Heights-Area Walmart: The Battle Heads to Court

Categories: Courts, NIMBY

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NIMBY, sayeth the Heights.
It's been quiet on the Heights-area Walmart front lately, but that ended today when residents went to court to sue the city and the developer over the proposed project.

The residents' group, called Responsible Urban Development for Houston, is suing over the "380 agreement" between the city and developer Ainbinder, which will reimburse the company for public infrastructure improvements.

RUDH says the 380 agreement violates city codes because it does not promote economic development.

"Ainbinder has stated publicly that it does not need the 380 agreement in order to build the development," the lawsuit says.

The suit also says council members who approved the agreement "were supplied with misleading statements as to what funds would be used to reimburse" Ainbender.

The Walmart is proposed to go up on Yale Street, where the old Heights Armature Works plant was. It will reportedly be a 152,000-square-foot supercenter; residents say the traffic will cause huge problems in the nearby neighborhoods.


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M_zwebner
M_zwebner

Bring it to East Downtown then along with a new Kroger and target. We will gladly accept.

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

I find it funny that when Target came to the Heights there was no such objections. And where are the "Stop the Heights Kroger" people protesting the new Studewood Kroger? This Wal-mart is barely even in the Heights.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Hooray for more crap made in China in sweatshops!

Craigley
Craigley

Yet these Subarus are so jappy that Target is coming to the bario. 

Cookie6506
Cookie6506

Exactly !  Proposed Walmart isn't even in the Heights.  However, what I've seen first hand what Walmart does to trees and neighborhoods (destroying 50 yr old trees and wildlife habitats)(Photos to prove it) and retaliation against neighborhood residents, not happy about that either and will never shop there. 

BRIAN77008
BRIAN77008

We don't like the Kroger coming into town either and I'm sure that will be the next battle.  As for Target, well Target was built in a rundown area so who cares about that.

Cookie6506
Cookie6506

And there are already TWO Krogers IN the Heights.  Why another?!

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