Highland Village retail tenants Brian Teichman, of Highland Village property operations, and Ronnie Wilson, of Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex &Tequila, both wrote separate letters to Mayor Sylvester Turner to thank Serena Blaylock, a senior inspector in the Public Works Mobility Permitting section.
When Union Pacific railroad planned to close a section of railroad tracks adjacent to his retail property, Teichman sought help from the City of Houston.
“Ms. Blaylock took into consideration this project would not only create traffic chaos, but negatively impact the holiday sales of our valued tenants during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the entire year. Naturally, this would also have been a significant loss to city sales tax revenue," he wrote. "Ms. Blaylock carefully reviewed the positive and negative impacts to approve permitting and made a difficult decision.
“You have assembled a team of valued and respected individuals who are the heartbeat of our city,” Teichman wrote. “To you I send my personal and sincerest appreciation for your continued leadership and for the thousands of city employees who work to make our city great.”
Wilson expressed his gratitude for Blaylock’s role in delaying the Westheimer Road closure in Highland Village.
“Without Ms. Blaylock’s hard work, time and consideration during this busy holiday season, it would have caused detrimental financial hardship to our business.”