Results of tonight’s Board meeting regarding the deed restriction variance request

Tonight’s meeting was well-attended by several members of the neighborhood. All had the opportunity to listen to the Deed Restriction Committee’s case, as well as the affected homeowner. There were some very good discussions and questions raised regarding the situation. At the end of the meeting, the Board voted the following: 1 vote for granting the exception, 2 votes against the exemption and to uphold the deed restrictions, and 1 abstain. No majority from the Board. Next option for the homeowner is to appeal to the general neighborhood at our next General Meeting in August.

Construction in Ervan Chew Park

As many of you may have noticed, parts of the park have been cordoned off. According to the Houston Parks & Recreation website, Sections of Ervan Chew Park will be closed while the swimming pool complex is removed and a water sprayground is built to replace it. The project should be finished during September 2010.

Richwood Place Civic Association General Meeting

The next scheduled general meeting for the Richwood Place Civic Association will be held on Tuesday, May 11th, at 7PM.  The location for the meeting is Zoe’s Kitchen, at the west end of Norfolk and Portsmouth streets at Shepherd.

We’ve got updates on deed restriction proceedings, neighborhood security issues, a financial update, and other pertinent matters related to Richwood Place.

Hope to see all of you there on Tuesday!

Board Meeting

There will be a RPCA board meeting on Monday, May 10th at 7PM at 1922 Lexington. Everyone is welcome to attend, and I would like to encourage all committee members and block captains to attend. If you are a block captain and cannot attend, please send me a short update on your block since the last general meeting, so that we can include it in our agenda.

Tuesday Night out for Richmond Rail – Marie Selma

The many wonderful restaurants along Richmond Avenue play a big part in making Neartown, Upper Kirby, and Greenway Plaza vital places to live and work. Studies show that restaurants are often the first businesses to benefit when rail service begins — rail transit brings hungry customers! But many Richmond restaurant owners are fearful of the disruption created during rail construction.

It’s in our interest to ensure Richmond businesses survive and thrive. Tuesday Nights Out are our way of showing Richmond business owners that RichmondRail supporters are their customers today and will continue to support them throughout construction. When we show up as a group of customers sporting green and white RichmondRail buttons and t-shirts, it sends a powerful message that we support rail and we support their businesses.

This month’s Night Out will be held at Marie Selma – 1617 Richmond Avenue.

$10 Trees Today Only

I just caught this on the morning news. Today from 8:00 AM to noon, Trees for Houston has trees for all Houstonians, just in time for Arbor Day! For a suggested donation of $10, you can choose four-foot-tall or larger tree. Then, with a little work and care, you will soon have something beautiful that can be enjoyed for generations.

4000 Greenbriar @ US 59

Available tree species inclues : Sycamore | Loblolly | Pine Live Oak | Shumard Red Oak Cedar Elm | Bald Cypress

RPCA Board Meeting

There will be a RPCA Board meeting on Monday, March 15th at 7pm at my house, 1922 Lexington.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Sorry for the short notice, but we finally got enough people available to meet to finalize the transition.

Trees Available From City of Houston

Just got this email from Mark Johnson @ Neartown: The City of Houston Urban Forestry Department has gifted Neartown residents with (50) 15-gallon hardwood trees in the following species: Shumard red oak, Texas Green Ash, Retama (Jerusaleum Thorn), Evergreen elm, Mountain Laurel, Redbud, Red Maple and Mexican plum.

The trees must be planted on the City right-of-way (or other City property such as a park or school) and the new owner will sign a form agreeing to water and feed the tree(s) for a minimum of two years.

These trees are HUGE! A truck is required for transport – and I do not have a truck. For more information or to set up a time to view the trees, contact Kathy Schipper at Hurry and make a decision as these beauties will go fast!