A realtor who cut his teeth cleaning up and rebuilding faded developments on his home turf in the Third Ward last week was granted a two-year extension by the state to oversee a formerly gang-plagued condo complex in Sharpstown.
Overcoming gang crime at Sharpstown property.
Known as the Le Promenade Townhomes, now changed to The Gardens at Bissonnet, the complex had been troubled for years by poor fiscal management, gang activity and violence, particularly from the La Primera Gang, according to court documents. The gang's identity was even linked to the condos' address at 7400 Bissonnet.
The Houston Chronicle described the situation in 2012:
Officials say the complex has been able to fall through the cracks because they are individually owned condominiums, and thus not governed by the city's 2006 multi-family ordinance. Yet one man owns 75 percent - 154 units - in effect, operating as its de facto owner.
Guo Ping Li, 60, began purchasing units through his company, Huali Investment Inc., in 1998. Li, who is in China, could not be reached. In 2009, he was given deferred adjudication for discharging petroleum hydrocarbon into a storm drain outside the complex.
Homeowners faced up to $10,000 in civil penalties in a nuisance abatement lawsuit filed against them, but the county was able to come to a temporary agreement soon afterwards.More »