In case you were curious what the 9th-floor 1-bedroom condo in the Cosmopolitan owned by southwest Houston charter school Accelerated Interdisciplinary Intermediate Academy looks like, here are some photos taken when the property was listed for sale in February of 2011, for $468,500. The school purchased the condo that June. 250 elementary and middle school students attend Accelerated Interdisciplinary Intermediate Academy on its mostly bare 7-acre campus at 12825 Summit Ridge Dr., near the intersection of Alt. 90 and the Fort Bend Pkwy. Toll Rd. The taxpayer-funded school’s 2 buildings have no windows.
So what’s the condo for? An unidentified school representative emails the Chronicle‘s Jacob Carpenter to explain it’s used for “”back office support and SECURE storage of historical records.” Repeated break-in attempts, according to the representative, prevented the records from being kept at the school. “The writer also reasoned that the charter preferred buying property instead of paying rent, and that its options were ‘very limited,'” writes Carpenter. “The author didn’t explain why the school opted for the condo when cheaper storage and office space were available.”
The almost-floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony in the school’s Cosmopolitan condo face south, down Post Oak Blvd.:
Here are some more views of the 1-bedroom, 1,118-sq.-ft. Uptown property — from before it was pressed into school service:
Not shown in these pics: the condo’s accompanying storage unit, which documents filed with the Harris County clerk clearly show was a school priority from day one: When school superintendent Kevin Hicks signed the paperwork for the 2011 purchase, he added to the property’s legal description a scribbled-in and initialed reference to the building’s Storage Unit #22.
- Small Houston charter school pays top dollar to leader, owns luxury condo [Houston Chronicle]
- 1600 Post Oak Blvd. Unit 906 [Realtor.com]
- Previously on Swamplot: Head of the Titans: Cosmopolitan Pissoirs on Post Oak; The Cosmopolitan: Is It Flipping Time Yet?