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  1. What about the funds the Elan Heights apartments paid into the parks system when they were built? Never saw that get used for an improvement in the park like was supposed to happen. Also isn't there a TIRZ that could get involved?
  2. I don't know if it was mentioned above but there has been some coordination between "Houston Needs a Swimming Hole" people and BBP for east of downtown for potential sites. They have toured BBP owned or controlled sites and are currently doing a feasibility study. One of the sites along the bayou being considered is the former wastewater treatment plant on the north side of Buffalo Bayou and Lockwood Dr.
  3. The donuts are great but probably over complicated... They all have ingredients you have never heard of and a lot of them taste the same even though they supposedly have different stuff in them. Trying to hard to make the donuts "adult". The breakfast is the most unique in the neighborhood and what keeps bringing us back. And I have always had to wait in a line, they are doing well from what I can tell. I was kinda underwhelmed by the gelato shop. Probably because we just went to that one in River Oaks District which is on a whole other level. Its gonna be hard to not go to Hughies every week. It was our favorite restaurant even when it wasn't that close.
  4. Spoke to someone who works at Ritual and they said they plan on returning it to a live music venue. Will have live jazz and high end cocktails. Planning on being open in a couple months...
  5. Agree about listening to the guests. Each time we went in we were a little less impressed. Got rid of the happy hour instantly. Portions got smaller every time. We use to be able to order a couple dishes and be full but each time we went it seemed like another dish was needed. When you pay $36 for a half chicken that is the same size as a normal chicken breast it kinda makes you sad inside. Everything tasted great but when they opened I and others were hoping for a more casual place for frequent meals. It ended up being a more tapas style $100 date night place.
  6. http://www.chron.com/homes/article/What-does-it-take-to-protect-a-historic-Houston-6075235.php "The 'protected' designation means that the structure cannot be demolished or altered without the approval of the Commission," Hartgrove says. "The landmarks can proceed with an inappropriate alteration or demolition after the Commission denies their application for that activity once 90 days is up." Is this Houston Chronicle article incorrect on this?
  7. I believe it requires notifications and waiting periods before you tear down a city recognized building.
  8. Well that wasn't my question and I think you know that. Its odd how every debate about this issue ends up with talks about liquor and bars. Not one of these places you listed is retail that would benefit from this current update and is instead a list of bars that are not effected. Remember you can list a bunch of new bars in the dry zone as well. The question I raised was set on the idea that if the dry law was updated as proposed it would open up development to new unwanted and low class retail establishments selling beer and wine. If this hypothesis is true you should have seen these places opening up around the dry zone boundaries this past decade but the only example I can come up with is Premium Draught. Now why would the update of the dry law suddenly encourage these places to open when none have opened just across the street? I am suggesting that fears of allowing the purchase of beer and wine for off site consumption will lead to the construction of more liquor stores, bars, and convenience stores in the Heights dry zone doesn't make sense. First the update doesn't effect liquor sales, second they are already building bars and again this update doesn't change those laws, and lastly no development on the fringes of the dry zone have demonstrated the retail fears I am hearing.
  9. So what examples of new "retail with easier alcohol restrictions" have we seen outside of the dry zone? The Heights has had the largest influx of development in its history these past 10 years so we should have seen examples of this in the vast area of the Heights that have no dry laws.
  10. Wow. For that price you can get a house with more square feet on a full size lot in the same neighborhood plus not pay the $836 maintenance fee. Good luck to them!
  11. I am interested in the connection of this trail to the one that goes past Stude Park (MKT?) It is a separate project that appears to be ready to go but the COH GIMS website which has estimated construction start dates for it keeps moving it back every 3 months for the past year.
  12. As previously stated, redevelopment raising their properties and not being required to do detention because of no net change in existing impervious cover is the problem. When redevelopment happens in the 100 year floodplain this isn't a problem because there is a requirement that mandates no net fill to be brought onsite. Have you noticed that the Fiesta property holds water or has a ponding issue after a big storm? If there isn't an existing onsite drainage issue redevelopment there probably wont be any impact on the neighbors IF it the property is raised. Its when an old property that use to hold water during event because it was built to low is raised that issues like this can come up. There is no recourse I am aware of as long as they meet current building criteria. In the future City council could pass a new ordinance updating regulations on redevelopment. Also are we sure Walmart didn't provide onsite detention? I believe they would have been required to and they typically install their detention under their parking lots.
  13. I hear that of a bar is being put inside the store here. Any details/confirmation?
  14. That is just the ground level. Are there even any parking spots on that level? At the end of the day it will have just been a few hours that you couldn't get in or out of the garage which is about the same for everyone else in the area.
  15. Any explanation why there was not a citation issued? Did the police come out and measure? You would think 17 reported noise violations would have gotten some response. I doubt if 311 calls alone are enough to revoke any issued or future permits.
  16. I saw a few tweets from inside saying that it wasn't loud enough...
  17. There are decibel measuring devices installed in the neighborhood? Are they the neighborhood's or the music hall's? I think everyone is getting a bit dramatic. If parking becomes a problem for the residences, the city gives you several options. If the sound is too loud, the City has ordinances for that. If the music hall is having a hard time getting people in to the show because of parking, they will have to fix it or go under. Somehow Fitzgeralds with their like 10 parking spots manages. At the end of the day, homes right on all the action on White Oak are selling at the same price as the rest of the neighborhood farther away. I think this area will be fine.
  18. A big name restaurant team stepping into the Heights. Arthur Ave Italian American from the Helen Greek people going in at 1111 Studewood. Should be awesome. http://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/team-behind-helen-greek-food-and-wine-gear-up-for-arthur-ave-italian-american-restaurant-in-the-heights-8299192 Los Cucos located in the same building seems to have gotten pretty popular in the last few months. Seemed to be struggling in the beginning but now they are busy on early Monday nights even.
  19. https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/ Put your address in the red box.
  20. Are any shuttered storefronts getting businesses? The rail has been open for a long while now and I haven't noticed any new businesses, just the closure of two somewhat notable restaurants (la macro? and Radical Eats). It also seems like there has been a large uptick in homeless camps around this area likely pushed out from downtown and other areas. I felt surrounded by guys sleeping and hanging out around quitman stop a couple weeks ago while waiting on the train. Hopefully I am wrong but I am thinking it is likely that this music hall is far enough removed from the commercial strip that it won't have any positive impact on area. Something else is gonna have to drop to help this area.
  21. Demolition permit issued yesterday for the building on Yale St. just north of the bike trail.
  22. $40 for gym? A good cross fit package for 2 can cost over $200 a month! lol. I would also add if you are a new graduate and hopeful for your future, just a bit of struggle today should turn into easy payments later once you account for pay raises and inflation while your mortgage payments stay frozen for 30 years. Meet anyone today that is at the end of their 30 year mortgages and it will amaze how extremely little they are paying for their house worth $300K+ today.
  23. The affordability calculators are not necessarily wrong. It just ends up depending on what your priorities are. If you want to always have a new luxury car, go on frequent expensive vacations, retire when you are 50, etc. your "affordable" house is going to be lower. It also can come down to how well you are able manage your finances. I still have a hard time explaining to reasonably intelligent people why financing a sofa or fridge costs so much more in the end than just paying cash. What can really get you though is if that higher price is for more square feet because that means more cost to furnish and maintain.
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