There’s a new key that is starting to be heard rattling in the lock currently held by the council majority “crew.” I have heard more and more Flower Mound residents talk about having council representation that will have the courage to stand by their convictions and advocate for what is good and proper for FM – a different view than “the crew.”
Many of my fellow Seniors in Motion members expressed interest and excitement on this view point after the recent Senior Candidate’s Forum. They particularly like Kendra’s stand on “reasonable senior housing.” Don’t get me started on the politics behind the permanent Senior Center – there’s not enough editorial space available.
When the original Orchard Flower Village was reviewed and approved by P&Z in May of 2010, it was more reasonably priced housing than what is now being proposed by the same developer. What “the crew” doesn’t understand is that when seniors can no longer care for their larger home, yet still want to join together in fellowship with other seniors, they would like a choice. And many would rather choose a rental house in a senior community. Many don’t want to buy into a senior housing community costing more than the house they sold. Kendra agrees that Flower Mound should encourage development that lets seniors use discretionary income to enjoy life-before-the-nursing-home.
About 74% of the existing FM homes are priced below $299,000, and only 26% are valued at $300,000+. The new proposed Orchard Flower Village will be priced in the range of $265k to $500k. Kendra has stated that she does not want to see our existing seniors priced out of FM. Few, if any, Seniors in Motion members will live there. I also support her stand on more quality development to expand our tax base.
Lastly, the mixed-use proposal for limiting this type of development to just two areas in FM, until Riverwalk is built out, is economic suicide.
Let’s insert a new twist in local government – an independent voice. I strongly encourage you vote for Kendra Stephenson for Council Place 1.
Flower Mound, TX