Heights-Area Walmart: The Battle Heads to Court

It's been quiet on the Heights-area Walmart front lately, but that ended today when residents went to court to sue the city and the developer over the proposed project.

The residents' group, called Responsible Urban Development for Houston, is suing over the "380 agreement" between the city and developer Ainbinder, which will reimburse the company for public infrastructure improvements.

RUDH says the 380 agreement violates city codes because it does not promote economic development.

"Ainbinder has stated publicly that it does not need the 380 agreement in order to build the development," the lawsuit says.

The suit also says council members who approved the agreement "were supplied with misleading statements as to what funds would be used to reimburse" Ainbender.

The Walmart is proposed to go up on Yale Street, where the old Heights Armature Works plant was. It will reportedly be a 152,000-square-foot supercenter; residents say the traffic will cause huge problems in the nearby neighborhoods.

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