Apartment developer in League City, TX meets with neighbors

A developer is proceeding with a plan to build apartments for low- to moderate-income adults 55 and older after addressing concerns from nearby homeowners.

Stuart Shaw, president

of Austin-based apartment developer Bonner Carrington, in April obtained a resolution from League City council members that supported his plan to build the 176-unit Mariposa Apartment Homes on FM 517 east of Calder Road in the Bay Colony Planned Unit Development.

The land is zoned for multifamily housing.

Shaw said he halted the project to meet with neighbors who complained the apartments would attract crime, decrease property values and compound traffic congestion.

Plans for the Mariposa apartments are back on the table.

The city council in a 4-3 vote Feb. 22 approved a resolution authorizing the developer’s application for federal low-income housing tax credits to pay for construction.

Shaw’s company, which doesn’t rent to people with felony convictions, has built similar apartments in Houston, Amarillo and San Marcos.

About 40 percent of residents at other Mariposa apartments move into the complexes to live close to relatives, Shaw said.

A fence and shrubs surrounding the property would create a buffer between the apartments and nearby subdivisions, he said.

“We can control crime better than neighborhoods because we can evict residents if criminal issues arise,” Shaw said. “It doesn’t look like all the things that people fear. It’s not going to be some low-income, trashy place.”

Council members Mike Lee, Mick Phalen and Joanna Sharp Dawson opposed the February resolution.

“I don’t feel like that’s the best place for apartments,” Lee said. “It backs up to homes, and existing homeowners have traffic and lighting concerns.”

Read remainder of the story at The Galveston County Daily News

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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