A Plainview based company is offering to purchase homes in Lubbock's Arnett Benson Neighborhood, but many residents say they're not interested. The offers have sparked concern about the area's future, though. Now, residents are addressing those issues.
Thursday night folks will meet at the Maggie Trejo Super Center to talk concerns sparked by a letter from Wells Home Solutions. The letter is from Matt Smith. It tells folks if they've ever considered selling their home, Wells Home Solutions is very interested.
NewsChannel 11 contacted Mr. Smith Thursday. He tells us the company buys homes and turns them into rental properties. Those who live in the Arnett Benson area worry; that could destroy their neighborhood. Smith says they own several properties from Pampa to Midland, and adds they've never seen concerns like this come up.
"I'm hoping residents will not sell their homes in Arnett Benson because that's what happened to North Overton; we had so much rental property and you saw a decay of the entire neighborhood," Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon said.
"I don't want any of the home owners there to feel threatened that we're going to come in and buy up all the property and turn it into a rental neighborhood because that's just not the case. If someone doesn't want to sell, they don't sell. If they do want to sell, then we're interested in buying," Smith said.
DeLeon tells NewsChannel 11 she has received several calls from concerned residents. DeLeon will be at Thursday's meeting of the Arnett Benson Neighborhood Association to help address some of those.
Anyone with questions is urged to attend the meeting. It starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Maggie Trejo Super Center. That's located on the corner of Amherst and North Gary Street.
Several people told us that they think the offers to buy are to provide rental homes to Texas Tech students. We asked Smith about that. He says it's not a particular focus, and they rent to anyone.
So, we asked why they chose the Arnett Benson Neighborhood. We'll have that answer tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten.
Smith also told us he will not attend Thursday's meeting.
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