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Livable Communities Initiative

A Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project 
of the Federal Government and the City of Galveston


July 17, 2014 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee, which survived a proposal to “sunset” the committee at the recent city council meeting, met on Wednesday to discuss several transportation projects in Galveston. More
May 22, 2014 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday reviewed the status of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal on Wednesday. More
April 17, 2014 -- A settlement has been reached that will permit construction to resume on Galveston's Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Liveable Communities Initiative. More
February 20, 2014 -- Galveston transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday that there has been no progress on the Livable Communities Initiative’s Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, but that there has been significant progress on bus connectivity between Galveston and Downtown Houston. More
January 16, 2014 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Downtown Transit Terminal construction and Streetscape Design Project under the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative and reported on a trolley feasibility study and a package of system improvements that will be submitted to Galveston City Council soon. More
December 19, 2013 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to endorse a resolution approved by Galveston City Council in November revising the city’s funding request to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for Transportation Development Credits, which previously were proposed for hike and bike trails. More
October 26, 2013 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that progress on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal is still hampered by a lawsuit from the adjacent property owner, but that a court ruling allows some work to resume. More
August 15, 2013 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on progress, or the lack of it, on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal. More
July 19, 2013 -- Transportation Consultant John Carrara reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday that work on the Downtown Transportation Terminal remains stalled while repairs are being made on an adjacent building, but he said that Turner Construction is making improvements to the Shearn Moody Parking Garage, which will be a part of the terminal complex. More
June 21, 2013 -- Several entities covered by Guidry News Service which are involved in transportation/rail projects have similar names and missions. Jim Guidry has prepared an analysis of the entities. More
June 20, 2013 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Downtown Transit Terminal Construction and Streetscape Design Project on Wednesday. More
May 15, 2013 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update regarding possible delays to the city's Downtown Transit Terminal project due to a restraining order filed against the work by a neighboring property owner. More
April 18, 2013 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update regarding the construction of the Downtown Transit Terminal. More
March 21, 2013 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the Downtown Transportation Terminal that is being constructed as a part of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
February 21, 2013 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday was asked by the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee to review the reasons why commuter rail service between Houston and Galveston is not feasible in the immediate future. More
January 31, 2013 -- The Port of Galveston today hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. More
January 17, 2013 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to endorse a request for license to use city right of way by MegaBus at the Island Transit bus stop at 20th and Market until the new Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal is completed. More
December 21, 2012 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee voted to elect Lesley Sommer as its new chair on Wednesday and reviewed the progress of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal. More
October 18, 2012 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that work will begin before the end of the year on the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage adjacent to the site of the Transportation Terminal that will be constructed on the northeast corner of 25th Street and The Strand. More
September 27, 2012 -- Galveston City Council met in workshop this morning to discuss the Downtown Transportation Terminal and a requested amendment to the city's contract with Moody Gardens for the management of the Galveston Island Municipal Golf Course. More
September 20, 2012 -- The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves will consider award of a construction manager at risk contract to Turner Construction Company on Monday, according to John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation in his report to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday. More
August 16, 2012 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update on the status of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. More
July 26, 2012 -- Galveston City Council today met in workshop with transportation consultant Barry Goodman; Lee Otis Zapp, chair of the Coastal Windstorm Insurance Coalition and delinquent tax attorney Mark Ciavaglia of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson. More
July 19, 2012 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation, on Wednesday reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Port of Galveston has rejected all bid proposals on the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal, a project of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. More
June 21, 2012 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal that is being developed at the northeast corner of The Strand and 25th Street as a project of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
May 17, 2012 -- Assistant City Manager Brian Maxwell reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Paid Seawall Parking Plan and transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation reported on progress of the Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal. More
March 15, 2012 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the development of the Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal at the northeast corner of The Strand and 25th Street. More
February 16, 2012 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to support the restoration of the track trolley. More
January 23, 2012 -- The Galveston Livable Communities Initiative was a subject at two public meetings at Galveston City Hall last week. More
January 09, 2012 -- The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves has scheduled a special meeting on Friday to consider purchase of the property at the northeast corner of 25th Street and The Strand for the development of an the Downtown Transportation Terminal. More
November 18, 2011 -- Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to sell the city-owned Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage to the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves for $3,001,012.42; and also voted unanimously to approve a letter of intent between the wharves board and the city for the development of the Downtown Intermodal Terminal, subject to a ground lease and development and facilities agreement with the port. More
November 17, 2011 -- Galveston City Council today will consider City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck’s recommendation that it award the $3,001,012.42 bid of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves for the purchase of the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage; and also will consider for approval a letter of intent between the wharves board and the city for the development of the Downtown Intermodal Terminal on property currently owned by Mitchell Historic Properties. More
November 17, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the latest developments in the planning of a Downtown Intermodal Transportation Terminal as part of the Galveston Livable Communities Initiative. More
November 15, 2011 -- The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves in a special meeting on Monday held an extensive public discussion of the pending sale of the city-owned Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage, as well as an executive session to discuss new "parameters" for negotiation. More
October 20, 2011 -- John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that negotiations between the city and the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves concerning the sale of the city-owned Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage to the port are making progress. More
October 13, 2011 -- Transportation consultant Barry Goodman met with Galveston City Council this morning to discuss a request that the award of a bid for the purchase of the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage be extended for 30 days, changing the ending date to November 26, 2011. More
September 22, 2011 -- Transportation consultant Barry Goodman updated Galveston City Council on the Livable Communities Initiative. More
September 15, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transit Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution recommending to the Galveston City Council that funds from the sale of the Shearn Moody Plaza parking garage be designated for downtown for projects related to the Livable Communities Initiative. More
August 29, 2011 -- The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves submitted the apparent high bid for the city-owned Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage, besting Mitchell Historic Properties by $1.2 million. More
August 18, 2011 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Galveston Landmark Commission has signed off on the proposed Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Transportation Terminal, but that additional permissions remain to be granted. More
July 19, 2011 -- The Galveston Landmark Commission on Monday voted 5-1-1, with Linda Strevell opposed and Nelson Smelker abstaining, to approve a certificate of appropriateness for the architectural design of the Downtown Transportation Terminal that will be built by Mitchell Historic Properties on the northeast corner of 25th Street at The Strand, as part of the Livable Communities grant. More
June 22, 2011 -- Galveston City Council on Thursday will consider a specific use permit for the proposed Downtown Transportation Terminal, which is being built by Mitchell Historic Properties as a project of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
June 16, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve plans for the Downtown Transportation Terminal after a presentation by Mitchell Historic Properties architect Joe Rozier and architect Jeffrey Brown of Powers Brown Architecture. More
May 19, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the Downtown Transit Center, the proposed commuter rail to Houston and the development at Fort Crockett on Seawall Boulevard. More
April 22, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday discussed the Livable Communities Initiative Phase II and the commuter rail project. More
March 17, 2011 -- Transportation Consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that Mitchell Historic Properties has selected a design team headed by Powers Brown Architecture to design the Downtown Transportation Terminal under the Livable Communities Initiative. More
February 17, 2011 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Committee will review the proposed commuter rail to connect Houston and Galveston. More
January 20, 2011 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday was updated on the Downtown Transportation Terminal project by John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation. More
December 16, 2010 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received an update on the Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Transit Terminal, which will be established at the northeast corner of 25th Street and the Strand. More
December 02, 2010 -- Galveston City Council today voted unanimously to approve a ground lease with 2418 Strand Corp. for the development of an intermodal transit/parking terminal on the northeast corner of 25th Street and The Strand, as part of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
October 21, 2010 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday reviewed plans for the Downtown Transportation Terminal with consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation. More
September 17, 2010 -- John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that Mitchell Historic Properties is still negotiating with the Brown Family Trust for purchase of the parking lot at the northeast corner of 25th Street and The Strand in order to erect a Downtown Transportation Terminal. More
August 19, 2010 -- John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated members of the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on funding for the Livable Communities Initiative, as well as the offer by Mitchell Historic Properties to purchase property for the Downtown Transportation Terminal. More
July 22, 2010 -- The City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee, which did not have a quorum, discussed several items, including the proposed Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Transportation Terminal, in an informal session on Wednesday. More
June 17, 2010 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to include a downtown restroom in Phase Two of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
May 20, 2010 -- John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on efforts by George Mitchell to purchase the parking lot on the northeast corner of 25th Street and The Strand from the Brown Family Trust so that the proposed Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Transportation Terminal can be located there; and a group of downtown merchants requested that a restroom be included in Livable Communities Phase 2. More
February 19, 2010 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday received updates regarding improvements for bicycle access in the Livable Communities Initiative area in Downtown Galveston. More
January 21, 2010 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated the Intermodal Tranportation Committee regarding various projects, including planning for a commuter rail project between Galveston and Houston. More
September 17, 2009 -- Representatives of The Goodman Corporation on Wednesday updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Livable Communities Initiative, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Implementation Plan and the Five-Year Mobility Plan. More
May 20, 2009 -- Guidry News Service visited with John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation for an update on Downtown Galveston infrastructure improvements under the Livable Commuities Initiative, which were delayed by Hurricane Ike. More
December 12, 2008 -- Galveston City Council voted to approve two amendments to the City's contracts with The Goodman Corporation. More
October 23, 2008 -- Federal officials have assured Galveston that funding is available for Downtown enhancement projects such as the Livable Communities Initiative. More
August 21, 2008 -- Members of the City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee were not at all receptive to a new plan to locate the proposed Downtown Transportation Terminal on New Strand, an alley-like street on the north side of the Galveston Railroad Museum. More
June 20, 2008 -- John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation reported to the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on a visit to the Federal Transit Administration office in Fort Worth by him and Barry Goodman. More
May 21, 2008 -- The Galveston Trolley System, which is using the new E-bus on its routes because of problems with the aging trolley fleet, was a topic of discussion at last week's meeting of the Intermodal Transportation Committee, which also included an update on the Livable Communities Initiative. More
April 24, 2008 -- Transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the city is moving forward toward establishment of a Downtown Transportation Terminal at the Galveston Railroad Museum on Santa Fe Place, with expanded parking in the City-owned Shearn Moody Plaza parking garage. More
March 21, 2008 -- The City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Thursday voted 5-1, with Chair Mike Shriner abstaining because he is on the Shearn Moody Plaza Board of Directors, to support establishment of a Downtown Transportation Terminal in the Railroad Museum at Shearn Moody Plaza, utilizing Santa Fe Place as a staging area for buses and the city-owned Shearn Moody Parking Garage for the use of transit riders. More
February 20, 2008 -- John Cararra of The Goodman Corporation updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the search for a location for the Downtown Transportation Terminal that will be established as a part of the Livable Communities Initiative. More
November 15, 2007 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee held a brief discussion of the Livable Communities Initiative and heard an update from The Goodman Corporation on the city's Five Year Mobility Plan. More
October 18, 2007 -- The City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday was updated by its Livable Communities Initiative Subcommittee on the downtown infrastructure improvements project. More
October 02, 2007 -- Representatives of The Goodman Corporation today reported to the Livable Communities Initiative Subcommittee of the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves' agreement to participate in a preliminary engineering/environmental review of the proposed city-port transit/parking terminal facility. More
September 20, 2007 -- Lesley Sommer, chair of the Livable Communities Subcommittee, reported on Wednesday to the full City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on his group's latest meeting with John Cararra of The Goodman Corporation regarding a site for the proposed Downtown transportation terminal. More
September 04, 2007 -- The Livable Communities Initiative Subcommittee of the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee continued its discussion about the site for the proposed Downtown Transportation Terminal to be financed by a federal infrastructure grant. More
July 20, 2007 -- Lesley Sommer, chair of the Livable Communities Subcommittee of the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee, on Wednesday updated the full committee on the progress of the Livable Communities Initiative, a federally funded downtown infrastructure improvement program. More
July 03, 2007 -- Galveston transportation consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation briefed the first meeting of the Intermodal Transportation Committee Livable Communities Initiative Subcommittee on the status of the downtown infrastructure program being funded by federal grants. More
May 17, 2007 -- Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership Executive Director Lesley Sommer reported to the City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Livable Communities Initiative Subcommittee has not had a meeting. More
March 29, 2007 -- John Carrara, vice president of The Goodman Corporation updated the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Livable Communities Initiative. More
March 09, 2007 -- Galveston City Council voted to name Bruce LePard, Lesley Sommer and Kathy Modzelewski to the Intermodal Transportation Committee, which has been expanded to include the Livable Communities Initiative. More
February 21, 2007 -- The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee discussed the expansion of the committee to accommodate the addition of the Livable Communities Initiative to the committee's scope, but because the city council has not yet appointed the new members, took no action. More
February 08, 2007 -- Galveston City Council voted unanimously to expand the Intermodal Transportation Committee and to extend its scope to include the Livable Communities Iniative. More
January 25, 2007 -- Transportation consultant Barry Goodman updated Galveston City Council on changes in plans for a Downtown intermodal transportation terminal. More
January 17, 2007 -- Members of the City of Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on agreed by consensus to recommend to the city council that the committee should be expanded from nine to eleven members, to accommodate members of the Livable Communities Steering Committee which was recently disbanded by the city council. More
January 08, 2007 -- City of Galveston officials informed the Livable Communities Steering Committee that it will be disbanded by the city council and its functions will be handled by a subcommittee of the Intermodal Transportation Committee. More


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