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Herons developer to address questions from Kingwood residents at March 18 meeting

March 7, 2019

Residents and the public are invited to meet the developer of The Herons Kingwood Marina project from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Kingwood Community Center.

According to the invite, present at the community gathering will be Gabriel Haddad, CEO of Romerica Group, Thomas Sankey, senior project manager and senior ecologist of the environmental consulting firm SWCA, and Melvin Spinks, president of CivilTech Engineering, Inc.

Topics to be discussed are U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ process, phases of the development and Romerica’s current and future initiatives.

There will also be a Q&A session afterward.

This is the latest event relating to a contested project that will bring high-rises and high-end services to the “Livable Forest” area. The community previously had two opportunities to make their thoughts about the project known — at a community meeting on Jan. 15 and during a public-comment window from The Galveston District of the USACE that ended last Friday.

On The Herons’ official website, theheronskingwood.com, a “Development Update” said a town hall with similar substance was scheduled prior to Harvey and recent happenings as well as works with city officials had made them more aware of the region’s issues post-Hurricane Harvey.

“As a result of extensive pre-planning and new post-Harvey studies, The Herons development will provide a solution for neighboring communities by working toward removing sedimentation and increase capacity of waterways,” per the update. “In addition, with the development of a new marina and the dredging of Lake Houston, we plan to take all studies into consideration as we work to improve drainage and reduce the possibility of flooding for Kingwood and surrounding areas.”

Although not without concern, Councilman Dave Martin said in the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10’s February meeting that the project’s need to dredge, which will be constant due to the boat docks, is a positive element.

In that same meeting, Martin’s chief of staff, said it is likely that USACE will hold a public hearing. But Bob Rehak, a Kingwood resident and owner of the website reduceflooding.com, said USACE “has not yet responded to questions” about it in a post dated Monday.

“I eagerly hear how they’ll plan to get around the legal deed restrictions,” Rehak said of this upcoming March 18 meeting.

For additional information about the meeting call 800-848-4088.

nguyen.le@chron.com