This Thursday, April 16, neighborhood leaders from community associations on Houston’s near northwest side will gather with area residents to protest METRO’s proposed sale of the Pinemont Park and Ride to the Houston Housing Authority.
At a recent meeting of the METRO Real Estate Committee, 150 area residents voiced their concerns and listened to members of the HHA describe the 300-unit low-income apartment complex they intend to build on the property and their threats to use eminent domain to acquire the property should METRO decide to place it on the open market.
This project will benefit neither the surrounding neighborhoods nor the potential residents of the new complex, who would find themselves a long way from viable transportation options and needed services.
Residents and neighborhood leaders will address political leaders and METRO board members at this Town Hall in hopes METRO will agree to delay the sale and place the property on the open market. With the expansion of 290 to be completed in the near future, this property will undoubtedly grow exponentially in value attracting numerous bidders and increasing the return to METRO and taxpayers. Additionally, commercial rather than residential development of the property promises to bring much needed economic growth to the entire area.
“Our property values are finally on the rise thanks to private residents rebuilding in the area,” said David Ojeman, President of the Forest West Community Improvement Association. “If we get another high-density complex of any kind, that will certainly reverse that growth.”
Who: Neighborhood leaders from Forest West, Forest Pines, Pinemont Park, Mangum Manor, Candlelight Oaks and other surrounding communities.
What: Town Hall Meeting
Where: Advent Lutheran Church Life Center, 5820 Pinemont Drive, Houston, Texas 77092
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.