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Unfortunately, this is no joke.😫 Here’s the monster, currently on the planning commission agenda:   

NIMBYs in the heights- “Build storage facilities along a highway where they belong!!”    Owners of highway adjacent property in Montrose 

It’s going to be a...ughhh..6-story storage facility. 😵

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33 minutes ago, clutchcity94 said:

What’s the best way for nearby property owners to fight this?

There isn't one. As long as the developer meets City of Houston requirements and follows the permitting process correctly, it will get built. That's the way Houston works.

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5 minutes ago, Ross said:

There isn't one. As long as the developer meets City of Houston requirements and follows the permitting process correctly, it will get built. That's the way Houston works.

But they’re requesting a variance to build, so it technically doesn’t meet the requirements unless they get an exception. The variance request meeting is scheduled for this Thursday.

I plan on joining the call, but am wondering what type of input from nearby property owners actually has an effect on these types of things.

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To be fair, building the Big Tex storage in the heights is a more objectionable situation than this is. Firstly, it took out a contributing historic building, secondly it ruins a streetscape.

This is a lot next to a freeway. It was always going to be limited. I'll just say that I hope the developer uses tasteful architectural details like making it brick or something so it's kind of invisible, instead putting up aqua stucco with a massive LED sign that says "MEGA STORAGE 713-TOO-MUCH CRAP" on the side.

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16 minutes ago, zaphod said:

To be fair, building the Big Tex storage in the heights is a more objectionable situation than this is. Firstly, it took out a contributing historic building, secondly it ruins a streetscape.

This is a lot next to a freeway. It was always going to be limited. I'll just say that I hope the developer uses tasteful architectural details like making it brick or something so it's kind of invisible, instead putting up aqua stucco with a massive LED sign that says "MEGA STORAGE 713-TOO-MUCH CRAP" on the side.

The brick building at 4503 Montrose is also historic — built in 1920. Former African Art Center space.

This lot needs an art gallery or something. Not a storage facility.

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1 hour ago, skooljunkie said:

Surely people are starting to buy BM buckets and secretly live in these. There are just so many. 

Agreed, this is getting ridiculous.

People of Houston: stop hoarding so much crap and just get rid of it!

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I'm curious what the real reason for the sudden appearance of the multi-story, indoor self storage facility is? Are people storing more things that ever? Is something changing in that industry where these big bois are replacing smaller facilities? Are there new government regulations or insurance requirements that favor these over the rows of little metal barns with the rolling doors?

40 minutes ago, KinkaidAlum said:

Amazon must be creating hoarders everywhere or else these places house the mattresses for the mattress places on every third block. 

You know that makes me think, maybe people who resell stuff online use these places?

I can see in the near future, a gig economy delivery contractor would use a storage unit as a temporary warehouse if it didn't all fit on the truck. And I know that field service technicians who repair things like copy machines are sometimes partially independent and they don't have an office or work for a place with a local warehouse or shop, instead they get equipment dropped off at a UPS store or something like that and then go out to customers in a certain territory.

 

 

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20 hours ago, LBC2HTX said:

It’s not that complicated. The metal barns with rolling doors require more land. Land in the city is expensive. People in the city require storage for their junk, just the same as suburbanites.

Also, the rows of metal barns aren't climate-controlled, nor are they typically elevated above ground level. Depending on what is being stored, both of those things can be significant issues in a flood-prone city with brutal summers that last half the year. 

 

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Today’s Planning Commission meeting is obviously cancelled due to weather, but can anyone help me understand how the meeting cancellation impacts this proposed project?

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See the following actions taken for the February 18 agenda:

Item I and II: Deferred until next meeting of March 4th.

Items III a, b, c, d, e, f (except items that have been deferred twice): Deferred until March 4th. Items that have been deferred twice will be deemed approved or disapproved, based on the CPC 101 conditions.

Items III g, h and i: Deemed Approved.

Item IV Establishing New Public Hearings: Not established for the projected date of March 18, but will likely be established at the March 4 meeting for April 1.

SOURCE: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/commiss_plan.html

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http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/docs_pdfs/PCcover_02.18.21.pdf

 

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1 hour ago, clutchcity94 said:

Today’s Planning Commission meeting is obviously cancelled due to weather, but can anyone help me understand how the meeting cancellation impacts this proposed project?

SOURCE: http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/commiss_plan.html

AGENDA:

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/Commissions/docs_pdfs/PCcover_02.18.21.pdf

 

My read is that the request for variance will be taken up at the March 4th meeting, as it would fall under Item III a-f, and I don’t believe there has been any prior deferral.

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Wine storage? Is that a thing? Do people pay just to store their wine in places like this???

Also, wouldn't mind something like this if it included a little GFR . . . as it is this is probably going to detract from the community unfortunately.

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6 hours ago, HouTXRanger said:

Also, wouldn't mind something like this if it included a little GFR . . . as it is this is probably going to detract from the community unfortunately.

Does it count as GFR if the office sells tape, boxes, and other packing supplies?

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29 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

Is THIS considered a TOD thoroughfare? From the site plan it looks like parking is behind the office, which is good. 

Yes, but it is secondary, so it is opt-in. I think that some of these will change to primary when the station is actually built. 

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Just now, kennyc05 said:

Does anyone know if any other neighborhoods in the city signed up for the walkable places ordinance besides the pilot areas? 

No, but it took them a long time to even get the application out. The city can still initiate the process themselves but they haven't done that either. 

Also, I know where your mind is going with this, and yes Montrose and Westheimer should be in the WP program :)

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4 minutes ago, kennyc05 said:

Does anyone know if any other neighborhoods in the city signed up for the walkable places ordinance besides the pilot areas? 

This came up when the Museum district people were fighting the walkable and transit oriented ordinances' applications to the area. As @wilcal mentions, no one has and it is indeed due to the fact that they hadn't even put together the application process as of August of last year. And the process will take time because to get areas to sign up, it sounded like the city will be sending reps to the neighborhoods to garner interest and actual sign ups.

During the Museum district hearings there were 2-4 (can't remember) developers who showed up to advocate for neighborhoods to sign up, so it seems the business interests at least in part aligns with the city's interests. 

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3 hours ago, Highrise Tower said:

TDLR registration.

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Why is the estimated cost (per TDLR) of this one $1.5M more than the 7-story Big Tex storage facility being constructed on 11th St in the Heights?

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