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About Cottage Grove

Become a Civic Association Member

If you live or own a business in Cottage Grove, we invite you to become a member of the Cottage Grove Civic Association. Annual membership dues are $25/household or $50/business, and non-voting members are free. Fill out the form below, and we'll contact you for next steps!

About Cottage Grove Civic Association

Cottage Grove Civic Association's mission is to create a unified voice for the residents of Cottage Grove and ensure the neighborhood is a great place to live and work, and play. We work with community leaders and representatives at all levels of government to advocate for our community and ensure our concerns and needs are addressed. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

Our priorities:

  • Create a sense of community

  • Improve Cottage Grove's infrastructure and park

  • Ensure Cottage Grove is a safe place to live

History of Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove was founded around 1910 by Bankers Trust Company. Some of the street names like Roy, Arabelle, and Radcliffe are names of the bank employees and their families. It was an early suburb of Houston, and very similar to the “build on your own lot” we have today. Bordered by railroads like you see today, Cottage Grove was also near the “Brunner” streetcar line, which ran down Washington, although automobiles were quickly becoming more affordable.

From 1910-1950, Cottage Grove had single family homes on large lots, with lots of greenery and tall trees. Insurance maps from the early decades of Cottage Grove show a large variety of grocery stores, taverns, and other businesses. When I-10 was constructed in the mid-1960s, it bisected the neighborhood into two parts, as it still is today.

 

Like many other Houston inner loop neighborhoods, starting in the year 2000, Cottage Grove saw a large amount of redevelopment and a population increase - from 3,007 people in 2000 to 5,037 in 2018! Some original homes remain, but most have been replaced or significantly remodeled.