Kingwood residents raise concerns over plan to build senior living center

March 22, 2013 3:10:36 PM PDT
A group of Kingwood residents are not happy over plans to build a new complex in their neighborhood. Mainstreet Kingwood would specifically be for senior citizens.

Once clearing began on the land, neighbors began asking questions, and when they found out it was a senior community center, they weren't too happy about it.

It's a new development on Mills Branch Road in northern Kingwood that has nearby neighbors concerned about their property values.

"I'm thinking if they are rentals, I can't say that I'm really crazy about it," homeowner Bob Cawelti said.

Once completed, the $15 million Mainstreet Kingwood Senior Living Community will feature 96 one- or two-bedroom units. It will be across the street from and back up to master-planned communities.

Some homeowners hoped the land clearing was for something else.

"I think we need more restaurants, maybe a gym close by, stores," resident Cristiana Hartman said.

We contacted Norsouth Vice President Jervon Harris about the concerns of a low-income, state tax credit being used to finance the project. He says the Class A development is marketed to seniors already living in Kingwood.

"They are architecturally appeasing. They will be landscaped, the interiors are nicely done. We have a wealth of amenities," he said.

Norsouth Development says it plans to close on this land in January and will begin development immediately.

We worked on this story with our friends at Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more in the Kingwood Observer.
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