One of the primary concerns of the District are the abandoned complexes Candlelight Trails, Oak Brook Apartments, The Gables of Inwood and the deteriorating Candlewood Glen. These properties continue to harbor criminals and squatters with no concern of their current ownership and are negatively affecting the entire area.
The District is committed to requesting that The City of Houston do the following:
- Demolish Candlelight Trails -- The Candlelight Trails complex has been deteriorating for more than 5 years and it’s time to demolish. We were told that demolition was “Fast tracked” 2 years ago but here we are today with continued deterioration and blight to the community. (Demolition began Sept. 16, 2010.)
- Close Candlewood Glen -- The Candlewood Glen complex has been vacant for 2 years and now is in a “Fire Sale”. Individual four plex buildings are being purchased via the internet and are being rented out with minor repairs being made. There is no management and even less security.
- Demolish Oakbrook -- Oak Brook apartment needs to be demolished so their vacant properties in the flood plan do not continue being a source of vagrants and drug usage.
- Demolish The Gables -- The Gables of Inwood is a dilapidated complex with burned out units, and although boarded up, vagrants, drug users and prostitutes have moved in through the back, threatening the home owners of Sheraton Oaks. The Gables sits in the middle of the redevelopment area of Sterling Grove and Holly View apartments. Each apartment has been awarded reconstructive money from Disaster Recovery Fund. Removing the Gables as an eyesore will be the most efficient use of the dollars to revitalize the area. (Demolition took place in March, 2011)
For years the citizens have asked for City officials to follow through on their commitments and move the demolition process along to conclusion. The District will continue to do so until this is achieved. Come back to this page for regular updates.