Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chron: No 2nd Fire Station or South Exit, High Traffic, No Hospital & 72 Foreclosures In Sienna Plantation (2008)--click here for full story--

...The development agreement between Johnson and the city also obligates Missouri City to build a second fire station for the Sienna community currently served by the city’s Fire Station No. 4 at the community’s entrance [originally set for 3000 homes but now long over-due] . The new station is planned east of Sienna Parkway, south of Waters Lake Boulevard. Sienna Plantation MUD No. 1 would secure the land and pay for the construction and a fire truck under the agreement.

Owen said city and county officials are considering setting up a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office substation at the new fire station. The city’s police department would eventually take over the substation when the city annexes the area, Owen said.
Sienna has not been immune from the economic recession, with a marked slowdown in home sales the last two years, Smith said. With less open land available, Johnson shifted focus to larger lots in the wooded areas, he said.

Goff said the availability of a broad range of low-end homes in 2006 contributed to record sales that year, a scenario unlikely to occur under today’s economic conditions. Smith said Johnson is pacing construction at 400 to 500 homes a year, targeting 8,000 homes at build-out.

Simmons, who specializes in Sienna properties, said foreclosures here are about 1 percent of the total number of homes. It recorded 72 last year, which is higher than usual.

Community concerns linger. Sienna Parkway is congested during peak hours despite the opening of Sienna Ranch Road to Texas 6.

“It’s going to get worse as the community grows,” Wang said.
The area has no hospital. Nearly nine years after buying 34 acres near the community entrance for a proposed medical complex, Irving-based Christus Health still has the project on hold.

Comment: Search the archives on this site for more on the relationships between the political officials quotes in this piece and the developer of this community. Another link of interest to all this is the special taxing zone that was set-up in this area in '07 & '08:





Question: Do you trust Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City, TX, to represent you rather than his Houston corporate backers?




3%  participating said yes  (n20)


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(N) sample =  632


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