Nacogdoches residents still looking for answers over new development

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Jena Johnson - email

Nacogdoches, TX (KTRE) - Residents of a Nacogdoches neighborhood are furious after industrialized homes moved to their street. Now, those residents are confronting the city at a planning and zoning meeting.

Residents like Rick Block are hoping for answers.

"They found a way to get those double-wides that they call industrialized housing in there and the city approved that," said Block.

Block says he and a dozen others have formed a committee to remove what they call double-wide trailers off their street.

"We want the whole project stopped while we do some discovery work with an attorney if necessary to find out what the plans were, the original plans for the apartments, how they got changed," said Block.

When the zoning switched to residential last year, Planning Director Larissa Philpot says the city was under the impression apartments would be built where these homes now sit.

"Anytime a zoning is changed and someone does have a place for a property it's nice to hear that plan, however, the city cannot hold somebody to a particular plan they present for a zoning change," said Philpot.

Philpot says she understands the neighbors' disappointment. She admits she was slightly shocked.

"I didn't quite expect this floor plan. I can say that I was somewhat surprised by the appearance of the plan," said Philpot.

Philpot says the city's hands are tied. She says the homes have been documented as industrialized and there's nothing they can do.

"This is a state law," said Philpot.

An answer Garner Street residents aren't willing to accept.

Since the item is not on the agenda, the city says residents won't be able to speak at the meeting.

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