Development Divide

Metro Close To Deciding Sale Of Pinemont Park And Ride For Low-Income Housing Project

Some northwest Houston residents plan to be at Thursday’s Metro board meeting to speak out against the proposed sale of the former Pinemont Park and Ride. The Houston Housing Authority has taken steps to buy the property for low-income housing. Some neighbors say a large development would bring problems to the neighborhood.

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The former Pinemont Park and Ride lot near U.S. 290. Image credit: Google maps

 

Houston Housing commissioners have voted to move ahead with the purchase of the former Pinemont Park and Ride lot near U.S. 290. Metro’s board must now decide whether to enter into negotiations.

But there’s lots of protests from some area residents. They say they’re worried a large development would bring crime to the neighborhood and create a burden on local schools.

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Wayne Norden with the Near Northwest Management District says the property needs to be used for commercial development. He spoke at a recent community meeting.

“In two years that’s going to be a very valuable piece of property, and to have these tax dollars just thrown away makes no sense at all,” Norden says.

But Housing Authority President Tory Gunsolley says they’re trying to fulfill a huge demand for low-income housing.

“There are over 100,000 households that would be eligible for public housing and for affordable housing, Gunsolley says. “And in some cases the waiting list is over ten years long.”

The Pinemont property has been appraised at a little over $3 million.

Click here to see a live feed of the Metro meeting beginning at 9:00 Thursday morning.

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Gail Delaughter

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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