Stop the City of Houston and NCI from closing Rookin Street

To all condominium/townhome/apartment residents, businesses, public services facilities located on Sands Point, Tarnef, Hornwood, Demoss, High Star and Rookin St. who would be affected by Rookin Street closure: We, Board of Directors representing six (6) complexes and businesses on Sands Point Drive, Tarnef Street, Rookin Street, and DeMoss of Houston, Texas hereby oppose the implementation of the street closure for the half block of Rookin Street between Sands Point Drive and High Star Drive. Council Agenda Item #14 December 19th, 2006: Recommendation from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering, reviewed and approved by the Joint Referral Committee, on request from the Directors of the Building Services and Health and Human Services Departments of the City of Houston, in cooperation with Neighborhood Centers Inc., (NCI) (Angela Blanchard, President), for abandonment of Rookin Street, from Highstar Drive to Sandspoint Drive, located in the Sharpstown Industrial Park Section 6, out of the G. C. & S. F. R. R. Survey, Section 2, A-1026, Parcel IT7-005 - DISTRICT F - KHAN Item # 14 - PASSED by Houston City Councils on December 20th, 2006. January 26th, 2006 - Reply letter from the Mayor regarding residents protest: Dear Citizen, Thank you for your e-mail I received January 4th regarding the closing of Rookin Street. I appreciate having the benefit of your views, and I value your input. After an analysis of traffic impacts was performed and studied, the closure of Rookin Street between Sandspoint and High Star was approved by City Council in December 2006. The one block section is being closed to provide adequate room for the development of a neighborhood center that will provide amenities and assistance to residents in the area. Thank you for writing. Sincerely, Bill White Mayor PROBLEM WITH THE ABOVE REPLY FROM THE MAYOR: The City\'s multi-services center and NCI Gulfton center will NOT be serving any local Sharpstown residents in the area. See link to NCI\'s description of their Gulfton Center. The Gulfton center will be serving residents from the Gulton Super Neighborhood which is NOT a part of Sharpstown Super Neighborhood (location described on Council Agenda # 14). See links for maps of Gulfton and Sharpstown Super Neighborhood. These Gulfton residents will NOT be affected by Rookin Street closing!!! What kind of adequate room and amenities that could be provided by closing a half-block street section with the length of about 6 car length The so-called \"analysis of street impacts\" was done by NCI which appeared to be biased. MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR THE ACTUAL LOCAL RESIDENTS: The closing of Rookin would be very detrimental to the value of our property since it would divert more traffic to the remaining routes, particularly through Tarnef Drive which cuts directly through a residential family area of six (6) condominiums, townhomes and apartment complexes. We can attest to the following facts and circumstances in support of our protest against the Rookin Street closure: 1. The subject route has residential usage of over 50% of residents from our condominium and townhouse complexes. This is the main route many of the local residents use to get to U.S. Post Office on Rookin. 2. By closing Rookin, all traffic from the four (4) condominiums and townhouses on Sands Point Drive, two (2) trucking & moving companies, a child care center, emergency vehicles and incoming traffic from US 59 would be diverted to Tarnef Drive. 3. Tarnef Drive is already heavily burdened by residential footage from five (5) condominiums, townhouses, apartment complexes, a Mosque, a Church, Harris County Hospital District Office, Harris County People

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6701 Sandspoint West Homeowners Association http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/houston/spwhoa/ 6601 Sands Point Condominium Complex 6500 Sands Point Townhouses Complex 6750 Sands Point Condominium Complex 6767 Rookin Apartment Complex 6535 Rookin Embassy Health Care System

Links

Link to NCI\'s description of their Gulfton Community Center: http://www.neighborhood-centers.org/en-US/page.aspxpageid=178 Link to Sharpstown SN: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nbhd_svces/TechCntrInfo/SN_26.htm Link to Gulfton SN: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/nbhd_svces/TechCntrInfo/SN_27.htm Link to Public Works & Engineering Neighborhood Traffic Project information: http://www.publicworks.cityofhouston.gov/traffic/docs/snap_ntp_info.pdf

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