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Posts published in “Day: March 7, 2013

Generation Park will spur growth in Northeast area

New 4000 acre Enterprise Park on Beltway 8 East

In a presentation to the North Channel Chamber last week, McCord Development’s Land Development Director, Rick Yarbrough, described the fea tures of the new 4000 acre “Enterprise Park” that is being built on Beltway 8 East, near the current Summerwood neighborhood. McCord’s CEO Rick McCord, has spent the last 20 years assembling the land and planning this project.

The concept is to build a top level business park for top corporations that will feature energy efficiency, in the buildings, land development, and design amenities.

McCord and many other city planning officials believe that there is great potential for development in the Northeast sector of the county, and that this project could be the prototype for community planning and economic development.

The project will be a beautifully landscaped “mixed use” with offices, commercial, industrial, research, and multi-family buildings in segregated zones.

Yarbrough cited the location as being ideal, with easy access to the airport to the north, and the Port of Houston to the south. In addition, it is surrounded by quality housing, parks, good schools, and water features including Lake Houston.

McCord is just beginning the development of this property, Yarbrough said, and they expect it to be a 20 year long project until completed.

McCord announced the first major prime tenant just last month, FMC technologies bought 173 acres for offices and manufacturing. Their property will face Beltway 8/Sam Houston Parkway East.

Ryan McCord, president of the company, said “it’s important for companies to have state-of-the-art facilities to attract and retain the best and brightest talent.”

Crosby bond vote called for May 11

CROSBY – The local school trustees, in a unanimous seven to zero vote, approved calling for a bond election to be held on May 11, 2013.

Currently Crosby ISD property owners are paying $1.68 per $100 valuation, if passed voters will pay $2.01 per $100 valuation. If approved by voters, the tax rate increase required to finance the projects will not exceed 23 cents. The average Crosby ISD homeowner can expect to pay $17.68 more in taxes per month. There will be no tax increase above the frozen level on the homestead of taxpayers 65 years of age and older who have applied for and received the age 65 freeze.

If voters approve, the bonds will finance construction and conversion of the following education facilities as the first priorities and first phase of the Long Range Facility Improvement Program:

1. Construct a New High School, including ROTC building, Fieldhouse, Ag Barn, Tennis Courts, Auditorium, Fine Arts Facilities and Tech Center

2. Repurpose existing high school for use as a Middle School

3. Repurpose existing middle school for use as an Elementary School

4. Repurpose existing elementary school as expanded capacity at the Kindergarten Center

5. Construct a New Auto Stacking Drive at Newport Elementary School

6. Renovate existing Elementary School Playgrounds

7. Provide various district-wide renovations and repairs

Additionally, as growth, budget, financial feasibility and bond capacity allow, the District will implement the second priorities and second phase of the long range facility improvement program, including:

1. Construction of a new competition Baseball and Softball Fields

2. Construction of Cougar Stadium Renovations and Improvements

3. Provide additional district-wide renovations and repairs.

The total cost of the Long Range Facility Improvement Plan is $86.5 million, with the first phase and first priorities being approximately $76.5 million.

A Citizens+f Committee was established in October of 2012 to study the facility needs of the students of Crosby ISD and to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on a Long Range Facility Improvement Plan to address enrollment growth, to address aging facilities and to provide adequate facilities for the forthcoming grade and school re-alignment (which is planned to occur with or without any new facilities). The Citizens+f Committee recommendation and subsequent Board of Trustee review has resulted in a bond election to be held in May, so that the voters can decide on this plan.

Early Voting will occur from April 29th to May 7th. Early voting will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the CISD Administration Building, and extended early voting hours will be available at various locations throughout the early voting period as listed in the notice of election. Election Day voting will be available on May 11th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the CISD Administration Building, Drew Intermediate School and Newport Elementary School.