J. Carey Gray, lawyer for Figure Four Partners, a Perry Homes subsidiary, sent a letter to Harris County, City of Houston and State officials on April 15th. The letter extends to May 15th the County’s deadline for pulling a deal together to purchase Woodridge Village.
Conditions for a Deal
At the last Commissioner’s Court meeting, Harris County requested two things before consummating a deal in addition to a deadline extension from Perry Homes:
- Land in lieu of a cash contribution from the City to help complete HCFCD projects and offset part of the County’s purchase price
- Changes in the Montgomery County Drainage Criteria Manual, including Atlas-14 compliance. Closing the detention pond loophole was also mentioned.
See Russ Poppe, Executive Director of Harris County Flood Control District at approximately 7:33:45 in this video of the Harris County Commissioner’s Court meeting.
Construction Resumed Day after Meeting
The day after the commissioners’ meeting, Perry resumed construction on the Woodridge Village site.
A flyover of the site Tuesday, 4/21/2020, revealed that Perry contractors now have at least 30 pieces of earth-moving equipment at Woodridge Village. That’s compared to about 20 a week ago. Contractors are:
- Expanding the N2 Detention pond and taking dirt to fill in low areas elsewhere around the site.
- Blocking out new roads
- Pouring concrete
- Installing culverts.
Construction Pictures from Tuesday, 4/21/2020
The pictures below show the activity.
Text of Letter from Perry Lawyer
Despite all this activity, Lawyer Gray promises that if Harris County can pull together a deal, the additional costs will not affect Perry’s purchase price.
Gray also says that Perry continues to seek a private buyer. And that it hopes to have detention ponds completed by summer of 2020 (presumably if the purchase does not go through). See the full text of Gray’s letter below or download this printable PDF.
Draw your own conclusions from the letter and the construction, and keep your fingers crossed.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 4/22/2020
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