Precinct News

Texas Southern University and the University of Houston to host community meetings on major street improvements in Third Ward

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Commissioner Rodney Ellis invites you to attend two community meetings in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood this month to discuss plans for improving several major streets near Texas Southern University and University of Houston.

Both meetings are hosted by Texas Southern University. The University of Houston will co-host Monday’s meeting at TSU.

Monday, February 11

6-8 p.m.
Texas Southern University
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
McCoy Auditorium
3100 Cleburne St., Houston, TX 77004
(corner of Cleburne and Tierwester)

Thursday, February 21
6-8 p.m.
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Christian Life Center; Fellowship Hall
3826 Wheeler Ave., Houston, TX 77004

Major infrastructure improvements like these are long overdue in Third Ward. Commissioner Ellis is focused on ensuring that county resources are shared equitably and that every neighborhood has an opportunity to grow and thrive.

Your attendance is important to make sure this project meets everyone’s needs.

We hope to see you there!

About the Project:

Last year, Precinct One announced its commitment of up to $30 million to redevelop major streets around Texas Southern University and University of Houston campuses. The money will be split evenly between the campuses.

The project’s goal is to create a safe and welcoming gateway into these two major institutions.

Cleburne Street near TSU and Cullen Boulevard near UH – along with several connecting roads – would see major repairs to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers, reduce the risk of flooding, and enhance the landscaping and aesthetic appeal.

The projects will follow a “Complete Streets” model, with wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes aimed at improving safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors traveling to school or work.

This project also will enhance safety and improve the quality of life for Third Ward residents and people who work near these campuses, including students and families of Yates High School along the Cleburne corridor.

The project also will include installing new water drainage to reduce flooding during storms.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, and will take approximately 12-18 months to complete.