House Representative

Coleman, Garnet F.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/13/2011

Coleman Language to Protect Houston Neighborhoods Included in SB 18

Austin--The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously approved on second reading Senate Bill 18, the Governor's eminent domain legislation. S.B. 18 includes language that was added by Rep. Garnet F. Coleman (Houston) to repeal the Texas Medical Center, Inc.'s power to condemn single-family residences and multi-family residences of eight or fewer units. Rep. Coleman met with the board members of TMC over the interim to come to an agreement on this language.

"This language is necessary to assure residents that their homes will not be forcibly taken," said Rep. Coleman. "I want to thank the board members and staff of TMC for working to come to a mutual agreement."

In 2005, a Houston resident approached Rep. Coleman about the challenges neighborhoods faced with the encroachment of TMC, Inc. Threatened Houston neighborhoods include Central City subdivision, historic Riverside Third Ward neighborhoods, parts of the Binz area, Boulevard Oaks, Morningside Place, Southampton, Southgate, and Old Braeswood.

"The tipping point was TMC, Inc.'s use of eminent domain to expand their administrative campus," said Rep. Coleman. "For good reason, this didn't sit well with residents who now have to stare at a five story tin can."

"This language will protect communities and ensure that neighborhoods can maintain their character," added Rep. Coleman, "It won't damage TMC's vitality since tens of thousands of acres of commercial and industrial property are still available for its expansion."

Rep. Coleman has attempted to pass legislation relating to TMC, Inc.'s eminent domain powers every legislative session since 2005.

Representative Coleman is available for comment.