Residents worried about vacant METRO Pinemont park-and-ride lot

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Several hundred people attended a meeting to discuss the fate of a vacant piece of property in the 6200 block of Pinemont Thursday evening.

The land was once home to the METRO Pinemont park-and-ride lot but that closed down in December 2013.

Residents who live nearby are worried that the land is going to be purchased by the Houston Housing Authority and turned into a low-income apartment complex. They are concerned that there are already too many apartments in their area and that an influx of people with further crowd overcrowded schools and give rise to traffic problems. 

The METRO board of directors has given the CEO the go-ahead for the sale of the property, and residents are hoping that a last-minute effort will delay any decisions. Community members would like to see the land be put on the open market. Several said they prefer grocery or retails store to be built on the lot. 

Board member Jim Robinson touched on that topic at a Real Estate Committee meeting earlier this month.

"I think METRO has a responsibility to try to get the highest price for this thing that it can. Quite frankly, I don't think we can do that unless we put it on the open market and sell bids," he said.

With the expansion of 290, residents think the property is even more valuable and could attract some bids, increasing the return to taxpayers.

The issue will go before the METRO board of directors on April 23rd. 

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