Residents of West University Place are being asked to provide input on plans for a new community center, senior center and library project taking place within the city by participating in an online survey.

Mayor Susan Sample said in a news release that public engagement opportunities are important to the community.

"Our city's facilities play a central role in enhancing the quality of life for all residents. City Council has emphasized the importance of community involvement during this process to truly reflect the desires of our community," Sample said.

What's happening

The urban planning survey for Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan will provide feedback on topics such as greenspace, pedestrian safety, parking and gathering opportunities. The results of the survey will aid in determining the size, shape and orientation of the facilities, according to a news release.

Access to the survey will be available until May 6 and can be found on the city's website link: here.

How we got here

City Council and staff are looking to make optimal use of the city's space and ensure that the facilities can meet current and future demands since some of the city's facilities date back to the 1940s and 1950s, according to the news release.

The West University Place City Council approved a Facilities Master Plan in June 2022. The plan includes four phases, the details of which are subject to change as design and public engagement processes move forward:

  • Building a new public works facility
  • Building a new community center/senior center/library
  • Building a new fire station
  • Making renovations to City Hall and expanding the police department
What else

Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan will also include an assessment of the city's recreation center with plans to repurpose the space to meet the city's future needs. According to the news release, once the Parks Maintenance Department relocates to the new public works facility, the recreation center's assessment phase can begin.

After the May 6 survey deadline, residents are also invited to a Facilities Master Plan town hall meeting on May 14, 6:30 p.m. in the community building located at 6104 Auden St., Houston.

Shawn Arrajj contributed to this report.