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Project Braes Bayou 3

This is the third quarterly report regarding the Project Braes in my neighborhood near the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The majority of the work is done and orchestrated by the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Houston Parks Board, a non-profit, is working with them, to create more recreational space in this area. Google Maps now includes the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail, and it’s making more sense to me, now that I can see the plan! I still do not pretend to be an engineer or flood expert. I’m a Realtor who happens to live in the neighborhood, and I thought it would be fun to follow the progress to the finish.

This is the east end of the project I haven’t pictured before. I was looking west from the Bertner Street bridge in the medical center. These parallel trails coincide with the Google Maps drawing of the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail.

This is a view from No. Braeswood looking toward the Main St. bridge. I do believe they are building a “seawall” and fence along this area!

From this same place at No. Braeswood and Braeswood Ct., I can tell the “seawall” and fence are complete along the So. Braeswood side.

Also from No. Braeswood, this time looking west at the Kirby bridge, you can see a lot of concrete on the So. Braeswood side. Wooden fencing on the north side is keeping people off the path. I think this is your first glimpse of the trails going under the bridges. This one on the south side looks awesome!

From the west side of the Kirby bridge, you can see the same treatment with the wooden fencing and the “seawall” type concrete fence being assembled.

At No. Braeswood and Brompton, you can see the completed fence on the south side of Braeswood. They must not be planning one on the north side.

Looking west from the Kirby bridge on the No. Braeswood side, the south side trail is still incomplete. It looks like a dead end at this time.  I wonder what they are thinking…meanwhile wildflowers are growing in this undisturbed portion of the bayou, and it is lovely!

Now I’m on the south side of Braeswood, and I can see the trail and fencing are finished and wildflowers are taking hold on this side of the bayou.

Looking west from Braesmain on So. Braeswood, I can see the fencing on the north side at the West University water treatment facility, and the trail on that side. Between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby, the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail will be on the north side of the bayou until you reach Holcombe (which is going east beyond the scope of this current project) where it will be on both sides of the bayou.

I know people are tired of seeing the signs saying “Trail Closed”, but hopefully, it won’t be long until a really amazing trail, much better than you have even experienced, will be ready! I’ll keep you posted!

Meanwhile, if you would like to live near this Braes Bayou Greenway Trail, there are single family and townhomes for sale in all price ranges. Call me for an appointment to learn more about these neighborhoods on the south and north sides of the bayou!! 713-530-0150!

Project Braes Bayou 2

IMG_1119This is my second quarterly report on the progress of Project Braes, a project with the majority of the work being done and orchestrated by the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Houston Parks Board will be working to create more recreational space in this area. I still do not pretend to be an engineer or expert on flood problems. I am a resident of the area, a Realtor, and I want to keep the neighborhood aware of the progress of this huge undertaking.

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These photos are from east of the Kirby bridge on So. Braeswood. The first one is looking West and the second, East. The fence and sidewalk near the street are finished, I think. That wall appears to be small, relative to the seawall in Galveston, but that is what it looks like to me!

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From the Main St. bridge, first looking West, then East toward the Med Center, we see the large area under the bridge in concrete…what is this going to be? I knew they would have trails under the bridges, to facilitate the needs of hikers and bikers. Maybe I will have the answer next time. Looking east, we see the vast amount of dirt leveled, packed and able to handle all these vehicles that belong to the workmen.

IMG_1098IMG_1099From Kelving and No. Braeswood, first looking East, then West toward the Kirby bridge. The progress on this side is not as far along as the So. Braeswood side, but you can see the wall is built along Braeswood to Kelving, and there is a heap of dirt ready to go or come, I don’t know.

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From Brompton and No. Braeswood, looking across to Knollwood Subdivision, it appears that the “seawall” will end between Buffalo Speedway and about Tidwell.

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We can see from Grennoch, west of Buffalo Speedway, there are a few piles of rocks/boulders along the south side of the bayou. I’ll tell about that in a minute. But it doesn’t look like much is happening here, except…

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Wildflowers! Wow! What a great relief from the construction!

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At Greenbush and So. Braeswood, you can see the wall is higher than So. Braeswood. I speculated in January, that it might be. In the second photo, there is something unusual. The two strips of grass have been laid precisely at certain places. One about 3′ wide is backed up to the wall. The second is a more narrow strip maybe 20′ away, I’m guessing. I can’t wait to see what is going on here!

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This backhoe is seriously in the bayou scooping up large rocks and boulders. That’s why they were further upstream on the edge of the water. Of course this makes sense to the Flood Control District (their truck is on the right), because those huge boulders take up water space in the bayou, and they are working hard to create more space for rainwater!

More to come in a few months, but if you would like to live in this area, so close to the Medical Center, NRG Park, downtown, Rice University and the Museum District, I can help you buy a home here. I can help you sell your home in this area. It is where I have lived over 35 years, and I know the value this location brings. Contact me at 713-530-0150!