional proclamation, presented on behalf of Congressman Gene Green by George Maldonado.
The Greenspoint District’s recognition of its partners, volunteers and retiring president was made possible by United Airlines, Amegy Bank, Caldwell Companies, Exerran Energy Solutions, Dwayne Henson, Hines, Lone Star College System, Transwestern, Whitley Penn CPAs, Aldine Greenspoint Family YMCA, Gary and Heather Montgomery, The Greenspoint Club and Board of Governors, Hilton Houston North Hotel, IDS Engineering Group, Klotz Associates, MCV Consulting, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Songhai Development Company, Tina Nelson and Texas Central Railway.

Greenspoint Honors Partners & Volunteers 

The Greenspoint District’s key partners and volunteers were recognized recently at the District’s 20th Annual Partners & Volunteers Appreciation Reception. Two individuals and two entities were among the honorees of an evening filled with accolades.

Digital Realty Trust was named Greenspoint’s 2012 Company of the Year for its continued investment in the area. Owner of the Greenspoint Data Park at I-45 North and the Sam Houston Parkway, Digital Realty Trust is in the midst of a two-phase redevelopment including construction of two purpose-built high-efficiency, high-performance computing data centers totaling nearly 138,000 square feet.

Greenspoint Volunteer of the Year award went to James Curry of Hines. Chairman of the Greenspoint District Board of Directors, Curry was recognized for his dedication to the District, demonstrated in the time and expertise he freely gives toward representing Greenspoint.

The Greenspoint Property Owners Association earned Partner of the Year honors for its development of a public plaza to showcase a signature piece of public art commissioned by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. Titled “Paper Plane,” and due to be installed in early 2013, the sculpture is an origami-style plane rising 15 feet above the ground. It was created by artist Kevin Box, the talent behind several of Greenspoint’s public art pieces.

Mexico City Attorney Manuel Moctezuma of Chalela, Enriquez y Moctezuma, S.C. was named International Partner of the Year. Moctezuma is a member of the Greenspoint District International Economic Development Advisory Council, and he travels regularly from Mexico City for Advisory Council meetings. In 2012, he was instrumental in helping organize a Greenspoint trade mission to Mexico, and he provided introductions to attorneys in other countries who assisted in other District trade missions.

The awards presented to the District’s recipients are replicas of a larger sculpture titled “Time Piece” located at the corner of Greens Crossing and Greens Parkway. The sculpture is one of several public art pieces commissioned by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. “Time Piece,” and the miniature versions presented to award recipients, was created by Houston artist Eric Ober.

The Greenspoint District’s recognition of its partners and volunteers and retiring president was made possible by United Airlines, Amegy Bank, Caldwell Companies, Exerran Energy Solutions, Dwayne Henson, Hines, Lone Star College System, Transwestern, Whitley Penn CPAs, Aldine Greenspoint Family YMCA, Gary and Heather Montgomery, The Greenspoint Club and Board of Governors, Hilton Houston North Hotel, IDS Engineering Group, Klotz Associates, MCV Consulting, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Songhai Development Company, Tina Nelson and Texas Central Railway.

For a photo gallery of the event, which also included tales and tributes from special guests honoring retiring District President Jack Drake,

Greenspoint Board Members Earn Awards 

To recognize the commitment of time and talent of its Board of Directors, the Greenspoint District annually presents service awards to members completing one, five, 10 and 15 years of service on the board. 

Earning service awards in 2012 were Dr. Wei Huang of American Bureau of Shipping for five years on the board, and Grace Cervin of AGS Professional Services, Ed Hinton of High Mount Exploration & Production and Dave Egbert of Exterran Energy Solutions, each of whom completed one year of board service.

The District’s service awards are created by the artists behind Greenspoint’s public art initiative, a project of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. Dr. Huang’s five-year award is a replica, in miniature, of a sculpture on Benmar Drive titled “Yellow Dancers.” The original and its miniature were created by Houston artist Eric Ober. Ober also created the District’s one-year award, which replicates an element of the District’s logo.

The Greenspoint District recognized its board members at a reception hosted by The Greenspoint Club. Special appreciation goes to The Club for its partnership.

For a photo gallery including board service awards, volunteer and partner awards, and recognition of retiring District President Jack Drake, visit

October 2012

Beltway 8 Construction Update 

The project is comprised of two components. Under way now are reconstruction and expansion of the frontage roads, widening them from two lanes to three between Greenspoint Drive and West Hardy. Sidewalks and storm drains are also being installed.

The second component is widening the main lanes and adding two lanes at the Imperial Valley bridge, as well as re-striping the remaining roadway to accommodate five lanes of traffic.

The anticipated construction schedule, barring weather delays, follows.

Westbound Frontage Road
  • Completion is anticipated by mid-October.
  • Remaining elements include paving, curbs, sidewalks, ditches and landscaping.
Eastbound Frontage Road
  • Phase 1: Eastbound from Greenspoint Drive to Imperial Valley Construction began on two asphalt temporary lanes this month.
  • When they are complete, traffic will be diverted onto the temporary lanes (outside lanes) as the two permanent (inside) lanes are reconstructed.
  • Completion is anticipated by January 31, 2013.
   Phase 2: Eastbound from Imperial Valley to West Hardy
  • The segment requires relocating a waterline.
  • On this portion of the frontage road, due to space limitations of a small bridge just west of Hardy, only one temporary lane will be constructed.
  • When the temporary lane is complete, traffic will be diverted onto it as the two permanent (inside) lanes are reconstructed.
  • Completion is anticipated May 31, 2013.
   Phase 3: Construction of the final permanent lane from I-45 to West Hardy
  • Once the two inside lanes have been reconstructed, traffic will be switched to them.
  • The temporary asphalt lanes will be removed.
  • The final lane will be constructed.
  • Drainage, sidewalk and landscaping improvements will be made.
  • The entire eastbound frontage road will be opened to traffic.
  • This phase is scheduled to begin in June 2013.
  • Completion is anticipated by August 31, 2013.
Greenspoint Drive intersection and U-turns
  • Completion is expected by mid October 2012.
Imperial Valley intersection and U-turns
  • The Imperial Valley intersection will follow construction of the main lanes over Imperial Valley to avoid having overhead construction, where two additional lanes are being built, interfere in the work or safety of the crews below.
  • Completion is anticipated by September 30, 2013.
Main lanes of the Sam Houston Parkway from I-45 to Hardy

The second component of the project involves widening the main lanes from three to five lanes. This will primarily be accomplished by restriping the existing roadway. However, as noted above, it will require construction of two additional lanes to the bridge over Imperial Valley Drive. 
  • Completion is anticipated by September 30, 2013.
The Greenspoint District is closely monitoring the project with TxDOT, and we will continue to provide updates as they are available. Please visit our Website at and sign up for our e-news (upper right side of home page) to ensure you receive the latest information.

New Park Complex Coming to Greenspoint 

Construction is anticipated to begin by year end on the Spring Recreational Area, a 10-acre Greenspoint site soon to be transformed into the state’s largest skate park on one side, with a showcase facility for special needs children on the other side. 

“This project will help fill a recreational void in the Greenspoint area, allowing children to play close to home” said Mayor Annise Parker following Houston City Council’s recent approval of the project.  “In addition to being a draw for residents from the immediate neighborhood and all over Houston, it will entice skateboard enthusiasts from around the country.”
Capable of hosting world-class competitions and exhibitions, the skate park will be the perfect complement to downtown’s Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park, and just the ingredient needed to turn recreational facilities into economic opportunities. 

Having two world-class facilities in such close proximity is a skater’s dream combo unlike anything in the world, say skating enthusiasts like Barry Blumenthal, a downtown financial analyst who regularly drops into the bowls at Jamail park.

“The Spring skate park, coupled with the Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park, will make Houston one of the preeminent skate-tourist destinations in the world,” said Blumenthal. “Moreover, this park will provide much needed quality of life and park infrastructure for north Houston’s large and ever-growing youth population,” he added.

Being built by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, the park’s design is already complete, paving the way for a quick start to construction and a Spring 2014 grand opening.

“The Spring Recreational Area is near and dear to the hearts of many in this community and throughout the region,” said Elvin Franklin, chairman of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors. “We thank City Council for allowing us to proceed, and we look forward to working with them.”

With 72,000 square feet of skate surface, the skate park will cater to the young and young-at-heart. The unique design includes a world-class competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, 12-foot vert ramp, 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips, plus a couple of backyard-style pools and three beginner/intermediate/advanced flow bowls.  A section designed to emulate the street-skating experience will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles, providing fun and creative challenge for skaters of all levels and interests. 

A second aspect to the recreational complex, the park without limits, is generating excitement in the world of special needs youth. Called Dylan’s Park, after an area child who was severely injured and later died from child abuse, this section of the facility will have areas designed to engage children who are sight impaired, hearing impaired, autistic or wheelchair-bound. Dylan’s Park will also include open grassy areas for unstructured play, and the facility will be completely fenced.

“Families with special needs children need these kinds of parks,” said Marti Boone, director of Be An Angel, which serves special needs children throughout the region. “They promote unity and add to productive lives and healthier bodies for those that have far too little resources for outside fun.”

While a park that caters to both skaters and special needs children may seem inconsistent, Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Sally Bradford said there are numerous synergies. 

“Skateboarding has been shown to have therapeutic applications for autistic children,” Bradford noted. “And the small inclines of the beginner’s skate area are perfect for wheelchairs. We could even close off the skate park for a couple of hours a week for wheelchair games, effectively making the entire facility a park without limits,” Bradford said.

The entire facility’s $5.5 million price tag also provides for walking trails and a community center. Maintenance will be handled by the Greenspoint District, which maintains other parks developed by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. The District and the Authority are also working together, with other public and private sources, to create a system of trails connecting the area’s parks to Greens Bayou.

"A park with no limits, a park for skaters, a park to be connected to the bayou greenway along Greens Bayou – it is precisely these types of projects that will benefit our city's health and urge more of our kids to get outside," said Roksan Okan-Vick, the executive director of the Houston Parks Board.  "As the City aims to complete the Bayou Greenways Initiative – an initiative that will create parks and trails along all seven of the major bayous throughout the city – a project like this is a wonderful example of how smart planning works for the benefit of our community," Okan-Vick concluded.  

June 2012

Greenspoint Drive Closure Scheduled 

TxDOT’s reconstruction of the Sam Houston Parkway frontage roads will necessitate closing Greenspoint Drive Thursday, July 5th, and reopening Tuesday, July 10th, weather permitting. The closure will impact only traffic moving north and south on Greenspoint Drive at the Parkway. Drivers on the Sam Houston Parkway frontage roads and main lanes will not be impacted.

While a temporary inconvenience, there is light at the end of the tunnel. TxDOT anticipates having the frontage roads substantially completed by September, and having the entire project finished in the summer of 2013.

The project is comprised of two components. Under way now are reconstruction and expansion of the frontage roads, widening them from two lanes to three between Greenspoint Drive and the Hardy Toll Road. Sidewalks and storm drains are also being installed.

The second component is widening the main lanes and adding two lanes at the Imperial Valley Bridge, as well as re-striping the remaining roadway to accommodate five lanes of traffic.

The project is a collaborative effort between the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Texas Sterling is the contractor. 

From Barbeque to Breakfast Club Fare, New Eateries Add New Tastes at Area Tables 

The newest addition to Greenspoint’s restaurant guide is an old favorite, Brown Sugar’s Bar-B-Que, which recently re-opened under new ownership. Still located at 111 Greens Road, the restaurant reflects owner John Moros' commitment to serving only the freshest ingredients and prime cuts of meats.

The aroma of slow, hickory smoked beef, sausage, pork and poultry entice hungry tummies before the first step into the restaurant. These tasty meats are slathered with Moros’ secret recipe sauce, or you can opt for the old Brown Sugar’s sauce.  That recipe, along with their mouth-watering peach cobbler recipe, was included in the purchase, and to insure authenticity, Moros brought in the former Brown Sugar’s employee responsible for preparing those tasty treats. He’s with him in the kitchen Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner.

They also cater, so keep them in mind for your next company meeting or celebration. Find them online at

New to the neighborhood, but not new to Houston, is Resie’s Chicken & Waffles at 233 West Greens Road. A toe-tapping Motown ambience greets you as you enter Resie’s, and if that’s not enough to bring you back time and again, the menu surely will. 

In the style of The Breakfast Club, Resie’s is known for its home-fried chicken wings and powdered sugar-coated waffles, a combination that, according to the restaurant Website, got its start in 1930s Harlem when late-night supper club aficionados couldn’t decide between breakfast or dinner at the end of the evening.

Southern soul food favorites like collard greens, smothered wings with rice and gravy, candied yams, red beans and rice, fried okra and grits add vigor and variety to the menu, which also includes a beverage array of smoothies, specialty coffee drinks, beers and wines.

Join them for breakfast and lunch on Mondays through Thursdays or for all three meals Fridays and Saturdays. For details, visit

GGRA Projects Rebuild Streets – and Neighborhoods

The bone-rattling ride along Greens Parkway is being smoothed over in a road construction project scheduled for completion around year end. The project, which includes street reconstruction from Greens Crossing to Gears, intersection improvements and pedestrian amenities, carries a $4.5 million price tag. It is one of three Redevelopment Authority projects currently in the works.

On Greenspoint Drive from Greens Road to the Sam Houston Parkway, utility lines are being buried, and the utility poles are set for removal in July, signaling the end of that project. Previous phases included street and sidewalk reconstruction, landscaping and the installation of signature traffic signals and street furniture.

Soon to be kicking off is a project along Airline Drive, from West Road to Aldine Bender, which will include street repairs, intersection improvements, traffic signals, pedestrian amenities and public art. This $7 million project will increase safety and enhance quality of life for residents of this highly pedestrian neighborhood, said Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Sally Bradford.

“Improving infrastructure is a key goal of the Redevelopment Authority,” said Bradford. “By reconstructing aging streets and improving intersections and sidewalks, we greatly increase safety for pedestrians and drivers, enhance the neighborhood's appearance, as well as improve response times of emergency vehicles.” 

The Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority is governed by an all-volunteer board representing the Greenspoint Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone’s five increment partners: the City of Houston, Harris County, Aldine and Spring ISDs and Lone Star College System. 

Jack Drake, president of the Greenspoint District, acknowledged the Redevelopment Authority board and its members’ passion for the area. “Their dedication is evident in how they approach the projects they undertake. They don’t just rebuild roads, they rebuild communities,” Drake said. “By adding art to infrastructure and shade to sidewalks, they help infuse a sense of pride in our residents and employees that contributes to the overall health, attractiveness, and long-term stability of our community,” Drake concluded. 

20th Anniversary Edition 

The Greenspoint District Celebrates 20 Years 

t's been 20 years since property owners petitioned the State Legislature to form the Greenspoint Management District. Since then, there have been countless victories and many partnerships developed along the way. While much has changed in the past 20 years, one thing remains the same: the management district continues to strengthen and protect Greenspoint's diverse community.

The Beginning

The year was 1975. Houston Intercontinental Airport had been open for six years, but nothing beyond land speculation had taken root around the new facility. Trees and thick brush blanketed the area between the airport and I-45.  Downtown and the FM 1960 corridor were well-established, but little development existed between the two. The Galleria area was a suburban market, and north Houston was considered the country. 

A year later, Greenspoint Mall opened to citywide fanfare.
"The mall really kicked off the development," said Tom Wussow, the founder of the District. "Greenspoint Mall was a huge deal. It was the largest mall in the city. Willowbrook, Deerbrook and The Woodlands mall didn't exist, so Greenspoint served the whole north market. It was the place to shop." 

The mall was so important that its name was used to describe the area that surrounded it. But Greenspoint, a nod to Greens Bayou, wasn't the top choice. The first name selected for the mall was Northgate, but it was already in use in the county, Wussow said. Then they tried Greensgate, but it was also already registered.  Greenspoint was the third choice, and it stuck.

The Boom

The mall was developed by Federated Department Stores and company officials had noticed a trend: anytime they built a mall, someone would gobble up the real estate around it and make a lot of money creating complimentary mixed-use development. 

In an effort to get in on this trend, Federated Department Stores decided not to sell the land surrounding the mall and planned to develop it themselves.  But they quickly realized they were in over their heads and called on  Friendswood Development Company, a subsidiary of Exxon, for help. 

In a deal hatched during a real estate conference in Miami, Friendswood Development Company acquired the property from Federated Department Stores, with the stipulation that the mall developers had final approval of the master plan. A land plan was developed by HOK, a prominent planning and architectural firm, and by the late 1970s, Friendswood Development Company had started building the office towers that today make up Greenspoint Plaza, also known as the Hines complex.  

"When we built the complex it really solidified Greenspoint as a suburban business center," said Wussow, who was then a project manager for Friendswood Development Company. "It got off to a great start and leasing was better than expected. Houston is the energy capitol of the world, so what better amenity than being close to the airport.”

Leasing and development was also buoyed by the creation of the West Belt between I-45 and the airport. The West Belt, now called Sam Houston Parkway,  made access to the area and the airport easier.  When the airport first opened, only frontage roads connected I-45 to the airport. 

While Friendswood Development Company focused on installing infrastructure and erecting office buildings, the company sold parcels of land to other developers under the guidance of the area's master plan. 

Developers  all wanted to get in on the action – primarily along Sam Houston Parkway between Greenspoint and the airport, and along I-45 north and south of Greenspoint.

"All these buildings were popping up, all this retail was popping up, and it was all happening quickly during the go-go days," said Dale Bowman, who worked as a commercial marketing manager for Friendswood Development Company. 

By the early 1980s, development was booming and dozens of apartment communities were built to cater to the young urban professionals who wanted to be in the hot, new north market. 

The Bust

By the late 1980s, the Greenspoint area was showing signs of oversaturation. When the Houston economy took a hit from a slowdown in the energy industry and a subsequent bottoming out of the area real estate market, Greenspoint's boom came to halt.  

Interest in the area's overbuilt apartment community began to wane, and apartment managers started offering cutthroat deals to lure new tenants. Crime spiked, and the area’s reputation began to suffer. 

Greater Greenspoint Management District is Born

As central business districts in major cities across the nation slipped into decline, Houston learned that some cities were using a new tool to revitalize downtown areas. It was called an improvement or management district. 

These special purpose districts raised funds through added taxes and assessments on commercial properties, and used the money for public safety and beautification projects that cities couldn't afford. Houston officials also believed the tool could be used in suburban areas in an effort to prevent decline. 
Downtown was the first to form a special district and the Galleria area was second. 

"Tom Wussow and I looked at what was happening downtown and in the Galleria area and we thought a tool like that would be great for Greenspoint," Bowman said. "We had all this development well under way, and we thought it would be great to bring everyone together under the umbrella of a management district.”

Wussow and Bowman went to work. Within a few months, they hired an energetic man named Jack Drake to be the District's creation manager.  
"We had to get a business plan together and we had to determine the geographical boundaries of the district," Wussow said. "We told Jack that if he could get the district formed, he could manage it. He came on board, did a great job and the rest was history." 

Drake remembered feeling excited and a little nervous. 

"I was told that I had six months to determine if this thing was viable. If it wasn't – I was out of job, " he said. 

Drake, whose background was in city government and nonprofit management, saw the job as a great opportunity to address the crime problem in the area and unite the property owners. 

"Everyone was concerned that the challenges Greenspoint faced were going to take the area on a bad path," Drake said. "Apartments were failing, there were no parks and crime was a problem. Our mission was to protect the investment here and to make the area a good place to live and do business." 

Working out of a storage area with only a desk, a chair and a phone, Drake began organizing the district. He sought guidance from Downtown District's Bob Eury, and the Galleria area's John Breeding. He formed volunteer committees and met with hundreds of property owners.

Drake hoped to have support from at least 50 percent of the property owners within the proposed boundaries before going to the State Legislature to seek the formation of the management district.  Gaining that level of support wasn't easy.

Many property owners thought the money raised was  going to be tunneled back to the mall and that individual properties would not see any benefits, Drake said. And the idea of paying an additional tax was not popular with everyone. 

"Some people thought I was crazy," Drake said. "They couldn't believe I was asking them to sign a petition to support an increase in taxes."
But in the end, Drake was successful and secured support from nearly 50 percent of the property owners, which represented about $500 million in assessed value.

Fourteen months after Drake was hired, the bill went to the state legislature. 

By a unanimous vote in both the State Senate and House of Representatives, the District was authorized to begin operations in August 1991.
The focus of the newly created District was security and public safety, transportation, visual improvements, and parks and recreation.

The Victories

The Greater Greenspoint Management District quickly gained clout. 

A director of public safety was hired, which led to the creation of numerous public safety programs aimed at tackling crime. Partnerships between several law enforcement organizations were formed, a pioneering idea that was virtually unheard of at the time. 

Crime dramatically declined and in 1994 the Greater Greenspoint Public Safety Center opened at Greenspoint Mall. Before the center opened, police traveled to the District from a north Shepherd substation, which was more than 10 miles from Greenspoint. 

"It was an amazing accomplishment," Drake said. "We figured we gained about 1,800 man hours a year because police officers weren't driving 20 minutes to get here."

The District received its first “Crime Reduction Award” from the Houston Police Department the year the public safety center opened. State, local and national crime prevention awards soon followed and the District became a model for other areas to follow. 

Several apartment complexes failed in the area, and the carcasses were a magnet for crime. The District set its sights on an abandoned apartment complex on Greens Road. In 1993, the District purchased the eleven-acre site and began planning for a future park. Nine years later, Greenspoint’s first public parks, Thomas R. Wussow and CityView, opened on the property.  

In 1998, the District successfully petitioned the City of Houston to create the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, and a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). This redevelopment tool can offer incentives for developers to build or redevelop in Greenspoint and upon project agreement, can reimburse them for the public amenities they include in their projects.

"It's hard to overestimate the work we put in to get that done," Drake said. "We convinced 43 elected officials, school boards, county commissioners, city council and college trustees to support the creation of the TIRZ." 

And working with several other partners, the District helped create the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to build parks and recreational amenities along Greens Bayou and reduce flooding along the 45-mile waterway. 

Greenspoint Today

Twenty years after its creation, Greenspoint is booming. More than 4,000 companies call Greenspoint home. These companies included some of Houston's largest: Exterran, ExxonMobil Baker Hughes and Sysco Corp., which opened a 650,000 square-foot distribution center in Greenspoint last year.

The Greenspoint District, with a simplified name that was adopted in 2008, now boasts 18 million square feet of commercial real estate. Parks and walking trails are now commonplace, a major accomplishment considering the area had no public parks before the District was formed. The Redevelopment Authority was the tool that helped make recreation a reality for Greenspoint. And thanks to the Redevelopment Authority, public art now adorns the District, making the area a district known for its creative flair.  

More than 75,000 employees now work in the Greenspoint District, a 121-percent increase since 1991, and 107,000 residents live in Greenspoint, which is a 63-percent increase. 

Despite the spike in population, crime has decreased 51 percent since 1991, a powerful testimony to the award-winning public safety programs the District created. 

"Successful partnerships, a passion for the area and strategic planning have made the Greenspoint District an important part of Houston's economy," said Drake, who continues to serve the area as President of the Greenspoint District. 

At the heart of its success is the District's mission to  advocate on behalf of the area and serve as the “voice” for Greenspoint. 

Looking Toward the Future

The District's eyes remain on the future, and Drake wants to make sure Greenspoint remains modern and sustainable. Ten staff members focus on a range of issues, which include economic development marketing, public safety, transportation and infrastructure. 
But not every dream has been realized. 

"Despite the fact our area is now as safe as any major activity center in Houston, we still struggle with an undeserved reputation when it comes to crime," Drake said.  "And there is still work to be done with the mall and in our multifamily community."

Those three goals remain a priority as the District enters its 21st year. And there are new priorities. In the past 20 years, the world has become a global marketplace. To stay ahead of the trend, the District is focusing its economic development efforts on attracting international companies and is developing a business retention and expansion program led by a new economic development director. 

Transportation will also be pivotal. The District is working with U.S. Japan High Speed Rail to develop plans for a train between Dallas and Houston. Greenspoint is one of three potential locations for a Houston station. And city rail is also important, with METRO planning on a city rail line between Downtown, Greenspoint and Bush Intercontinental Airport. 

Some who have followed the growth of the area are surprised Drake remains as passionate today as he was 20 years ago.  

"I love what I do and there have been so many rewards," Drake said. "Because of this management district,  Greenspoint is greener, safer and more sustainable. There is less flooding and better mobility. We truly do make things happen." 

July 2011

Rising Roll Comes to Greenspoint 

Greenspoint-area employees on the hunt for homemade chicken salad and potato salad now have a new lunch spot.

Rising Roll Gourmet, which features made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads and soups recently opened a new restaurant in Hines' Greenspoint Plaza complex at 12140 Greenspoint Drive.

Recognized nationally for its sandwiches and potato salad, the restaurant also focuses on breakfast and lunch catering.

"We have a cutting edge menu that features high-quality ingredients," said Rising Roll Owner Rob Naggar. "People can tell our food is fresh. They can taste the quality. We are constantly making a fresh batch of chicken salad, potato salad or tuna salad and customers love our innovative menu choices."

Rising Roll customers are greeted by a deli case filled with brimming bowls of made-from-scratch items.

Along with the traditional turkey and cheese sandwich, the restaurant also features innovative sandwich creations like chicken and apples, ham and brie and grilled chicken and Portabella mushroom. 

Naggar said he expects breakfast and lunch catering to be a large chunk of their business. 

"We take breakfast catering to the next level," he said. "We go beyond the bagel by offering panini-pressed breakfast sandwiches and breakfast stuffers, as well as cinnamon rolls and muffins. 

Rising Roll has locations around the country and two existing stores in Houston, which includes one in the Medical Center and one in Greenway Plaza.
Naggar said he is excited about breaking into the Greenspoint area.  

"We love this area," he said. "It's a terrific market for us."  

Update: Sam Houston Parkway Construction 

While a temporary inconvenience, the construction project is designed to ease congestion on the highly-traveled Sam Houston Parkway main lanes and frontage roads. The project is comprised of two components. Under way now are reconstruction and expansion of the frontage roads, widening them from two lanes to three lanes.
The current status on the westbound frontage road is:
  • Demolition of the westbound temporary lane has begun and will be immediately followed by construction of a new concrete lane.  This should take approximately three months and three new lanes will be open upon completion.
  • TxDOT will work with property owners on access to property during construction.
On the eastbound frontage road:
  • Demolition of the eastbound temporary lane from east of Imperial Valley to West Hardy has begun and will be replaced with a new concrete lane.  This phase, which should be completed within one month, will provide three new lanes through this area.
  • TxDOT will work with property owners on access to property during construction.
  • Additional utility issues need to be resolved to complete installation of storm sewer and eventual demo and construction of new lanes from Greenspoint Drive to east of Imperial Valley.
The second component is widening the main lanes and adding two lanes at the Imperial Valley Bridge, as well as re-striping the remaining roadway to accommodate five lanes of traffic.

Once completed, the new road infrastructure will include new sidewalks, new storm drainage system and other amenities. The project is a collaborative effort between the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Texas Sterling is the contractor.

ExxonMobil Announces New Office Campus 

Thousands of ExxonMobil employees who are now spread across the Houston region will relocate to the new facility being built on a 385-acre site near the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. Moves will be carried out in phases as the campus is constructed, beginning early 2014, with full occupancy by 2015, according to the company. 

ExxonMobil currently occupies 16 percent of Greenspoint’s office space and leases mostly LEED-certified, Class A space located in Hines' Greenspoint Plaza Complex. Historically, Class A space in Greenspoint has remained in high demand and has filled quickly whenever large blocks opened. 

"We're looking at this as an opportunity," said Greenspoint District President Jack Drake. "In the past, we've had to turn down new tenants because our Class A space has remained at 96 percent capacity. There is tremendous interest in the space currently occupied by Exxon, which will allow us to welcome new companies to our area."

Exxon's footprint will be smaller, but multiple sources within the company have said they will keep some employees in the Greenspoint area. Whatever the final outcome is, Greenspoint will survive and thrive. The opportunity to further diversify the market will strengthen Greenspoint, while ExxonMobil’s new campus strengthens the whole of north Houston.  

Here are a few more reasons the Greenspoint District team believes the District will not be negatively impacted by the consolidation. 
  • Greenspoint is not a one company town. More than 4,000 businesses call Greenspoint home. No matter what happens, Greenspoint will remain a strong and dynamic district with a healthy and diverse mix of office, industrial and retail properties.
  • The Hines complex is Class A LEED-Gold or Silver office space. Greenspoint currently has one of the tightest Class A markets in the city, and Class A space in Greenspoint is always in demand.
  • Interest in the space currently occupied by ExxonMobil has been overwhelming.
  • A new campus will increase the north Houston workforce and bring relocations of other companies to our area.
  • A reduction in ExxonMobil’s presence creates opportunity for Greenspoint to attract those companies that want premiere space near IAH. This helps diversity our market, and with diversity there is strength and stability.
Today’s Greenspoint includes many independent and major energy-related companies—Nabors, Noble, Baker Hughes, FMC Technologies, Schlumberger, Southwestern Energy, Exterran, Swift and High Mount, to name a few. We will remain an Energy Center.

Our strengths don’t change. “Strategically Positioned, Globally Connected” is more than a tag line. Six miles and ten minutes from Greenspoint are airplanes that take us non-stop to 174 world-wide destinations.

The Greenspoint District team is looking forward to what the future holds for Greenspoint, north Houston and our great partner, ExxonMobil. 

Mazak Opens New Greenspoint Facility 

The new Mazak technology center is located on North Sam Houston Parkway near Greens Crossing and serves as a base for training, sales support, research and development activity. The building also features a 100-seat conference center for training events and seminars.

“This new technology center is far more than just a new facility to showcase our equipment; it’s a true research and development center where our engineers can collaborate with the local energy industry to move technology forward,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. “Our new facility is at the center of the Texas oil and gas industry, and will offer these important 
customers superior training, support and collaboration.” 

Mazak Corp. is the North American manufacturing, sales and support arm of Yamazaki Mazak Corp. of Japan. The company has a manufacturing location in Florence, Ky., and technology centers across the United States, Mexico and Canada. 

Mazak makes machine tools for energy, agricultural, automotive and aerospace industries. The company has been in the Houston market for more than 30 years and is relocating from a nearby building.

“Mazak’s new facility enhances Greenspoint’s reputation as a business district that attracts the best in international corporations,” said Jack Drake, president of Greenspoint District. “With its resources, Mazak could have chosen anywhere, and we're proud that they chose Greenspoint.”

According to Mazak, the new facility will allow the company to expand its Southwest Technology Center staff by 10 percent to better meet growing customer demand. The new building will house 45 employees, including process application engineers, service engineers, sales and support personnel. 

April 2011

Ida Gaye Gardens Grand Opening Planned 

Crews are wrapping up the first phase of Ida Gaye Gardens, and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 28 at 10 a.m.   

The park currently features trees, trails, a pond and new landscaping. Plans for the second phase include exercise equipment geared toward senior citizens, a fitness area and a pavilion. The second phase of the project should be complete in 2012.    

"This park is a wonderful addition to the District," said Greenspoint District President Jack Drake. "It is beautifully designed and a gem for employees and residents who live and work in Greenspoint."

Ida Gaye Gardens is located on 3.2 acres at Langwick Drive and West Hardy Toll Road. The park is adjacent to a senior living center, which is why future plans include amenities aimed at older adults. Another 10,000 seniors live within a one-mile radius and 75,000 live within a three-mile radius, making the site an ideal spot for a senior park. 

Cherno Njie, developer of the senior living center, donated the property and asked that it be named in honor of his mother, Ida Gaye. 

The park will feature lush landscaping. Future phases call for raised planters to allow visitors to get up close to touch and smell the flowers planted throughout. There also will be community plots for seniors who want to get their hands dirty and develop their own gardening skills.

Environmentally friendly practices were woven into the park's design. The pond uses a bog and natural filtration to clean and pump oxygen into the water. And walkways throughout the park are made of decomposed granite, which is porous and allows rain water to penetrate through to the soil below. 

Ida Gaye Gardens is already earning recognition.The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and the Greenspoint District recently won a Houston-Galveston Area Council planning award for the new park. Texas Parks & Wildlife approved a $97,000 grant for development of Ida Gaye Gardens.

The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition applied for the grant in 2005. The Greenspoint District, KBR, CenterPoint Energy, United Way and RVi Houston have committed funds for the project. 

If you would like to attend the grand opening celebration please email Amy Craig at

New Public Art Graces Greenspoint 

A new public art sculpture called “Blowing Sycamore Leaves” was installed at the intersection of  Gears and Greens Parkway. 

The sculpture was created by Santa Fe, N.M., artist Kevin Box and features multicolor sycamore leaves. The piece is surrounded by grass and benches and is already being used by the community. 

"We are thrilled with this piece," said Sally Bradford, executive director of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. "People are already enjoying their lunch on the benches and  stopping by to admire the work. This is a wonderful addition to the community, and a great attraction for corporations and businesses." 

Box said he is pleased with the sculpture and the positive response from the community, adding that he works hard to create art that the general public can embrace and understand. 

"My goal is to engage the community that the artwork is going into," said Box. "I want to create artwork that brings people forward in their awareness of art. Making art accessible is really important to me."

Leaves from the sycamore trees surrounding the piece were used to design the sculpture. 

Greens Bayou Community Survey Under Way 

Community planning workshops were recently held throughout the Greens Bayou corridor to help develop a strategic plan for the region. The goals of the project were to:
  • Conserve the corridor's most important natural and cultural resources
  • Create a diverse system of recreation opportunities
  • Manage the corridor's natural and improved landscaping
  • Foster a system of interconnected parks and trails that link neighborhoods and destinations
  • Assure that projects are sustainably designed and are maintained for years to come
If you were not able to attend a workshop, you are invited to participate in a community survey to help the coalition continue gathering public input on the strategic planning process. The deadline is April 30.

Greens Bayou meanders approximately 45 miles throughout Houston, Spring, Greenspoint, Jersey Village, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Humble and Harris County. Anyone with ideas or thoughts about Greens Bayou is invited to complete the 18-question survey.   
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!   
Click the link below to begin the survey. 

Greenspoint Building Wins Award 

Houston BOMA's building of the year recipient is located at 333 North Sam Houston Parkway East and is managed by Lindsay L. Janek, CPM of CB Richard Ellis. 

The CB Richard Ellis team added the 12-story property to their portfolio in May 2010.

In less than a year, Janek and her team improved maintenance and added new landscaping and green programs, which include paper recycling and the use of recycled paper products.

They also had some fun. The management team hosted tenant Thanksgiving and Christmas parties that included food and toy drives.  

“Tremendous efforts were made by the entire property management team at 333 as well as our vendors to get the property ready for this competition," said Janek.  "We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts."  

The building features 213,777 square feet of office space and won the competition's 100,000 to 249,000 office category.

The 333 team will advance to a regional competition in Dallas the first week of April, 2011.

Vicente Fox Comes to Greenspoint District 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Mexican Senator Silvano Aureoles Conejo were in the Greenspoint District to support the Hispanic Business Center, learn more about the region and seek investment opportunities for Mexican entrepreneurs and business owners looking to expand.

The Greenspoint District has seen increased interest from Mexican investors and business owners looking to grow their companies in Houston.

"The Hispanic Business Center serves a need in the community," said Greenspoint District President Jack Drake. "Mexican investors are looking to Houston, and to Greenspoint, to grow their companies."

After a lunch at the center with more than 100 business and political leaders, Fox and Conejo attended a meeting at the District's office with state and local officials, including U.S. Congressmen Kevin Brady and Gene Green; Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System; State Representative Armando Walle; Ray Laughter, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at Lone Star College System; Ray Bejarano, Greenspoint Mall General Manager and Larry McManus, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism.

The event was hosted by the Greenspoint District, Montgomery & Barnes Associates, Lone Star College System, United Airlines, Centerpoint Energy, Greenspoint Mall, Lone Star College-North Harris,Trammell Crow Company and Transwestern.

The Hispanic Business Center- HBC Executive Suites serves Mexican entrepreneurs who want to grow their business by breaking into the Houston market.  The center, which is located in the Greenspoint District, can help accelerate growth of a company that is new to the United States by offering corporate offices for rent, a fully bilingual support staff and advisory support for business development.  

The center was founded last year by Alejandro del Valle and Lucia Marcellini, two successful business owners who wanted to bring their knowledge to the United States.

Fox called the center a synthesis of NAFTA.

"I think it's an idea that will build a future of prosperity and partnership that NAFTA has been trying to build among our nations," said Fox.  "But now it will be done among our business community. This is bridge building between our nations. This is what we should be doing."

"We want to do more business, create more opportunities," Fox continued. "More opportunities for our people in Mexico, so we can hold our own human capital within our nation."

Drake said the Feb. 3 meeting was a wonderful opportunity.

"The Greenspoint District is positioning itself to become a magnet for international investment—a resource for foreign investors who need help establishing their businesses in our market," he said.

Del Valle said he knows the project will be a success.

"This project is focused on the needs of Mexican entrepreneurs," said Del Valle in Spanish. "So they can realize the dream that entrepreneurs in my country have--to go to the best markets in the world."

January 2011

North Sam Houston Parkway Lane Closures 

Contractors will switch traffic along the Sam Houston Parkway eastbound frontage road to a temporary detour between Imperial Valley and West Hardy Wednesday night, March 16. Work will start at 9 p.m. and should be complete by 5 a.m. the following day.


Also on Wednesday night, construction crews will close the temporary West Hardy entrance ramp on the westbound frontage road, and open the new permanent West Hardy entrance ramp. On the Sam Houston Parkway main lanes, work crews will shut down the westbound outside lane and temporary ramp starting at 9 p.m. and should have the barrier moved, striped and the new ramp open by 5 a.m. the next morning.   

If you want to receive future commuter alerts and lane closure notices, please click here and re-submit your email address. Constant Contact will send you directions to update your profile. When you receive the link, please check the box that says "I want to receive lane closure notices."

Greenspoint District Honors Volunteers 

During the District's annual awards event,Greenspoint District board Chairman James Curry of Hines, and Vice-chair Michelle Wogan of Transwestern, joined President Jack Drake in awarding outstanding community servants for 2010.

Houston Police Capt. Victor Rodriguez received the 2010 Partner of the Year Award for his role in improving Greenspoint’s police overtime program, Operation Greensweep. Rodriguez's knowledge of the area and his technical and tactical skills have been invaluable. He also conducted a thorough review of HPD North  division resources, which led to five additional officers being assigned to the Greenspoint area.

Sysco Corp. won the 2010 Company of the Year Award for building its new distribution center in Greenspoint, giving Pinto Business Park an anchor and bringing hundreds of jobs to the District.

The 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award went to Melody Douglas, who has been making the District a better place to live and work since 1998. Besides her service to  the District’s Board and Executive Committee, she has served as a Greenspoint District public hearing examiner and on the Greenspoint District Audit Committee. She is also an active and enthusiastic member of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition.

The District's newest award, the Green Leader Award, went to Hines. Last year, five of Hines’ six buildings in Greenspoint earned LEED Gold Existing Building certification and one earned Silver certification. And Hines’ Greenspoint buildings recycled more than 732 tons of paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, and electronics, diverting 41 percent of the company's waste from landfills.  

Community Spirit Awards were presented to several partners for their dedicated service to the District.  The winners were Eric Hall of KBR; Reggie Gray of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce; Greenspoint property owner John Ridgway; Shea Cline of the Crowne Plaza Houston North and Greenspoint property owner Cherno Njie.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to longtime Greenspoint District Landscape Coordinator Joe Prelli, who retired in 2010.

Greenspoint board members also were honored during the reception. George Lunnon was acknowledged for serving 10 years.Rosa Lopez and Karen Marshall were honored for five years of service. And Kim Perry was honored for one year of service on the board.

The District’s volunteer reception began 18 years ago as way to acknowledge individuals and organizations whose partnership and efforts significantly enhance or expand programs in the Greenspoint area. Over the years, the event expanded to include local business and community leaders, but 2010 budget constraints necessitated a return to the original focus on District volunteers and award recipients.

Ida Gaye Gardens Wins Planning Award 

The  Houston-Galveston Area Council selected Ida Gaye Gardens for its Park and Natural Areas Award under the planning category.
The winning projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.

Ida Gaye Gardens will include walking trails, specialized exercise equipment, an area for structured exercise classes and raised gardens. This 3.2-acre park development is designed to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle for senior citizens. 

The project is a partnership between the Greenspoint District and the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Cherno Njie, the developer of the senior living center near the property, donated the land to the Greenspoint District and asked that the park be named in honor of his mother, Ida Gaye. 

H-GAC received a total of 25 applications in four categories: Planning Process, Policy Tools, On-the-Ground Projects Under $500,000 and On-the-Ground Projects over $500,000. 

Construction of Ida Gaye Gardens is under way and should be complete this winter.

The H-GAC Board of Directors will honor the winners January 18.  

Click here to see a photos of Ida Gaye's transformation.

Update: Imperial Valley Drive Expansion 

Imperial Valley's existing two-lane road is being widened to a four-lane divided roadway. 

The Imperial Valley project will also include repaving the original two-lane road. The project is being led by Harris County Precinct 1 and is scheduled for completion in May.

Harris County Precinct 4 will be expanding Imperial Valley north of Rankin to Airtex, giving commuters greater access to FM 1960. Planning meetings have begun, but no timetable has been released.

Greenspoint Gets New Bike Patrol 

The District's new bike patrol unit is made up of four Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies. They are able to cruise the District's parks and get into apartment complexes and other areas that traditional vehicles can't. 

The new unit is already getting noticed. Local business owners and people who work in the District have seen the deputies on bike patrol and say they appreciate the new unit.

"This new high visibility patrol is a perfect addition to the many public safety programs that make Greenspoint a safe and successful community," said Al Aranda,Greenspoint District Director of Public Safety. "We are thrilled to have them in our District." 

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