Progress continues at Katy Downtown Plaza

Now that the Centerpoint pole has been removed, the city does not expect any changes to the project’s timeline. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)
Now that the Centerpoint pole has been removed, the city does not expect any changes to the project’s timeline. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)

Now that the Centerpoint pole has been removed, the city does not expect any changes to the project’s timeline. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)

Despite the rain, progress is being made at Katy’s Downtown Plaza, according to Katy City Council’s Jan. 25 meeting. Recent advancements include pouring concrete and removing a Centerpoint power pole that had been a major hurdle in the construction process.

“One of the biggest obstacles that we had out there—we finally have it removed,” City Administrator Byron Hebert said.

Now that the Centerpoint pole has been removed, the city does not expect any changes to the project’s timeline.

“So we're now free and clear to complete all the work, and we won't have to wait for that or hold back for anything,” said Chris Leblanc, lead engineer on the project.

Council Member Janet Corte said she could not wait to discuss the good news.



“I went by there last week at the end of last week or whatever and noticed that the pole was gone,” Corte said. “The first thing I did was pick up the phone and call [Mayor Pro Tem] Chris Harris and say, ‘It's gone! It's gone!’ So that was exciting. All of this sounds great, and I'm so happy that this is moving forward.”

Another improvement to the plaza discussed at the meeting included the addition of magnetic locks to the bathroom doors. Hebert said he plans on creating an email address specifically intended to receive concerns and suggestions for the Downtown Plaza project. Corte also expressed support for creating an advisory board and 10-year plan for the space.

By Laura Aebi

Editor, Katy and Sugar Land/Missouri City

Laura joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2020 after a few years in the public relations industry. Laura graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from North Texas, Laura relocated to Houston after spending three years in Pacific Northwest. Previously, she interned with two radio stations in Central Texas and held the role of features editor at the San Marcos Daily Record. Laura writes about local government, development, transportation, education, real estate and small businesses in these communities.