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.