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Christmas wish comes true: Resident gets New Home from Harvey Reconstruction Program

View of Mrs. Green’s new home in Barrett Station, provided through Harris County’s Project Recovery Homeowner Assistance Program.

BARRETT STATION – A Christmas wish has come true for Mrs. Verna Green of Crosby, Texas. Mrs. Green just moved into her new home, reconstructed on the site of her previous home, which sustained significant damage from flooding during Hurricane Harvey. The leaky roof and inoperable electrical outlets Mrs. Green contended with since the 2017 storm are no longer concerns, thanks to Harris County Project Recovery’s Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP).

New homeowner Mrs. Verna Green flashes the keys to her new home.

“I’m home for the holidays,” Mrs. Green exclaimed, flashing the keys presented to her by Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia during a key turn-over ceremony on Dec. 2nd at Mrs. Green’s home.

“We are happy to deliver this new home to you. I regret that it has taken longer than we expected, but I hope this will make your holiday season much more pleasant,” Commissioner Garcia said.

Administered by the Harris County Community Services Department, Project Recovery’s HAP repairs and reconstructs flood-damaged homes of eligible applicants. The $30 million program is funded with Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars allocated to the county by the State of Texas General Land Office (GLO) and granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Barrett Station celebrates its 34th annual Homecoming Parade

Barrett Station Homecoming Parade wagon.

This past week, the town of Barrett Station, Texas continued without fail, celebrating its 34th annual homecoming. This has been a homecoming celebration like none other. If for no other reason, the pandemic environment in which the celebration has taken place. The Barrett Station Community Development Organization, host of this year’s homecoming chose to hold all of the weekly homecoming activities, virtually. And, the virtual activities presented to its residents in the form of Zoom Events on social media (at the AllAboutBarrettStation Facebook page and via Zoom, together), have proven quite successful, with a high rate of viewer participation (reference attached flyer for list of Zoom Events.)

The celebration ended with an actual parade, last Saturday — from Gulf Pump Road @ FM 2100 and proceeding south – and ending up at Riley Chambers Park. The procession began at 11:00 a.m. For safety reasons, the Riley Chambers Park was closed to prevent gathering due to COVID-19. In accordance with safety measures as handed down by local government, all parade participants were strongly encouraged to: practice social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands. This year’s homecoming theme was “One Community, One Voice.”

“Black Town Matters” painted mural.

Barrett Station: Violence ends in brain death

BARRETT STATION – The rainy night of January 23 at about Midnight at the ambulance station here, a man that had been shot pulled his car up to the gate, vaulted the fence and frantically begged for entrance to save his friend that unfortunately was in critical condition.

Emergency crews proved in this case to be certainly some of the bravest folks on the planet as that Thursday morning they were roused by noise without the normal summons to a face in their door window inside a locked fence. They opened the door and went out to attend the injured man left behind in the car.

Michael Earnest, 31, was found inside his friend’s car, he had been shot in the back of his head. He was unresponsive but alive. His fence vaulting friend had been shot too, once in the shoulder and once also in his head.

The ambulance crews loaded Earnest and his friend inside an ambulance and took off for Ben Taub, where he was pronounced brain dead. Life Flight was out of commission due to the massive rainfall.

New health center opens in Barrett Station

Members of the Chambers family, Precinct 2 Employees, Adrian Garcia, Umair Shah, Justice Lucia Bate, Community leaders and members of the Barrett family cut the ribbon to open the clinic.

BARRETT STATION – Harris County Public Health and Commissioner Adrian Garcia are bringing health services to this historic community in East Harris County.

Residents will now have access to the new Health & Wellness Center at the Riley Chambers Community Center. The historic community, founded in 1889 by Harrison Barrett, a former slave, has more than 5,000 residents and has limited medical or preventative health services in the community. The closest ones are several miles away.

“Residents in Precinct 2 do not have quick access to these type of facilities. This year, I am making health care access a major priority. I want to improve access, increase resources, and investments to support our families who desperately need it,” said Commissioner Garcia.

Community leaders and residents thronged the Center’s grand opening Friday, January 10, at 10:30 a.m. inside the Precinct 2 Riley Chambers Community Center.

Bizarre murder on New Year’s

BARRETT STATION – A teenager has been charged in a stabbing murder of a teenager that was lured to his death by the suspect’s girlfriend’s text.

Christopher Coronado, 17, is charged with capital murder in the death of Eduardo Fernando Castro, 18. Castro, a C.E. King High School student, was found dead early New Year’s Eve in the 12200 block of Saint Francis.

Coronado was arrested without incident Sunday at his home around 1:15 a.m. Sunday evening, Coronado stood before a judge to hear the charges brought against him. Prosecutors read many witness statements detailing the gory incidents of the slaying. Witnesses described Coronado’s behavior shortly after the murder as “skipping in the street and laughing.” Coronado was been booked into Harris County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

Shots kill man in Barrett Station

Harris County Sheriff’s Detectives say what began as an altercation inside the Barrett Station Grocery store between two Hispanic males ended with a man that had left saying he was going to get his gun, returned and was promptly shot four times to his death. The suspected murderer fled the scene in a white car.

BARRETT STATION – According to Detective Sergeant E.B. Clegg, at about 9:20p.m., Sunday, deputies went to a disturbance call at 11915 Crosby Lynchburg, the Barrett Station Grocery Store and found a man lying in the parking lot.

The man lying in the parking lot was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were able to identify the deceased and notified his wife of his death. His name has not yet been released. Sergeant Clegg indicates that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office hopes to gain more information from video of the incident.

BARRETT STATION CELEBRATES HOMECOMING

One of many colorful floats, with Alumni and judges enjoying the ride in the Parade.

Barrett Station held their 5th Annual Homecoming last weekend, July 19th and 20th. Hundreds turned out for the event, which included a Golf Cart Ride and Margarita/ Fajita competition on Friday night, and the Homecoming Parade itself starting at 10am on Main Street.

Also on Saturday was the Cook-off, with judging starting immediately after the parade, in Riley Chamber Park. Teams competed for Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Open Dish.

Parade Marshal was Constable Sherman Eagleton, a native of Barrett Station. He said about the Homecoming: “The Barrett Station Civic League’s Annual Homecoming Parade and Cookoff was held today at the Riley Chambers Park. The community comes together to show their hometown pride while also teaching the younger generations the importance of history and fellowship. Thank you for inviting us each year, it’s truly an honor!”

Harvey Recovery Program starts in Barrett Station

JUDGE LINA HIDALGO announces the start of the Recovery program, as Malcolm Barrett and Adrian Garcia look on.

BARRETT STATION – The new leadership of Harris County turned out in force to announce Harris County Project Recovery-Harvey Program at the Harris County Barrett Community Center last Saturday.

Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge, Adrian Garcia, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Daphne Lemelle, Harris County Community Services Director and a host of county community workers from varied agencies were present to share their expertise enabling residents to get help for their houses, the services they need to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County Project Recovery-Harvey is for homeowners outside Houston to apply for home repair, reconstruction or reimbursement.

The new Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo indicated that the county is giving out about $200 Million in this program.

“Harvey was an especially difficult disaster because it got to the core of people’s lives because it reached into their homes, in their housing. People’s homes are anchors for them and their families. When people lost their homes and were forced to leave and live somewhere else, they were still forced to watch and wait until they could rebuild and return. That destroys and disrupts the rest of their lives and the fabric of our community.”

“For the first time we are making a massive investment in housing around Harvey,” said Hidalgo, indicating that the program was to be the largest investment a region has made in the area of housing repair.

“It helps us build a stronger community and a more resilient community in all of Harris County,” the Judge concluded.

Barrett has economic development plans

JERRY BLUITT, speaking at Rotary, about the Barrett Station Civic League and Barrett Station Management

HIGHLANDS – Jerry Bluit, president of the Barrett Station Civic League, and the Barrett Station Management District, explained to the Rotary Club what plans these organizations had for economic development in their geographic area of responsibility.

Bluitt also took the opportunity to review some of the history of the area, including the Mexican Land.

Grants that were the foundation of Crosby, Barrett Station, and the Highlands/Lynchburg communities. Barrett Station was formed from the land grant of Reuben White, which extended as far as the Sterling-White Cemetery.

Bluitt says there are four organizations committed to “giving back” to their community. They are the Civic League, the Management District, the Ministerial Association, and the MUD 50 District.The Civic League was formed in 1954, the Management District in 2015 with the help of legislators Harold Dutton and John Whhitmire. Now Bluitt is petitioning the Legislature to form a TIRZ, or Tax Increment Redevelopment Zone, to raise money from increasing property values to be used for community improvements.

Bluitt sees the Management District improving the Quality of Life for residents in five “lanes.”

Citizen input at Barrett Station drainage meeting

Officials from the Harris County Flood Control District, and the Engineering Department, have been holding a series of meetings around the county to explain how the $2.5 billion bond issue, that was approved last year in 2018, will be used to alleviate flooding.

Last Tuesday, March 5 they met with residents of Barrett Station, at the Community Center, to show plans and hear ideas and comments from the public, according to HCFCD project manager Roger Duong.

HCFCD engineering director Marcus Stuckett explained that the Barrett Station area has two projects affecting the flow of storm water away from the district. Duong said that currently the drainage ditches are too flat, and the road and entire St. Charles neighborhood is too flat, and therefore water is not moving away in the ditches.

The proposed solution is to widen and deepen the existing ditches, moving the water from the east side of Barrett, to the west side, and eventually to the irrigation canal and the San Jacinto river.

The engineers said that this solution should lower the accumulated water by a few inches in a normal rainfall, and up to 3 inches or more in an intense storm.