Meet Larry Vaughn, District’s Longest Serving Officer

Meet Larry Vaughn, District’s Longest Serving Officer

Larry Vaughn had never seen a snow-capped mountain before leaving Alexandria, La., in 1988. After high school graduation and marrying his high school sweetheart, Vaughn enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to high altitude places. Years later, as a civilian, the mountains drew him back for a new adventure. “The Army gave me more discipline than my parents instilled in me,” said Vaughn. He credits the Army with teaching him things that benefited his…..Read More

Following in Family Footsteps: EHRA Builds On Success

Following in Family Footsteps: EHRA Builds On Success

As leader of Houston’s second-oldest civil engineering firm, Jim Russ is inspired by the past and the future. He is part of a rich legacy linked to the names of EHRA Engineering founders Edminster, Hinshaw, Russ and Associates. Modest about his role as president and CEO in EHRA’s success, Russ wants his associates to feel empowered by their role in the firm’s work. “We don’t use the word employees - our associates are a team,”…..Read More

WDCF Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

WDCF Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

As the Westchase District celebrates its 25th anniversary, a 10-year anniversary celebration is also underway for the Westchase District Community Fund. Founded in 2010, the WDCF was created to address community needs outside the governmental scope of Westchase District. “As a government agency, we can’t give assessment dollars to community organizations,” noted Dave Gilkeson, Westchase District’s chief operating officer and former WDCF treasurer. “Even though there are a lot of great causes and great organizations…..Read More

Two Side Paths Enhance Pedestrian Connectivity in Westchase District

Two Side Paths Enhance Pedestrian Connectivity in Westchase District

The long-awaited connection between the Terry Hershey Trail System and the Brays Bayou Trail System is now underway, courtesy of a Westchase District project that will improve sidewalks and bike lanes on the north end of the District. Bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy a reconstructed, 8-foot wide, continuous sidewalk along the west side of CityWest Blvd, from Westheimer to Briar Forest. At Briar Forest, the path will utilize the existing signalized intersection to reach the…..Read More

Amenities Abound at Apex at Royal Oaks

Amenities Abound at Apex at Royal Oaks

LYND’s acquisition of Royal Oaks at Westchase is resulting in an eye-grabbing transformation.  Located at 11212 Westpark Drive, Royal Oaks of Westchase is one of three recent acquisitions by Lynd Acquisitions Group (LAG), a San Antonio-based real estate investment firm. A national multifamily management firm, LYND purchased the property early spring and began a rebrand to Apex at Royal Oaks. The property has 282 units, from 1 to 3 bedrooms. LAG immediately invested $5 million…..Read More

Westchase District Celebrates 25 Years

Westchase District Celebrates 25 Years

This fall, Westchase District celebrates its 25th anniversary. The District was created by an act of the 74th Texas legislature and signed into law by then-Governor George W. Bush on June 12, 1995. The law became effective on August 28, 1995 and the newly-formed board of directors met for the first time on August 29, 1995. But Westchase District’s history hardly begins there. Early days The Westchase Business Council – the District’s predecessor organization –…..Read More

Minuteman Press Franchise in Westchase District Helps Local Businesses Bounce Back from COVID-19

Minuteman Press Franchise in Westchase District Helps Local Businesses Bounce Back from COVID-19

The family-owned printing franchise offers products to keep employees and customers safe such as social distancing posters and mounted tablets to help with temperature checks. For long-time Minuteman Press franchise owners Paul and Sharon Rayner, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything they have experienced in their 18 years of business ownership. Paul says, “We started just after the dot-com financial downturn in 2002 and we survived the 2008 financial debacle, but we had never experienced…..Read More

Family Business Crafts Empanadas with Heart & Resolve

Family Business Crafts Empanadas with Heart & Resolve

A great empanada starts with hands. Hands to make it and eat it. Wherever you’ve had an empanada in the world – South America, Mexico, Europe or Asia – you can appreciate that what you’re about to eat is a masterfully-crafted creation. The pastry’s dough is cut into 6-inch diameter circles. Next comes the filling: pork, chicken, beef, cheese, veggies or a combination thereof. Once loaded, it’s folded and the dough’s edge is pressed into…..Read More

New Modern Bus Shelters Coming to Westchase District

New Modern Bus Shelters Coming to Westchase District

If you’re a regular METRO bus customer riding transit throughout Houston, you probably pay a lot of attention to the bus shelters. Very soon, even non-transit riders will notice the shelters in Westchase District. A contemporary, newly designed shelter – both functional and attractive – will soon be coming to Westchase District. As part of its Walnut Bend reconstruction, Westheimer streetscapes and Elmside/Woodchase Side Path projects, Westchase District is completely re-designing and upgrading the current…..Read More

Westchase District Trail System Boosts Leisure Life

Westchase District Trail System Boosts Leisure Life

On March 30, 2016, Westchase District broke ground on the second phase of what is now a 5-mile trail  system. The Brays Bayou Connector Trail runs between Richmond and Bellaire on the banks of the Harris County Flood Control District canal. The trail features an exercise station, water fountains, public art, informational signage, and bike fix-it station. There are emergency call boxes located along the trail for use by trail users. Check out the Westchase…..Read More

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