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A new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Friendswood homeowners group claiming a development of tract homes is wrongfully planned to replace a golf course in their neighborhood.

More than 500 homeowners, through the Sunmeadow Community Improvement Association, are asking 405th District Judge Wayne J. Mallia to stop the construction of homes on land now occupied by the Friendswood Golf Course, which is surrounded by the Sunmeadow subdivision.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Janis Lowe, Raymond G. Tiedje, Millennium Development Corp, and River Oaks @Friendswood Associates Ltd.

George Vie, an attorney representing Millennium Development and Raymond G. Tiedje, declined to comment because he had not yet read the lawsuit, which was filed this week.

The homeowners previously filed a lawsuit to stop the development, but it was dismissed for technical reasons. The new lawsuit, prepared by attorneys Tony Buzbee and Justin M. Waggoner, says residents bought lots or homes in the subdivision because of their proximity to the golf course.

In addition, it says the late and former Friendswood Mayor Ralph Lowe marketed the lots in the late 1960s and later homes with the assurance they would be near the golf course. Janis Lowe, another defendant in the lawsuit, is the daughter of Ralph Lowe and is a former Friendswood councilman.

"All of these people thought they purchased a home near a golf course," said Buzbee. "Now the golf course is being taken away from them." Buzbee added the removal of the golf course would decrease the value of existing homes.

 

Jerry Urban
The Galveston Daily News
October 12, 2002
Friendswood