Zoning board approves senior living center in Guadalupe neighbor

Zoning board approves senior living center in Guadalupe neighborhood

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There's a lot of contention over proposed developments in the Guadalupe neighborhood in northeast Lubbock. This has some residents facing off against a developer with a lot of name recognition.

It all started with a request for tax credits. The applicant, K R S Guadalupe 18 LP, wants to build an apartment complex at Third Street and Buddy Holly Ave. In the original application 110 of the 130 rooms at "The Guadalupe Villas" would be designated as section 8 or low-income housing.

"When you end up putting section 8 and low income homes here, these are people that are going to come and go there's no stability," said Lala Chavez, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Association president. "Not only that, it will deteriorate the neighborhood, bring down the value of our properties, also our school. There's no stability because when kids go to school, they are going to come and go as well, so those are never going to be true numbers at our school."

City councilman Juan Chadis, who represents the Guadalupe neighborhood, said the idea was proposed and brought to his attention right before the holidays.

"The major concern from what I have been listening to is that it could or would be turned into section 8 housing," said Chadis. "Right now some of the paperwork that is out there says it's low income housing so than again that is the main concern and it may be a good intent, but long term what will it turn out to be and that seems to be the concern." 

The residents took their worries right to the developer during a public planning and zoning meeting on Tuesday night. During the meeting there was big plot twist that many Guadalupe residents were not aware expecting. Kent Hance, the investor and developer in charge of the proposed project, announced that the leadership team had made the decision to change the original project idea from family style living to senior living apartment complexes after a community meeting was held a few days before.  

"At the meeting that's one of the things that we talked about," said Hance. "That it would be for families and we decided to get in concession to make it more amenable for everyone by making it senior living."

After a 2.5-hour meeting listening to opposing arguments, the Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved the zoning change. It will now go to city council for a final approval for a later scheduled meeting.  



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