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Posts published in “Day: February 17, 2004”

Area residents question nature of new Woodlands Village housing development

By P.J. WILLIAMS

Residents in North Forest will try again later this month to meet with the developer of the Woodland Village Subdivision who they say is changing the nature of the project he promised to the community.

In April 2003, residents met with Joe Fogarty, president of Arete Real Estate Development at Grace Cathedral Church at a Northeast Community Empowerment meeting.

Residents say that at that time, Fogarty presented them with a plan to develop the land with over 900 Royce built homes.

“We know that home ownership stablizes a community and the community tentatively supported the project,” explained Jackie Mayhorn, president of Super Neighborhood #47.

According to Mayhorn, Fogarty then asked City Council to support a lease to purchase subdividion on the 236-acre tract.

According to a report from a Northeast Beyond 2000 meeting, “At a Housing Initiative Committee meeting that was chaired by Council Member Gordon Quan, the developer stated that 5,000 to 6,000 homes in six subdivisions throughout Houston would be made available through a lease to purchase program underwritten by Freddie Mac.

Nine hundred plus homes would be located in northeast Houston in the Woodlands Village subdivision.”

Residents are concerned that a lease to own development would destablize the community. Mayhorn said research shows homes in such neighborhoods experience high ownership turnover.

City council members have tagged the project so that the community can have time to collect more community feedback on the project and information.

Community members organized a meeting for Feb.2 to discuss their differing ideas of the project. However, Fogarty did not attend the meeting. Instead, Scott Brogan, president of The Kaleidoscope Group met with the residents to hear their concerns and take them back to Fogarty.

The civic groups planned another meeting with Fogarty for Feb. 19 at 7pm at Grace Cathedral Church.

“I think it’s in his best interest to be there this time,” Mayhorn said.

Aldine I.D. studies new water and sewer lines for district

ALDINE– The Improvement District continues to make progress on their goal of a water and sewer plan for the area, to be implemented by the year 2020.

The District is planning to spend approximately 250 million dollars on new water and sewer lines, according to AID President Clyde Bailey. This will include a new 24” water line looping through the area to feed smaller distribution lines, and a new sewer line that will eventually hook up with either the City’s sewage plants, such as the one at Hirsch and Beltway 8, or smaller package plants built throughout the area.

At their meeting on Jan. 20th, the AID board heard an update report from Water Engineers, Inc., who are working on the plans to meet government requirements.

The goal is to have all surface water, to replace wells and subsurface sources, as follows:

30% by year 2010
70% by year 2020
80% by year 2030

Bailey has noted that the sewer and water lines will be a catalyst for renewal and reinvestment in the Aldine area.

“We need adequate water and sewer along the 59 corridor. This will bring business back,” Bailey is quoted as saying.

In a related development, last week Congressman Chris Bell announced new funding totaling over $63 million for flood relief in areas of North Houston.