H-E-B’s Main Ave. Plans Passed Council, Now Citizens Want Oversight
Published: December 18, 2013
Guerra questions the fast-track nature of the agreement: “The fact this was rushed through in just three meetings seems unprecedented or at least unusual—the need to rush this is always something that concerns the public and certainly makes it look more suspect.”
But Lori Houston of the Center City Development Office says that’s not the case. The City did have “several meetings with the neighborhood association,” as well as with individual community residents and adjacent property owners. She says moving forward, outreach with stakeholders will be “extensive,” with regular meetings to vet the improvements. (When asked what “regular” entails, Houston replied: “as needed.”)
“Some of [the mitigation plan proposals] may change, some may not, but we will continue to work with [neighborhood groups] on those traffic improvements,” she says. For instance, the 30-foot amenity plan has yet to be designed, but it will go through a public outreach process.
Houston says there will be no formal oversight committee, rather “an internal work group” consisting of members from several City departments who will track design and construction progress. Houston says there will be simultaneous dialogue with stakeholders.
“It’s very remiss of them not to have voices from the neighborhood on that committee,” says Luongo, who hopes the City doesn’t disregard residents not explicitly tied to a neighborhood association during the input and oversight processes. In the meantime, Luongo says her group is considering litigation against both the City and H-E-B.
Representatives from H-E-B did not return calls for comment.
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