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.

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    Thank you for respecting the historical significance of the brick streets. Please consider turning Andrews St and Wilson St into pedestrian-priority corridors. This would strengthen our community. These pedestrianized streets would make up for our lack of park space, serving as a network of calm places for people of all ages to walk, to bike, to socialize, and to play. Pedestrian-priority streets also attract business, and might play a role in bringing retail shops back to Freedmen's Town. Finally, these historic streets are a natural fit for walking tours, which work best when drivers aren't bothering pedestrians. Please study the use of modal filters to limit car traffic on Andrews St and Wilson St. Filters could be placed mid-block or at intersections.

    NealEhardt asked 8 months ago

    Howdy Neighbor! Thank you for your message and input on the potential use or concept for Andrews and Wilson Streets. As we dive into the project fully in the next few months, the design and consulting team will test and vet several options for the future of these streets, balancing the factors you listed and the upgrade to the aging infrastructure. Your input will certainly be considered, and opportunities for you and the community to review concepts drawn up for the streets. Thanks again, and we look forward to your contributions and continued interest during the process.

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