New Upper Kirby director: ‘We’re scraping the tip of the iceberg’ on reimagining the district

Though the Upper Kirby District’s longtime executive director recently announced her retirement, the district’s new leader, Travis Younkin, is stepping up to the plate with no shortage of improvements underway.

Jamie Brewster retired on Nov. 1 after leading the district for 30 years. Under her tenure, the Upper Kirby corridor was reimagined as a luxe, upscale district with plenty of fine dining and retail. Last year, the district’s $25 million investment into the 5.6-acre Levy Park at 3801 Eastside St. was unveiled and added performance space, activity lawns, a dog park and space for a restaurant. Brewster also oversaw more than $75 million in roadway and drainage improvements.

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