This Week at City Hall

Aug. 4, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: minimum lot size designations; CASE for Kids City ConnectionsWhite Linen Night in the Heights

On the Agenda

Council approved special minimum lot size designations for the 1600 block of Branard St and the south side of the 300 block of Fargo St, which was also approved for a minimum building line designation. Going forward, parcels of land within those boundaries cannot be subdivided to smaller than the minimum size described in the ordinance. In addition, new development on the south side of the 300 block of Fargo St must be built with a buffer of land between the building and the street. Petitioned for by the Lancaster Place and East Montrose neighborhoods, these protections will limit the ability of developers to build new townhomes on those blocks. Communities interested in applying for similar protections may visit the Planning and Development Department website for more information.

What’s Happening in the Annex

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen met with representatives from CASE for Kids City Connections, an organization that partners with community-based enrichment programs to provide after-school services for students throughout Harris County. With an allocation from her FY2017 Council District Service Fund, the Mayor Pro Tem was able to sponsor twelve after-school programs, which served 566 District C students over the past year. Participating programs included K.I.N.D. Girls Mentoring at Stevens Elementary, the Ensemble Theatre at Gregory Lincoln Elementary, HITS Theatre, programs at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, and more.

What’s Happening in the District

The Houston Heights will host the 11th annual White Linen Night in the Heightsthis Saturday, August 5th, from 6PM – 10PM. This iconic event highlights local artists, musicians, and businesses that thrive in the eclectic, historic neighborhood that is the Heights. Activities will center on the 200 and 300 blocks of W. 19th St and participants are encouraged to wear white!