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Road to a More Mobile Westchase

Road to a More Mobile Westchase

Westchase District has launched its latest mobility study with the aid of more than 20 community leaders who will meet over the next six months to review mobility conditions in Westchase and make recommendations for future improvements.The group includes representatives of the City of Houston, Alief ISD, Houston METRO, Houston Police Department, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Ft. Bend County, Houston-Galveston Area Council, as well as area employers, property owners and neighborhoods. Since its inception,…..Read More

Engaged Owners Reinvest in Retail

Engaged Owners Reinvest in Retail

Let’s face the fact that the façade (French for face) of a storefront creates the greatest impression about a retail business. An appealing frontage lures customers inside, while a more run-down exterior can steer customers to stay away. Fortunately, many retailers and property owners in Westchase District have decided not only to face it, but re-face it, investing big dollars into remodeling existing strip malls and stand-alone stores. A Whole New Look In 2014 Whole…..Read More

Dig This: District Breaks Ground on Hike and Bike Trail

Dig This: District Breaks Ground on Hike and Bike Trail

A Scoop of a Story: Dishing the dirt are (from left): Jim Murphy, Westchase District; Lucio Ortiz, Texas Department of Transportation; Gwen Tillotson, City of Houston; Sandra Musgrove, Harris County Flood Control District; and Philip Schneidau, Westchase District Board of Directors.   City, county and state officials joined Westchase District for a groundbreaking ceremony recently marking the construction start of the Brays Bayou Connector Trail (BBCT). The new 1.92-mile trail will run south from Richmond…..Read More

Creativity Spurs Charity with Annual Food Drive

Creativity Spurs Charity with Annual Food Drive

Last year the Geo/New Ventures department at VAALCO Energy won their office "lunch and build" competition, held in conjunction with the annual Summer Food Drive. Each department at VAALCO's Westchase office built replicas of offshore platforms using the items that each department had donated to the food drive.   Every May, Westchase District teams with West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) for its Summer Food Drive from May 1 – May 31. Donated food and toiletry…..Read More

Costello Inc. and Tailored Brands take top prizes from Corporate Challenge

Costello Inc. and Tailored Brands take top prizes from Corporate Challenge

Costello, Inc. -- a Westchase District-based engineering firm -- claimed the top two spots in the Westchase District's 19th annual Corporate Challenge. The "red" team, led by Chad Hartmann, earned top honors, while the "blue" team, led by Brent Palermo claimed the second place trophy. Third pace in the five-event competition went to Tailored Brands and the team led by Stacy Malin. "It's always fun to tally up the results and find out who won…..Read More

Traffic Box Murals Add Color and Whimsy to Westchase District Streets

Traffic Box Murals Add Color and Whimsy to Westchase District Streets

You see them as you drive across Houston: traffic control boxes that sit at intersections throughout the city. Sometimes they’re practically invisible, sometimes they’ve been blighted by urban graffiti. But coming to a corner near you: stunning themed murals will be painted on these boxes, bringing urban art to the intersections of Westchase District. The first box was painted last November by artist Anat Ronen for UP Art Studios. Her artistic rendering of Gulf Coast…..Read More

Local owners/residents build their Westchase District Portfolio

Local owners/residents build their Westchase District Portfolio

Stone Mountain Properties has added to its Westchase District portfolio with the purchase of two office buildings, totaling 154,000 square feet. Owners James and Leeshan Birney already own two apartment communities and one office building in Westchase District. With their purchase of 2424 Wilcrest and 2500 Wilcrest, the couple’s Westchase District portfolio is valued at approximately $50 million. The Birneys live in Westchase District and are always looking for good investment opportunities in the neighborhood. “We…..Read More

Dig It: District Grows Trail Network

Dig It: District Grows Trail Network

In emerging subdivisions or master-planned communities, it’s relatively easy to develop a park or design a winding trail for residents. In an area with precious little undeveloped land such as Westchase District, shoehorning in outdoor amenities among existing structures can prove a challenge. However, by the end of this year Westchase District will feature nearly four miles of off-street trails for joggers, walkers and bicyclists. This spring Westchase District broke ground on Brays Bayou Connector…..Read More

Just Chillin’ at the Local Trane Station

Just Chillin’ at the Local Trane Station

Among the most crucial elements of maintaining a large office building in Houston is regulating the building’s temperature and air quality. Today’s modern offices strive to maximize efficiency while minimizing energy consumption and operational costs. One of the leading companies servicing many such buildings, Hunton Group, is located right here in Westchase District. Sizeable and Centered Since 1981, Hunton Group has provided Trane-brand HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) equipment, service, control systems and solutions…..Read More

Stuffing Buns across the Country

Stuffing Buns across the Country

Behold the Texas kolache: a spin on Czech- and Slovak- inspired homemade dough filled with meats, cheeses or fruits. Over the years, the popularity of the semisweet pastries has grown from central and southeast Texas to spread across the country. While both Caldwell and West, Texas assert themselves to be the state’s kolache capitals, Westchase District lays claim as the birthplace of Kolache Factory, one of the fastest growing companies in Houston. Local Roots Though…..Read More

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