In 2020, Humble officials will explore future initiatives to revitalize downtown Humble and encourage more retail and restaurant growth.

Mark Mitchell, president of the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership, said the partnership and city officials intend to meet with the Houston-Galveston Area Council in January to develop a strategy to revitalize downtown Humble. The H-GAC’s Bringing Back Main Street initiative aims to help local governments and businesses revitalize downtown areas.

Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe said the city could host more downtown events and attract more tenants selling food and drinks.

The city will also focus on continual funding of its Downtown Improvement Program, which has granted nearly $400,000 to residents to improve the facades of their homes since it launched in fiscal year 2015-16. The city will match up to $10,000 for renovations to downtown residences and businesses.

Although Stuebe said revitalizing downtown Humble is not something that can be accomplished in a year, the meeting in January is going to be the city’s first big step toward deciding what improvements can be made to Humble to attract more tourism.

“This is going to be a very long-term project; this isn’t going to be something that we can just wave our magic wand and all of the sudden turn it into this great, amazing thing overnight,” he said.

Other stories to follow in 2020

Humble Museum relocation

Contractors broke ground in early November on a $450,000 project to relocate the Humble Museum to its new home in the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center’s band hall. The project will be completed in spring 2020.

Possible Montgomery County road bond

Montgomery County commissioners and Brown & Gray Engineers are updating the county’s 2016 master thoroughfare plan, which could provide an outline for which projects to include in a potential road bond. County officials have not confirmed whether a road bond will be called this year.

This article ran in the January 2020 edition of Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood. The full e-edition will be available on Jan. 6