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  • August 04, 2021 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • June 10, 2021 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Almeda Corridor Community Parking Plan (June 15 Meeting)
    Parking Management is hosting a meeting June 15 to update residents in the Almeda Corridor area, Southmore (s), Chenevert (w), Wentworth (n), 288 (e), regarding plans to improve parking issues for the residents. Restrictions including no parking after certain hours, timed limited parking, etc. are under consideration. 

    Streets that currently have Residential Permit Parking during certain hours of the day may retain their status or opt into the new CPP.

    If your street is impacted by the changes, you will be able to secure annual parking passes to use when friends or service providers are parking in front of your home. Those impacted by the Almeda Corridor CPP that have provided their email address to ParkHouston have received an invitation to the meeting.

    Those impacted by the parking plan that have provided their email address to ParkHouston have received an invitation to the meeting.

    If you would like to attend this public meeting, please email your request to

    Museum Park Community Parking Plan Update
    Parking Management will be adding parking restrictions (parking meters or time-limited parking regulations) on Museum Park streets primarily near the Boone Manor/Museo Plaza projects. If parking changes are proposed for your street, letters from ParkHouston will be going out sometime in June indicating the slated changes.

    If your street is impacted by the changes, you will be able to secure annual parking passes to use when friends or service providers are parking in front of your home.

    The proposed changes cover multiple blocks primarily in and around the Boone Manor/Museo Plaza projects. If you receive a letter, please carefully evaluate and discuss the changes with your neighbors as those changes are designed to make the quality of life of all residents better.

    Noise Update from At-Large 5 Council Member Sallie Alcorn
    CM Alcorn was unable to attend the MPNA June meeting but sent the following report: 

    Council Member Alcorn continues to meet with Administration and Regulatory Affairs department (ARA) Director Tina Paez and ARA staff as well as staff from the city's legal department to collaborate and narrow in on proposed changes to Chapter 30 of the city's code of ordinances related to noise and sound level regulation. Such revisions to Chapter 30 include changing the location of the sound measurement from the property line of the complainant to the property line of the person/business emitting the sound. As I have also mentioned before, we have been looking closely at how to strengthen the annual permit process. Things are not yet set in stone, but ARA and the legal department are working to come up with a proposed annual permit program/process to possibly be required for certain businesses/establishments that amplify sound outdoors. This includes those with speakers outside as well as those businesses whose indoor music and bass levels can be heard outside. After a certain number of verified complaints, they may be subject to an administrative hearing. As the hospitality industry has been hit hard this last year with COVID-19, I am working with the departments to make sure we get that definition/classification of those who shall be required to purchase a permit as narrowed in as possible to limit the negative impact on these businesses, especially the good-actors. 

    Now that all parties from the city (ARA, legal and our office) have agreed upon such proposed changes/direction, the next step is to schedule stakeholder meetings. In partnership with affected district council members, I have provided a list of potential stakeholders to be included in those meetings. These individuals represent super neighborhoods, community groups as well as industry, from small business bar and restaurant owners to the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. Staff and I are checking in nearly daily with the ARA and legal departments to keep this ball rolling and hope to see the first stakeholder meeting scheduled by the end of June. After a couple rounds of stakeholder meetings, the proposed changes will be solidified and brought before the Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs (RNA) council committee before moving forward to the council agenda.

    HPD Report
    Commander Caroleta Johnson and Sgt. Chris Weiche attended the June 2 MPNA meeting to update the neighborhood regarding the Crime Statistics in the 10H70 Beat which includes Museum Park. Overall crime is down May 2021 vs. May 2020 by 29%.  Commander Johnson is working collaboratively with CM Evans-Shabazz, the Houston Southeast Management District and area businesses to address nuisance issues, including bar noise, traffic, parking, and drunken behavior.

    Livable Places Action Committee
    The City of Houston's Livable Places Action Committee continues meeting monthly.  The next meeting is scheduled for June 15, 3:00 p.m. You can find the link to the upcoming virtual meeting, read articles regarding topics the committee is addressing, and give input here.

    At the June meeting the committee will be addressing ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). If you have questions or wish to make a comment, go to:

    Moonshot Composting
    Moonshot Composting has partnered with Covenant Church to provide a means of turning your food scraps into compost that will enhance the beautiful plantings at Covenant Church.  You can subscribe to Moonshot’s services here
    Mark Your Calendar
    June 11:  Asia Society Tiger Ball (No Neighborhood Street Closures)
    July:  No MPNA meeting.       
    October 5:  National Night Out
    December:  MPNA Members Holiday Dinner (Be sure to join/renew your membership) to receive an invitation to this popular event.

  • June 03, 2021 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interactive Kiosks Approved by City Council

    On Wednesday, May 5, City Council approved (10-7) the installation of 75 interactive digital kiosks on City of Houston sidewalks over the next 3 years. The kiosks will display advertisements, direct people to restaurants, businesses, transit options, and other amenities. They will provide free Wi-Fi and 911 access, and will include air quality monitors and security cameras. The Houston Chronicle gives detailed information regarding the kiosks and the Council vote.

    Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, who voted in favor of the kiosk installations attended the May 5 meeting of MPNA to speak directly to residents, many of whom opposed the installation of the kiosks. CM Evans-Shabazz pledged that residents will not have kiosks located near their homes.

    Moonshot Composting

    Founders Chris Wood and Joe Villa spoke at the MPNA General Meeting Wednesday, May 5, regarding food waste and composting options through Moonshot Composting. Moonshot is currently in talks with Covenant Church to establish a composting drop-off site on the church property. Watch for details regarding a possible subscription service with drop-off at the Covenant site.

    Livable Places Action Committee-Buffering Ordinance Amendments

    The LPAC continues to move forward on amendments to current buffering ordinances.  The proposals under consideration will require more robust buffering for future mid-rise (65-75’ from grade to top of building) development, including distance separation standards, dumpster screening, garage screening, and outdoor lighting fixtures. An unofficial breakdown of the draft proposals (authored by Sandy Stevens) is available here.

    To make your voice heard on these important changes, go to

    Almeda Corridor Community Parking Program: Comments through May 28

    Parking Management will implement a Community Parking Program for the Almeda Corridor beginning June, 2021. Boundaries for the proposed CPP are Wentworth (N), Hwy 288 (E), Southmore (S), and Chenevert (W).

    • Included in the proposed CPP are 2-hour time limits, Monday-Sunday, 9 am-10 pm (permits available to exempt employees and residents with corridor addresses from time limit restrictions).
    • No parking on residential streets after 10:00 pm with permits available for resident vehicles registered to the address in the corridor with a limit of 3 visitor permits per household.

    Give your input regarding the proposed Parking Program here.

    Clayton Library reopening May 11, 10:00 a.m.

    • Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm for browsing the collection.
    • The initial browsing stage is primarily for customers who have an idea of what they need on the shelves.
    • Because of currently limited capacity (50%), seating is reserved for researchers.
    • For those that need direction or suggestions, the library's reference service will at first be "lite" consultations with staff who will guide customers to resources.
    • Library staff are doing in-depth phone consultations, or for deeper consultations in-person meetings by appointment.  Please call 832-393-2600 for an appointment.
    • This limited-opening phase will likely last a few months.  The next phase will probably include a return to pre-pandemic hours and capacity.
    • Meeting rooms are not currently available.

    The staff at Clayton is very happy to be operating again within the Museum Park Neighborhood and looks forward to helping our neighbors find their ancestors.

    Crime Report

    Officer Collin Rapp attended MPNA May 5 meeting to report that crime in the 10H70 beat including Museum Park is down from April of 2020. Details of neighborhood crime are located here.

    He also shared that South Central’s community team spearheaded by Commander Caroleta Johnson to address negative impacts from bars and restaurants across the district held its first meeting May 6.

    Bellville Turnverein

    If you are getting out of Houston to enjoy the bluebonnets before they are gone, take a drive through Bellville, Texas where you can spot a Turnverein, one of several scattered across the state. You may recall that Lynn Dahlberg did a fascinating presentation on Turnvereins at the March MPNA meeting including the one that sat on the corner of Almeda and Southmore where Walgreens is currently located. 

  • April 27, 2021 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greentown Labs

    Juliana Garaizar, Launch Director for Greentown Labs, the climatetech startup incubator, discussed their plans for expanding to Houston's Innovation District and accelerating the clean energy transition, at MPNA's virtual general meeting on April 7. Their grand opening is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22, 2:00 pm. You can join Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rice University President David Leebron, and Greentown CEO Emily Reichert among others for this live-stream event by registering here. 

    Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

    CM Shabazz along with HPD South Central’s Commander Johnson and her officers, Precinct 7 Constables, and the Houston Southeast Management District Enhanced Public Safety Committee, are working collaboratively with Almeda businesses to address residents’ concerns regarding noise, traffic, and parking. If you have specific concerns, please email the Councilmember’s office,

    Council Member Sallie Alcorn

    CM Alcorn is working with city departments to strengthen current noise ordinance standards and their enforcement. Her goal is to improve the quality of life for residents impacted by noise
    primarily coming from restaurants and bars. If you have specific concerns, email the Councilmember's office,

    MPNA Green Team

    To kick off Spring, the live oak trees on Southmore Boulevard were pruned and deep fertilized by ArborTrue Tree Service which created a beautiful canopy on the two esplanades. The Green Team's next project will be tending to the esplanade endcap gardens which were damaged by the deep freeze. Put on your gloves and join the Green Team on Saturday April 24 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am to weed, prune, and plant the Crawford and Caroline endcap gardens.  

    HPD South Central

    MPNA’s April 7 meeting included crime statistics from Sgt. Weiche showing the 10h70 Beat’s crime statistics, which includes Museum Park, down 35% from the same period in 2020. The only increase was in aggravated assaults, up from 5 in 2020 to 8 this year.

    HPD’s South Central Command Station will host its next PIP Meeting, April 20, 7:00PM. You now have the option of participating online, or in person at 2202 St. Emanuel St. If you attend in person, please wear a mask, and wait to be greeted at the back door for temperature checks.

    Livable Places Action Committee

    The next meeting of the LPAC is slated for Tuesday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.  The committee is currently focusing on development ordinance changes regarding buffering. The proposed changes including garage screening standards, lighting fixture standards, dumpster screening, and buffering space will be presented to the committee at that meeting. You can join the meeting here.

    Almeda Corridor Community Parking Program: Comments through May 28

    Parking Management will be implementing a Community Parking Program for the Almeda Corridor beginning June, 2021. Boundaries for the proposed CPP are Wentworth (N), Hwy 288 (E), Southmore (S), and Chenevert (W).

    • Included in the proposed CPP are 2-hour time limits, Monday-Sunday, 9 am-10 pm (permits available to exempt employees and residents with corridor addresses from time limit restrictions).
    • No parking on residential streets after 10:00 pm with permits available for resident vehicles registered to the address in the corridor with a limit of 3 visitor permits per household.
    Give your input regarding the proposed Parking Program here

    Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Miller performances start May 1, 2021. For details about upcoming performances, go here

  • March 09, 2021 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parking Survey

    ParkHouston is reaching out to Museum Park stakeholders for their   feedback in the annual review of the Community Parking Program, implemented a year ago. Stakeholder feedback has been vital from the inception of this program. Now, ParkHouston wants to know how the implementation has impacted Museum Park. Use this link to complete a short survey. ParkHouston will provide the results in April.

    One More Important Survey-Use of Public Sidewalks

    The City of Houston is accepting public comments concerning the use of the public sidewalks by private vendors for the rental or sale of goods. The comment period will end on March 15 at 5 PM.  Give your input at

    Please complete both these important surveys that impact our Quality of Life in Museum Park.

    HPD South Central Report

    MPNA’s March 3 meeting offered robust discussion with HPD officers, Commander Carolita Johnson and Sgt. Christopher Weiche, including a report showing overall crime statistics in Museum Park down 32% from the same period in 2020. Of particular interest are Theft, down 15%, and Burglary of Motor Vehicles down 52%.

    Record of Decision

    TxDOT has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project. More information is available at This project includes the suppression of 59. Slated for a late 2021 start.

  • February 24, 2021 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TxDOT Issues A Record of Decision for the North Houston Highway Improvement Project

    TxDOT has taken the next step in the implementation of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project by issuing the Record of Decision. 

    The portion of the project, labeled Segment 3, directly impacts the north end of Museum Park, depressing US59/I-69 between I-10 and Spur 527 south of Downtown. Segment 3 is slated to begin in late 2021.  You can view the details of this project at

    Dr. Luis Ostrosky

    At the February 3 MPNA meeting, Dr. Luis Ostrosky, Memorial Hermann TMC and the McGovern Medical School, Infectious Diseases spoke and answered questions regarding COVID-19 and the efforts to distribute vaccine in the Houston area.  You can watch the video of his presentation here.

    HPD South Central Report

    Sgt. Brian Alms, Community DRT (Differential Response Team) Officer reported crime statistics comparing January 2020 to January 2021.  Overall crime for the area (which includes the Texas Medical Center) is down overall 34%.  Commander Johnson and her team continue to focus on clubs and violations.

    Livable Places Action Committee

    The LPAC continues monthly meetings where the focus for the last three meetings has been buffering.  Current buffering ordinances were implemented in 2011 to provide some protection to single-family residences from high-rise, high density abutting developments.  With input from the committee, the Planning Department is developing new ordinances to strengthen those currently in place.  Garage screening, outdoor lighting, and noise issues were the topic of discussion at the February 9 LPAC meeting.  You can view that meeting and supporting documents at

    The next meeting of the LPAC is slated for March 9 at 3:00 p.m.  A link to the meeting will be posted on the Planning Department Website,  If you have questions or suggestions, please email committee member Sandy Stevens at                 

    Green Team

    The MPNA Board approved expenditures of $6000 for professional pruning and fertilization of trees located on the 1700-1800 block of Southmore.  As reported earlier, the Green Team is coordinating with the City of Houston Parks Department for removal of a dead palm tree.  They also have plans to amend the soil and install three end caps.

  • January 30, 2021 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Livable Places Action Committee

    The COH Planning Department's Livable Places Action Committee held it’s fifth meeting on Tuesday, January 12 to continue discussion of buffering ordinances and options to address concerns expressed by residents throughout the city of Houston. Thanks goes to Museum Park neighbors who dropped a pin in the interactive map tool to identify dense developments with good/bad buffering standards. You can access the summary of the map sites here.  

    Planning Department staff have identified four separate topics including Physical Separation Standards, Garage Sheathing Standards, Lighting Fixture Standards, and Noise Control Standards to address through the committee’s work. For further details or to view the presentation, go here. 

    If you have comments or questions regarding the ongoing discussion of the Committee, please join the next meeting of the LPAC slated for February 9.  A link to the meeting will be posted on the Livable Places Action Committee website. You can also reach out to Sandy Stevens who serves on the committee.

    HPD South Central Report

    Many thanks to HPD’s South Central Commander Caroleta Johnson and Sgt. Christopher Weiche who attended the January MPNA meeting to report the most recent crime statistics and update residents regarding HPD’s interaction with Almeda bars. Overall crime is down 35% in Museum Park (10H70 Beat that includes the Medical Center), December 2019 to December 2020. The largest drops appear to be in Burglary of Motor Vehicles, down 50%, and Auto Theft, down 70%. 

    South Central Officers are having ongoing conversations with Bar 5015 owner regarding ways to be a good neighbor including monitoring noise levels to stay within permitted levels. HPD will be working with Precinct 7 Constables and Parking Management to address the multiple issues occurring at peak times.

    MPNA Green Team

    The Green Team is focusing on the Southmore esplanades between Jackson and Almeda through the spring. Fifteen live oak trees will be professionally pruned followed by fertilization of the small oaks, the dead palm tree will be removed, the soil will be amended, and three end caps will be installed.

    Security Survey

    Safety & Security Chair Deirdre Barrett is preparing a security survey to disseminate to the neighborhood. Watch for it. 
  • December 19, 2020 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Make Your Voice Heard: City of Houston Buffering Ordinances  

    The COH Planning Department's Livable Places Action Committee is considering improvements to current buffering ordinances implemented in 2011 to protect single-family residences from the impact of high-rise development that either directly abuts or is within 30 feet of a single family residence. 

    As Museum Park has already experienced high-rise construction within the neighborhood and anticipates additional development, please take this opportunity to give input as it considers changes by participating in the Planning Department’s interactive mapping tool by December 31.

    On the Let's Talk Houston website, scroll down to the MAP IT tab, click on the map and follow the directions:

    • Place a pin on the map showing the location of a tall structure adjacent to single-family residence
    • Answer 3 quick questions
    • Upload a photo (optional but encouraged)
    • Leave comments or suggestions.

    To view a video of the Livable Places Action Committee's December 8 meeting as well as meeting notes and other documents, visit the Livable Places Initiative.

    Bar Noise Issues

    Council Member Sallie Alcorn’s Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee is formulating recommendations to address noise issues associated with bars located near residential areas. 

    CM Alcorn is talking with the mayor regarding next steps, which may include strengthening the current ordinance. Look for an upcoming opinion piece from CM Alcorn in the Houston Chronicle.

    Holiday Donation to HPD’s South Central Command Station

    The MPNA contributed $100, matched by an MPNA member, for a total $200 donation to Share the Joy, the pet food distribution event hosted at the South Central Command Station on December 5. 

    By supporting this outreach, Museum Park offers our thanks to the officers of South Central while supporting those who are struggling with the Covid economic downturn.

    Happy Holidays

    MPNA Board MembersSandy Stevens, Pam Campbell, Deirdre Barrett, Lynn Dahlberg, Cathy Ehlinger, Kim Mickelson, Bill Powell, Greg Quintero, Louis Selig, Cynthia Tang, Joselyn Thomas, and Cindy Woodswish you Happy Holidays! 

    Though we are unable to celebrate with our usual holiday gathering, we look forward to a New Year of hope and good health.

  • November 16, 2020 6:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 MPNA Officers

    At the November 4 meeting of the Museum Park Neighborhood Association, the slate of officers submitted by the nominating committee of Sandy Stevens, Greg Quintero, and Cynthia Tang was approved by acclamation.

    Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee

    The RNA Committee headed by CM Sallie Alcorn met November 2 to discuss the issue of noise, mostly associated with loud music emanating from bars, restaurants, and party houses near residential properties. View meeting here.

    Livable Places Action Committee     

    The LPAC Committee including MPNA President Sandy Stevens met October 20 to review several technical changes to existing ordinances. Committee members agreed to the changes primarily designed to bring them into line with current practices. View the meeting here. 

    Holiday Dinner Cancelled

    Plans for the MPNA Holiday Dinner at Lucille’s have been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid 19 restrictions.  Tentative plans for a spring backyard event at Lucille’s are underway. Check out the Houston Chronicle for feature stories about Chris and Ben Williams and their non-profit, Lucille’s 1913.

    In and Around the Neighborhood

    Java Lava has reopened.  Stop by and welcome the coffee shop/restaurant back to the neighborhood.

    Also try out the new Hermann Park Restaurant, Ginger Kale, located between the mini-train station and McGovern Lake. 

    Happy birthday to May!  May Hill, a long term resident of Museum Park, turned 98 on November 10.  May served as Parliamentarian of MPNA for many years.


    Please take a moment to complete the survey being conducted by Harris County and the Kinder Institute at Rice University. The “My Home is Here" housing study will inform recommendations for safe, affordable and inclusive homes for the Houston region through 2030. Your participation is a part of the work that Harris County is conducting to ensure safe homes are available to residents of all ages, incomes and backgrounds.

    Caroline Promenade

    Next step on the Caroline Promenade includes pruning of trees along Caroline.  Funding for the removal of dead and unhealthy branches was provided through former CM Dwight Boykins' office and Southeast Management District, as part of the Caroline Promenade pre-design grant. Keep an eye out for the improvements. Get a copy of the Caroline Promenade pre-design here.

    Our Resilient City:  The Joy of the Journey

    • Check out the panel discussion hosted by Museum Park Super Neighborhood on October 14.  Panelists, Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston; David Fields, Chief Transportation Planner, City of Houston; Jaime Gonzalez, Resilient Cities Director, The Nature Conservancy- Houston; and Jay Maddock, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Health and Nature, Professor of Environmental Health, Texas A & M University.
           A recording of the meeting is found on the MPSN website.
  • September 14, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rice Management District Update on the Ion

    Ryan LeVasseur and Sam Dike, members of the Rice Management team, appeared virtually at MPNA virtual meeting on September 2 to update Museum Park stakeholders regarding progress on the Ion.

    Scheduled for opening in early 2021, the Ion, formerly the Main Street Sears building, will include event and programming spaces, office spaces, academic uses, flex workspaces, and small cafes. To watch the replay and learn the details, go to:

    National Night Out 2020 Plans

    In keeping with City of Houston and Harris County guidelines, Museum Park Neighborhood Association is encouraging small, socially distanced, outdoor neighbor gatherings in place of our traditional large neighborhood National Night Out. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 6 and watch for an upcoming email outlining suggestions for the evening.

    Get details and information on how to host one of the neighbor gatherings by contacting

    Notes from the Super Neighborhood

    Pre-design for the Caroline Promenade was completed earlier this year. Next step includes pruning to improve the health of the heritage oaks located in the esplanades along Caroline. SN is acquiring wood chips to spread on the Caroline esplanades as well as a few additional MP esplanades to enhance the soil.

    The Planning Department will be hosting a virtual Transit Oriented Development meeting for properties located within 1/2 mile walk of transit stations September 17, 2:30 p.m. Details and access to the meeting are here.

    The Super Neighborhood's next meeting is slated for September 9, 5:30 p.m.  Guests include Dr. Kyle Shelton discussing the Kinder Institute's 2020 State of Housing Report and Lena Sweeny, Houston Recovery Center. Details and log-in information can be accessed by emailing

    HPD PIP Meetings (September 8 and September 15)

    The City-Wide PIP (Positive Interaction Program) virtual meeting is slated for Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 pm. Join the live streamed meeting here to hear Lt. John Coburn, HPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit to learn how to protect your children against online predators.

    South Central Command Station will host the Local PIP meeting, Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 p.m. Sgt. Evans with the Special Victims division will present the evening’s program.

     In Other News

    The City of Houston Planning Department has formed a new committee to address current development codes. The Livable Places Initiative will address among other issues improved buffering for existing neighborhoods. Sandy Stevens will serve on the committee.

    The next MPNA meeting, which will include election of officers for 2021, is slated for Wednesday, November 4. If you are interested in serving on the MPNA Board, please contact us at More information coming in October.

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