What Projects Do You Think the TIRZ Should Work on Next? Let Us Know by April 14

What projects would you like your Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to be working on in the near and distant future? Recently, the TIRZ board assembled a DRAFT project list and is inviting your suggestions and comments. Please view the potential projects list here: Draft of Old Sixth Ward Potential Projects April 8 2019

Please send any feedback to sherry@old6wardtirz.org by April 14 so it can be incorporated into discussion at the next TIRZ board meeting on Wednesday, April 17.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Dow School Park Renovation Plan Available for Review

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Dow School Park Quick Look

Among the Old Sixth Ward TIRZ 13 green space and cultural enrichment projects to enhance livability are improvements to Dow School Park.  This project is a total renovation of the park adjacent to MECA.  The organization is in the contractor selection process, and construction should begin within two months.  Please check back here for updates or on the Old Sixth Ward group Facebook page or Yahoo email group.

View the Dow School Park plan here. 

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Mayor, Council Member Cisneros to Attend Ribbon Cutting for Century-Old Brick Street Restoration Project

To commemorate the completed restoration of one of Houston’s last original, century-old brick streets, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros will join Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 13 board members and neighborhood residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the city’s oldest intact neighborhood. A project of the Old Sixth Ward TIRZ 13, the brick-paver renovation and underground infrastructure reinstallation is the organization’s largest and most high-profile initiative in its 20-year history.


10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019


In the 700 block of Sabine Street, between Lubbock and Kane streets. Visitors can parallel park for free along Lubbock Street and walk north up Sabine Street.


Following brief remarks, dignitaries and neighborhood leadership will cut the ribbon, with restored historic housing as their backdrop and the century-old brick street as their foreground.


Originally installed circa 1876, Sabine Street was brick-paved in the early 1900s. The three remaining blocks of brick street, intersecting and running south of Washington Avenue, had fallen into rutty disrepair but remained a beloved asset of the neighborhood.

The $1.6 million project included critical infrastructure improvements. Underground, the ancient sewage and storm drainage systems were in a state of partial collapse—creating malfunctioning plumbing within residents’ homes, occasional sink holes and strong odors following rain events. All sewage and storm pipes were replaced, and new storm water inlets were added, in connection with the work. The Old Sixth Ward TIRZ 13 also refurbished original stone curbs and new-brick paved sidewalks flanking the street and dovetailing with an earlier zone project that installed 4.4 miles of new-brick accessible sidewalks throughout the rest of the neighborhood.

The Old Sixth Ward TIRZ 13 contains the boundaries of Houston’s historic Old Sixth Ward, an area immediately northwest of downtown Houston.



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