A progress report on the Melba Theatre project and other efforts was given during a recent Downtown Houston Inc. meeting.

Members of Downtown Houston Inc. held a planning session last week to work on several tasks for two projects, creation of the Lone Star Annex and remodeling of the Melba Theatre.

The group will seek permission from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to begin work on both projects. They are included in the Neighborhood Assistance Program, and Downtown Houston Inc. raised more than $500,000 before year’s end.

In other reports, members gathered at the Houston Herald meeting room:

—Heard that the group’s annual membership drive is underway.

—Received a report about the group’s attendance at a Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities meeting. The program involves the Houston and Cabool school districts, and encourages healthy lifestyles.

—Heard that the Houston Farmers Market held a recent reorganization meeting for the upcoming growing season. The market, situated on the group’s Lone Star Plaza, is open on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Steve Wilson was re-elected as the market manager.

—Learned that Elaine Campbell, development director, was slated to speak at Friday’s Houston Lions Club meeting.

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