$3.2 Million Sought for Wilcrest Park

$3.2 Million Sought for Wilcrest Park

With Woodchase Park under construction, Westchase District has turned its attention to raising the funds necessary to complete its second park. Wilcrest Park will be built on a 3.5 acre parcel of land on Wilcrest, just north of the Robinson Westchase Library and the Westchase District’s Library Loop Trail. “We need to raise $3.2 million to build the spectacular park we’ve planned,” said Louis Jullien, Westchase District’s projects director who is overseeing the Greenspace for…..Read More

From Big Screen Features to CRE Marvel

From Big Screen Features to CRE Marvel

Redevelopment in Westchase District is proof of the area’s solid commercial real estate market. The Tinseltown movie theater, which hosted 24 screens, originally opened on the Beltway at Westpark in 1996. One Westchase District follower on social media recalled seeing Spice World (The Spice Girls movie) there in 1997 while others reminisced about it being the place for youth groups to go after church for a matinee. It was closed and demolished in 2008 to…..Read More

First-ever Corporate Challenge Happened in 1998

First-ever Corporate Challenge Happened in 1998

Our first-ever Corporate Challenge was held in the spring of 1998. Approximately 100 athletes participated in the event representing a dozen Westchase District businesses. Back then, there were eight different events, including one that required participants to swim in the Quillian pools wearing a coat & tie and then take off the workplace attire and pass it to their co-worker who would continue the relay. The event generated nearly $1,500 for Texas Special Olympics. The…..Read More

In the Summer of ’95, George W. Bush Was Governor, the Houston Rockets Were NBA Champions & Westchase District Was Born

In the Summer of ’95, George W. Bush Was Governor, the Houston Rockets Were NBA Champions & Westchase District Was Born

Westchase District officially turned 25 on August 28. And our incredible journey began in the summer of a year when H-town had great cause for celebration. Just days before the Houston Rockets won the NBA Championship, a little known, but historically significant occasion took place in Austin when then-Governor George W. Bush signed legislation creating Westchase District on June 12, 1995. The legislation, passed by the 74th Texas State Legislature, became effective on August 28. The…..Read More

Houston TranStar Expands Benefit of Local Roadway Flood Warning System

Houston TranStar Expands Benefit of Local Roadway Flood Warning System

Anticipating an active year ahead for storms in the Atlantic, Houston TranStar reminds residents to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season by downloading its mobile app, a tool that shows real-time traffic data and estimates areas of roadway flooding risk during heavy rainfall. Developed in partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute after Hurricane Harvey, TranStar’s Roadway Flood Warning System displays real-time data from 283 weather sensors, an…..Read More

HWCOC Leader Keeps Organization Focused Despite COVID Disruption

HWCOC Leader Keeps Organization Focused Despite COVID Disruption

Like all member-based organizations that serve businesses and the community around the nation, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce (HWCOC) had to adapt. HWCOC is a professional organization that serves West Houston with engaging live events that connect members to economic opportunities. In addition, the HWCOC connects members to important community issues and helps build stronger communities, encouraging its members to stay involved in business, civic and social priorities. Events are held weekly throughout the…..Read More

Global Experiences Shape Officer’s Career Track

Global Experiences Shape Officer’s Career Track

You could say Ana Bertens was worlds away before joining the Houston Police Department. Her unlikely path to law enforcement came while she traveled back and forth to live between two continents: North America and South America. Born in Santiago, Chile, Bertens’ parents brought her and her siblings to the United States in the 1990s where she spent half of her life between Florida and Houston. After turning 20, she moved back to Chile where…..Read More

WHAM Transitions to Relief Agency to Serve Community Needs

WHAM Transitions to Relief Agency to Serve Community Needs

Long before the sun rises in the morning, area residents are lining up their cars on Rogerdale Road and Meadowglen Lane. They have come to West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) to have their vehicle trunks filled with food and supplies to get them through another week. WHAM’s Executive Director Mark Brown can recite the daily statistics on how many families were served and how long they were able to work before supplies ran out. He…..Read More

Elected Officials Join Business Owners to Support Bounce Back Westchase Campaign

Elected Officials Join Business Owners to Support Bounce Back Westchase Campaign

“We need to stay in business. My employees need their jobs.” Tina MacInnes’ words echo the paramount sense of urgency facing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the nation. A leading Salata franchise owner, MacInnes joined local elected officials and economic development professionals at an event hosted at her restaurant. MacInnes’ message found a receptive audience as they all celebrated the launch of Bounce Back Westchase. The campaign was created by Minuteman Press Westchase and…..Read More

Salata Perseveres After Remodel and Shutdown

Salata Perseveres After Remodel and Shutdown

Tina MacInnes was operating two of the highest volume restaurants in Salata’s growing restaurant chain system. Then, out of nowhere, COVID-19 strikes. Between the excitement of seeing her customers relish build-your-own salads and a dynamic transformation of her restaurant, a pandemic crashed the economy, putting her business in survival mode. New Year, new look, new challenge MacInnes unveiled a new look for her 10898 Westheimer Road location in January after using the Christmas holiday to…..Read More

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