One Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 9202 Nathaniel Street

Aug 6, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another that occurred at 9202 Nathaniel Street about 7 p.m. on January 30.  

The suspect, Henry McZeal McCoy (b/m, 35), is charged with capital murder in the 351st State District Court.  He is accused in the death of  Pedro Ontiveros, 23, who died at the scene.  

A booking photo of McCoy is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Officers D. Higgs and J. Caten reported:

Officers responded to a shooting at a convenience store at the above address and found Mr. Ontiveros sitting inside a vehicle in the parking lot.  Paramedics pronounced him deceased.  Another male victim was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. 

At that time, the suspects were described only as two black males in their 20s.  

Further investigation identified McCoy as one of the suspects.  He was taken into custody today (August 6) without incident.  A second unidentified suspect remains at large.  

Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect or in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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City Council Approves Ordinance Changes to Encourage Walkable Development

Aug 6, 2020
City Council Approves Ordinance Changes to Encourage Walkable Development 
HOUSTON – Houston City Council adopted amendments to development ordinances – Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development – that aim to change the urban streetscape in designated areas and move Houston a step closer to embracing walkability and development that relies less on cars.

The Walkable Places and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives promote pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development. The new ordinances encourage combined commercial, office, and multifamily residential developments to create more vibrant, walkable streets that support alternative modes of transportation.

These programs are the result of three years of planning, research and public engagement by the Walkable Places Committee and help to achieve the goals of Plan HoustonResilient HoustonHouston Climate Action Plan and Complete Streets.  

“This is an exciting and meaningful moment for our city, a paradigm shift, where we are building a framework for the future and moving away from the auto-centric development standards that prioritized parking over people,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner “By approving these ordinances, we are changing the way people think about moving about in our city and making it easier for developers and property owners to join this forward momentum.”

Current auto-centric surburban development versus new pedestrian-friendly urban development
 
Click each image for larger view or view on the Walkable Places site. 

Effective October 1, 2020, the standards will apply to new developments or redevelopments in three pilot communities: Emancipation Avenue in Third WardMidtown and Hogan/Lorraine Streets in Near Northside.

Walkable Places may be designated on any street within the city limits by either the City of Houston or property owners and established with unique planning standards to address the neighborhood characteristics. Transit Oriented Development streets within a half mile of walking distance from transit stations may be designated by the City of Houston.

Both programs will benefit:property owners by allowing more buildable area and adjusting parking requirements;pedestrians by creating safer and more walkable streetscapes and public spaces; andneighborhoods by creating an activated area with more eyes on the street.“Houstonians will still drive cars. Change won’t happen overnight or in every corner of our city, but these three pilot communities are ideal locations to launch the new Walkable Places development standards,” said Planning and Development Department Director Margaret Wallace Brown. “We hope these communities will be open to new mobility possibilities, ready for transformative change and ready to pave the way for Walkable Places yet to come.”
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Mayor Turner and Houston City Council approve $20 million rent relief program

Aug 6, 2020
City Council Approves $20 million Rent Relief Program to Help Houstonians Who Cannot Pay Rent Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mayor Turner explains how the City Council Approved $20 million Rent Relief Program will work. The program is designed to help Houstonians who cannot pay rent because of financial challenges created by the COVID-19 Pandemic. A landlord must also agree not to evict tenants through Sept. 2020.
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