Among the latest developments coming to Atascocita is a 282-unit apartment complex already under way at Woodland Hills Drive and Atascocita Road. Atascocita Residents Care Committee members met May 20 to talk about that development and others they have been monitoring. The Woodland Hills Apartments are being developed by Verde Apartment Communities, a Dallas-based company, and the clubhouse is expected to be ready for pre-leasing in about six months, according to a Verde representative. ARCC president Vicky Eynon and member Barbara Madera questioned the developer about their plans for leaving trees and for future landscaping. Michael Richardson, working at the 13.17-acre site, said that about 100 trees had been marked for preservation. Another Verde representative said Wednesday that plans are to leave as many trees as possible. The driveway, now being cleared at Woodland Hills Drive across from Humble Middle School, is to be exit-only, according to the Verde representative. The entrance will be at Atascocita Road and Verde has been required by Harris County, said the spokesman, to add both turn and “slow-down” lanes at that entrance. Resident Tom Milburn said that the intersection at Woodland Hills and Atascocita Road is already too congested. He said that adding that many new residents to the corner would put children at risk as they go to and from school. “It’s a crime,” said Milburn. He asked if anything could be done to stop the project from moving forward. ARCC members said there were really no limitations for development in unincorporated Harris County. Developers can build – with few exceptions – whatever they want, wherever they want, without consulting anyone about traffic issues, school overcrowding, or residents’ concerns. ARCC members said they would follow up with Verde Apartment Communities and also talk to the area’s homeowners association. La Quinta Inn Eynon said that ARCC members will meet with representatives from La Quinta Inn, planned for the clear-cut area alongside Tin Roof BBQ at Town Center Blvd. and Atascocita Road. Eynon said the motel would be built behind Tin Roof and she believes the land nearest Town Center Blvd. to be for sale. Although only part of the land will be occupied by the motel, the entire area was cleared, to ARCC members’ disappointment. Super Target Progress at the Super Target, set to open July 27, has been closely monitored by ARCC members. Eynon said that some trees were left along the western perimeter of the property, but live oak trees have been planted among them. Eynon said that the live oak trees cannot reach maturity in that location and asked that they be moved to an area where only a few small magnolia trees have been planted. Rex and Lee Merrick, Parkside at Kingwood Glen residents, said that they were recently awakened by concrete trucks working on the site at 2 a.m. Oak Forest Elementary According to ARCC members, during Target construction, the contractor “accidentally” removed some trees that were part of Oak Forest Elementary’s property. “Let me tell you something I just love,” said Lee Merrick. “Oak Forest ... when they cut down part of their forest, they just proceeded to build another one.” Members said that the school used money that Target paid for the trees, along with funding from Exxon and the Humble ISD Education Foundation, to plant trees and build an outdoor classroom. Also on ARCC’s watch list: ● Fire Station No. 3 on Oak Timbers Drive – ARCC members said landscaping is good but light shields are needed. ● Wells Fargo – Removed three dead trees as requested. ● Taco Cabana – ARCC wants dead trees replanted but have been told, “They found out that they didn’t have to do it, so they aren’t going to do it.” ● Capital One – ARCC is seeking dead tree removal and representatives appear to be cooperating. ● Life Time Fitness at Will Clayton Parkway and West Lake Houston Parkway – ARCC wants to see a “more creative” landscaping plan and hopes to meet with representatives. Photo: Construction crews have begun clearing the driveway for a new apartment complex going up at Woodland Hills Drive and Atascocita Road. This view is directly across the street from Humble Middle School. Photo by Patsy Oliver

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