GUNTER, TX-New apartment homes may be on the way to Gunter and that could provide dozens of new homes for the area and also some new jobs. But the upcoming project was not sitting well with all Gunter residents.
A heated discussion erupted at the Gunter city council meeting Monday over a proposed 100-unit apartment complex to be built on Highway 289, just across the street from Gunter schools.
Several residents took the podium to express their concerns, one of them is Ken Pasqua.
"I think it's a bad idea. It's gonna be an increase in traffic here on 289. We have a high school right across the street from the project, there's gonna be an increase in traffic, there is gonna be an increase in accidents," he said.
Palladium U.S.A. CEO, Tom Huth, said they chose Gunter to house their $12.5 million project because of how the city is set up.
"We like to be in areas next to retail, where there is available lands and close to high schools so students can walk to school and not worry about their transportation needs and how to get there," he said.
Residents like Pasqua said they are concerned that the mixed income apartment homes not only will bring in more people, but also more crime. But Huth said they will be running background checks on potential residents to keep the area safe.
"There can be quality people that live even in apartments and that's gonna be the case here. The background checks that we run, all the criminal checks that we run, those will enable only the finest people to live in our development," he said.
But Pasqua said that's not enough.
"They can say what they want, but the truth is apartments, low income apartments, equal crime. So no, I don't believe a thing they say to be honest with you," he said.
The proposed apartment complex will be back in the agenda in January. A public hearing has not been set.
Huth said if the city decides to move forward with the project, it will take about a year to build.