Pearland - Friendswood Edition | March 2020

PEARLAND FRIENDSWOOD EDITION

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 4 | MARCH 13-APRIL 9, 2020

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Delayed IvyDistrict to make strides this year Enormity of project, legal issues pose challenges for developer, sources said The Ivy District, a mixed-use project west of Hwy. 288 in Pearland, is moving forward, but the slow nature of the project’s progress leaves an air of mystery around it. Since 2016, developer-funded roads and infrastruc- ture for the development have been built near Hwy. 288. However, work has yet to begin on the project’s buildings despite projections to complete the first phase in 2019, according to Community Impact Newspaper coverage in August 2017. Once the project is solely in private hands, there is only so much the city can do; the speed of the project is up to the developer, Council Member David Little said. "The developers have what they need for the city. They just need to get going on it," Little said. "You can't BY HALEY MORRISON

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Money on

the line While the roadways and drainage paths throughout the Ivy District are expected to be completed this year, construction for the buildings has yet to begin. Meanwhile, developers have already sunk millions into the site.

future jobs 900

projected assessed value of the land $250M

acres of space 48.5

invested in infrastructure $14.06M

from foreign investors $49.5M

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SOURCES: CITY OF PEARLAND, SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Cities’ park project funding at an impasse

parks by city

Pearland and Friendswood each have a number of public and private green spaces. Here is how many public parks each offers.

BY MORGAN SLUTZKY

Last year, Pearland residents passed a bond to maintain city parks. Now that those proj- ects have been funded, and as the city’s pop- ulation continues to grow, funding for parks and recreation is in a position to move for- ward or backward in priority. City Council Member Adrian Hernandez said his involvement with the parks board and position as executive director of Keep Pearland Beautiful may make him feel more connected to the parks system, where he sees people reach out to the city for events the parks lack the infrastructure to handle.

Keep Pearland Beautiful is a nonprofit orga- nization focused on empowering Pearland residents to take responsibility for their envi- ronment, according to its website. “These are opportunities to bring arts and culture to the city we’re missing out on, and all of that has to do not just with park devel- opment, but economic development, quality of life and more,” Hernandez said. During the last three fiscal years, Pearland allocated around 8%of the budget to its Parks and Recreation department. Though the

Community Parks

PEARLAND 7 community parks 2 dog parks

Dog Parks

FRIENDSWOOD 7 community parks 1 dog park

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SOURCES: CITY OF FRIENDSWOOD, CITY OF PEARLAND/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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