By Betsy Dolan
A Dayton, Ohio developer has announced plans to build an affordable housing apartment complex near the Greatwood and Canyon Gate subdivisions, worrying residents and sending elected officials to fight the threat.
“This is the third time they’ve tried to get this done”, said Commissioner Richard Morrison, Precinct 1. “We defeated them twice before and I don’t anticipate having any trouble doing the same this time around”.
Miller Valentine Residential Land, LLC has applied for tax credits in connection with the proposed 200-unit low income complex which would be located near the Buc-ees convenience store, west of Crabb River Road.
Morrison says Miller Valentine is pursuing the project despite the landowner, a Greatwood resident, repeatedly stating that he has no intention of selling. Chris Applequist of Miller Valentine says his group has decided not to pursue the project because of financial and utility issues.
“These guys will do anything to get this deal done,” Morrison said. “The last time around they formed a group called the Canyon Gate Homeowners Association and sent a letter to residents stating that Canyon Gate approved the project even though that wasn’t true.”
Despite Morrison’s assurances that the measure will fail for a third time, residents are concerned about the impact the apartment complex would have on their quality of life.
“I am concerned about the safety of the neighborhood and our children”, said Tamara Greer, a Greatwood resident for almost 20 years. “I’m worried that this project could over burden the schools and cause even more traffic congestion on Crabb River Road.”
Morrison says the project will not be approved if they can show that the community does not support it. Local and state elected officials, Greater Fort Bend Economic Development, as well as, the Greatwood and Canyon Gate Homeowner’s Associations have written letters opposing the plan.