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Story from Woodland News Spring Tx
–‘battle to control development in The Woodlands is now stretching just south of the community’s borders as residents of the Creekside Park neighborhood have formed a coalition opposing a new Walmart Supercenter that is planned to be built in Spring.
A group of concerned residents calling themselves the Coalition Against Walmart started a petition on change.org protesting the Walmart that garnered more than 1,300 signatures in its first three days.
The 186,000-square-foot Walmart is part of a mixed-used development, called Augusta Woods Village, planned for the corner of Kuykendahl Road and Augusta Pines Drive. The developers, Vancouver-based Timbercrest Partners, LLC and Elmfield Holdings, LLC, plan to begin construction by the end of the year and the Walmart is set to open in October 2016. The development will also include other commercial properties, multi-family residences and a park.
“With communities growing as quickly as The Woodlands, there is increasing demand for convenient access to fresh produce and household items,” said Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Walmart public afairs and government relations. “Our number one priority is to serve our customers, and that begins long before the store is built. We have already met with our neighbors to hear what they want in their new store and are excited to be a part of the community.”
The petition protesting the Walmart expressed concerns about the development negatively affecting traffic, the safety of children attending Tomball ISD’s Timber Creek Elementary School – which is adjacent to the property – the environment, increased crime and damage to the neighborhood ambiance.
“My daughter is starting Kindergarten and she’d like to be able to walk to school,” saidMichael O’Neal, a two-year resident of Creekside Park and a member of the coalition.
O’Neal spoke during public comment at The Woodlands Township Board of Directors meeting Thursday asking the board to become involved and use its influence to combat the development.
“In reality, we have no jurisdiction over that particular property,” explained Don Norrell , president and general manager of The Woodlands Township.
Chairman Bruce Tough said that he had met with representatives of Walmart, conveyed the residents’ concerns and requested that Walmart work with residents of Creekside as they move forward.
This outcry against commercial development is not a new phenomenon in The Woodlands. In the past several months, residents have petitioned against a Kroger gas station in the Village of Alden Bridge and the clear-cutting of trees in Creekside Park to make way for a village shopping center, as well as overwhelmingly voted against the failed $350 million Montgomery County road bond, which opponents claimed would bring unwanted traffic and development to The Woodlands.
“We’ve gone through these kinds of experiences before. My guess is that the project will not be successfully stopped; I just doubt it,” said Township board member Ed Robb. “We can assist in the shaping of the project to take into account the concerns that are quite valid, but it’s private property and it’s platted for commercial use. Influence is what we can most bring to the table on behalf of the residents.”