Michelle Dykstra is the new director of strategic accounts.


ServiceMaster, provider of residential and commercial damage restoration services, is expanding their team to better serve the community. With 10 regional offices, Brad Hollibaugh said, “80% of our business is commercial.” In support of this growing market segment, ServiceMaster has named Michele Dykstra director of strategic accounts. “SRM has the experience, expertise and resources to tackle commercial property emergencies,” said Dykstra. After spearheading efforts as a nonprofit executive director, Dykstra has gone back to her collaborative and entrepreneurial roots to help shape SRM’s direction. “Joining the Hollibaugh team at ServiceMaster and representing SRM is an incredible opportunity to serve my community and help others,” she said. As ServiceMaster continues serving area residents and businesses, the SRM role will help align industry with emergency solutions. People will continue to see ServiceMaster’s bright yellow rapid-response vehicles and a strong ServiceMaster presence in The Livable Forest and beyond.


Houston Public Works will be installing concrete sidewalks on High Valley Drive between Kingwood Drive and Stately Oak Street. The installation of this sidewalk will provide increased pedestrian safety for students attending Riverwood Middle School. Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin was happy to allocate the funding in the amount of $82,052.49 from his Council District Service Funds. Construction began Aug. 8 and is expected to be completed Sept. 5, weather permitting. Crews will operate between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and weekends if necessary.   As a result of the construction activities, drivers should be aware of flaggers and caution devices, like orange traffic control barriers, that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone.


The New Leads Club Morning Chapter meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30-9 a.m. at Nectar Nitro Cafe, 7560 FM 1960 in Atascocita. The purpose of the club is to assist business owners in getting good business referrals that will expand their business success. The New Leads Club is dedicated to maximizing the use of time and resources to get good business referrals. To accomplish this goal, the Leads Club uses a method of spaced, timed, repetition of information. They are not a social club. They are a business dedicated to growing members’ businesses.


Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To receive the free trees, join online at arborday.org/august or send a $10 membership contribution by Aug. 31 to: Arbor Day Foundation Ten Free Blue Spruces OR Ten Free Dogwoods, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.


The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) was awarded a $5,425,470 federal grant to implement noise mitigation measures for residents nearby, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced recently. The funding comes through the FAA’s Improvement Program. “Texas’ population grows with each passing day, and as more people travel in and out of our state, it’s important our infrastructure is able to meet the demand without interfering with Texans’ quality of life,” said Cornyn. “I’m proud that President Trump has made the Houston area a priority, and I look forward to seeing the impact this grant will have on our great state.” This is in addition to the $15 million grant Cornyn announced in June to reconstruct a taxiway at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.


Jackson-Shaw, a national real estate development company, recently announced that 50% of its new industrial development, Parc Air 59, has been leased prior to completion. This 320,000-square-foot, three-building urban industrial development in Humble is the first industrial component within Houston-based Archway Properties’ 111-acre, mixed-use business park which includes retail, medical office and other uses. Situated on 20 acres, Parc Air 59 is strategically positioned at the Will Clayton Pkwy. entrance to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Building 1, a 160,000-square-foot, cross-dock building, is located at 18870 U.S. Highway 59. Buildings 2 and 3, located at 18860 U.S. Highway 59 and 18850 U.S. Highway 59, are both 80,000-square-foot, single-load buildings. Each offers modern facility features, including 28-foot and 32-foot clear heights, 130-foot and 210-foot shared truck courts, ESFR sprinklers and abundant trailer parking. The development, located in the City of Humble, has very competitive operating expenses due to the city’s low tax rate.


GenCap Partners, Inc., a Dallas-based multi-family developer, purchased a 17-acre site in Humble and broke ground on a 350-unit complex at 17810 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. Coming in the second quarter of 2020, The Sarah at Lake Houston Parkway will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, including some townhome units, ranging from 560 square feet to 1,616 square feet, according to a release by JLL. Unit amenities include 9-foot ceilings, wood-style flooring, quartz countertops with tile backsplashes, stainless-steel appliances, and full-size washers and dryers.

The units will also feature dual-pane, Low-E, energy-efficient windows, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, and unlimited hot water with the TEAL system.

Community amenities include a private party room with catering kitchen and storage, a fitness center, an onsite pet spa and dog park, an outdoor sun deck with resort-style pool, a lap pool and poolside cabanas, and a biergarten and gathering courtyard.

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