Important Update: More Information about the Proposed Low Income Housing For Sharpstown

Houston HCDD- VISTA ON GESSNER TWEET

We’ve continued to collect information about this project, holding a lengthy conference call today with Dalcor CEO Dale Dodson and Executive VP Randy Plitt. The Dallas-based apartment developer, DALCOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, is attempting to acquire and convert the 20 acre apartment property at 6425 S. Gessner near Bellaire, to a dedicated, low-income housing complex. (DOCUMENTS FROM DALCOR)

They were very gracious speaking to issues relating to the financing package, tenant qualification, income requirements, project lifespan, and notice to the community. The previous link contains their 60+ page response to our questions, which they provided promptly.

In order for the developer to proceed with public financing, they need to obtain a “letter of no objection” from the City of Houston. State law requires a public hearing to be held prior to any such action.

The hearing date requested by the Housing Department (HHCD) was this week, but as this project is wholly located in City Council District F, I worked with Council Member Steve Le last week to delay the hearing until Wednesday, Nov.15th.

THIS WEEK:
An informational meeting will be held this  Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharpstown Community Center, 6600 Harbor Town, This event is hosted by two community groups, the SOUTHWEST HOUSTON ALLIANCE and the CITIZENS ACTION WORKSHOP. We appreciate CM Le’s help in securing the venue. Neither the SCA or District J office will be participating at this meeting.

We plan to stream video of the meeting on FACEBOOK LIVE . For those who cannot attend, please reply with your questions and comments, and we will do our best to get the answers.

NEXT WEEK:
A public hearing (see notice)  by the Texas Dept. of Housing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Walter Branch Library, 7660 Clarewood at Fondren. The hearing is regarding the issuance of tax-exempt bonds in an amount of up to $50,000,000 for this project.

A public hearing regarding the issuance of a letter of no objection by Houston City Council will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15th, at 9:00 a.m. at Houston City Hall. This is the opportunity to give feedback to the Mayor and City Council in-person.

It is unclear if the Mayor will place the item on the agenda for consideration on the same day, but this is a real possibility. Please consider the 15th hearing date to be the deadline to provide your feedback to the Mayor and City Council. A vote to approve the letter of no objection could be held on the 15th or at any future council meeting.

CLARIFICATION ABOUT NOTICE TO THE COMMUNITY:
On August 2nd, over three months ago, written notification of the project was sent to our various elected officials, including the District J office and the Sharpstown Civic Association. This notice is required by Texas Govt. Code Chapter 2306.1114 (a) 6. Once again, vital information impacting our neighborhood was not shared with us. See attached:

Aug 2 letter from DALCOR to SCA

SNIP DALCOR letter to SCA
I only highlight this information because a tightly controlled narrative appeared on social media in the last few days that states the SCA was only informed in the last “several weeks.” The post indicated that  the SCA now informed, will consider a resolution on the issue at the Nov. 13th board meeting.

LeBlanc- FACEBOOK SNIP

UPDATE (11/24/2017): President Pat Menville has acknowledged the SCA was notified in early August and that they responded  to Dalcor in writing that the SCA hopes for a good project. More about this in a follow up article.

This is despite the fact there has never been any communication to the Board of Directors, membership, or community about this matter. Absent District F Council Member Steve Le’s help in delaying the hearing, this project would have been swiftly approved with little fanfare.

There will be time to learn the details as to why the SCA leaders chose to keep this proposed low income housing project quiet, but make no mistake, they were informed months ago. This fact has been confirmed with SCA Office Manager Scott Gilbert and both DALCOR Executives Dodson and Plitt, along with the email from District J on Oct 23  stating that Dalcor “has introduced itself to the management and leadership… of the Sharpstown Civic Association”.

NEXT STEPS:
Join us in learning more about the pros-cons of this project and the potential for negative consequences to our Sharpstown neighborhood. It will be important to communicate your concerns directly with the Mayor and City Council.


CONTACT:
Jim Bigham

Director,  Co-Founder

Southwest Houston Alliance
P.O. Box 270448, Houston, Texas 77277
Phone: 713/ 568-8124
Email: swhoustonalliance@gmail.com
Facebook: @swHouAlliance
Twitter: @SWHouAlliance

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