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  1. New multifamily building proposed at the corner of Shakespeare and Morningside. Previous complex was demolished sometime in 2017. Unable to attach subdivision plat unfortunately. Site: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Morningside+Dr+%26+Shakespeare+St,+Houston,+TX+77030/@29.7142126,-95.4148851,3a,75y,227.84h,89.29t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1szhX16iMOCP0s9vHTY6OXYA!2e0!5s20170801T000000!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640c067f61e19eb:0xd1292a79ebde6a23!8m2!3d29.714225!4d-95.414898
  2. I heard about this large plot being sold about 8 months ago, but haven't heard or seen anything since. I confirmed with the EPA that the deal closed, so I wonder why clean-up hasn't started? Here is the last Chroincle article I could find: "Paper: Houston Chronicle Date: Wed 06/21/2006 Section: B Page: 8 Edition: 3 STAR Superfund solution / Private cleanup of a contaminated site in Fifth Ward could provide a national model. Staff SINCE being abandoned as a metal casting foundry in 1992, the 36-acre Many Diversified Interests Inc. site off I-10 East has been a visual eyesore and toxic waste threat to surrounding neighborhoods and a nearby school. Over the years, lead, arsenic and other contaminants in the property's topsoil have washed onto adjacent playgrounds and yards, undermining economic revitalization of the area. That may be changing thanks to a first-ever proposed agreement between the federal Environmental Protection Agency and a purchaser. Under the agreement, the nonliable private party pays to clean up a Superfund site. The prospective buyer, Clinton Gregg Investments, L.P., entered a winning auction bid of $7.8 million, including an estimated $6.6 million tab for the removal of contaminants. The site, near downtown, will likely be used for housing and thus require the highest level of pollution remediation. While the use of private dollars to clean up a toxic waste dump is welcome, it limits avenues for community input, and residents in the area bounded by the freeway and Bringhurst and Waco streets are rightly eager to influence the site's future. Gentrification is already changing formerly low-income zones around downtown, where rising property values are creating a tax crunch for longtime homeowners. "The issues are layered," said Reginald Adams, a Sierra Club organizer who resides near the MDI site. "You have gentrification, increased property values, a geriatric community and a housing project that has received an unsolicited bid for redevelopment." His environmental group is partnering with the Fifth Ward Superneighborhood Council No. 55 to educate residents about the MDI sale. The council held a neighborhood meeting to gather recommendations for the redevelopment. Since the massive project will require some improvements to city infrastructure, Adams hopes residents can wield some political clout and the developers will have an incentive to cooperate in planning adequate green space and a mix of commercial and residential amenities in the project. The unique solution proposed for the MDI site won't work everywhere, because not every toxic Superfund site sits upon land valuable enough to pay for its own cleanup. The prospective Houston buyers will perform a valuable civic service and provide a role model for the nation if they can convert a poisoned property into a tax-generating development, while working with longtime residents to create a mutually compatible community."
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