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Take a look at the completed Mini Murals in Brays Oaks

July 29, 2015 • Continue Reading »

UP Art Studio - Mini Murals - Brays Oaks-feature

Download this PDF with pictures, locations, and the name of the artist of the completed Mini Murals in Brays Oaks Management District. Visit for more information about the project.

Local Veterans Team up with Home Depot to Help Build New Food Pantry at Bee Busy Wellness Center

July 29, 2015 • Continue Reading »

What: Veterans & Home Depot volunteers Build-out Food Pantry

When: 1:00pm-3:30pm | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Where: 8785 West Bellfort, Houston, TX 77031(Brays Oaks)

Who: Bee Busy Wellness Center, Home Depot, Jenitar Construction will be available for interviews.

Bee Busy Wellness Center recently was awarded in-kind donations of supplies and materials from Home Depot. The donations allows volunteers to make much-needed improvements and upgrades to the primary building. Bee Busy Wellness Center plans on changing lives in communities across greater Houston. By working with the most effective partners, we are able to put our resources behind efforts that work to reach more children.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at

From eyesore to eye candy: Mini mural project turns unsightly traffic control boxes into works of art

July 29, 2015 • Continue Reading »

by Marcy de Luna, Culture Map Houston

Taking art outside the gallery, Mini Mural: Beyond the Box is painting the town’s drab streetscapes Technicolor with traffic-stopping visuals. The project, a collaboration between UP Art Studio and 13 local artists, aims to transform unsightly traffic signal control casings into head-turning public art.

Artwork from the pilot phase of the low-cost, high-visual venture began cropping up in June with new installations hitting the streets through September 19.

Read more at Culture Map Houston…

Changes are coming to the local bus route system on Aug. 16

July 28, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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Take the new network out for a test drive – ride free August 16-22.

Newsletter of Houston City Council District J, July 27

July 28, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Is it a City or a Federal Pothole?

De Moss Parking Lot Repairs

Over the past several months, after each trip to the US Post Office (USPS) at De Moss and Rookin, I have become increasingly appalled by the parking lot at the facility. Calls from constituents confirmed my concerns. I recently visited the site to speak with post office representatives about the state of disrepair. Officials at the facility told me they thought the parking lot was City-owned property, leased to the postal service. Needless-to-say, I was surprised to hear that theory.

The District J staff immediately began to investigate the issue, to ensure speedy repairs. After numerous phone calls and inquiries, it was finally confirmed by both City and USPS officials that the City has no connection to the property. The parking lot is wholly owned by the federal government.

Following upon the District J staff’s inquiries, I understand that USPS has obtained a work order to have the parking lot repaired. A contractor has been assigned, and should be on-site soon in preparation of the work. Please feel free to join me in contacting US Representatives Al Green and John Culberson to politely express your concerns or request further information.

Thank You,

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- Council Member Mike Laster, District J

Pre-Engineering Fondren From 59 to Braeswood

Many of you have seen much-needed concrete panel replacement projects occurring along Fondren, just south of 59. While this general maintenance is long overdue, the Public Works Department has announced that it will begin pre-engineering for the portion of Fondren situated between 59 to S Braeswood. Public Works is pursuing this course of action following requests from the District J office.

“Pre-engineering” is the first crucial step to move the project into the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. All candidate projects are scored based on need and cost-benefits, with higher scoring projects being added to the CIP. This study will be completed in time for any resulting Candidate Projects to be considered during the FY2017 – 2021 CIP.

Special Thanks to Glenshannon Townhomes

A special thanks to the Glenshannon Townhome community for inviting the District J office out to their most recent meeting! Issues discussed included traffic concerns, crime, and parking, and the District J office looks forward to working with the community in the upcoming months to tackle these issues.

CDSF Projects Underway

As more projects from the FY15 Council District Service Fund begin construction, the District J office will be continually updating you on the status of each project. Look forward to seeing your neighborhood project in upcoming newsletters!

New ramp at Southwest Multi-Service Center

Reconstructed sidewalk at Tooley and Twin Hills

Community Parks Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming community parks meeting on August 6th, 6:30pm at theSharpstown Community Center (6600 Harbor Town Dr.) Representatives from the Parks Department will be on hand to discuss upcoming improvements to our parks in District J, which include:

  • Lansdale Park Spray Grounds and Pavilion Replacement
  • Crain Park Trail Improvements
  • Burnett Bayland Skate Park
  • Lee LeClear Tennis Center
  • Sharpstown Park and Pool Upgrades

Upcoming Events

Please refer to the Community Events Calendar on our website for the time, and other event details. New events are added every week. Be sure to check it often!

Tuesday, August 4
-Sharpstown Rotary Club
-City Council – Public Session
-Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood #36 Meeting

Wednesday, August 5
-City Council

Thursday, August 6
-Sharpstown TIRZ #20
-AARP Chapter 4418 Meeting
-Alief AARP Chapter 3264
-Sharpstown Park Community Meeting

Monday, August 10
-Mid West Super Neighborhood #20 Meeting

Tuesday, August 11
-Sharpstown Rotary Club
-City Council – Public Session
-AARP Chapter 50 Meeting

Wednesday, August 12
-City Council

Thursday, August 13
-Braeburn Valley West Board Meeting

Monday, August 17
-Gulfton Super Neighborhood #27 Meeting
-Sharpstown Civic Assc. Board Meeting
-Brays Bayou Association Meeting

Tuesday, August 18
-Sharpstown Rotary Club
-City Council – Public Session
-Braeburn PIP Meeting

Wednesday, August 19
-City Council
-Midwest PIP Meeting

Thursday, August 20
-Westside Division PIP

Monday, August 24
-Southwest Management District Board Meeting

Tuesday, August 25
-Sharpstown Rotary Club
-Gulfton PIP
-City Council – Public Session
-Alief Super Neighborhood Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 26
-City Council

Thursday, August 27
-International District Board of Directors Meeting

Join us as the City of Houston proclaims July 28 as Mini Murals Day!

July 28, 2015 • Continue Reading »

#MiniMuralsHou ~

Time: Tuesday, July 28, 1:30 PM
Location: City Hall Council Chambers – 901 Bagby St., 2nd Floor


About Mini-Murals:

UP Art Studio with partners and supporters – The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Public Works and Engineering, Houston Arts Alliance, City Council Member Larry Green – District K, Brays Oaks and Five Corners Management Districts, and Fresh Arts – launched the pilot phase of the traffic signal control cabinet “Mini Murals” project in Houston in June 2015.

The project re-imagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as electrical or utility boxes) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Once painted by local artists, the cabinets, which are located at every intersection with a traffic signal, are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston.

The “Mini Murals” pilot phase kicked-off with 13 urban artists commissioned by UP Art Studio to turn 31 ordinary traffic signal control cabinets in Houston City Council District K into colorful works of art. Artists participating in the pilot phase of the project include 2:12, Alex “Zu” Arzu, Ana Maria, Anat Ronen, Dual, Gabriel Prusmack, Jessica Guerra, Lee Washington, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau, Pilot FX, Shelbi-Nicole, w3r3on3 and Wiley.

Mini Murals is created and curated by Elia & Noah Quiles of UP Art Studio, who also serve as the project manager, and a diverse advisory board of Houston researchers, marketers, advocates, and arts leaders.

With the pilot phase, UP Art Studio and its partners aim to raise awareness of the project in order to expand to other areas across Houston, especially areas that are art deficient.

Mini Murals is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Mini-Murals must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. (Donations to the project are tax-deductible).

Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Council Committee Meeting, July 16

July 10, 2015 • Continue Reading »

citysealBelow is the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure (TTI) Council Committee agenda – scheduled for Thursday July 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers (901 Bagby St., 2nd Floor).


  1. Welcome Remarks – Council Member Larry V. Green, Chair
  2. Municipal Setting Designation – Densimix, LLC (13501 Industrial Rd.)
    • Jennifer Clancey, Program Manager, Planning and Development Division, Public Works & Engineering Dept.
  3. Municipal Setting Designation – Rescar Companies (407 West Brentwood Drive)
    • Jennifer Clancey, Program Manager, Planning and Development Division, Public Works & Engineering Dept.
  4. Street Pavement Maintenance & Management: Next Generation
    • Eric Dargan, Deputy Director, Street & Drainage Division, Public Works & Engineering Dept.
  5. Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) & TIGER 2014 Project
    • Jeff Weatherford, Deputy Director, Traffic Operations Division, Public Works & Engineering Dept.
  6. Public Comments

Please contact Donald Perkins at 832.393.3016 if you have any comments to questions.

Summertime special: 10-week Farm Share for $265! Last Weekend to register for the July Farm Share

July 4, 2015 • Continue Reading »






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Video and images of the HCC Brays Oaks Groundbreaking Event

June 30, 2015 • Continue Reading »


David Hawes, Executive Director Brays Oaks District – speaking on the Economic Development potential the new campus will bring to the community.


HCC Brays Oaks Campus groundbreaking marks milestone in community growth

June 23, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Many people dream of furthering their education but do not have the means or support to pursue a better career. Houston Community College is responding to the demand for affordable workforce training with a new campus in the Brays Oaks Community.

“The City of Houston is open for business, but the City of Houston can’t stay open for business if we don’t have a trained workforce,” said Houston City Council Member Larry Green, District K.

Read more at the Houston Community College website.