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As was shared in the September newsletter, the Energy Corridor District was selected by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) to receive federal funding for the creation of a pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly area as part of the Livable Centers Program. Recently, H-GAC reached the next step in making the planned master development a reality by seeking consulting services to conduct a study and develop a plan to further the goals of the Livable Centers program. The selected consultant will develop a plan that addresses the application of the Livable Centers program goals to the area between State Highway 6 and WestLake Park Boulevard on both sides of Interstate Highway 10, including identification of transportation improvements that could leverage private investment and improve the quality of life in the area. For interested consultants, the deadline for the submittal of proposals is no later than 3:30 PM on Monday December 7, 2009. A Pre-Proposal Meeting is to be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM in the Houston-Galveston Area Council 2nd floor Conference Room C. Those unable to attend the meeting in person may participate via conference call. Please notify Meredith Dang at H-GAC’s main number (713) 993-4503 no later than Thursday November 5, 2009 if you plan to attend the meeting or wish to be included on the conference call.
The Livable Center plan is slated for the area within a one mile cycling and walking distance of the future Energy Corridor Transit Center at the Addicks Park & Ride Lot. The 20-year plan will develop the area as a mixed-use transit-oriented development with pedestrian connections bridging IH 10 to existing and future development on both sides of the highway. The study will complete a needs assessment, develop a vision and conceptual plan, propose specific recommendations, and finalize conceptual designs and propose an implementation plan for the proposed recommendations. Coordination with METRO, the Energy Corridor District, property owners, community groups and other stakeholders within the study area will occur from February through September 2010.
Please see the Livable Centers section of the H-GAC website for additional information: http://www.h-gac.com/purchasing/rfp/trn09-013.aspx