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  1. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Finds Violations Related to Houston Housing Project | Civil Society | The Texan
  2. https://www.fox26houston.com/news/houston-lawmaker-protests-construction-of-low-income-housing-near-heavy-contamination
  3. No new information, but a quick read... https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/construction-development/two-decades-in-the-making-the-i-45-expansion-project-remains-a-beacon-for-controversy-109851
  4. I don't disagree that the City was happy to take the $90MM and run, however I can't imagine TxDOT agreeing to pay $90MM for detention. Maybe so, but that just seems expensive for a detention pond/park. I would have to think there was some language in the purchase agreement addressing a scenario where the project doesn't come to fruition. Guess we will find out who has the better set of lawyers. After all, they are the only one's who are going to come out ahead in all of this anyway.
  5. I can't imagine that this project gets cancelled all together, but if it does (or is significantly scaled back) what happens to the land and properties that TxDOT has already purchased? I believe they already paid a hefty sum (~$90MM) to the Housing Authority for Clayton Homes. If that property (and others like it) are no longer required for this project, is there a clawback mechanism for TxDOT to recoup those funds?
  6. An extension is an extension? The goal of an extension would be to improve connectivity, which extending to the north would not accomplish. The connectivity to Navigation was presented by HHA to HUD in their application (I'd have to go back and search for the PDF) as a way to facilitate bus traffic and access to the project. That infrastructure does not exist. The streets in this area cannot accommodate bus traffic. The fact is, in order to accommodate the increased volume of vehicle traffic and bus traffic that this project will bring, long time residents will be forced from their homes should Middle St (and possibly others) be widened.
  7. Not sure you can extend Middle much farther north. I think there is only one block (maybe two) to the north of the Middle St./Kennedy St. intersection before you hit the trails. If I remember correctly, the HHA also claimed this project would have direct access to Navigation as a major thoroughfare. That could mean that the ingress/egress will be on the Velasco side. Although that would conflict with NRP's statement. Completely agree with thedistrict84 that this project is ill-conceived.
  8. So according to this article, NRP plans to widen/extend both Middle and Kennedy St. In order to widen Middle St., they are going to have to tear down existing single family homes that have been there 70+ years. Not sure how it makes sense to remove those homes, occupied by mostly low income families, in favor of the new development. In order to extend Middle St. to Navigation, one would have to move the fire station. Seems unlikely.
  9. This is the last I have heard of it...but CoStar lists HHA as owner with a 2023 completion date. https://dolcefino.com/2020/12/14/federal-judge-broadens-fight-over-controversial-public-housing-deal/ True Owner Houston Housing Authority2640 Fountain View Dr, Suite 300Houston, TX 77057United States(713) 260-0501 (p)(713) 260-0808 (f)www.housingforhouston.comSince May 21, 2020 Developer The NRP Group, LLC1228 Euclid Ave, Suite 390,400Cleveland, OH 44115United States(216) 475-8900 (p)(216) 475-9300 (f)www.nrpgroup.com Units 400 Year Built-Mar 2023 Class A GBA 400,000 SF Market Segment All Rent Type Affordable Affordable Type Affordable Units
  10. This is a different project than the project adjacent to the silos. Same developer though. The N. St. Charles lot is bound by N. Live Oak, Parkview Bayou Dr. (formerly Kennedy St.), and N. St. Charles. It is shaded in orange/red on one of the previous posts that includes a map.
  11. The Mayor is fully aware of the $90MM. He and his friends at the HHA have already begun lining their pockets with those funds. FBI poking around...
  12. As mentioned, the lawsuit is just a show...too many people are making too much money off this project for it not to move forward...it's comical that they would run Rodney Ellis out there given his wife stands to make millions off the HHA projects that are to replace Clayton Homes. TXDOT funds were used to purchase Clayton Homes and she is the broker on the HHA projects. If anyone thinks ol' Rodney cares about anything other than that, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona if you are interested.
  13. The map actually came from the developer's website. I too forgot about the interactive map.
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