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September 24, 2018

City of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron and Mayor Pro Temp Norman Funderburk were not pleased when they learned a local developer was planning to eschew plans of building a senior living complex first on Townsen Landing.

The city council also approved a new tax rate of $0.248572 cents per $100 valuation. The 2018-19 rate is a 2-cent increase from last year’s property tax rate.

During Thursday’s special called meeting Clinton Wong, President of Skymark Development Company, described plans to build an apartment complex first rather than a 172-unit senior living complex Humble officials expected.

Wong reassured Aaron that plans to construct the senior living complex was still in place. However, Wong said Skymark officials felt it was best to go the other direction.

“Upon analyzing the market and going through the analytics of it we think it is more appropriate this time to build market rental apartments first,” Wong said. “We still have the plans to put the senior living next door and we’re also making plans for assisted living also.”

Humble city officials had questions about the proposal.

“I guess I’m confused because the first time I looked at this the 172 units were classified as seniors and the 300 units were classified as regular multi-family units,” Aaron said.

According to the minutes from the May 5, 2015 meeting, Wong originally went before the council and requested the city increase its allowable density for multi-family residential from 15 units per acre to 20 units per acre because he was planning to develop a complex for seniors ages 55 and over.

Former Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes said back in the 2015 meeting that very few apartments had been built in the last 40 years since the 15 unit regulation was implemented.

McMannes said in order for the senior community to happen the number needed to be raised to 20 units per acre.

Funderburk at the time said he believed there is a need for a senior community but was concerned with what increasing the density would do to the city.

“The motivation for increasing that density to 20 (units) was for the senior accommodations. The senior apartments — that’s what we felt like the need was in the community,” Funderburk said. “Now what we end up with are apartments that it calculates to 19 units per acre, that’s almost double to what our current maximum allowable is, at 10 (units). Three years later this is now coming to us.”

With a unanimous vote the council decided to table the item until the next regular meeting scheduled for Oct. 25 or the next special called meeting.

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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