District C

Council Member Ellen Cohen

Council Member Ellen Cohen
Ellen Cohen has lived and worked in the city of Houston for the past 38 years. She served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and for 18 years as the CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2006, she was elected as the Texas State Representative for Houston’s District 134. After serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, Ellen decided to continue her public service career at home. She ran for Houston City Council, and was sworn into office in January 2012 as the Council Member representing District C.

During her tenure on Council, Ellen has championed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the elimination of the sexual assault kit backlog, the creation of a Parking Benefit District for the Washington Corridor, and many other initiatives to improve the quality of life of her constituents. She is currently serving her second term on Council. 


Proposed Montrose TIRZ

Since December 2014, I have been pleased to meet with a multitude of neighborhood civic groups, local businesses, and faith organizations that represent the Montrose community to discuss the potential for a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) for Montrose. Together, we have crafted a proposal that will facilitate road repairs and other infrastructure improvements for this neighborhood without raising taxes.

To ensure the affected community had an opportunity to learn more about this proposal and how it will impact their neighborhoods, I hosted a Public Meeting on Thursday, November 12th at the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. During this meeting, Gwen Tillotson and Steven David of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development provided a Presentation on the Montrose TIRZ Proposal, including a boundary map, a projection of revenue and project costs, a proposed project summary, and other materials. Attendees also received TIRZ-related FAQs.

Council will host a Public Hearing on this proposal on Wednesday, November 18th at 9AM in Council Chambers at City Hall (901 Bagby St, 77002, 2nd floor). To speak during this meeting, you must sign up in advance via the City Secretary’s office: (832) 393-1100 or CitySecretary@houstontx.gov. You may sign up for 1, 2, or 3 minutes to speak, and please be sure to mention that you are signing up to speak at the Public Hearing for Reinvestment Zone Number 27 (Montrose Zone).

This proposal is expected to appear on the Council agenda on Wednesday, December 2nd and your input is critical to informing my vote.


About the District

District C is a dynamic, neighborhood-centric community located just west of downtown. Its primary neighborhoods include (from north to south):

  • Oak Forest
  • Garden Oaks
  • Lazybrook
  • Timbergrove
  • The Heights
  • The Washington Corridor
  • Freedmen’s Town
  • Montrose
  • Midtown (half)
  • Upper Kirby
  • University Place
  • Braeswood Place
  • Meyerland