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6 hours ago, mollusk said:

The Ashby folks might claim copyright infringement for the angry toothy building image... :ph34r:

Yeah, my first thought upon seeing it was "hey, the Ashby neighborhood-eating monster has relocated to the Heights!"

My second thought was "I can't believe so many people on Nextdoor are just now hearing about this", before remembering that the overlap between vociferous Nextdoor posters and HAIF members is presumably quite small. 

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What’s sad to me is that people are more upset about tearing down a “movie theater” that hasn’t been a movie theater for over 60 years!  Nobody cares that a CHURCH was torn down so maybe Heights residents are getting what they deserve.

I do think it’s a shame that a storage facility will be built there but there are eyesores all over the Heights.  

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7 hours ago, steve1363 said:

What’s sad to me is that people are more upset about tearing down a “movie theater” that hasn’t been a movie theater for over 60 years!  Nobody cares that a CHURCH was torn down so maybe Heights residents are getting what they deserve.

I do think it’s a shame that a storage facility will be built there but there are eyesores all over the Heights.  

The church was moribund, and had been since the main pastor died. The congregation was shrinking as members died. I found a few articles about it when the sale and demolition was announced. The building was not going to remain a church. It was not the first church in the Heights to disappear in any case.

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On 1/27/2021 at 12:12 PM, mollusk said:

The Ashby folks might claim copyright infringement for the angry toothy building image... :ph34r:

Drove up Studemont today and there were SO many signs with the logo. Ashby PTSD 😅

Pretty big thread on this at The Heights Life Facebook page today.

I know this is an aside, but was looking at the surrounding properties to see if this corridor might continue to be developed, and the apartment complex next door, the Lencor Apartments, looked a little long in the tooth for area. Looked up the owner on HCAD and it is a husband and wife who live in Spring who own this one and one by the same name on White Oak across from where Heights VInyl used to be. I googled their name.... and the husband passed away last year and his obit said that he managed the real estate up until he died at age 85.

The name, Lencor, is a combination of their names: "Their first apartment building, Lencor, is named after the last three letters of Helen’s name and the first three letters of his." (Cornelius and Helen). Thought that was kind of nice!

Anyway, just a random aside and y'all are probably the only ones that would care about that. 

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On 1/27/2021 at 12:12 PM, mollusk said:

The Ashby folks might claim copyright infringement for the angry toothy building image... :ph34r:

This one apparently eats lampposts so it's clearly a different animal....

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58 minutes ago, wilcal said:

Drove up Studemont today and there were SO many signs with the logo. Ashby PTSD 😅

Pretty big thread on this at The Heights Life Facebook page today.

I know this is an aside, but was looking at the surrounding properties to see if this corridor might continue to be developed, and the apartment complex next door, the Lencor Apartments, looked a little long in the tooth for area. Looked up the owner on HCAD and it is a husband and wife who live in Spring who own this one and one by the same name on White Oak across from where Heights VInyl used to be. I googled their name.... and the husband passed away last year and his obit said that he managed the real estate up until he died at age 85.

The name, Lencor, is a combination of their names: "Their first apartment building, Lencor, is named after the last three letters of Helen’s name and the first three letters of his." (Cornelius and Helen). Thought that was kind of nice!

Anyway, just a random aside and y'all are probably the only ones that would care about that. 

I actually really like those apartments. I hope this block doesn’t change too much. I’d hate to lose some of the beautiful buildings that line this street.

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10 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I actually really like those apartments. I hope this block doesn’t change too much. I’d hate to lose some of the beautiful buildings that line this street.

I do think this block is pretty great. A lot of that comes from the older buildings that don't have the massive setback imho. 

 

Big Tex mentioned in their reply to a news station that the building will:

· Adheres to COH Transit-Oriented Development: pedestrian-friendly plaza with 6′ wide sidewalks & a well landscape street façade.

· Architecturally designed to be complementary to the character of the Heights: honed brick, la Habra stucco and architectural metal panels

 

That is kind of funny to me since this is not designated as a TOD corridor. I could see this being designated as a Walkable Place corridor, though. 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I actually really like those apartments. I hope this block doesn’t change too much. I’d hate to lose some of the beautiful buildings that line this street.

There are very few beautiful buildings on that block. 

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701-719 (filling station and four houses) are all quite nice. I kind of agree that the rest are ...fine, but I wouldn't have a problem if they were replaced with something good. 

What I think is intriguing is the prospect of developers basically trying to opt in to the transit corridors/walkable places outside their current boundary. Ideally this would show the City that they need to accelerate expansion of them.

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6 hours ago, Texasota said:

701-719 (filling station and four houses) are all quite nice. I kind of agree that the rest are ...fine, but I wouldn't have a problem if they were replaced with something good. 

What I think is intriguing is the prospect of developers basically trying to opt in to the transit corridors/walkable places outside their current boundary. Ideally this would show the City that they need to accelerate expansion of them.

Agreed.

Walkable Places makes the most sense for this area. Some of the curb cuts are nasty and of course the restrictions only apply as things are redeveloped. 

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8 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

There are very few beautiful buildings on that block. 

What are you talking about? If you drive down 11th before the church, all of that strip is old buildings. Even next to Bella Green. And the old homes converted in to businesses across from Lencor Apartments. 

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Heights residents to protest storage facility planned at former Stude Theater

Ryan Nickerson, Staff writer Feb. 4, 2021Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 5:53 p.m.

 

A group of Heights residents said they are prepared to protest the development of a storage facility on Saturday at 11 a.m. The protest will take place at the site of the former Stude Theater, which was demolished after the property was purchased late last year.

The protest comes after a petition was formed by a community group called Stop BigTexStorage that, as of Feb. 4, is almost at its 5,000 signature goal. The petition calls for the Houston City Council to stop the permitting for Big Tex Storage Heights at 730 East 11th Street because they believe the project is poorly suited for its location and will have a negative impact on the community.

“We don’t know of any historically appropriate seven-story storage facilities,” SBTS said in a statement. “Our concern is with the size and function of the structure. It will be large and not contribute in a meaningful way to the neighborhood streetscape, and in any form, will detract greatly from the charm of the neighborhood that so many moved here for.”

Bobby Grover, the president of Grover Ventures and the developer behind Big Tex Storage, released a statement addressing resident’s concerns. He suggested that the facility will have a very light traffic footprint, be pedestrian-friendly and the facility will be architecturally designed to be complementary to the character of the Heights.

“We consistently strive to build aesthetically pleasing best-in-class storage facilities in some of the area’s best neighborhoods like River Oaks, Montrose, Garden Oaks and The Woodlands,” Grover said in a statement.

“As a life-long Houstonian, I recognize the importance of our properties being an integral part of the unique and diverse neighborhoods they serve,” said Grover. “Our Heights facility will bring a first-class storage experience to the Heights neighborhood. We look forward to working with Heights residents and organizations on this project.”

The property is scheduled to begin construction in March, according to local newspaper The Leader. However, the protests are still commencing as the community group is calling on elected officials to hear their concerns.

“We want them to realize the depth of anger about this project and the breadth of support for opposing it,” said SBTS in the statement. “We elected them to represent all our interests, not a select group of developers.”

On Feb. 8, District C City Council Member Abbie Kamin is speaking at a Houston Heights Association meeting, giving a general overview of the city’s planning and permitting process alongside a presentation by the city’s Principal Planner Kimberly Bowie-Ihedigbo.

Although Kamin will not be addressing residential concerns over Big Tex Storage, according to her office, the meeting is intended to provide information about how neighborhoods can use Houston’s neighborhood protection tools.

Heights resident Viula Torgerson who will be attending the protest hopes the protest sends a message not only to their elected officials but to Grover himself.

“I’m just hoping that it demonstrates both to our elected officials, but mostly to the owner of the facility, that the community does not support his project as it currently stands,” said Torgerson. “Our homes are the largest investment we will ever have and his project has the potential to really impact our quality of life in a negative way.”

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Heights residents lobby legislators with protest of new storage facility

 

Ryan Nickerson, Staff writer
Feb. 6, 2021Updated: Feb. 6, 2021 4:52 p.m.
 

Mary Schultz protests the construction of a Big Tex Storage building on Saturday long East 11th Street in the Heights. Schultz said she had lived in the neighborhood since 1977.

 

 

Christina Wilkerson, second from right, holds on to her son Gus, 4, as he runs circles around during a protest of the construction of a Big Tex Storage building Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, along East 11th Street in the Heights neighborhood in Houston.

 

 

 

 

People protest the construction of a Big Tex Storage building Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, along East 11th Street in the Heights neighborhood in Houston. 5of6

People protest the construction of a Big Tex Storage building Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, along East 11th Street in the Heights neighborhood in Houston.

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A man works as people protest the construction of a Big Tex Storage building Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, along East 11th Street in the Heights neighborhood in Houston.

A group of Heights residents are lobbying legislators to protest the development of a storage facility at the site of the former Stude Theater, which was demolished after the property was purchased late last year.

The residents held a protest on Feb. 6 at the former theater.

The protest comes after a petition was formed by a community group called Stop BigTexStorage that, as of Feb. 6, is almost at its 5,000 signature goal. The petition calls for the Houston City Council to stop the permitting for Big Tex Storage Heights at 730 East 11th Street because they believe the project is poorly suited for its location and will have a negative impact on the community.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also attended the protest. Lee suggested the city look into a compatibility ordinance and for the developers to meet with the community to try and find a common ground.

“I know these homeowners are angry about the fact that they have something being constructed where they didn’t have any input, any acknowledgment that this is a community, a community of families,” said Lee.

On HoustonChronicle.com: Heights' residents fear demolition of historic buildings after Stude Theater becomes storage facility

Bobby Grover, the president of Grover Ventures and the developer behind Big Tex Storage, released a statement addressing resident’s concerns. He suggested that the facility will have a very light traffic footprint, be pedestrian-friendly and the facility will be architecturally designed to be complementary to the character of the Heights.

“We consistently strive to build aesthetically pleasing best-in-class storage facilities in some of the area’s best neighborhoods like River Oaks, Montrose, Garden Oaks and The Woodlands,” Grover said in a statement.

“As a life-long Houstonian, I recognize the importance of our properties being an integral part of the unique and diverse neighborhoods they serve,” said Grover. “Our Heights facility will bring a first-class storage experience to the Heights neighborhood. We look forward to working with Heights residents and organizations on this project.”

The property is scheduled to begin construction in March, according to local newspaper The Leader. However, the protests are still commencing as the community group is calling on elected officials to hear their concerns.

“We don’t know of any historically appropriate seven-story storage facilities,” SBTS said in a statement. “Our concern is with the size and function of the structure. It will be large and not contribute in a meaningful way to the neighborhood streetscape, and in any form, will detract greatly from the charm of the neighborhood that so many moved here for… We want them to realize the depth of anger about this project and the breadth of support for opposing it,” said SBTS in the statement. “We elected them to represent all our interests, not a select group of developers.”

On Feb. 8, District C City Council Member Abbie Kamin spoke at a Houston Heights Association meeting, giving a general overview of the city’s planning and permitting process alongside a presentation by the city’s Principal Planner Kimberly Bowie-Ihedigbo.

Although Kamin did not address residential concerns over Big Tex Storage, the meeting was intended to provide information about how neighborhoods can use Houston’s neighborhood protection tools.

Heights resident Viula Torgerson who attended the protest hopes it sends a message not only to their elected officials but to Grover himself.

“I’m just hoping that it demonstrates both to our elected officials, but mostly to the owner of the facility, that the community does not support his project as it currently stands,” said Torgerson. “Our homes are the largest investment we will ever have and his project has the potential to really impact our quality of life in a negative way.”

ryan.nickerson@hcnonline.com

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I don't think these residents quite understand how lucky they are.  A storage facility is about the LEAST impactful development possible.  Hardly any traffic, no late night noise, and it will contribute more to local taxes than the existing church.

Now the 7 story thing is a bit tall, but storage centers have a really low Floor to floor height. My guess is it will be around the same height as 1111 Studewood which is 6 floors but typical 14' ceilings.

Yeah there are a few houses that will back up to this and it will be a bit of an eye sore but I would rather back up to a storage center than a bar or restaurant.  Hell imagine the impact that a 7 story condo / apartment tower would have here, that would be WAY worse than a storage center...

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1 minute ago, tangledwoods said:

I don't think these residents quite understand how lucky they are.  A storage facility is about the LEAST impactful development possible.  Hardly any traffic, no late night noise, and it will contribute more to local taxes than the existing church.

Now the 7 story thing is a bit tall, but storage centers have a really low Floor to floor height. My guess is it will be around the same height as 1111 Studewood which is 6 floors but typical 14' ceilings.

Yeah there are a few houses that will back up to this and it will be a bit of an eye sore but I would rather back up to a storage center than a bar or restaurant.  Hell imagine the impact that a 7 story condo / apartment tower would have here, that would be WAY worse than a storage center...

I would prefer a 7 story condo tower that fits the design and character of the neighborhood than a giant storage building with 0 character 

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1 hour ago, pablog said:

I would prefer a 7 story condo tower that fits the design and character of the neighborhood than a giant storage building with 0 character 

A craftsman style condo tower?

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6 hours ago, pablog said:

I would prefer a 7 story condo tower that fits the design and character of the neighborhood than a giant storage building with 0 character 

Don’t worry, it’s just a matter of time before that whole corridor goes the way of 19th and 20th.

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On 2/1/2021 at 7:40 AM, wilcal said:

Big Tex mentioned in their reply to a news station that the building will:

· Adheres to COH Transit-Oriented Development: pedestrian-friendly plaza with 6′ wide sidewalks & a well landscape street façade.

· Architecturally designed to be complementary to the character of the Heights: honed brick, la Habra stucco and architectural metal panels

"La Habra stucco" is a nice sounding word for EIFS, which no one should be excited about.  And I'm guessing "architectural metal panels" is code for corrugated metal. 

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5 hours ago, rental me this said:

"La Habra stucco" is a nice sounding word for EIFS, which no one should be excited about.  And I'm guessing "architectural metal panels" is code for corrugated metal. 

What if it turns out to be the nicest building on the block?

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7 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Hopefully this doesn’t look awful af 

Wouldn't it be cool, though, if it really looks like the graphic?  😜

On 4/19/2021 at 3:00 PM, hindesky said:

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They should stop construction right here and paint it to look like the nimby graphic....

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13 hours ago, august948 said:

Wouldn't it be cool, though, if it really looks like the graphic?  😜

They should stop construction right here and paint it to look like the nimby graphic....

And rig up a fan and some tubing for the arms, a la Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man.

 

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I hate this project so much. 

Bad location ✔️ 

Dumb purpose ✔️ 

Owner who doesn’t give a crap about putting up a suburban monstrosity in a historic neighborhood ✔️ 

I hope area residents boycott it, the company goes bankrupt, they implode it, and turn the lot into a park.

(Extremely unlikely, but one can dream!)

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2 hours ago, thedistrict84 said:

I hate this project so much. 

Bad location ✔️ 

Dumb purpose ✔️ 

Owner who doesn’t give a crap about putting up a suburban monstrosity in a historic neighborhood ✔️ 

I hope area residents boycott it, the company goes bankrupt, they implode it, and turn the lot into a park.

(Extremely unlikely, but one can dream!)

There’s another one coming soon at 4503 Montrose. Literally a 10 minute walk from the new Kinder MFAH building.

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19 hours ago, thedistrict84 said:

I hate this project so much. 

Bad location ✔️ 

Dumb purpose ✔️ 

Owner who doesn’t give a crap about putting up a suburban monstrosity in a historic neighborhood ✔️ 

I hope area residents boycott it, the company goes bankrupt, they implode it, and turn the lot into a park.

(Extremely unlikely, but one can dream!)

I'm all for more parks, but more than likely the local residents (with the exception of a few Karens) will fill this up quickly and demand more.

As for historic neighborhood, it's got a lot of nice old craftsman style homes, but it's historic high point is that it was Houston's first suburb.  You might say it's the original Katyville.

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