Community Meeting Held Tuesday on SHSU’s Plan for 78-Acre Site

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Community Meeting Held Tuesday on SHSU’s Plan for 78-Acre Site

Published on February 19, 2014 by Larry Crippen

Last night at the Veterans Conference Center, SHSU vice president of finance and operations Al Hooten, the HEARTS Museum’s Charlotte Oleinik and Broaddus Planning representatives discussed the university’s plan to move two of their criminal justice programs to a 78-acre site near the HEARTS Veterans Museum complex. The new planned home for the university’s Law Enforcement Management Insitute and Criminal Management Institute programs is bordered by I-45, Highway 75, the HEARTS Museum and a local neighborhood.

SHSU’s Al Hooten explained the fortunate and cost-saving way in which the university acquired the land for the new site . . . .

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The bill to accomplish this was sponsored by State Senator Charles Schwertner. Six of the acres are being made available to the HEARTS museum through a land lease.

Broaddus Planning project manager Andrew Broderick passed along the “near-term priorities for new buildings that will be occurring on the site” . . . .

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Questions from the audience included ones about the land and facilities effect on the Forest Hills subdivision which borders the land. A 100-foot green belt easement is planned along the border with the neighborhood. The new facilities will hook up to exisiting water and sewer lines, and traffic issues are also being considered. Buildings will be located in the center of the site inside a landscaped area.

The HEARTS Museum’s Charlotte Oleinik said she considered the project a “win-win” situation.

Another planning session will be open to the public on April 17th.

SHSU’s Al Hooten said it will probably be two years before anyone sees “dirt flying at the building site.”

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