Foundation Repair West University Texas

downloadOrigins
The idea for a community of country homes in the area that is now West University Place was conceived in 1910 by Ben W. Hooper, then Governor of Tennessee. That year, Governor Hooper bought a tract of land southwest of Houston out of an old Spanish land grant, which had been surveyed by A.C. Reynolds.

Lots for Sale
The Houston West End Realty Company, A.D. Foreman, President, developed today’s West University Place 1st addition and put the 1st lots up for sale on April 1,1917.
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Naming the Area
The area’s proximity to Rice University led to the name West University Place.

Early Problems
Utilities
When the City of Houston decided not to invest in utility lines to service the tiny community with an uncertain future, Foreman spent $100,000 of his own earnings to bring electrical, water and telephone service to West University Place. Still, in 1923 there were only 40 families living in the muddy, poorly drained swamp.

Housing Costs
In those early days, a 100 foot by 200 foot lot cost $1,000 and houses were required to cost a minimum of $2,500. Homes facing Buffalo Speedway and Bellaire Boulevard were required to cost $4,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Infrastructure Improvements
Residents dissatisfied with muddy streets, poor drainage, and the absence of schools and fire protection joined in a series of town meetings, resulting in the incorporation of the City in 1924. For 6 years, city fathers put the creation of an infrastructure above all other conveniences by building streets and providing various services such as:
Garbage collection
Natural gas supply
Police and fire protection
Postal delivery
Sewage disposal
Water supply

Wier Park
The pragmatism of the city’s early residents resulted in the development of our 1st park, Wier Park, at Belmont and Sunset, in 1930. With most of our park land donated to the city by early residents and developers, West U continues to take pride in the greenery and open recreational space offered at 6 developed parks in existence today. Expansion of our largest park, Colonial Park, continues with the acquisition of surrounding lots.
City Charter
In 1939, the City exhibited confidence in its own political maturity and the character of its citizens by refusing to consolidate with its larger, powerful neighbor, the City of Houston. The confidence was solidified in adoption of the 1st City Charter in 1940.

Progress
Over the years, the City has progressed steadily toward its present position as one of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods. Civic-minded citizens and small-town government, combined with a proximity to major business, educational, cultural, and scientific centers, have contributed to a steady increase in property values.
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Present Day West University Place
With a philosophy that combines rich traditions and responsible innovation, West University Place has shed its orphan municipality roots to become a stable, yet progressive model city.

Things To Do

Solid Waste & Recycling

West University Place provides curbside Solid Waste (garbage) and curbside Recycling.

  •  Solid Waste: Learn more about trash service in West U.
  •  Recycling: Learn more about recycling services in West U.
  •  Special Events: Learn more about the special events held by the City each year.

Holiday Schedule 2015
View the holiday collection schedule for 2015 (PDF). If the holiday is not listed, it is a work day in West University and your home’s regular schedule will be followed.