Greetings from the Brays Oaks Management District! It’s been my pleasure to serve as chairman of the board of directors for the past nine months and, during that time, I’ve been pleased to see how much progress we’ve made as a team in working with residents and the business community. In my last message, I mentioned several initiatives expected to have a significant impact on our community, offering amenities and destination points that will attract visitors from all over Houston.
The Levitt Pavilion, destined to bring outdoor concerts to Willow Waterhole, is proceeding toward its fundraising and construction goals and is expected to become a major entertainment venue in the heart of our District.
Houston Community College will be bringing a new campus into our area which will train workers to fill critical jobs in our medical, industrial, and energy sectors. The former Westland YMCA building is on track to be transformed into a new 15-acre athletic complex for Westbury Christian School, and this new facility will bring in young athletes from all over the city to compete in football, soccer, baseball, track, and other sports.
Across the northern border of our District, Houston Baptist University has completed a master plan which will turn this once sleepy campus into a state of the art institution, greatly enhancing the image and perception of Southwest Houston. As a part of the first phase of their plan, a football field that now serves as a practice area has been constructed and will soon have a new stadium rising up around it to enable the university to host home games in the Southland Conference.
All of these wonderful new projects are sure to bring in hundreds of visitors, and that’s why the Brays Oaks directors and staff continue to work diligently on continued improvements in environmental design, wayfinding, landscaping, graffiti abatement, continued public safety initiatives, removal of dangerous buildings, and a strategy for attracting new retail and restaurants.
From working in the real estate field, I know these improvements, large and small, will have a beneficial impact on property values and will create opportunities for more good things to come, like the proposed dual-language charter school and the new neighborhood clinic you’ll read about in this newsletter.
I have served on the Brays Oaks board for the past nine years, and I can honestly say that I have never felt such positive energy from board and staff members, residents, and business owners alike. But, this is no time to rest on our laurels. There is still much work to be done, and we look forward to your continued support in 2014 and beyond!
C. Fred Meyer
Brays Oaks Management District