Some residents of Long Point Woods are blaming the new and well-paved 48-acre Village Plaza at Bunker Hill shopping center along the north feeder road of the expanded Katy Freeway for the late-April flooding that damaged many homes between Bunker Hill Rd. and Blalock, south of Westview. Abc13’s Miya Shay reports, opting not to mention the neighborhood or the development by name:
[Resident Barbara] Hunt says homeowners grew worried when a large development along I-10 and Bunker Hill [was] allowed to be built without additional retention, and when heavy rain fell, it ran off the parking lots and into their homes. . . .
But Mayor White says the developers didn’t get special treatment because the property was already covered in asphalt before the developers bought the land and began building.
“If something is built, and somebody buys it from somebody where it already has some paved over and is already developed, we don’t have new detention requirements,” said Mayor White.
Alan Hassenflu of Fidelis Realty Partners began assembling the shopping center site from 6 separate industrial parcels in 2003, according to the Houston Business Journal. Those parcels included various manufacturing sites and a rock quarry.
The shopping center now includes an H-E-B Market and an Academy Sporting Goods store. Briar Branch Creek runs parallel to I-10 between the shopping center and the residential neighborhoods to the north.
- Flooded out residents voice frustration [abc13]
- Village Plaza is in the bag after four years of land assemblage [Houston Business Journal]
- HEB Coming to Bunker Hill Road [Memorial Examiner]
- Village Plaza at Bunker Hill [Fidelis Realty Partners]
Photo of flooded home in Long Point Woods: Miya Shay