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Next Generation Office Space Opens on Briarpark

Next Generation Office Space Opens on Briarpark

Lockton associates enjoy amenities at newest office building in Westchase District As the world’s largest privately-owned, independent insurance brokerage firm, Lockton Companies, Inc. provides insurance, risk management and employee benefits solutions from 85 locations in 26 countries. Recently, Lockton relocated its 280 Houston employees from the Galleria area to a brand new office building in Westchase District.   Building a better workspace “Previously, it could take our associates 30 to 40 minutes sometimes to get…..Read More

Progress toward Smoother, Safer Traffic

Progress toward Smoother, Safer Traffic

Median improvements underway to streamline, beautify Wilcrest Drive north of Westheimer Westchase District motorists who use Wilcrest Drive will soon enjoy many new improvements under construction along the roadway. More than 80,000 vehicles travel through the intersection of Wilcrest at Westheimer Road every day and the many possible turning movements that occur immediately north of the intersection can slow traffic and cause considerable congestion. “On Wilcrest just north of Westheimer, there are several misaligned driveways…..Read More

Artists Augmenting Aesthetics of Area Assets

Artists Augmenting Aesthetics of Area Assets

District invests in public art to alter the everyday into the exceptional   Westchase District is looking a little more colorful lately and not just because of the changing seasons. Several public art projects funded by the District are giving the area added flair, transforming ordinary objects into welcoming scenes of visual interest and creating a sense of place. Muralitos, murals and mosaics While not a new concept (government has funded public art since the…..Read More

A Means to Meaningful Employment

A Means to Meaningful Employment

For those wanting to learn skills that will place them in professional careers, higher education options abound in Westchase District. Already, students have their choices of American InterContinental University, Houston Community College (and its partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler), the Center for Advanced Legal Studies and Fuller Theological Seminary. Add to the list the District’s newest degree-granting institution: the Interactive College of Technology.   Degrees and diplomas Founded in Athens, Georgia in…..Read More

Padding the District’s Public Safety Efforts

Padding the District’s Public Safety Efforts

Picture this: surveillance cameras are trained on a Westchase District business. Monitoring software detects a group of individuals congregating in a corner of the parking lot and sends a notification to a patrol officer on duty. With a few finger taps, the officer then pulls up the video feed on an iPad and spreads his fingertips on the touchscreen to zoom in to get a better look at faces and to determine if he should…..Read More

A New Look at an Old Address

A New Look at an Old Address

Whether you’re searching for commercial real estate information, hunting for the perfect apartment or just want to know more about the area, www.westchasedistrict.com is your source for all that and more. Visited by more than 20,000 users each month, the website received a major overhaul this summer that resulted in not only a fresh new look, but usability boosts that will ensure that visitors can find what they’re looking for more quickly.   Strong pillars…..Read More

City-wide Initiative Aims to Curb Panhandling and Homelessness

City-wide Initiative Aims to Curb Panhandling and Homelessness

As the economy has faltered, more individuals stake out street corners, grab their cups and cardboard signs and solicit money from strangers. Their signs are plaintive: “lost job,” “single mom,” “unemployed veteran,” or “have cancer/no insurance.” Some motorists are motivated to help these individuals, handing out whatever spare change they have in their possession or distributing carefully-assembled plastic bags with toiletries and snacks. But how do you know that your donation is really helping someone…..Read More

Officer Tim Vaca knows the ins and outs of Westchase District

Officer Tim Vaca knows the ins and outs of Westchase District

This past winter, Westchase District Patrol officers passed out 2017 promotional calendars to apartment managers, office managers and retail owners. The calendars served two purposes: creating awareness about the patrols and providing occasions for officers to mingle with Westchase District stakeholders. It’s an opportunity relished by Officer Tim Vaca. “I like working Westchase District because I get to interact with people more than on my regular shift,” he said. “I’m always moving around and I’m…..Read More

Trail Prepped for Spring Debut

Trail Prepped for Spring Debut

Bird’s Eye View: This picture of the Brays Bayou Connector Trail taken by a drone shows a stretch of the 1.92-mile trail as it runs south to Art Storey Park. Only a year after its groundbreaking ceremony, the Brays Bayou Connector Trail (BBCT) is nearing completion and will be open for walkers, joggers and bicyclists by late spring. The 1.92-mile off-street trail features underpasses at Richmond Avenue, Westpark Drive, Westpark Tollway, Harwin Drive and Bellaire…..Read More

Howdy, Neighbors!

Howdy, Neighbors!

Chief Emergency Center Officer: Neighbors Health CEO (or chief executive officer) Setul Patel, M.D., aims to change how people access health care. This summer, Westchase District welcomed new neighbors...Neighbors Health System, that is. The parent company of Neighbors Emergency Centers has occupied the entire building at 10800 Richmond Avenue. Relocating from Pearland, the company’s new 100,000 square-foot headquarters initially will hold about 200 employees with room for expansion. Dr. Setul Patel, chief executive officer of…..Read More

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