A Houston-based environmental organization has weighed in on a controversial $25 million development in Hitchcock, asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reexamine the site to check for possible destruction of wetlands.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com.


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Monty Weeks

The community block grant program results in a lot of projects, like this one, which would never see the light of day except for the infusion of tax dollars.

It makes no sense to build a subdivision on these types of low lying lands.

The future costs to the community will not be covered once the project is completed but they will still be the responsibility of the local taxpayers.

Local governments think it's good to "grab" state and federal funds for this type of project. This is a fool's errand.

Jim Forsythe

$25 million for 100 units = $250,000 a unit.

$600,000 a year in property taxes for 100 unit =$6,000 per unit taxes a year to the city. What about the rest of the taxes?

This is for 100 units for low-income residents in a 100-year floodplain.

The question is "who’s going to end up paying for it?

$ 17 million in funding will come through a Texas General Land Office affordable rental housing program, which uses federal Community Development Block grant money the state received after Hurricane Harvey federal Community Development Block .

After the next "Harvey" who is going to pay for the clean up.

Using Hurricane Harvey grant money for housing in a floodplain, is not smart.

Blanca Bell

If Kathy Bankston ran for mayor I think she could get elected. This project makes no sense and should be stopped.

Great job Kathy.

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