Coming soon to Pearland: More visual appeal

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Realizing one never gets a second chance to make a first impression, Pearland’s leaders are getting motivated to create more visual appeal within the city – especially its “gateways” through which most first-time visitors enter. A plan to beautify the west end of town is under way, as the recently created Municipal Management District No. 2 discusses strategy and a master plan. The district runs along State Highway 288 between Beltway 8 and County Road 59 – an area identified by the Pearland Economic Development Corp. in the past as needing aesthetic improvement.

A management district has the authority to issue bonds and levy fees, assessments and taxes. Municipal District No. 2 was created to reinforce a positive image of the city in an area that is the first glimpse of Pearland that many visitors get. It will fund infrastructure, beautification, mobility, security and economic development projects, PEDC reported. The district’s governing board met for the first time this summer at the Westside Library location. The next step will be a master plan to facilitate a consensus on the improvements to be made to the corridor.

Meanwhile, Pearland EDC’s “Blueprint for Pearland,” a new strategic plan for the city, also gets under way in the coming budget year. The city’s budget included an estimated $350,000 for implementation of the plan, which identifies specific goals for creating visually appealing “gateways” to the city.

The PEDC was created in 1995 by city voters and is primarily funded through a half-cent sales tax in the city and governed by a seven-member board of directors that typically meets on the fourth or fifth Thursday of the month at 1200 Pearland Parkway, Suite 200, at 5 p.m.

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