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Posts published in July 2017

HCC establishes footprint in Acres Homes

HOUSTON [July 17, 2017] – Collaboration between government, businesses and Houston Community College (HCC) brings great educational opportunities. An example is the opening of the HCC Acres Homes campus, a state-of-the art 25,120 square foot facility that will offer academic programs, workforce training, certificates and adult education.

The ribbon cutting took place on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the campus.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who grew up in Acres Homes, was one of the guest speakers.

For HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, this is what transformation is all about.

”We could not be prouder of the combination of efforts between the various community sectors,” says Dr. Maldonado. “We are excited about the permanent footprint in this area, which will bring new opportunities for the individuals who live here.”

For Mayor Sylvester Turner, this ceremony has special personal significance. “I am so happy to be in my neighborhood, the place where I grew up and attended public schools, to celebrate the grand opening of the Houston Community College Campus in Acres Homes,” said Mayor Turner.

The new Acres Homes Campus will include workforce, academic and continuing education programs, a combination of classrooms, student lounge, academic/computer labs, electronic resource library, multi-media space, administration and support spaces and a multi-media space.

East Aldine District holds Retreat to plan future goals

NORTHEAST – Board members of the East Aldine District gathered in the Woodlands last month, for a planning retreat.

The district is observing its 15th anniversary this year, and has been guided by a Service Plan laid out at the beginning. Now the district feels it is time to update that plan, evaluate its relevance, and restate goals for the next five to fifteen years, according to Executive Director David Hawes.

The all-day retreat started by focusing on accomplishments, through a video prepared by the staff of district activities over the last fifteen years.

The goal of the district is to improve the quality of life for all in the Aldine area. In the first 10 year Service Plan, this was divided into particular categories, as follows:

— Water/sewer infrastructure

— Transportation and Mobility

— Security and Public Safety

— Environmental and Urban Design

— Neighborhood Clean-up

— Economic Development and Public Relations

— Leadership Training

— Project Staffing and Administration

Committees of board members and the public have worked in each of these areas over the years.

The retreat discussed each of these areas, and how they could be re-interpreted and implemented in the future.

Also discussed was the new Town Center project on Aldine Mail Route, and the proposed construction of a new building for the functions of the district, including offices and public spaces.

HC Pct. 2 begins work on Aldine Mail Route improvements

EAST ALDINE – Commissioner Jack Morman announced construction on Aldine Mail Route Road has begun. The $6 million project includes the installation of fiber-optic cables, reconstruction of the two-lane asphalt roadway to a four-lane concrete boulevard with storm sewer drainage, and left-turn lane additions at key intersections from Lillja Road to Sweeney Road.

“With the help of Precinct One, this roadway will be four lanes wide from Airline Drive all the way down to Hardy Toll Road,” said Commissioner Morman. “We expect our portion to be complete in the third quarter of 2018.”

One lane in each direction will remain open for the duration of construction. Drivers are reminded to travel with caution through the work zone.

Be sure to visit or like the “Harris County Precinct 2” Facebook page for more information and updates on the Precinct.