Full Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

33 Excellent

About Diaspora

  • Rank

  1. Because the extent of the northern block is still under negotiation.
  2. At this point the Pierce is being "decommissioned" -- while these are early days, "demolished" and "removal" are not on the agenda alone.
  3. This thread has some great suggestions regarding Midtown that align with a number of efforts underway. The entirety of Midtown is currently working with COH Plannning & Development to address/change ordinances to encourage some of the very things I'm reading above, here. If you have the time and interest P&D has the final public workshop for the Walkable Places Pilot Project on September 6, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal (Main Street entrance) from 4:00 to 6:00. https://www.facebook.com/events/241468949940281/ Mark your calendar.
  4. Purpose of Midtown Redevelopment Authority?

    By law every TIRZ must set aside 1/3 of the allotted funds they receive for use in the development of affordable housing. This aligns with the TIRZ purpose of hyper local development to address urban blight. The TIRZs within Harris county may use that 1/3 allocation anywhere with the boundary of the County, so the development dollars, of that percentage, is not consigned to the TIRZ boundary. Land banking those funds into the third ward makes sense on a fiduciary basis as the cost of land is significantly less east of 288. It also makes some sense as a means of managing gentrification, though this is more debatable.
  5. More coming to Midtown!

    Yup, the 3101 San Jacinto location has been, in the past, Club Empire and Club Myst, with dreadful results for nearby residents including a driveby in which 6 people were shot in May of 2015, when it was billed as Club Empire. The nearby residents and businesses protested the TABC license in 2016 and the place shut down soon after.
  6. Block 436 & 437 (Formerly Milhaus Midtown)

    4 by my count, at this juncture.
  7. Block 436 & 437 (Formerly Milhaus Midtown)

    Thanks. Fascinating to think that 2015 was “crazy busy” and Midtown is now tapering off while we have two 30 story apartment buildings on the rise, Camden at McGowen coming on line, the Windsor finished, etc.
  8. Austin & LaBranch @ Gray

  9. Austin & LaBranch @ Gray

    Steinberg Dickey Collaborative have the proposed exterior design of the building on their website.
  10. The Kirby Mansion: 15-Story High-Rise @Brazos/Gray

    Anybody have a profile of Ricardo Weitz and Central Houston Cadillac?
  11. The Kirby Mansion: 15-Story High-Rise @Brazos/Gray

    The buyer doesn't want the building on the block, so it either moves or comes down. Or another buyer emerges.
  12. Block 436 & 437 (Formerly Milhaus Midtown)

    Then we'll just disagree. The backbone of successfully engaging with the issue of homelessness has proven to be a housing first style treatment of providing shelter without condition, that is a shelter that is "low-barrier". Contrary to your assessment of "dumping" the "least desirable" this entails coordinated entry and assessment of the residents, counseling and substance management with an eye toward permanent housing resources. After all, the policy is to end homelessness not end substance abuse, so start there and work with persons issues after they have shelter. And just so you're clear on the "dumping" issue, I have no objection to creating such a shelter in Midtown, this one happens to be apparently in your neck of the woods, however.
  13. Block 436 & 437 (Formerly Milhaus Midtown)

    My “apparent glee” in finding a housing option for the homeless willing to take up residence at 419 Emancipation? Get some perspective.
  14. Block 436 & 437 (Formerly Milhaus Midtown)

    I will also note that Midtown has been working with the COH's Homeless Initiative to find housing for the homeless who want off the street. Until very recently we were anticipating a low level housing opportunity at 419 Emancipation, but the owner of that building decided, instead, to sign on with Southwest Key to house children taken from their parents at the border. http://www.costar.com/News/Article/Houston-Mayor-Asks-Building-Owner-to-Reconsider-Lease-for-Undocumented-Child-Detention-Facility/202078