Upper Kirby TIRZ to put construction on hold for holiday shopping

The Chronicle's Rosanna Ruiz notes that progress (in the form of the massive Kirby reconstruction/drainage project) will be delayed over the holidays, so Upper Kirby businesses can sell you stuff:

Construction work will pause from Nov. 21 through Jan. 2, said Travis Younkin, capital projects coordinator for the Upper Kirby District.

Work along side streets will continue, though.

"We can't have construction crews working on the street during the busiest shopping season of the year," Younkin said.

The $18 million project, managed by the Upper Kirby District Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, is scheduled to be completed by next November.

Kirby, from Richmond to Westheimer, will have three somewhat wider lanes in each direction, raised esplanades, wider sidewalks and more street lighting.

Overhead utility lines also will be placed underground, which should reduce worries about downed power lines during storms that would otherwise paralyze Kirby businesses.

Rarely are TIRZ officials so forthright about whose interests they prioritize.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 11/10/08 11:06 PM | Print |

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