The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce were two key advocates for the Greens at Brentford housing development application submitted to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs by Greens at Brentford LP, according to documents received in response to an open records request.
The proposed development, as explained by Lamar CISD Superintendent Thomas Randle in his letter, would be potentially funded through a Competitive Housing Tax Credit Program using tax exempt bonds.
In their letter of support, the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance described the “political protection” provided by the Alliance (emphasis mine) to their members:
“The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance is the marketing representative/ salesman for local and area businesses and the entire community, relentlessly promoting our members’ products and services and offering them opportunities for self-promotion, while simultaneously acting as their “watchdog”—protecting their interests, in the political arena and beyond.”
The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance letters of support, unlike Superintendent Randle’s letter, omitted any mention that should this project be funded with tax-exempt bonds, the development could receive a valuation for tax purposes below the level of developments that do not receive incentives.
The responsive documents included letters of support from State Representative Dr. John Zerwas with a cc: to Les Kilday, Kilday Operating LLC and Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.