Unfinished charter school becomes neighborhood eyesore in southeast Harris County

Unfinished school becomes neighborhood eyesore in Pearland
Unfinished school becomes neighborhood eyesore in Pearland

HOUSTON – Some neighbors in southeast Harris County said an unfinished charter school building has become an eyesore.

“It just looks horrible for our community,” said neighbor Sylvia Rodriguez.

Construction work on Elite College Prep Academy – Riverstone, on Riverstone Ranch Drive at Kirksage Drive, was never completed. Neighbors said the project has dragged on for years.

Another neighbor, Danielle Amaya, said she isn’t waiting around to see the project get finished. She’s selling her home.

“We would love to stay here. It’s just not feasible for us anymore with this school here if they’re not going to complete it or take it down,” Amaya said.

The Houston Gateway Academy charter group is behind the project.

“Our hope is to have this completed as soon as possible,” said Bob Wynne, attorney for HGA.

The last general contractor left the job in 2018 after a dispute over payment, which turned into a lawsuit, Wynne said. The school is now looking for a new company and project manager to continue the work, which could resume in a few months, he said.