Neighborhood residents hoping to weigh in on the details of the proposed settlement announced 2 weeks ago in the lawsuit filed against the city of Houston by the developers of the proposed Ashby Highrise were greeted at last night’s meeting with Mayor Parker with news that the agreement had already been finalized. The settlement requires the city to approve and permit a 21-story mixed-use tower at 1717 Bissonnet St., as long as the predicted traffic it generates meets a few prescribed limits. The agreement also puts a few restrictions on traffic flows in and out of the building on separate driveways facing Bissonnet and Ashby St., and requires developers to build an 8-ft. fence and camouflage the 5-story parking garage behind it with greenery where the building backs up against homes on its south and east sides. Also included: some lighting and noise-mitigation requirements, and a free morning and afternoon weekday shuttle service for the project’s future residents to and from the Med Center.
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Not included in the settlement: Any of the buffering restrictions on tall buildings backing up to residences that were added to the city’s development ordinance at the end of last year. Under those new provisions, a highrise on the Ashby site (currently home to the Maryland Manor Apartments) would have been required to step back 30 ft. from residential-side property lines and include a landscaped buffer 10 ft. wide. That would have shaved off portions of the parking garage and maybe one of the townhouses facing Ashby (at right in the drawing above) but it wouldn’t have affected the size of the tower.
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Drawing of Ashby St. Elevation: Buckhead Investment Partners