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Friends were discussing this over lunch today, and someone has read and heard a couple of folks saying this latest court ruling was a victory for the homeowners.  It was a huge loss.  One person knows the developers, and their partner is so rich, it could afford to buy every home in the subdivision at 150% of value, ie, uber rich.  All the delay has done is change the numbers upward, including the prices people will pay to the developers for a first class highrise.  The homeowners seem to be affluent who seem to see themselves as either 'special' (entitled) OR victims who chose to make a very ill-advised decision to fight this in the City of Houston, where they never really had a chance (despite one lower court victory) to win this fight.  Until huge changes in the law occur (and the City Planning Department), and not just favorable comments from one or a few city politicians, nobody could have won this fight in the Capital of Private Property rights.  Sad war, and yet I feel badly for the ill-advised plaintiffs.  The defendants will roll when they see a timeline to their now well-deserved profits.

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If you haven't heard yet, Nancy and Erin have a new real estate podcast. It has been good so far. Check out the tweet below!!!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looped In podcast listeners: We&#39;re talking to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ashbyhighrise?src=hash">#Ashbyhighrise</a> developers tomorrow. Got any questions for them? <a href="https://t.co/AU9I3elV8b">https://t.co/AU9I3elV8b</a></p>&mdash; Nancy Sarnoff (@nsarnoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/nsarnoff/status/753706438665482241">July 14, 2016</a></blockquote>
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I don't know how to embed a tweet, so here's Nancy's tweet today:

 

Looped In podcast listeners: We're talking to the #Ashbyhighrise developers tomorrow. Got any questions for them?

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Yea,why are they so obessed with that location, when there a dozen areas around there that would gladly welcome the development? 

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1 hour ago, samagon said:

still wish that the owner had decided to build low income housing instead.

 

All of the problems with the Ashby highrise would have been exacerbated with low income housing - and the developers wouldn't have the promise of a huge pay day at the end to keep fighting for it.  It would have just resulted in demolition of the old apartment complex, and a perpetually vacant lot

 

Low income housing is for sure needed, but I don't think it realistically would ever have been made here.

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1 hour ago, cspwal said:

 

All of the problems with the Ashby highrise would have been exacerbated with low income housing - and the developers wouldn't have the promise of a huge pay day at the end to keep fighting for it.  It would have just resulted in demolition of the old apartment complex, and a perpetually vacant lot

 

Low income housing is for sure needed, but I don't think it realistically would ever have been made here.

The way to make cash would've been to not shoot for the moon before the recession hit, build a bunch of 3-story townhomes here, cash out.

On the homeowners end, the smart way would be to avoid expensive lawsuits ongoing, just enough to hold off construction to get a special zoning rule for their neighborhood pushed through the city and forced the developers to abandon the project.

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20 hours ago, cspwal said:

 

All of the problems with the Ashby highrise would have been exacerbated with low income housing - and the developers wouldn't have the promise of a huge pay day at the end to keep fighting for it.  It would have just resulted in demolition of the old apartment complex, and a perpetually vacant lot

 

Low income housing is for sure needed, but I don't think it realistically would ever have been made here.

 

there's lots of government grants they could have received, and building something on the scale of the apartments they removed would have been impossible to block, if it's pretty much exactly what was removed.

 

sure, it wouldn't have been the biggest payday, but I'm not concerned about the developer making money. I'm thinking about how awesome it would have been to watch from the sidelines.

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I drove by there yesterday and there was a crew working on the east end of the lot with backhoe and several worker bees. I couldn't tell if it was just utility work or what.

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Don't think it had anything to do with the highrise.  Hard to tell from the street, but it looks like all they did was dig a little trench through the old driveway entrance between a manhole and a storm sewer drain.  There's been no activity all week since.

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Once again there was a crew on site this morning.  Perhaps their annual "dig up some dirt and then leave for a year" exercise?

 

They had an excavator and several trucks and had already dug up some piles of dirt.  This is the same corner where they were working a year ago, but a much bigger operation than last time.

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1 hour ago, rechlin said:

Perhaps their annual "dig up some dirt and then leave for a year" exercise?

 

Haha, the developer waits just long enough that the neighborhood calms down and thinks the project is dead, then sends out a random construction crew to play mind games and increase the anxiety of the homeowners..

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On 5/24/2014 at 4:54 PM, Triton said:

Great article on Houston history and the Ashby highrise:

 

 

 

http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/ashby-high-rise-lawsuit-houston-developers-sprawl

 

HoustonAshby_920_680.png

 

There might be a newer rendering, but 2014 seems recent enough for it to be relavant

This doesn't seem that much taller than the high rises that have gone up since in the area

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3 minutes ago, mfastx said:

 

Don't think that link is working, I'd be very intrigued if this is legit. 

 

Ah forgot that you'll need an account to view the link.

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Hmmm...I cannot see the link, but I am 99.9% certain this is being mixed up with ~800 apartments planned for the 17000 block of Bissonnet in Fort Bend County in the Camelia development just east of FM 1464. 

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3 hours ago, skooljunkie said:

Hmmm...I cannot see the link, but I am 99.9% certain this is being mixed up with ~800 apartments planned for the 17000 block of Bissonnet in Fort Bend County in the Camelia development just east of FM 1464. 

 

You're right. Someone mistakenly pinned the location as the site of the Ashby Highrise. 

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It is a beautiful highrise. Very elegant. Not taking sides on this. Don't want to set urban loving haifers off. Just saying some folks in the posh houses in the area may not like having a highrise near them. South and North Blvds have some beautiful older houses with large yards. Very enjoyable area to stroll.

 

Honestly, I do not know what legal leg the opposition can stand on. There are highrises going up everywhere and as far as I know there are no deed restrictions against this sort of thing. I suspect all they can do is fighting a delaying action.

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It’s beautiful but what continues to amaze me is the tenacity and the strong will the developers have in seeing this through to completion. Most would have given up Lin ago.

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I really wish they could still incorporate some palm trees on the ground floor, most of these developments are placing them on podiums now. Not to mention we've been losing some due to new development.

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Random palm trees are one thing that would make absolutely no sense in that part of town. That neighborhood is all about its oaks so I'm glad the rendering shows real trees on the street rather than overgrown grass trash trees.

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Such a shame this never got built.  There are highrises all over Houston right next to single family homes.  Beautiful building. 

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2 minutes ago, CaptainJilliams said:

So is this development essentially dead or is it still a proposed project?

Based on he Buckhead website, it’s still “under development”.

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