Freedmen’s Town: Andrews and Wilson Streets Design Concept Report

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LOCATION Andrews St from Genesee St to Heiner St and Wilson St from W Dallas St to Ruthven St (see Project map)

COUNCIL DISTRICT C

TYPE Plan (Study)

START Summer 2023

COMPLETION Spring 2024

DETAILS This study will assess design concepts for updating aging underground infrastructure while preserving and celebrating the historic brick streets of Freedmen’s Town (Andrews and Wilson Streets). Houston Public Works (HPW) is collaborating with the Freedmen’s Town community, Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy (HFTC), and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH) to find innovative solutions for replacing the aging buried infrastructure, enhancing mobility and safety in the neighborhood, and preserving the historic bricks both in the streets and currently stored off site. The project will produce and present different ideas and best practices to celebrate, respect, and preserve history while providing the needed infrastructure for future generations.


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General Project Information



How long is this project going to take to complete?
Work began in the Summer of 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2024. The project schedule depends upon weather conditions.

LOCATION Andrews St from Genesee St to Heiner St and Wilson St from W Dallas St to Ruthven St (see Project map)

COUNCIL DISTRICT C

TYPE Plan (Study)

START Summer 2023

COMPLETION Spring 2024

DETAILS This study will assess design concepts for updating aging underground infrastructure while preserving and celebrating the historic brick streets of Freedmen’s Town (Andrews and Wilson Streets). Houston Public Works (HPW) is collaborating with the Freedmen’s Town community, Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy (HFTC), and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH) to find innovative solutions for replacing the aging buried infrastructure, enhancing mobility and safety in the neighborhood, and preserving the historic bricks both in the streets and currently stored off site. The project will produce and present different ideas and best practices to celebrate, respect, and preserve history while providing the needed infrastructure for future generations.


MAP


General Project Information



How long is this project going to take to complete?
Work began in the Summer of 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2024. The project schedule depends upon weather conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting their input on plans for our neighborhood? 

    1. We will be accepting input from all Stakeholders and all community members. We do not have any plans drawn up yet (as of 09/05/2023) and will not without community input. As of now and per the schedule, we are currently listening and having conversations about past stories, past experiences, past processes, and visions and ideas from community members for the restoration/preservation of the Brick Streets.  

What plans do you have, and who decided on your plans to present? 

    1. We do not have any plans yet. We have a schedule, shown on this webpage, which would eventually include several alternatives (with community input), which we would collectively narrow to one workable solution. 
    2. Plans and drawings that were shown in the Stakeholder Meeting on 08/29/2023 highlighted existing conditions and where storm sewer and other utility lines existed within the roadways. 
    3. We are gathering plans from previous processes and, together with the community, will ascertain if they are still the best approach(es) or if alternative methods would be desired for preserving and restoring the Brick Streets. 

What is a general summary of what is being done?

    1. Please see the press release under the Resources tab on this webpage, which provides a background on the project.  

What is a general summary of what is being done?

  1. As per the press release under the Resources Tab, the Houston Freedmen's Town Conservancy (HFTC) and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) have been awarded $1,250,000 by the Mellon Foundation for community engagement and artist-led initiatives. Dubbed Rebirth in Action, this presents a great opportunity to re-engage the conversation around preserving the Brick Streets. Houston Public Works (HPW) is partnering with HFTC and CAMH on this project to create a schematic feasibility plan that can ensure future developments are respectful and complementary to Freedmen’s Town heritage. Thus preserving its history while enhancing the area for a more resilient future.
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