The developers of the Ashby high-rise announced today they will appear before Houston’s General Appeals Board at 5 p.m. Thursday to ask that the original uses designed into 23-story high-rise be allowed.
“Removing these amenities completely contradicts city officials’ statements that they want new development inside the loop to create a ‘walkable Houston,’” said Matthew Morgan, president of Buckhead Investment Partners.
Gotta say, they’ve got a good point. Once you concede that you can’t prevent this thing from being built – and make no mistake, it’s still being built in the wrong location – you may as well allow the mixed-use development, which likely won’t have that big an effect on traffic, and as the developers note is in harmony with the philosophy behind the recent Chapter 42 revisions. Too bad this development isn’t near a rail corridor, or other retail, but these are the ordinances we have.
And as the Chron notes, this is just the beginning.
Morgan said the administrative appeal was necessary before the developers could take any further action, such as a lawsuit.
“We’re taking it one step at a time,” he said.
That’ll be a nice thing for the next Mayor to inherit. Game on, y’all. Prime Property has more.