Two apartment projects proposed for low-income tenants in Fort Bend County have drawn protests from local residents, government officials and economic development groups.
Both projects are being eyed south of FM 1093 and west of FM 723 near Richmond and south of the Cinco Ranch community.
Carmel, Indiana-based Pedcor Investments is seeking a $1.3 million federal low-income housing tax credit for The Landings at Westheimer Lakes, a 96-unit project proposed on a 6.7 acres north of Canyon Fields Drive.
Developing Hope, a Southlake developer, is applying for a $1.5 million tax credit for the 126-unit HomeTowne at Westheimer Lakes planned for seniors on 5.4 acres on the south side of FM 1093.
Residents from the neighboring Westheimer Lakes subdivision launched a letter-writing campaign and a petition to be presented to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs at a 6 p.m. public hearing on April 5 at Houston City Hall, 900 Bagby.
Gordon Anderson, a spokesman for the department, which is reviewing the proposals, said the two projects are competing with at least 240 similar applications statewide for the tax credit, which is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the property owners’ federal income tax spread over a 10-year period.
Winter Wang, a resident of Canyon Gate, a gated section of the Westheimer Lakes subdivision, said she moved from the Katy area three years ago due to a similar situation.
“Now it’s here again,” she said. “Canyon Gate is directly hit because we are right across the street from the development. We’ll be very angry if we will have a hard time selling our houses in the future.”
Neighbor Robert Samples, who is organizing the petition with his wife, Julie Boyd, said residents fear that the projects could invite crimes, add to the congestion of FM 1093 and cause their property values to plummet. He said last week at least 1,250 neighbors had signed the petition. Boyd also has set up a Facebook page to protest the projects.
The opposition has garnered the support of Precinct 3 County Commissioner Andy Meyers and leaders of the Katy Area and Greater Fort Bend economic development councils.
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