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  • November 25, 2019 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Museum Park Neighborhood Association is committed to maintaining the goals of our Mission Statement including the Promotion of safety, security, and well being of residents and property within our neighborhood.  With this goal in mind, we have sought to work with area agencies and businesses to ensure the safety of all residents within the neighborhood. 

    MPNA reached out to the owners of the Turkey Leg Hut to engage in a neighbor-to-neighbor discussion regarding the impacts of this very successful business on the surrounding neighbors. In preceding months we have sought a meeting with the owners through direct contact, with the assistance of HPD officers, through our District D Council Member Dwight Boykins, and through the Houston Southeast Management District Public Safety Committee. The owners have not been available to meet, but we are aware they are taking steps to address some of the concerns.

    Successful businesses are crucial to the vitality of this neighborhood, but not to the detriment of the health of residents.  We urge the Turkey Leg Hut to immediately fix the problem of unfiltered smoke negatively impacting the health and safety of nearby residents as well as TLH employees.

    Museum Park is a mixed-use neighborhood that includes a diverse group of residents, as well as numerous restaurants and businesses, museums, churches, healthcare providers, and other public spaces.  Being a good neighbor is essential to everyone’s quality of life.  We seek only that.

    For details, see:
    Turkey Leg Hut Press Conference
    Plaintiffs' Original Petition




  • September 27, 2019 5:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Candidates for District D Council Member participated in a Forum, September 25, to introduce themselves and discuss issues. Sponsored by the Museum Park Super Neighborhood and the Midtown Super Neighborhood with meeting space provided by Asia Society, the candidates had the opportunity to focus on issues specific to Museum Park and Midtown.

    A video of the Forum is available here.

  • June 17, 2019 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To Keep You Informed, June 5, 2019 Meeting

     Welcome to Officers Collin Rapp and Stephen Dominguez

    Museum Park welcomes Officers Collin Rapp (L) and Stephen Dominguez to South Central’s Differential Response Team, a group specially trained to holistically address specific problems.  They join Sgt. Eric Flores’ team, which has worked closely with Museum Park to make our neighborhood a safer place to live.

    • Officer Rapp reported that crime in our area is down 9% overall, May 2018 to May 2019. 
    • Announced Coffee With A Cop event to be held June 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at McDonalds, 4005 Elgin.  Stop by for coffee and a chat with the officers from South Central Command Station.
    • Reminded everyone to attend PIP (Positive Interaction Program) the second Tuesday of the month at the South Central Command Station, 2202 St. Emanuel.  The meetings provide an opportunity to hear from different divisions within the department (burglary, theft, etc.) as well as giving citizens a chance to express their own concerns regarding safety in our neighborhood.

    MPNA Green Team:  Esplanade Enhancement

    • Green Team Member Andrew Gladden presented plans for new end cap plantings along with a pilot pocket prairie project based on the Museum Park Livable Centers Study. See Green Team presentation here.
    • The Green Team is consulting with Hermann Park Conservancy and Katy Prairie Conservancy to ensure the best possible outcomes for the pilot project.
    • Green Team will apply for a Department of Neighborhoods Grant that should be available after July 1.   Overall cost of the project is approximately $7,700, 50% of which could be funded by the DON grant.  Also offsetting the cost of the project is the $1,200 raised at the Green Team Garage Sale held last March as well as the savings to MPNA afforded by volunteers, who maintain our current end caps.
    • Look for your opportunity to give input in upcoming electronic poll.

    Council Member Dwight Boykins

    • CM Boykins expressed his support of neighbors dealing with the negative impacts of the overwhelming success of The Turkey Leg Hut.  He is working with the owners and residents to craft solutions.
    • Encouraged residents to note that the walls of the new MacGregor HEB are going up. 
    • Encouraged continued patience with homeless issues in our area as HPD and the Mayor’s Office on Homeless Initiatives continue to work toward solutions.

     Caroline Promenade

    Sandy Stevens reported that Museum Park Super Neighborhood continues to work with Houston Southeast Management District toward a design for the Caroline Promenade, first envisioned in the MP Livable Centers Study.  SWA, responsible for the LCS, heads up the Caroline Promenade design team.  Funded through a District D Grant matched by the Management District, the design will give Museum Park a plan necessary to seek additional grants for implementation. 

    VP Pam Campbell

    •  Reminder:  Trespass Affidavits must be filed annually with HPD.  Copies are available here.
    • Recent census of Houston homeless is approximately 4,000.
    • Neighborhood Task Force, including MPNA representatives Pam Campbell & Barbara McGuffey, is slated to meet with Coalition for the Homeless Interim President Mike Nichols, June 18.
    • Turkey Leg Hut owners are scheduled to meet with neighborhood representatives in June.
    • MPNA is reaching out to Fiesta management regarding continued feeding of homeless in their parking lot.  Fiesta policy does not allow for such activity.

    Treasurer’s Report

    Members can access Treasurer’s Report on MPNA Member’s Page.

    Green Team Update
    • End cap clean-up was held June 2.  Nine volunteers weeded and trimmed end caps throughout the neighborhood.
    • The Little Library, recently purchased with Constellation Grant money secured by Jill Miller, will be installed soon at Rosedale near Austin on Covenant Church grounds.  Thanks again to Covenant for continuing to support MPNA.

     Community Engagement

    • Meet and Greet after the meeting at Spanish Village
    • National Night Out scheduled for October 1.  Volunteers are needed to make this annual event a success.  Please email info@museumparkna.org to offer your time for this import outreach.
    • July 3 meeting will include our annual ice cream social.  Enjoy a cool treat after the meeting.

    Announcements

    • Holocaust Grand Opening is slated for June 22; Black Tie event scheduled for June 15.  Increased traffic in the area is likely on those dates.
    • AsiaFest:  Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Asia Society Texas Center. Enjoy free gallery access.  Eat, shop, and play at Asia Society’s annual festival.  Find additional details here

     

     


  • May 25, 2019 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    To Keep You Informed - May 1, 2019 Meeting

    Sgt. Eric Flores, South Central Division HPD

    • Introduced two new DRT officers (Differential Response Team*), Officer LeeVan Lewis and Officer Andrew Valadez.  An additional DRT officer will join the team next week, bringing the total number of DRT officers working out of the South Central Substation to seven, up from the previous four.
    • Officer Lewis, responding to a report of illegal dumping from Pam Campbell (MPNA VP), contacted the owner of the property at Caroline @ Barbee.  Within a week the property was cleaned-up and the owner will be installing fencing in the near future.
    • Members of the DRT team were working a 2:00 p.m.-2:00 a. m. shift on Wednesday (May 1) evening specifically to conduct inspections in EADO (East of Downtown) and address parking issues in Museum Park.
    Sgt. Flores reported overall crime in Museum Park was down 48% over the same period in 2018.
    • Important to report package theft through HPD’s non-emergency number, 713-884-3131 or file an online police report.  Include complete information in the summary report with ‘ring’ doorbell video if possible.
    • Safety brochures were made available including one regarding Nuisance Bars.

    Quality of Life

    Kim Mickelson, MPNA Quality of Life Chair and City of Houston Attorney, spoke regarding Community Character Standards, a part of the Museum Park Livable Centers Study.

    • Although the City of Houston has No Zoning, that does not mean No Planning.  Planning can be achieved by working with management districts and the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Livable Centers Studies.
    • Multiple topics to address neighborhood development were discussed.
      *Possible City Council Adoption of the Museum Park Livable Centers Study.
      *Minimum Lot Size designations.
      *Response to posted variance requests.
      *Monitor links on the City of Houston Planning Department website.  Check out  City of Houston's Walkable Places Committee, where Kim serves as a member.
      *Review City of Houston Chpt. 42 Ordinances, which address Subdivisions,  Developments, and Platting, and promote adoption of ordinances that empower neighborhood involvement in development.
    • Kim invited those interested in serving on the Quality of Life Committee to give their contact information as they leave the meeting.  The Quality of Life Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to look at priorities established in the Livable Centers Study and ways to move forward.  If you are interested in joining the QoL Committee, please email info@museumparkna.org.

    Update:  Museum Park Community Parking Program and Parking Benefit District Ordinances ON HOLD.

    Sandy Stevens reported that the parking ordinances proposed for Museum Park and the Museum Area Municipal Association (MAMA) are currently on hold.

    • Parking Management received public comments on the proposed ordinances from MAMA constituents with concerns about the proposed limitation on permits available to residents of high-density residential properties.
    • In discussions with Museum Park Super Neighborhood, Parking Management indicated that ordinances might be modified to exceed the permit quantity allowance limits discussed in public meetings.
    • MPNA supported an MPSN request to delay moving the ordinances forward (applicable to MPSN and MAMA) to CoH Quality of Life Committee and City Council approval process at this time. Parking Management agreed and will be determining next steps forward.
    Parking Management is currently in discussion with Houston Southeast Management District (HouSE) to establish an Almeda Corridor Parking District.  See details of the Parking Management Proposal

    MPNA Donations
    MPNA Board has authorized two recent donations.  Pam Campbell purchased and delivered candy to South Central Substation to support one of HPD's community outreach programs.  The Board recently provided Covenant Church a new lectern as a thank-you for their continued hospitality in hosting MPNA monthly meetings.

    Green Team
    Andrew Gladden reported:

    • The recent Constellation Energy Grant has been used to purchase A Little Library for the neighborhood.  The GT is finalizing details for the installation with a neighborhood property owner.
    • Members of the Green Team cleaned four storm drains April 19, allowing streets to drain more quickly during the heavy downpours Houston is likely to experience in the coming months.
    • The May Green Team project is to mulch several esplanade trees.
    • GT is finalizing the application for Houston's Department of Neighborhoods Grant.  This $5,000 matching grant would allow for installation of six additional end-cap plantings and a pilot Pocket Prairie.  The GT will present details of this plan at the June MPNA meeting.

    Treasurer's Report

    Members can access the Treasurer's Report on the Members Page located under the three-bar icon on the MPNA home page.

    Community Engagement

    • April 20, MPNA partnered with Covenant Church to host a successful Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds.  Joining in the excitement were children from the church as well as the neighborhood.
    • Planning has already begun for National Night Out, October 1. To volunteer for this neighbor-wide event, email info@museumparkna.org.






  • April 06, 2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Rice Management Company's Ceci Arreola  presented current plans for the Ion, formerly the Sears Building.  She also outlined possible future development on the remaining Rice acreage to become part of the Innovation District.  See presentation here.
    • Marie Hoke, Central Houston, presented plans for TXDoT’s North Highway Improvement Project including bridges and cap parks for streets connecting Museum Park with Midtown.  Caps included in the project are the Fannin Cap, Caroline/Wheeler Cap, and Almeda Cap.  See presentation here.

    MPNA Committee Reports were not presented at the April meeting because of time constraints.  Below are a few updates:

    • Vice President's Report:
      Neighborhood Task Force, including Museum Park representatives Pam Campbell and Barbara McGuffey along with representatives from Midtown Super Neighborhood and EADO, met March 21 with Mike Nichols, Interim President/CEO at Coalition for the Homeless.
      While the Wheeler Encampment has been closed, the NTF will continue to engage and assist where possible in the ongoing process to address homeless issues. See notes from that meeting.
    • Treasurer’s Report:  Current Balance, $25,280.
    •  Green Team Report:
                Green Team Garage Sale on March 23 was a success and netted $1067. 
                Proceeds will be used to offset costs of enhancing neighborhood green space.

                Greeen Team was recently awarded a $485 grant from Constellation Energy's
                Community Champions program to install a Little Library in the neighborhood.
                Look for details in the near future.
    • Community Engagement:  MPNA in partnership with Covenant Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn of the church, 4949 Caroline, Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.  Bring your children, your grandchildren, or just stop by to have a cup of coffee and watch the fun.

    • Quality of Life & Infrastructure.  QoL Committee needs volunteers to help plan community meetings to identify top priorities and progress following guidelines of the Livable Centers Study. If you are interested, contact Kim Mickelson at info@museumpark.org.

    • Preservation Committee continues their work developing Main Street Memories, a retrospective exhibit opening at the Lawndale Art Center this fall. Volunteers are still needed.  Contact Lynn Dahlberg to express your interest.
     Announcements:
    • 288 Sound Barrier Meeting, Thursday, April 11, 2019, Energy Institute High School, 3501 Southmore.
    • Hermann Park will host a meeting for public input on the development of the upcoming Dog Park on Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at Centennial Gardens.

    To Keep You Informed, March 6 Meeting update located here.

  • April 01, 2019 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TO KEEP YOU INFORMED - MARCH 6, 2019 MPNA Meeting

    Sgt. Flores, South Central Division HPD DRT*

    HPD is selecting a special focus each month:

    • February was the Bars Education Initiative - HPD initiated visits with bars to educate the owners on over-serving alcoholic beverages to patrons, noise ordinance, and the After Hours Task Force.
    • March is designated MARCH ON CRIME and all convenience stores will be inspected for compliance with Robbery Ordinance Enforcement that requires public safety items, e.g., drop safe, digital cameras, panic alarms, height strip (to help assess height of robbery suspects) etc.
    • Each inspection takes 1-2 hours and can be a tool for monitoring and closing down problem stores. Please email Sgt. Flores (eric.flores@houstonpolice.org) with concerns about any specific convenience stores.
    Sgt. Flores encouraged all to attend the March 19 PIP meeting at 7pm at HPD Station, 2202 St. Emanuel, 77003. Guest speaker is Harris County District Attorney Investigator, Chuck Cornelius, with the After-Hours Task Force who will be discussing the topic of bars/clubs over-serving alcoholic beverages to their patrons. Museum Park Crime Statistics – Overall crime is up 2%:  The biggest increase is in Auto Theft, up from 3 in Feb 2018 to 13 in Feb 2019.

               *DRT: Differential Response Team members receive specialized training using non-traditional methods of police work.

    METRO NEXT: Moving Forward

    Metro’s Chena Karega detailed expansion plans to be funded by $7.5 Billion Bond Issue, which will appear on the November 2019 Ballot. These meetings are held to give the public an opportunity for input before plans are finalized.

    Introduction of Justice of the Peace (JP), Judge Jeremy Brown

    Judge Jeremy L. Brown was sworn in as Presiding Judge of Harris County Justice of the Peace Court (Precinct 7-1) on November 16, 2018. Judge Brown encouraged all to utilize the Justice of the Peace Court. For more information about Judge Brown, visit http://www.jp.hctx.net/7-1/judge.htm or to learn more about JP Court, visit http://www.jp.hctx.ne/info/TEXAS%20RULES%20OF%20CIVIL%20PROCEDURE.pdf

     Museum Park Community Parking Ordinance and Parking Benefit District Ordinance Update

    Attached is MPNA letter of support to MPSN comments for proposed ordinances.  To review the current proposed ordinances along with public comments/responses from Parking Management, see PM website.

    Welcome Brittani Flowers as new MPNA Safety and Security Chair

    Sandy Stevens announced that Brittani Flowers has volunteered to serve as MPNA Safety and Security Chair. The MPNA Board has unanimously approved Brittani to fill the unexpired term of this open position. Brittani has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Texas State University (TSU) and we are fortunate to have her expertise on our MPNA Board.

    Brittani will initially focus on Almeda Corridor issues, as she lives adjacent to Almeda; while VP Pam Campbell will continue her focus on the Coalition for the Homeless, Neighborhood Task Force, and other Wheeler Corridor and Museum Park issues.

    Caroline Promenade

    Pre-design for the Caroline Promenade, a project outlined in Museum Park's Livable Centers Study, is currently underway.  SWA, landscape architects for the project, will hold public meetings in the spring to gather input.  Although the Caroline Promenade project did not receive implementation funding in the 2018 H-GAC grant awards, completion of the design will better position the project for future grants.

    Variance Request – Calumet @ Chenevert

    Kim Mickelson (QoL Chair) recently reviewed variance request on the south side of Calumet@Chenevert with input from neighboring MPNA member.  Because the variance request aligned with the goals of the Livable Centers Study and supported preservation efforts, MPNA did not protest the request, which was subsequently approved by the Planning Commission.

    Please email info@museumparkna.org if you see any variance signs in Museum Park, so that we can assist in getting information and evaluating for possible further action.  Also, please email if you see development in the neighborhood and have other concerns

    April 3, MPNA Meeting

    Rice Management Team will present plans for the ION (former Sears Building) & the Innovation District.

     

  • March 07, 2019 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TO KEEP YOU INFORMED – FEB 6, 2019 MPNA MEETING

    HPD Community Service Award Presented to MPNA

                                             

    Captain Salim Zia, Sgt. Eric Flores, Sgt. Johnnie McGee, and Officer Nicole Simmons Tosh acknowledged MPNA’s support for the HPD South Central Division Community Service programs during 2018.  MPNA Safety and Security Chair, Pam Campbell, accepted HPD’s plaque honoring MPNA.

    City of Houston Homeless Initiative Update - Marc Eichenbaum

    Marc Eichenbaum opened his comments by stating the reality that “homelessness, as an issue, is not going anywhere, but the City of Houston wants to reduce it”. The City has set a realistic goal to reduce homelessness as much as possible, even as more are falling into homelessness every day. Read more about Marc’s discussion here including:

    • ·       Housing Statistics for the Wheeler Encampment closed on Nov 2, 2018
    • ·       Plans for a Navigation Center to serve as a low barrier shelter/bridge to housing
    • ·       ACLU Lawsuit Status
    • ·       Mental Health Challenges
    • ·       Interim Incremental Steps

    President’s Report - Sandy Stevens

    • Our thanks and congratulations to Greg Quintero (MPNA Past President 2016) for volunteering to serve on the 2019 MPNA Board in the open position of Immediate Past President. Per the bylaws, MPNA members at the meeting unanimously elected Greg.
    • MPNA participated in a Feb 4, 2019 meeting, organized by the Riverside Civic Association, to reopen the discussion with TXDOT regarding 288 Sound Barrier placement on both the east and west sides of the freeway. MPNA will continue to participate as these discussions move forward and the MPNA Board may be asked to evaluate, propose, and support new solutions requested.
    • Update, Austin/LaBranch/Crawford Bikeway Project: Bikeways will slow traffic on affected Museum Park streets according to Geoff Carlton of Traffic Engineers Inc. Plans for safe crossing measures at Hermann Dr./Crawford are under discussion. Parking in Museum Park will not be impacted. Bicycles and vehicles will share the road using signage to indicate a bikeway. Details here.
    • Update, Museum Park Community Parking Plan and Parking Benefit District ordinances will open for public comment on Feb 11 for a 30 Day period. For more details and to add your input, see ParkHouston. 

    Safety and Security – Pam Campbell

    Pam Campbell and Barbara McGuffey, will continue to participate as MPNA representatives on the Neighborhood Task Force (NTF) with the Coalition for the Homeless. While the Wheeler Encampment has been closed, the NTF will engage and assist where possible in the ongoing process to address homeless issues.  Although Marilyn Brown is no longer with the Coalition, the NTF has been invited to meet with the newly announced Coalition Interim President/CEO, Mike Nichols.


     


  • February 07, 2019 5:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Museum Park Neighborhood Association was honored by the Houston Police Department's South Central Division at the February 6 meeting.  South Central recognized  MPNA for their support of HPD outreach programs including their Easter, Back-to-School, Halloween, and Christmas programs throughout 2019. 

    Pictured are Sgt. Johnnie McGee, Sgt. Nicole Tosh, MPNA Safety & Security Chair Pam Campbell, Captain Salam Zia, and Sgt. Eric Flores.


  • November 17, 2018 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your Help Needed:

    Since the closure of the Wheeler encampment on November 2,  HPD and the Coalition for the Homeless continue their outreach efforts to offer social services and housing to the homeless in our area.  They have requested our help in finding those individuals who are now living in scattered pockets throughout the area. 

    If you see individuals who appear to be living on the street and may benefit from this outreach effort, please email the location and a photo if possible to healthandsafety@museumparkna.org.  We will forward the information you provide to HPD and the Coalition for the Homeless.

    Errata:  In the November 13 At Work on Your Behalf, the Houston Chronicle article was incorrectly linked to November 2 article rather than the November 5 article regarding neighborhood reaction to closure.

  • November 13, 2018 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Closure of the Wheeler Encampment

    As you know the Wheeler Encampment was closed and fenced Friday, November 2.  This closure came after MPNA advocated for more than two years with city officials, the Houston Police Department, the Coalition for the Homeless, and other agencies; work that resulted in a compassionate solution for a complex issue. 

    Achieving this solution has not just been the work of one organization, one agency, or one city department.  Many of you in the neighborhood spoke up, met with officials, sent emails, attended meetings; thank you for your activism, patience, compassion, perseverance, and support of MPNA as together we worked for solutions. 

    MPNA has sent a letter of thanks to Mayor Turner citing individuals who supported our neighborhood unfailingly:  CM Dwight Boykins, Marc Eichenbaum of the Office on Homeless Initiatives, HPD Sergeants Eric Flores and Shannon Farquhar, and Marilyn Brown, President of the Coalition for the Homeless. Thanks also to the Museum Park Super Neighborhood, Houston Southeast Management District, Midtown Management District, and too many more to name.

     Special Thanks

    MPNA extends a special thank-you to the Coalition for the Homeless who worked with the Neighborhood Task Force including MPNA Board members, Barbara McGuffey and Pam Campbell to find solutions. Marilyn Brown acted on the Task Force’s request to identify the Wheeler Encampment as the initial pilot project in the Coalition’s goal to develop a plan to resolve issues of encampments throughout Houston. The Coalition believes that the success of this initiative can now be modified and replicated throughout Houston.

    How We Can Continue To Help

    The Coalition for the Homeless knows that after the re-purposing of the Wheeler encampment for bus parking, former encampment residents may move to other areas of the neighborhood.  You can help by noting the location of someone experiencing homelessness, and e-mailing that information to healthandsafety@museumparkna.org.

    That information will be forwarded to the Coalition in order that Navigators can assist those individuals in finding bridge or even permanent housing. For additional details, please see the Coalition’s November 8 report.

    Update from HPD’s Sergeant Flores (reported by Barbara McGuffey November 7)

    • Sgt. Flores is communicating with the Coalition Navigators in efforts to locate and offer assistance to those who chose not to accept bridge housing November  2.
    • TXDOT is expected to complete fencing under US59/I69 to Almeda. HPD had anticipated it to be completed by November 2 and is following up to get an update.
    • Sgt. Flores met Wed, November 7 with the owner of the vacant lot(s) at the corner of Caroline/Wheeler to address the accumulation of property and individuals on those properties since the Wheeler Encampment closure. The owner has now filed Trespass Affidavits and will be taking other measures within the next two weeks to secure the property.

    Trespassing Affidavits

    If you are concerned about trespassers on your property during your absence, please go by the HPD South Central Station, 2202 St. Emmanuel, to discuss your concerns.   If you decide to give HPD the authority to remove trespassers in your absence, you must have an affidavit on file and post No Trespassing signage on your property.  Attached are forms for residential and business properties. Both pages of the affidavit must be completed.  HPD will assist you and notarize the document.  Please note: you can call HPD at any time to report trespassers on your property and file a complaint to have them removed.

    In the News

    If you didn’t catch the Chronicle’s report on the closure of the Wheeler encampment, be sure to see what they learned when they reached out to get the neighborhood perspective from MPNA VP Barbara McGuffey.  The article also includes input from Marc Eichenbaum and Eva Thibaudeau of the Coalition for the Homeless.

     


     

     

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