Bellaire residents in the northwest area of the City just outside the Loop are concerned about proposed affordable housing units in Houston at the corner of Glenmont and South Rice Avenue. This would impact the Imperial and Mayfair area, which is already dealing with the development of the old Texaco/Chevron property to the south, the Walmart center development to the north, and the redesign of the 610/59 interchange.
Please review their information below and if you feel there are good reasons to oppose this plan – additional traffic, already too many area apartments, overcrowding the local schools, a greater need in other locations – please send an email to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, also to our local, state, and federal representatives.
New Affordable Housing at Rice & Glenmont – 200 ft from Bellaire
5612 S. Rice Ave., Houston, TX 77081 Project No. 19070
Public Hearing 6pm – Tuesday – April 2, 2019
City Hall Annex Chamber, Public Level, 900 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002
Brownstone Group has proposed the development of a lot situated 200 ft from the City of Bellaire, down the street from townhouses and 3-story homes on Glenmont, for construction of a large Affordable Housing complex. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is responsible for approving tax credits to make this development possible. We have one chance to protest!
Why we oppose tax credits $$$ for this project:
Thousands of dilapidated apartments in the Gulfton area await rehabilitation for Affordable Housing. The TDHCA website celebrates the renovations of existing properties to be used as housing for low-income families. This option should be taken before losing state and local tax dollars on new structures.
New Galleria South is burgeoning with Walmart, MicroCenter, and fast food
restaurants. This property was marketed for hotels and townhouses, with luxury apartments, townhouses, and new homes just down the street. It represents loss of potential tax base for city and state taxes, ending growth in one of few areas around the Galleria that is open for development.
A large apartment complex adds to overcrowding at Cunningham Elementary School (one block away). Just 120 apartments could add anywhere from 150-350 children, increasing enrollment burden on Cunningham by 20-50%. Current enrollment is 720.
The Gulfton/Glenmont/South Rice area of Houston is made up of warehouses and industrial facilities, not a good home for families and children. There are no parks for play or day care facilities for children in the area.
Narrow lanes and proposed access too close to an intersection would be hazardous for several hundred children and teens walking to school or to Walmart and fast-food services across busy lanes. Traffic will be even more of a mess!
A plume of subsurface contamination runs underneath Walmart and less than 1/4 mile away on Fournace St. It is not clear the extent of the contamination. It would be appropriate to require an environmental study, including monitor wells, before exposing children and families to chemical hazards by building apartments in that immediate area.
Please submit your written comments to TDHCA and go to the public hearing. Address comments via email to: email@example.com
Include the project name, address, and number:
South Rice Apartments, 5612 S. Rice Ave., Houston, TX 77081
Project No. 19070.
Or by mail to:
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Multifamily Finance Division
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, Texas 78711-3941
Phone: (512) 936-7834 Facsimile: (512) 475-1895.
Written comments accepted until June 21.
More instructions on http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm
See Southwest News, Feb. 26, available online, for more information. http://html5.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/default.aspx?pubname=Southwest%20News&edid=a6691ce8-de71-4097-b295-700359879fa1
Announcement from TDHAC: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/pdf/public-comment/19-PubHearings-HTCApps.pdf