I could not agree more about this petition. I do agree that the need for yet another grocery store in Montrose is silly and if anyone feels as though the existing stores have shorted the citizens of Montrose with service, protest with the respective companies. I also feel that the impact on the surrounding area will be horrible if & when HEB builds this store. I would suggest that anyone that is in strong opposition to this development should contact the folks in BOCA so that you can rally a larger audience that desires land use restrictions, since they did battle with the Ashby high rise folks. Houston certainly needs some form of land use restrictions but going after a land owner after the fact is wrong.
Kevin McCarthy From: neartown-boun...@neartown.org [mailto:neartown-boun...@neartown.org] On Behalf Of John Middleton Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:08 PM To: Robert Graham Cc: Marilyn Lewis; Neartown Association; Jim Henley; smccu...@flash.net Subject: Re: [Neartown] HEB at Wilshire Village This is the dumbest, most ill-advised petition I've seen in a long time. "...maintain the integrity of the Montrose community...", are you kidding? Integrity is not two run-down, poorly managed, poorly stocked stores like the Fiesta and Kroger stores in Montrose. HEB builds architecturally distinctive and award-winning stores; it has great customer service; and will be a great asset to Montrose. Kroger and Fiesta have taken advantage of Montrose residents with sub-standard stores for many years, knowing that we have had no nearby alternatives. The threat of HEB offering first class stores with first class service may finally jolt those two companies into upgrading their deplorable stores. Furthermore, this is PRIVATE property, not land owned by the COH. Mayor Parker cannot and should intervene. While I have been an advocate FOR zoning and planning for years, the residents of Houston have ignorantly opposed such regulations at every turn. We reap what we sow. If this newly found group is serious about land use on neighborhoods, it needs to work towards real solutions like changing existing land use guidelines, regulations, and zoning. Until then, attempts to punish and thwart the plans of legitimate businesses who have followed the laws of the land are WRONG. Unless this group plans to raise the funds to buy this land from HEB (if they somehow can be convinced to abandon their plans and investment) and then donate the land to the COH, then this group should frankly pipe down and find something better to do with its time and resources. This petition should not be endorsed, supported, or signed by anyone. JM On Mar 17, 2010, at 7:03 AM, Robert Graham wrote: Thanks to Paul cobb, here's the latest on Wilshire village here's the petition. <http://www.petitiononline.com/mldc/petition.html> http://www.petitiononline.com/mldc/petition.html here's the article; http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6896157.html Please pass this along to your neighborhood civic association officers & members. Thanks. Robert Graham _______________________________________________ Neartown mailing list Neartown@neartown.org http://jupiter.mtjphoto.com/mailman/listinfo/neartown
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