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  1. This is soooo City of Houston. Inspector No. 1: "Everything looks good. You just need to do A, B and C." A, B, and C completed. Inspector No. 2: "D, E, and F don't meet code. You need to fix that and pull all new permits." And on top of that permitting at CoH is grinding to a halt due to COVID. I know people trying to finish a huge project that is very time sensitive who had to send new plans back to engineering and were told that the reviewer had 600+ plans on his desk and could not even guess at an ETA on approval. I wouldn't be surprised if the connector is completed long before the bridge.
  2. Someone is building a new deck in front of the former El Gallo de Jalisco. No idea who or what is planned. No TABC notice.
  3. The world just kind of sucks today. Golden Bagels is closing. And Angela's Oven is closing their retail cafe on Harvard and will only be at farmer's markets. I think Angela's scaled back because of family reasons (kids who worked in the store going off to college). But no clue why Golden Bagels is closing. https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/09/08/beloved-bagel-shop-closing-in-the-heights/ https://www.facebook.com/112451162140402/photos/a.1730145393704296/4528110877241053/
  4. Yeah. You are correct. No one wants to live in a 1,000 sq ft 2/1. Only option is to knock it down. Nothing else can be done. I have heard about scientists at MIT experimenting with next generation technology where they are able to use state of the art materials like wood, nails and Hardie plank siding to enlarge an existing house. But this is cutting edge stuff that won't be ready for commercial use for another 10-20 years.
  5. Calle Onze closing, but another Mexican concept is taking its place. I thought Calle Onze was great when it first opened, but quality sank like a stone and the crowd after 8 pm would pull a bit too much from Midtown. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/food-culture/restaurants-bars/article/Calle-Onze-in-the-Heights-to-become-Chivos-under-16431145.php
  6. The discussion was about whether the property had any potential to be flipped not whether the owners had any intention to flip it. I am sure you feel special that you know something about the owners and we are all eternally in your debt for such magnificent insight. But your comments are a non sequitur. Niche and Red Scare are gone. Fighting about whether something is actually in the Heights or not because it is a block or two outside the original plat for the Heights is so over even for HAIF.
  7. So, you are saying that a house that was well maintained for decades by someone who lived in it as their residence was never intended to be residential because whether a house is suitable to be flipped or not depends on the intent of the property owner and not the condition of the house. That is a new level of developerspeak that is even a stretch for HAIF. And calling out properties as not being "technically" in the Heights is also so 2000.
  8. House was very well maintained cared for and would have been an easy flip. Location is not the best, but people are beating each other with sticks to buy in the Heights and someone would have been happy to live there. Losing a nice bungalow to nail salon parking is so 2000.
  9. Tommie Vaughn dropped a pretty good bag of cash on upgrading its showroom and moving a franchised dealer can trigger protest right from other nearby dealers and long proceedings before TxDMV. Tommie Vaughn is here to stay. There are a bunch more retail projects like this coming on the Shep side. It will be interesting to see where the market saturation point is on retail space along Shep. So far, there hasn't been much trouble filling these projects but a bunch are in the pipeline.
  10. Sorry. I guess "Moon Rabbit" is a pretty popular restaurant name these days. The Houston version is doing take out only right now. Here is the menu: https://www.ubereats.com/store/moon-rabbit/aMQB24p0TjyT6HRIVCJPnQ
  11. Moon Rabbit is replacing Vietnam Restaurant on 19th. Contemporary Vietnamese and much more high end/night on the town place compared to its predecessor. https://www.moonrabbitdc.com/
  12. I like the MCM quotes on the design. Surprisingly good article from the Leader on how the City screwed over the immediate neighborhood on SMLS on this lot. https://www.theleadernews.com/real_estate/city-amends-smls-policy-after-unique-case-in-heights/article_043908f4-fae2-11eb-97b2-e7f5aa70d2d7.html?fbclid=IwAR0nft5VTYDlGAVyt8eziujRxFsk_2ckDoJI92ogEf1yAAwC00FRdNc76mU
  13. The lawsuit is ongoing and has a September trial setting (courts are pretty log jammed due to COVID, so odds aren't very good that trial will happen in September). HOA's argument is pretty thin. The tract with the Tanglewood Corp building has an exception to the deed restrictions and specifically says that the tract can be used for commercial purposes. The HOA claims that the tract is also subject to the deed restrictions that restrict using property for apartments, etc. There were also attempts in the 2000s to amend the deed restrictions to make it clear that the tract could not be used for an apartment/condo tower. The owner of the tract argues that the clear intent of the deed restrictions was to exempt the tract from the residential only restrictions and the subsequent attempts to amend did not follow the property code. Just to make things fun, the owner hired Rusty Hardin, although Mr. Hardin probably isn't doing much of the legal leg work. This kind of dispute would usually be resolved on summary judgment motions, but the judge in this case does not like to rule on anything because she gets reversed a lot on appeal. I don't see the HOA prevailing. It is pretty hard to argue that a commercial use exception does not apply when the property has been used for commercial purposes for decades. And that is the fun part about Houston's lack of zoning and dedication to deed restrictions. Developers can stomp on the rich and poor alike.
  14. Chef announcement with rendering. Guess we now know why Michael Hsu opened an office in the Heights. https://houstonfoodfinder.com/news/austin-based-loro-announces-chef-for-houston-restaurant-in-the-heights/?fbclid=IwAR1H5YxwhgvgFYrFPANpt-ag9_dpXomQE_BaQEwlosm5YgsZv7M3LKPgl9s
  15. This is a rare time capsule Midcentury Modern over in Lazybrook. No info on the architect. But almost everything looks to be original. https://www.har.com/homedetail/2442-brooktree-dr-houston-tx-77008/7911476
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