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Texas-sized Ribbon Cutting Takes Place on Houstonís Harrisburg Boulevard to Celebrate East End Revitalization


HOUSTON, Feb. 10, 2011 ó The Greater East End Management District announced a larger-than-life ribbon cutting ceremony would be held Feb. 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. in the CVS/pharmacy parking lot at 4516 Harrisburg Boulevard at Lockwood Drive, Houston, Texas, 77011. But itís not the ceremony itself thatís oversized; itís the ribbon. A supersized ribbon will extend along the newly constructed sidewalk. Attendees will line up along with it and, armed with pairs of scissors, will cut on command to symbolize the progress made to date and the contributions of so many in accomplishing it.

Set to the rousing music of the Austin High School marching band, this festive event will laud the reconstruction of Harrisburg Boulevardís sidewalks as they herald the rebirth of Houstonís East End. A cast of elected officials will attend including U.S. Rep. Gene Green, state Sen. Mario Gallegos, state Rep. Carol Alvarado, state Rep. Jessica Farrar, Councilman Ed Gonzalez, METRO President George Greanias and prominent area property and business owners.

Construction of the new sidewalks is only the first step in a dynamic, half-billion dollar plan to transform the area into a safer, more pedestrian-friendly and vibrant community for residents and businesses alike. Other improvements the District is funding include ramps, benches, lighting and signage that will complement the locally funded METRO Light Rail on Harrisburg Boulevard and provide better access to the new retail and commercial development taking place on Harrisburg and Navigation Boulevards.

ďThe Greater East End Management District, along with its partners,Ē said GEEMD President Diane Schenke, ďis responding to the demands of the community for a shaded and walkable Harrisburg Boulevard. The District sees Harrisburg Boulevard with its East End Light Rail, updated streetscape and new commercial development as leading the way to a revitalized East End.Ē

The District, adjacent to downtown Houston, already boasts many new, multimillion-dollar housing developments such as the Alexan Lofts, Perry Homes and Lovett Townhomes.

About the GEEMD
The Greater East End Management District was founded in 1999. The District area covers 16 square miles and borders Clinton Drive to the north, Loop 610 to the east, Telephone Road and Interstate 45 to the south and the Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad to Highway 59 to the west.


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