Thanks to all of you who have welcomed my leadership with open arms. I am excited and energized to embrace the task of leading this wonderful neighborhood association! I want to thank Harry Shafer for his strong leadership over the past two years. He has done an outstanding job in positioning the organization for the future.

I want to also take this opportunity to thank the members who have recently left the board: Anne Alexander, Annice Hill, Jessie Simpson, Patrick Conroy and Curtis Johnson. They have served our organization well and we appreciate their strong efforts.

Next, I want to thank the returning board members: Beth Davis, Patty Duarte, Josephine Garcia, Charlotte Luongo, Ethel Pedraza, Bradley Toland and Christine Viña. In addition, I would like to welcome all the new board members: Shawn Campbell, Gretchen Kragh, Erich Landry, Monika Maeckle, Betsy Schultz, Brad Shaw and Amanda Strickland. I thank you all for your commitment to our organization, and I am excited to work with you over the next year to lead this organization.

My vision for this year’s board is to develop a strong cohesive organization, building upon the accomplishments of our previous boards, that will lead the King William Association into the next phase. Change is inevitable for our neighborhood as Southtown becomes a more and more desirable place to live. Stopping change is not realistic and counterproductive. My goal is to navigate our organization through these changes, being proactive, not reactive, in managing our growth, so that we can remain the desired neighborhood that we all loved when we moved here.

All the best!!- Chris Price

It is a privilege to have been elected as president of the King William Association. I am looking forward to working with our Executive Director Cherise Bell and the newly-elected board to address the issues facing our neighborhood. Our board leadership for 2016-2017 is composed of Vice President Gretchen Kragh, Treasurer Charlotte Luongo, Secretary Patricia Duarte and Parliamentarian Brad Shaw.

We met in September to create an agenda and prioritize the issues we will be tackling this year. I will provide more details in the next newsletter. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the KWA office with any of your concerns. Again, I look forward to working with you all for a great year ahead!

There is a continued commercial development trend going on along the S. Alamo corridor.  Two major commercial properties, the former vending machine warehouse at 1811 S. Alamo and an adjacent tract at 1302 S. Flores, were purchased by David Adelman.  The S. Alamo property is scheduled for mixed-use with creative office space, plus a restaurant and/or bar.  The King William Association has been following the process through HDRC and Zoning, and formally requested that no outdoor amplified music be allowed.  The Zoning Commission approved the IDZ zoning with C2 and Bar uses without restricting any amplified noise.  The property adjoins a potential historic neighborhood adjacent to King William and a prominent multi-story loft is located across S. Alamo along S. Flores, residences that are well within the “sound shed” of amplified noise.  

This being my last post as president, I want to highlight some of the accomplishments this past year on big ticket items that affect our neighborhood. The efforts of the King William-Lavaca Parking and Transportation Committee chaired by Rose Kanusky have born fruit. Our meetings with the City Manager’s staff, City Center Development Office, and Transportation and Capital Improvements Department resulted in the city hiring an outside consultant, Amy Avery of Kimley-Horn Engineers, to make a thorough study of the parking and transportation issues in King William and Lavaca. We combined the two neighborhoods because we share the same parking issues and are impacted by events in each other’s neighborhoods. The consultant’s study has taken a year to complete, and has not been released, but a draft summary was presented at our committee meeting. The City will be implementing some of the recommendations as early as October. These new parking and transportation changes will be explained in forthcoming public meetings offered by the city.

The 2016 King William Fair has passed.  My report had to be submitted before the Fair in order to meet the Newsletter deadline, but as I write this, there is a lot of action going on at the KWA office, thanks to the Fair Manager Zet Baer and Fair Coordinator Melanie Whitley, Fair Assistant Syeria Budd and their volunteers.  Many folks volunteered to help with the Fair – far too many to thank here.  The Fair staff drives the engine but the volunteers provide the energy and it could not happen without them.