WHY RESIDENTS SAY IT’S GOT TO GO EVEN BEFORE IT’S BUILT!
A $6 million mounted Houston Police Department patrol facility planned to be built in a Northeast Houston neighborhoos have some nearby residents upset.
The city decided to build the new station on city-owned park land in the 5000 block of Little York after they were told officers could no longer work out of the current southwest Houston location. But some Armstrong Acres residents say the decision came without their knowledge or approval.
“We didn’t even get an opportunity to voice this during the planning stages where it could’ve had a different impact,” Armstrong Acres Resident Mary Ashley said. “Now they’re six months ahead of us, and we’re just now finding out.”
The new location is expected to house the department’s horses and canines, as well as serve as an office of operation for cops. But residents say the erection of such a building would increase traffic and environmental issues while dragging down their property values.
“You know there’s going to be a smell from those horses,” Armstrong Acres resident Frank Watson said.
However, some residents have said they’d be willing to comprimise and approve of the facility’s location if the canines and horses are housed elsewhere.
Houston Police Department Capt. Gregory J. Fremin said they scratching their heads about the residents reaction.
Fremin says the multimillion dollar facility would only benefit the residents with police presence in what he calls a somewhat depressed area on Little York. Fremin said, “the vast majority
of the citizenry in this city would beg for a police facility, police outpost or police substation to be in their facility or to be in their neighborhood.”
Fremin said their current stables haven’t received a complaint in the Post Oak area in 25 years, and people’s fears about the possible deterioration of traffic and the envrionment should be dismissed.
“You just have to come to an understanding that we’re here for the betterment of the community, we’re here to serve you, this is going to be something that’s beneficial to you,” Fremin said.
However, some residents have said they’d be willing to accept the facility if horses and canines won’t be kept there.