New Study Looks At Improving Busy Northwest Houston Intersection

On the left: current FM 1960 and Kuykendahl intersection. On the right: Artist rendering shows what FM 1960 and Kuykendahl would look like with the addition of landscaping and public art. Photos courtesy of Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
Officials in northwest Houston are getting help as they try to improve a busy intersection plagued by vacant businesses and over-sized parking lots.

The problem began a few years ago during construction of the underpass on Kuykendahl and FM 1960.

Some large retail outlets wound up going out of business. They left behind big empty buildings and huge parking lots. 

Barbara Thomason with Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce says with changing retail patterns, the community now has to find ways to redevelop areas she calls "oceans of cement."

"The space sometimes is not as usable for the next retailer, so sometimes its cost prohibitive for the next store to take either part or all of the next space."

Thomason says they'll soon have a blueprint on how to proceed, now that the Houston-Galveston Area Council has awarded a $100,000 Livable Cities Study Grant. The study will focus on how to make that segment of 1960 more appealing to new businesses. 

"We have been pretty unified as a community in fighting some of the more undesirable businesses and seeing that they're removed and go elsewhere, or shut down."

The study will be wrapped up in late 2014 or early 2015. Thomason says once they have some recommendations they'll start looking for funding so they can make improvements.

 

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...