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The Greater East End Management District is proud to announce that it has been awarded $5 million in stimulus funds for bringing sidewalks to city standards along Navigation, York and Sampson in the East End, said Diane Schenke, President Greater East End Management District. These sidewalk improvements will also include lighting, striping, benches, plantings, transit shelters and ramps. These sidewalk improvements will enhance walkability and improve access to bus and light rail transit services in the East End.

These improvements are “shovel ready” and based on extensive community input, preliminary engineering has already been completed on a block by block basis. All of these improvements will be made between the existing curb and the property lines within the public right of way. No property will be taken and no changes to traffic operations are required. The District anticipates issuing the first construction contract within 3 months of grant award, said Schenke.

Alan Clark, Director of Transportation for the Houston Galveston Area Council, stated “The Transportation Policy Council approved $5 million for implementation of livable center projects in the East End neighborhood. Developed in partnership with the Greater East End Management District, these projects will improve transit access and pedestrian infrastructure in the strategically important East End neighborhood. These projects are possible because of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding. The Transportation Policy Council is appreciative of the support Congressman Green, Senator Gallegos and METRO displayed for these important projects.” The Greater East End Management District also thanks its other supporters, including Representative Carol Alvarado and Commissioner Sylvia Garcia.

Congressman Gene Green, one of the supporters of the project, said “I am glad that this money has been approved for the East End. It will benefit a highly transit dependent population in Houston’s East End and will also promote improved air quality, safety, and economic development in the area. The funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to go a long way, and we are glad to work with the Transportation Policy Council in the Houston-Galveston area to better our community.”

This is the first component of the Livable Centers plan to be funded. Future extensions of these sidewalks will connect with the extensive trail and park system along Buffalo Bayou, as envisioned and realized by Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Other elements include a revitalization of the Guadalupe Plaza.

Infrastructure improvements are one of four programs provided by the Greater East End Management District to attract more business opportunities and provide a safe environment within the district and among members. Founded in 1999, The Greater East End Management District’s mission is to enhance the image of the District, to attract more businesses, and to increase economic activity in the area.