Friday, October 26, 2012

Save Lake Thicket - Frostwood Community Improvement Association, Inc

Letter sent to Skanska from Christopher Jones, President of Frostwood Community Improvement Association Inc. regarding potential flooding along Buffalo Bayou.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Save Lake Thicket - Parkway Villages Residential Association Inc.

Parkway Villages Residential Association, Inc.
15995 N. Barkers Landing Rd., Suite 162
Houston, TX  77079

October 17, 2012

Mr. Michael McNally
President and CEO
Skanska USA
350 Fifth Avenue
32nd Floor
New York, NY  10118

Dear Mr. McNally:
The Board of Directors of Parkway Villages Residential Association, Inc. is writing to you as concerned neighbors regarding Skanska’s commercial development at 15375 Memorial Drive in the west part of Houston, Texas.  Our community of 538 homes is located just south of this property.  Many of our residents are concerned with the plan to drain and fill Lake Thicket.  This lake has served as a detention pond for many years and helped prevent homes in our area from flooding.   We have already lost much of the wildlife in this part of Houston due to all the growth and draining the lake would lead to more loss of wildlife.  The HOAs in the surrounding communities have worked hard over the years to maintain a desirable quality of life for their residents.  Draining and filling the Lake would certainly cause an irreversible, major loss of our area wildlife and would flood more of our homes.

     Parkway Villages welcomes Skanska to the area as we do all commercial developments.    We realize some of our residents will be employed by businesses in this development and that’s a positive thing for us.  However, the Lake is very important to us and we want to keep it as part of our community.  Therefore, we ask that you not drain and fill the lake, but work it into the architectural design of this property.   


Judy Thompson, President
Parkway Villages Residential Association, Inc.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saving Lake Thicket: Westchester Villa Maintenance Association

Westchester Villa Maintenance Association
618 Chadbourne Court
Houston TX 77079

October 1, 2012

Mr. Michael McNally
President & CEO
Skanska USA Commercial Development
1776 Yorktown, Suite 690
Houston, TX 77056

Dear Mr. McNally,

The Board of Directors of Westchester Villa Maintenance Association is writing to you as concerned neighbors about Skanska’s commercial development at 15375 Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas. We seek your immediate attention because we are concerned about the report that you plan to fill in Lake Thicket, which will have a negative impact on both flooding and wildlife in our area.

As I'm sure you are aware, flooding is a major concern of the HOAs in west Houston. As a group we are
working with several government agencies to mitigate the problem, mostly thought the acquisition of property
near Buffalo Bayou that can act as a detention pond. Since Lake Thicket already acts as a detention pond during periods of heavy rain, its removal will have a negative impact on solving the flooding problems in our area.

The wild undisturbed area in and around Lake Thicket is home to many species of animals and contributes to the charm of the Memorial area. We have been very active in protecting our wildlife in the area around Buffalo Bayou and would not like to see any harm come to them.

We ask that you consider Lake Thicket as a positive feature of the property, worthy of keeping intact, because of its history, its role in addressing our flooding issues, and because it is a natural harbor for wildlife.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.


Ben Crocker
President, Westchester Villa Maintenance Association