Neighbors fighting back against proposed low income housing project

A northeast Houston neighborhood is gearing up for a fight. Residents living around Oates Street and I-10 East are worried about a future low income apartment complex set to be built in the neighborhood
March 11, 2014 5:06:14 PM PDT
A northeast Houston neighborhood is gearing up for a fight. Residents living around Oates Street and I-10 East are worried about a future low income apartment complex set to be built in the neighborhood.

The proposed Hurstbourne Crossing development is among 20 possible low income housing projects headed for a vote this week at city council.

Most of the proposed projects have not garnered much attention. But this northeast Houston development is different. Neighbors who have lived in the area for years say they are worried about increased traffic. They point out that Oates and other streets in the area are just two lanes, and there are no sidewalks.

"We were here last year, for the same developer, same site, same proposal," resident Debbie Wilson told council members.

Residents thought they successfully fought the proposed development last year. However, a new year, new city elections and new proposals mean they are heading to city hall again.

"We're going to try to stop it again, because we don't want the apartments over here," resident Manual Garcia said.

A 'yes' vote by city council Wednesday doesn't mean the project will be built. Each project still needs state approval, and some proposed low income projects never get built.

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