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Richmond Landing: Multifamily At Richmond And Garrot


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Did the developer buy that whole block, because the renderings look a little big for just that old apartment lot. Not to mention one of the renderings show a view from Colquitt.

See: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...c=addr&om=0

the developer bought the block with the exception of the apartments on the corner of jack and colquitt. they're tearing down everything beginning with the northeast corner of the block and finishing with the southwest buildings-- something to do with the leases of the halfway houses on the corner of jack and richmond not being up until sometime in 2008.

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they're tearing down everything beginning with the northeast corner of the block and finishing with the southwest buildings-- something to do with the leases of the halfway houses on the corner of jack and richmond not being up until sometime in 2008.

Huh, that's odd. In Texas, a landlord can give a tenant 30 days to relocate from one unit to another within the same complex, and if another unit isn't being made available, the tenant only gets 60 days to remove themselves completely. ...must be a PR play, or something.

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Huh, that's odd. In Texas, a landlord can give a tenant 30 days to relocate from one unit to another within the same complex, and if another unit isn't being made available, the tenant only gets 60 days to remove themselves completely. ...must be a PR play, or something.

I'm certainly not an expert in landlord-tenant law, but where in the property code does it say that a landlord can arbitrarily terminate a lease and evict a tenant with just sixty-day's notice?

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The properties which currently have buildings standing are:

4202 Garrott (The Palmer), circa 1935 red brick four-plex - nice terra-cotta detail over the doorway.

4208 Garrott Similar to 4202, Tudor details

515 - 517 Colquitt 1950's frame garden apartments

519 - 523 Colquitt Franklin Court apartments, red brick circa 1926 (HCAD)

527 Colquitt Single family house, red brick

4205 Jack (not being demolished)

4211 Jack brick apartments, sister building to

526 Richmond

512 Richmond frame bungalow

Interestingly, the Garrett properties are listed as being owned by Ed Wulfe.

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Is this the former site of the Skyline Apartments (Crack House)?

Do you mean Skylane? There are still two of them just north of here ( on W. Alabama).

Not sure what the name of the apartments demolished on this site about 10-15 years ago.

Maybe they want to salvage as much as the material as possible for recycling. There is a pretty good business in that alone.

Noticed that 4208 Garrott is undergoing asbestos abatement prior to its demolition, so the same may be true for the Colquitt property (especially since much of the wood is termite-ridden).

Hope they're able to salvage the bricks from the older structures - much more attractive than those currently available, IMO.

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Noticed that 4208 Garrott is undergoing asbestos abatement prior to its demolition, so the same may be true for the Colquitt property (especially since much of the wood is termite-ridden).

That is what I was thinking. They have totally stripped out the building, and all the copper wire was probably stolen long ago; so asbestos is the only reasonable explanation I can think of.

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That's because it is. I'm sure the views would be interesting enough, though. The view of the Medical center would be more prominent than downtown.

But the view of the grassy canopy offer some pleasant sights and if you're high enough, the greenway area. The views facing downtown will offer plenty of entertainment, though.

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Driving by this project late last week, I have noticed that all the heavy equipment has been removed, but a single structure (which I don't have a previous picture of) remains standing and appears that it hasn't even been touched. Does anyone have any idea if this is going to be incorporated into the future structure, or is there an issue with the demolition of this building?

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Driving by this project late last week, I have noticed that all the heavy equipment has been removed, but a single structure (which I don't have a previous picture of) remains standing and appears that it hasn't even been touched. Does anyone have any idea if this is going to be incorporated into the future structure, or is there an issue with the demolition of this building?

If you mean the red brick squarish apartment building towards the southwest corner of the property, I think it's still undergoing asbestos abatement.

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My neighbor has been in tough with Post's project manager. Last week the project manager told him that hopefully the red brick building will come down within a month, but construction has been put on hold probably til December. They are now trying to acquire the last apartment building on the northwest corner--something about new regulations aimed at Ashby highrise (not sure what these are) affecting this development, so that the parking may no longer be in the center of the development, but on the western side of the property. Apparently, Post is also looking at buying and developing the property directly south of Richmond from this development. Obviously, everything is up in the air at this point, but it's still kind of interesting to imagine two new developments across from each other as you enter Montrose from under the spur. Would be quite a transformation from present, esp. with the addition of rail.

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Great location, however I was curious as to how they are negotiating the setback w/r/t the future lightrail and the site impacts by Metro if imminent domain is used. It was my understanding that Metro would be expanding the Richmond Ave. ROW in that area around 1st montrose commons.

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While passing by the site, I saw quite a few bricks were removed from most of the building. The salvaging of this building is taking forever. I realized why it was taking such a long time as I drove past it: I saw ONE guy casually hammering away at a single brick in his hand.

He didn't seem very enthusastic about it.

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While passing by the site, I saw quite a few bricks were removed from most of the building. The salvaging of this building is taking forever. I realized why it was taking such a long time as I drove past it: I saw ONE guy casually hammering away at a single brick in his hand.

He didn't seem very enthusastic about it.

Bricks were salvaged from several of the buildings demolished for this project.

I wonder to what use they'll be put.

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Yeah, they had been deconstructing that house for ages...alas.

Well, I'm wondering if they foresaw it taking THAT long to take care of that home.

I'm sure they couldn't have a contractor on standby with heavy equipment while that was going on, so if the financing is in place, they probably have to wait on equipment/worker availability as well as get their infrastructure in place (construction trailer...etc)

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OT: Ricco, the Miata is a fantastic driver's car; inexpensive, lightweight, good power to weight, rwd, excellent handling, fantastic gearbox... I mean, I'd find your sig offensive anyway, but to disparage one of the best ever cars at the same time is a crime.

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OT: Ricco, the Miata is a fantastic driver's car; inexpensive, lightweight, good power to weight, rwd, excellent handling, fantastic gearbox... I mean, I'd find your sig offensive anyway, but to disparage one of the best ever cars at the same time is a crime.

FYI: I think th Miata is awesome, I drove a friend's for awhile to try it out and almost got one, but it wasn't practical for me. But if you finish reading the sig, you'll see it was something I overheard. It was a great line between two guys disparaging each other's cars AND sexuality.

me and a couple of friends almost died laughing.

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I live a few blocks from here and often drive by it, and it is one of those places that blends in to the scenery now. So either my brain refuses to acknowledge the site any longer or nothing is happening.

The apartments appear to be safe, but that doesn't hold much...

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I hope it works out. It is a sad block of land.

Kind of off-topic, but kind of related - in our neighborhood newsletter someone mentioned that he was walking his dog on Colquitt near the Spur and there were some homeless folks doin' it right there in the street (much to the horror of passers-by, apparently -- and him). Maybe some development will scoot away some of the behavior, if not the folks (probably eastward to the existing little homeless camp on Travis behind the Texaco).

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I hope it works out. It is a sad block of land.

Kind of off-topic, but kind of related - in our neighborhood newsletter someone mentioned that he was walking his dog on Colquitt near the Spur and there were some homeless folks doin' it right there in the street (much to the horror of passers-by, apparently -- and him). Maybe some development will scoot away some of the behavior, if not the folks (probably eastward to the existing little homeless camp on Travis behind the Texaco).

glad you told us. i will continue to walk my dogs in the other direction. the cops have been busting the homeless on both sides of the richmond and spur intersection lately.

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so does anyone have any ideas of what's going on here lately? there's what looks like a very long pvc pipe about a foot in diameter going across the entire property from the sw corner to the ne corner. and this morning someone dumped a dozen or so more pvc pipes of the same diameter but smaller in length in the ne corner. i was told this project wouldn't be started until later in 09, but could they be starting it already? Or do you think these might belong to the city, who are just using the property to store their stuff before they use it? there's also a bulldozer and some other sort of machine on the ne corner of the property.

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Are pipes blue in color? If they are, that's for water lines. Could be rehab on nearby streets and internal to the development.

If the pipes are white or black, they can be used for storm or sanitary sewer flows.

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Are pipes blue in color? If they are, that's for water lines. Could be rehab on nearby streets and internal to the development.

If the pipes are white or black, they can be used for storm or sanitary sewer flows.

they're white. i asked the worker this morning if they were finally starting this development, and he said yes, but, on second thought, he may not have known what i meant. there is work going on on the surrounding sewer system.

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Just a bump for this thread. Another HAIFer mentioned that seeing the vacant land formerly occupied by Wilshire VIllage was a bit depressing.

There were several viable structures which were demolished on this site for a project that has yet to be realized. Another ugly vacant lot, due to the short-sighted greed of incompetent speculators.

Discuss.

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There were several viable structures which were demolished on this site for a project that has yet to be realized. Another ugly vacant lot, due to the short-sighted greed of incompetent speculators.

Discuss.

The same motives as led these investors to take on an ill-fated project entailing a demo/rebuild were behind my own ill-fated project entailing adaptive reuse. The structures that were erased from this site would never even have existed without such motives.

I have little sympathy with your vindictive tone. The investors here are as human as you or I.

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No; they had tenants.

It's not like this city has an apartment shortage. If anything, this land is more attractive to developers now that there aren't any destruction costs.

I never understood why so many Houstonians get worked up over some 1950s or 1960s apartment complexes that are torn down for something new. Most of these aren't architecturally significant and for the most part they are dumps.

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