A Houston attorney says the site plan for the Ashby Highrise “substantially” copies the one a Dallas-based architecture firm created for the same developers 5 years ago. Patrick Zummo, who is representing Humphreys and Partners Architects in a lawsuit filed last week against Buckhead Investment Partners, tells the West U Examiner‘s Charlotte Aguilar that the plan for the Ashby Highrise site at the corner of Bissonnet and Ashby — which Buckhead attributes to the firm it hired later, EDI Architecture — is “extremely close, if not identical to” both a plan Humphreys drew up for the same site while under contract to Buckhead in 2006 and the site plan the architecture firm produced a few years earlier for the Grant Park Condominium tower in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis (above).
A short article mentioning a $1.5 million settlement the company received in 2002 from an Indiana developer as a result of an earlier copyright-infringement suit is featured prominently in the news section of the Humphreys website. Both Buckhead and EDI have been given until December 8th to respond to the current lawsuit; Zummo says he hopes a judge will move shortly after that date to prevent Buckhead from proceeding with its plans to build the 23-story residential tower. A conference between all the parties in the lawsuit is scheduled for February 17th.
- Architects file copyright suit against Ashby high-rise developers, seek quick block to project [West U Examiner]
- Previously on Swamplot: Lawsuit Claims Ashby Highrise Design Is Copy of Minneapolis Condo Tower
- Ashby Highrise coverage [Swamplot]