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East End Houston’s Historic Fire Station #2 Provides Public Bike Repair Station for Community Use

East End Houston’s Historic Fire Station #2 Provides Public Bike Repair Station for Community Use

Built in 1910, the two-story brick and mortar engine house at 317 Sampson was occupied by one of Houston’s three original volunteer fire fighting companies. Construction of Fire Station #2 in Houston’s historic East End marked the transition of the city’s fire department from a loosely structured volunteer effort housed primarily in converted private residences into a salaried organization that was trained, equipped and maintained by the City of Houston.

Purchased in 2013 by Michael Skelly and his wife, Anne Whitlock, the historic fire station at the corner of Sampson and Preston Streets underwent an extensive rehabilitation and remodel to eventually become their private residence. While planning the renovation of the building, they became aware of six vacant Victorian houses on Garrow Street nearby. They decided to move all six houses to the block on which the fire station sits, and sell them to others who share their appreciation for the intrinsic value of the houses, and desire to contribute to a historic and vital community.

On October 19, to celebrate Skelly’s birthday, a public bike repair station was installed along the sidewalk outside of the residence. The community is invited to use the repair station to air up tires or for quick mechanical bike adjustments while out enjoying a ride in East End Houston.

Skelly, an avid cyclist and BikeHouston advisory board member, suggests that other residents who are interested in installing public bike repair stations on their property contact BikeHouston for more information.

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Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) kicks off the public engagement phase of Plan Downtown with the launch of My Downtown, an interactive survey and mapping tool designed by project consultant and international interdisciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki Associates. “My Downtown is an integral piece of the community engagement strategy for Plan Downtown, a new 20-year vision that will position Downtown at the forefront of Houston’s advancement as a global city,” said Bob Eury, Executive Director of the Downtown District. “Along with text surveys, public workshops and topical focus groups, the My Downtown survey results will provide us with indispensible insight into the ways in which people experience Downtown Houston, whether they’re residents, workers or visitors.”

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