The Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 13 (Old Sixth Ward TIRZ) works to improve the historic Old Sixth Ward neighborhood area and encourage development of affordable and market-rate residential housing projects through the financing of public improvement projects. Created Dec. 22, 1998, by Houston City Council at the request of the Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association and property-owner petitioners, the Old Sixth Ward TIRZ contains the boundaries of Houston’s Old Sixth Ward. The area covers approximately 94 acres of land immediately west of downtown Houston.
Improving the Zone
Among the organization’s key accomplishments have been:
- purchasing the 1912 Dow School to be retained as a community hub, park and multicultural center;
- designing and constructing The Park for Humans and Dogs, which includes the restored Witch’s Hat turret-turned-gazebo cupola. Preservationists salvaged the iconic turret from the demolished 1899 Allen Paul House from Houston’s historic South End—now Midtown;
- creating and installing historic district street and wayfinding signs;
- installing 4.4 miles of new-brick paved accessible sidewalks and curbs;
- rehabilitating public and private sewer lines within the zone; and
- rebuilding the road and underground infrastructure and restoring the century-old bricks of Sabine Street, one of Houston’s few remaining original brick streets. Completion of this project is anticipated by early 2019.
A nine-member governing board of directors oversees the Old Sixth Ward TIRZ and consists of five city appointees, one school district appointee, one county appointee, a representative of the area’s state senator, Silvia Garcia, Texas Senate District 6; and a representative of state representative, Garnet F. Coleman, Texas House District 147.
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The board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. on an as-needed basis. Board meetings are open for public attendance.
To learn more about our area and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, please visit these Web sites:
- Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association
- Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)
- City of Houston TIRZ
- Arts District Houston