|Preservation of the historic architecture of the Old Sixth Ward
One of the TIRZ’s stated purposes is to promote historic preservation within the Zone. In order to enhance the historic character of the Zone, the TIRZ has several ongoing projects:
Concrete Street Signs
The TIRZ is working to determine the feasibility of replacing historic, concrete street signs within the Zone with historically accurate replacement signs.
Historic Street Lights
The TIRZ is working to determine the feasibility of replacing the standard City of Houston street lights with decorative brackets and decorative luminaires that are more consistent with the Zone’ historic character. The specific design of will complement ambiance of the neighborhood. The TIRZ is working with CenterPoint to develop a feasible design and working model for inspection.
The TIRZ is working with its engineers to determine the feasibility of repairing the sanitary sewer system in the Zone. According to City of Houston Public Works officials, the sanitary sewer system is substantiality under capacity for modern day standards. While this utility work may become an inconvenience, the Zone will benefit from a more reliable sewer system.
The TIRZ is working with its engineers to determine the feasibility of a program to install historically appropriate brick/paver sidewalks within the Zone in a manner consistent with the few original sidewalks that still exist in the Zone.
The TIRZ is working with its engineers to determine the feasibility of repairing Sabine Street. Sabine Street is one of the very few remaining brick streets in Houston , and has experienced much wear and tear over the years
The TIRZ is working with its engineers to determine the feasibility of placing certain metallic way-finding signs within the Zone. The nature of these signs will be to brand the neighborhood as a special historic district with its own identity. Some of the signs may also identify and direct individuals to certain locations within the Zone.
Per an agreement with the City, 1/3 of the TIRZ’s revenue is returned to the City to aid the City’s Houston Hope initiative. the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) is working with experienced builders and community development corporations to build new affordable homes.
Houston Hope is Mayor Bill White’s initiative to reinvest in Houston’s established neighborhoods. The goal of Houston Hope is to build strong communities that meet the needs of current residents and are attractive to new and returning families.