Some residents of 9-year-old Victory Lakes have been demonstrating against a La Quinta Inn proposed for the commercial strip that separates the recent master-planned community from the Gulf Freeway in League City, reports Rhiannon Meyers in the Galveston County Daily News:
[Developer Roy] Mease turned what was supposed to be an upscale suburb and high-end offices into a hub for big box retailers, fast food restaurants and hotels, Victory Lakes residents claimed.
â€œIâ€™m opposed to these hotels,â€ resident John Calebrese said. â€œItâ€™s just another step in the wrong direction of the promises made to the original homeowners of Victory Lakes … (The subdivision) is nothing like what was promised.â€
But Mease said the subdivision, with its 14 big box retailers, brings in an â€œungodly amountâ€ of sales tax revenue for League City. There is no reason to oppose a hotel plotted for land far away from any Victory Lakes homes, he said.
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â€œPeople who generally stay there are hardworking construction workers, welders and truck drivers,â€ Kim Tecca said. â€œAt night, they relax like they like to relax â€” they stay up all night drinking.â€
Several residents argued sexual predators could live in the hotel, which they said is less than 2,000 feet from a school. . . .
One resident said the hotel would become an after-hours rendezvous spot for men who frequent Heartbreakerâ€™s Gentlemenâ€™s Club. . . .
Despite residentsâ€™ arguments otherwise, La Quinta is planning an upscale version of its hotel for League City, complete with an indoor corridor, a pool and a small meeting space, said Craig Brantl of the La Quinta Corp.
The $8 million hotel, which would have an urban design, would attract â€œupper business clientele,â€ such as medical professionals and aerospace engineers.
â€œThis is not built for the local trucker,â€ he said.
Those fighting the hotel are the same unhappy residents who fought the Wal-Mart in 2005, Mease said. Residents in 2005 became enraged when they learned high-end offices and upscale eateries planned nearby would instead become a Wal-Mart Super Center. The homeownersâ€™ lawsuit settled out of court.
In last week’s vote on the La Quinta, members of the League City Planning and Zoning Commission split down the middle. Approval of the project now depends on city council.
Map of Victory Lakes: Victory Lakes