Church land is sticking point in Strawberry Road’s future
Second Baptist, Pasadena council need to start talks
— reported by the Houston Chronicle(1)
The majority of Pasadena City Council members say they support moving forward with the plan to extend Strawberry Road, but the projected cost of more than $10 million is a concern to others.
Mayor John Manlove polled the council last Thursday at the end of a two-hour discussion workshop on the project.
Engineers and other project consultants at the workshop updated the council on what has taken place toward determining the extension route and acquiring the needed land.
Under the existing plan, Strawberry would be extended about a mile northward from Harris Street along the east side of Little Vince Bayou to intersect with Pasadena Boulevard at Park Lane, just north of Jackson Street.
Land acquisition is well under way. Of 33 Scott Street houses slated for demolition, 25 have been purchased.
The major unknown factor in completing the project, speakers said at the Dec. 15 workshop, is the cost of property owned by Second Baptist Church. The church’s gym at 1302 Scott is in the extension’s proposed path.