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Heart of a Champion, Mind of a Crimefighter

Heart of a Champion, Mind of a Crimefighter

Tough Competitor: HPD officer Jose Demeterio patrols Westchase District ready for anything. At 5’5”, HPD officer Jose Demeterio is not the biggest police officer ever to wear the badge, but he just might be one of the baddest. “I practice jiu jitsu regularly, which has given me the mental training and confidence to deal with people much larger than myself. Not too much gives me pause,” he said with characteristic understatement. As a lifelong athlete…..Read More

Hotels Positioning for Upturn

Hotels Positioning for Upturn

Major Makeover: The lobby at the Houston Marriott Westchase recently underwent a complete transformation as part of a $20 million renovation of the hotel. Since 2014, Westchase District’s hotel market has grown by nine percent, adding 303 new rooms, mostly limited service/extended stay brands. That construction boom has slowed, but as the industry rides out a dip before the 2017 Super Bowl comes to town, managers at older properties are staying competitive by renovating their…..Read More

Amenities and Access Drive Leasing Decisions

Amenities and Access Drive Leasing Decisions

Top names in commercial real estate gathered to discuss the “Future of Westchase District” at the biennial event sponsored by Bisnow and hosted by Parkway Properties at its Westchase District campus – the four building, 1.4 million square foot CityWestPlace. The event was moderated by Westchase District General Manager Jim Murphy who led off the discussion by asking what amenities tenants are looking for these days. “We used to push restaurants,” said Philip Schneidau of…..Read More

Cyber Security Tips Shared at Public Safety Alliance Meeting

Cyber Security Tips Shared at Public Safety Alliance Meeting

Ted Gutierrez, co-founder and CEO of Cyber Threat Be Gone, shares best practices on how to avoid computer hacking for businesses of all sizes. With headline news almost daily about data breaches, information leaks and companies held for ransom, the threat of cybercrime is real and relevant. To learn more about this danger and how to combat it, Westchase District hosted a presentation on “how to not get hacked” at its recent quarterly public safety…..Read More

20 Years of Conference Planning, One Meeting at a Time

20 Years of Conference Planning, One Meeting at a Time

Even in today’s world of virtual meetings and working from remote locations, there’s still something to be said for getting up from your desk and interacting with people face-to-face. Well-planned, well-run meetings are a timeless necessity for most businesses. Hotels often specialize in meeting space, but what if most of your meeting attendees don’t need sleeping rooms? For 20 years, one of Westchase District’s best answers to that question has been Norris Conference Centers. A…..Read More

Recreational Reading as Walking Trail Attraction

Recreational Reading as Walking Trail Attraction

Take a book, leave a book: The new, Little Free Library along the Library Loop Trail is now open for all to enjoy. Perhaps you've heard of the Little Free Library movement? The concept is simple: quirky mailbox-like structures filled with books supplied by readers that are free for all to enjoy. Borrow a book or leave one to share with the world - it's a grass roots way to promote reading and randomly discover…..Read More

Game Changer: Parks and Recreation Coming Soon

Game Changer: Parks and Recreation Coming Soon

A proper home for scooters and soccer balls: This 3.4 acre-field just north of the Library Loop Trail on Wilcrest Drive will become one of two parks in Westchase District. For all the rich amenities in Westchase District – unmatched mobility, award-winning beautifi cation, superior public safety and convenient retail shopping just to name a few – the area historically has been park poor. That’s about to change with the City of Houston’s recent vote…..Read More

Wings Over Westchase That Never Leave the Ground

Wings Over Westchase That Never Leave the Ground

Winging It: Mural artist Larry Crawford works on a giant mural that now adorns the concrete slope along the District’s Library Loop Trail. There’s more public art on display in Westchase District and this time mural artist Larry Crawford is thinking big. How big? Well, his latest mural depicting six butterflies is about 80 feet wide by 30 feet tall. “It’s the biggest single project I’ve done by myself,” said Crawford, owner of Mural Arts.…..Read More

Going the Extra Miles for Its Customers

Going the Extra Miles for Its Customers

Downshifting onto Retirement Road: President Charles Meyer (on left, with Emily Stoller, vice president of operations) will retire at the end of the year,marking a 39-year career with Glesby Marks. If you choose to lease a car, most likely you’ll head to your nearest car dealership. But what if you need to lease specialty vehicles for your company, such as buses, refrigerated trucks or compressed natural gas vehicles? What if you want to lease a…..Read More

A Westchase District Food Favorite Turns 50

A Westchase District Food Favorite Turns 50

Pick Your Pepper: Randalls store director Steve Budd keeps things fresh and colorful at the Woodlake Square store in Westchase District. In a volatile grocery industry, Randalls has stood the test of time, remaining a vital retailer and an integral part of the Westchase District community. Founded in 1966 in Houston, the company has been headquartered in Westchase District since 1989 at 3663 Briarpark. The grocer has 30 Houston-area stores, including one in Woodlake Square…..Read More

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