To the Editor:
Why was I not surprised when I read in the Aug. 13 issue of this paper that the Killeen City Council had approved a plan to build houses across the street from the (Central Texas State Veterans) Cemetery? Since my wife and I plan to spend eternity there, I was so hoping that the so-called city planners would not violate the sanctity of that area and leave a buffer around the cemetery for a green zone with no advertising signs. However, I guess the desire for tax dollars overrides decorum.
The houses planned will be on smaller lots and probably crammed together, which means in time the area may become run-down looking like many other areas in Killeen. It appears to me that the council is made up of several builders, contractors and Realtors who have a vested interest in continued new construction, regardless of how glutted the real estate market is in this area.
The real estate market here has a great over-population of used homes to choose from and there seems to have been a buyer’s market in this area for a long time. In other words, if you want to sell your house, you will be in for a long wait.
The thing that appears to cause this long wait is new housing is being built at record pace. Builders can get buyers into these new homes much easier than a previously owned home.
I know this article will draw fire, but this city, whose motto is “City Without Limits,” has allowed the city to be limited by growing much faster than the infrastructure (roads and streets) can keep up with.
Retired Col. Malvin Handy