Market Data for Katy — March 2013

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Willow Fork of Buffalo Bayou, which runs from the city of Katy to Cinco Ranch and inside Barker Reservoir., includes a main channel and diversion channel. Both channels are undergoing desilting projects. (Courtesy Wendy Duncan)
Willow Fork of Buffalo Bayou: Phase 2 of desilting diversion channel begins; desilting of main channel finishes

Work is progressing on desilting the Willow Fork of Buffalo Bayou, which runs from the city of Katy to Cinco Ranch and inside Barker Reservoir.

Big Z’s Pizza House & Brew opened in Katy. (Courtesy Big Z’s Pizza House & Brew)
Big Z’s Pizza House & Brew opens in Katy area

The restaurant’s menu is made from scratch and includes Chicago fare

Title Boxing Club Katy opened in Katy. (Courtesy Title Boxing Club Katy)
Title Boxing Club Katy opens on Westheimer Parkway

The gym offers boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts classes.

In a split 3-2 vote, the Harris County Commissioners Court passed a nonbinding resolution in favor of legislation requiring universal background checks for all Texas firearm sales, including those involving an unlicensed gun dealer and stranger-to-stranger gun sales, at its Nov. 12 meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
In split vote, Harris County approves resolution supporting universal background checks for all Texas firearm sales

The nonbinding resolution's passing demonstrated the court's support of legislation requiring universal background checks for all gun sales in the state, including those involving an unlicensed gun dealer and stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

Fort Bend County Bridge and Road Department began construction to build a temporary road between Charger Way and Katy Fulshear Road in Fulshear. (Courtesy Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner's office)
Construction begins on temporary road to relieve traffic on Charger Way in Fulshear

The temporary road will help relieve traffic associated with the three Lamar CISD schools located on the 0.7-mile Charger Way.

Ahead of the Dec. 14 mayoral runoff election for the city of Houston, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced plans Nov. 12 to move the county’s ballot box collection center to a more centralized location in hopes of expediting election result returns. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County clerk to move ballot box collection center to centralized location in effort to expedite election result returns

Ahead of the Dec. 14 mayoral runoff election for the city of Houston, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced plans Nov. 12 to move the county’s ballot box collection center to a more centralized location in hopes of expediting election result returns.

One of the major themes found in the report was a nearly 24-year range in average lifespan that varied across the county from as low as 65 years to as high as 89 years. According to the report, the Memorial/Bear Creek area has the highest average lifespan, while the East Little York/Settegast area has the lowest. (Courtesy Harris County Public Health)
Benchmark study reveals 24-year lifespan variance, high obesity rates and limited health care access across Harris County

A study by Harris County Public Health found life expectancy in Harris County alone varies by nearly 24 years depending on where a resident lives.

Kinokuniya Bookstore opened in Katy. (Courtesy NewsQuest Properties)
Kinokuniya Bookstore opens in Katy area

The retailer sells books, magazines and stationery from Japan.

Ross Stores Inc. will open a distribution center in Waller County in 2021. (Courtesy Ross Stores Inc.)
Ross distribution center to open in Brookshire in 2021

In addition to increasing the number of jobs and potential tax base, the distribution center is also driving new roads and road improvements in the area.

Bruce and Carol Huff (standing) passed the ownership to Jacob and Astrid Proctor (sitting). (Courtesy Betsy Proctor)
Katy Rock Shop under new ownership

Geologists Jacob and Astrid Proctor are the new owners of the store.

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