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Controversy Over Proposed Housing Development On Park-And-Ride Lot

After outcry from neighbors, Metro promises more discussion on whether it should sell a closed park-and-ride lot to the Houston Housing Authority.

 

The Pinemont Park and Ride in northwest Houston was closed last year as a result of the widening project on U.S. 290. Metro then declared the property as surplus, and began discussions on a possible sale to the Houston Housing Authority.

The Housing Authority wants to use the 15-acre site to build 300 affordable housing units, but people living nearby told Metro’s Real Estate Committee they don’t want a large housing development in the neighborhood.

Forest Pines resident Wesley Elliott appealed to the transit agency to put the property up for bids.

“The community, like I said, already has plenty of affordable housing options and is in need of grocery stores and retail in the area to help the community grow,” said Elliot.

But neighbor Ricky Ruiz said working people need more affordable places to live.

“My family is a perfect example of the American Dream, and this dream cannot be achieved unless you give people the opportunity to success. And these children, and these families, just because they are poor, does not lead to crime,” said Ruiz.

Following a lengthy public comment session, the Real Estate committee says it will discuss the issue further before making recommendations to the full Metro board on how to proceed.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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