Community hopes to improve FM 1960 corridor

February 7, 2013 3:35:53 PM PST
From crime to businesses shutting down, the FM 1960 corridor doesn't seem to have a good reputation over the past few years. Some community members are hoping to change that and find ways to improve the quality of life where they live.

It was a booming suburban development in the 60s and 70s and it continued to grow, but with every boom there's a downside. And in recent years it's started to show.

For 20 years, Suzanne Locker has owned ABC Pet Resort, not far from FM 1960 and the North Freeway, and she's seen the changes.

"There were people who lost their homes to flooding and just sold out, just gave them away basically," Locker said.

That hasn't gone unnoticed by the Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, nor by Renaissance 1960, a non-profit group advocating improvements along the corridor.

"In the area of safety, aesthetics and business improvements," said Ron Clebo with Renaissance 1960.

Something as simple as landscaped esplanades that are now in the middle of a busy roadway, softening the look. And while there are retail vacancies in some sections, in other parts new tenants are said to be moving in.

"We have a parade of people coming through this office who are starting their own business or adding a location or expanding in some way," said Barbara Thomason with the Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce.

This story was brought to you through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more about it in the Cypress Creek Mirror.

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