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Posts published in March 2004

Community mobilizes to fight unwanted plant development

By P.J. WILLIAMS

North Forest residents learned many lessons in activism Saturday that they will use in their upcoming battles against unwanted development in their community.

The meeting was the second of what will be many to educate and mobilize the community members as they struggle against a possible reopening of the concrete batch plant on Mesa and several other proposed projects.

Robin Germain-Curtis of Northeast Beyond 2000 said that the community fought against a few unwanted commercial projects over the last six to seven years, and against even more in the last six months.

“We have at least another 50 developers looking at this area,” she said explaining that many of those are for low-income housing projects.

The community’s attempt to keep the batch plant from receiving an air quality permit appears to be their toughest battle. To help them, Northeast Beyond 2000 sought the help of environmental lawyer Martina Cartwright from Texas Southern University who agreed to take on the case.