UT Physicians Developing New Facility in Greenspoint

UT Physicians is constructing a new clinic facility at 425 W. Greens Road, in the Greens Crossing retail center. The new clinic, which will offer extended and weekend hours, is set to open sometime in late spring.

Evening appointments until 8 p.m. will be offered two days a week to allow patients to come in after they get off work. In addition, the clinic will also open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. two Saturdays a month. Patients will also be able to schedule same-day appointments or just walk in.

Additional services that will be provided include:

Gynecology/Obstetrics 

  • Annual well woman exams
  • PAP tests
  • Family planning and prenatal care
  • Acute gynecological problems
  • Management of high-risk pregnancies
  • Ultrasound studies

Pediatrics

  • Newborn and infant care
  • Annual physicals
  • Possible immunizations
  • Vaccines

Family Medicine

  •  Preventative and routine services
  • Acute and chronic medical illnesses
  • Physicals
  • In office labs

Texas Named Number One State For Economic Development Projects

The Governor’s Cup award is given out based on the states that attract the most corporate facility projects during a one-year period. Texas won the award with a count of 657 total qualifying projects for 2013.

To qualify, a project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • a minimum capital commercial investment of $1 million
  • 20,000 square feet or more of new construction
  • the creation of 50 or more jobs

Perry said that there are four areas where a state has to excel in order to stand out to corporate executives looking to expand with new facility locations. Those four areas are: taxes, regulation, the legal environment and a skilled workforce.

The governor also listed an adequate water supply, affordable power and a transportation infrastructure that allows products and citizens to move around safely and easily as additional priorities that are increasing in prominence for states looking to increase their corporate project attraction.

Another aspect of Perry’s strategy to attract companies to expand into Texas is trips to other states to present the benefits of the Texas business climate to companies in those states.

According to Site Selection magazine, Texas’ diverse economy is a primary factor for business relocations. The magazine lists life sciences, logistics, energy, chemicals, business services, IT and headquarters as some of the state’s most active sectors.

The Greenspoint District provides incentives and advantages for companies in several of these sectors, including business headquarters, logistics and healthcare.

For more information about the different incentives being located in the Greenspoint District provides visit www.greenspoint.org/Incentives.shtml.

Sam Houston Parkway Construction Update

The east and westbound frontage roads of the Sam Houston Parkway between Greenspoint Drive and the West Hardy Toll Road were recently completed.

Construction has also begun on the widening of the bridge over Imperial Valley Bridge. When complete, the new bridge will feature two additional lanes in both directions between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. The construction will also include signalization and signage improvements at the Imperial Valley intersection.

During the construction certain lanes, particularly U-turns to go under Sam Houston Parkway, will be temporarily closed.

The project is expected to be completed in June of this year.

GGRA Anticipates Completion of Airline Drive Improvements

The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) initiated and funded the Airline Corridor Street Project to address road safety issues on the one-mile stretch of Airline Drive between West Road and Aldine Bender. The $6.5 million project will be complete sometime in late spring of this year.

This are includes three Aldine ISD schools and a Harris County Public Library. However, the sidewalks that existed in the area were damaged, too narrow, forcing families to walk single file to reach their destination, or, in some cases, nonexistent.

Wanda Bamburg, superintendent of Aldine ISD, noticed that pedestrians, especially children, would cross Airline Drive from the schools to the residential areas across the street. To help insure the safety of the children in the area, she requested that the GGRA design a project which would help improve the sidewalks.

Sally Bradford, GGRA executive director, anticipates the completion of the project. “I am excited about the impact this project will have on the community. It will make a difference in the daily life of residents and students,” she said.

Enhancements including pavement repairs, intersection improvements (including signalization to City’s standards), pedestrian lighting, new cross walks, retaining walls, landscaping, trees, 10-foot sidewalks in front of the schools, new bus shelters, solar lighting embedded in the sidewalks, and median improvements. In addition, improvements are also being made to the five side streets crossing Airline Drive within the construction area.

The 10-foot sidewalks being constructed in front of the schools were built by utilizing an easement provided by Aldine ISD. Public art mosaics, created through a program administered by the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH), will also be featured on the benches and retaining walls.

Elvin Franklin, chairman of the board for the GGRA, is excited about the benefits this project will bring to the community. “Several of our board members work or live in the area and take their obligations to the Board to heart,” he said. “It is wonderful to see the efforts of our entire Board come together to result in positive changes.”