Residents of the Village of Creekside Park have rallied to oppose the impending construction of a Walmart store planned near the village. The proposed Augusta Woods Village development, which includes Walmart and multi-family housing, is located 100 feet south of The Woodlands boundaries, in unincorporated Spring.

At a June 18 Woodlands Township Board of Director’s meeting, the Coalition Against Walmart, which is comprised of a group of Creekside Park residents, solicited the assistance of the township in a quest to stop construction of the 186,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter. The store is planned to be located at Kuykendahl Road and Augusta Pines Drive, just south of Timber Creek Elementary school.

Michael O’Neal, director of information for the coalition, said his children will attend Timber Creek Elementary. O’Neal asked the board to consider his concerns regarding the proposed construction.

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The Conroe ISD board of trustees is considering a $511 million bond package following a presentation by the district’s Facilities Planning Committee during the June 16 board of trustees meeting.

The committee recommended the $510.97 million bond to accommodate a new high school, intermediate school and two elementary schools in the Oak Ridge North feeder zone as well as a new junior high school in the Conroe High School feeder zone.

The board will consider approval of a final bond amount and placement of the referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot during its August meeting.

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H-E-B has announced it will open its Rayford Road-area store, Spring Creek Market, on June 17 at 6 a.m. The 96,000-square-foot grocery store will be located at 3540 Rayford Road.

The store will sell local favorites as well as fresh produce, dairy, flowers and herbs, H-E-B organics and other grocery items like wine, jams, Central Market products and H-E-B’s line of Primo Picks.

H-E-B Spring Creek Market will also feature a fuel station and car wash.

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Montgomery County considers new bondMontgomery County is planning for a new bond election after voters turned down a $350 million proposal May 9. A date for a new bond is still being debated among county commissioners and County Judge Craig Doyal. Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack supports a November vote while others are in favor of waiting until November 2016.

Commissioners Mike Meador of Precinct 1 and Jim Clark of Precinct 4 have each said they likely would not be in favor of a November 2015 bond, but would rather bring a proposal to county voters next year.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said he would be open to considering a November 2015 vote but expressed concern about having enough time to compile a list of projects that could meet voter approval.

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Homes in East Shore in The Woodlands are among those for sale in a high-end market.

Homes in East Shore in The Woodlands are among those for sale in a high-end market. Abigail Loop

The Woodlands residential real estate market is seeing a slowdown this year, and properties priced in the upper spectrums are shifting to a buyer’s market, according to Better Homes and Gardens Homes Sales Real Estate Report.

Overall, the inventory of homes in The Woodlands has risen and home contracts are more sluggish than the year before, despite oil companies moving to the area.

Realtor Kurt Zimmerman of The Zimmerman Team said the anticipation of companies like ExxonMobil moving to The Woodlands area initially spurred a demand for homes— until oil prices plummeted.

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