Buckhead: Ashby Highrise Is Still Happening, But That’s Still Not Its Name

BUCKHEAD: ASHBY HIGHRISE IS STILL HAPPENING, BUT THAT’S STILL NOT ITS NAME Ashby Highrise, 1717 Bissonnet St., Boulevard Oaks, HoustonChronicle reporters Nancy Sarnoff and Erin Mulvaney spend some time on this week’s Looped In podcast dissecting some circuitous answers from Matthew Morgan and Kevin Kirton, developers of the multifamily project commonly known as the Ashby Highrise (which, as Morgan is quick to point out, has never been dubbed anything other than 1717 Bissonnet except by neighborhood opposition campaigners). In the wake of Buckhead’s recent court appeal victory,  the duo of duos touches on the project’s permitting history with the city, the ambiguous but active state of current plans, and the unexpected financial and emotional tolls of pushing a project forward through an unprecedented decade of protests (ranging from giant personalized signage aimed at the pair to that grim reaper sighting on Bissonnet).  [Looped In Podcast from the Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot] Rendering of 1717 Bissonnet St.: Buckhead Investment Partners

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  • I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew and Kevin over the years and I have to say that they are straight up nice honest guys that did not deserve the vitriol of the Stop Ashby crowd. They did things by the book and have the right to build this building. Those neighbors on the periphery of the footprint should have thought about what can happen when you buy a home bordering commercial property. Good luck Matthew and Kevin!

  • I listened to the podcast and I think these guys are deluded. I didn’t hear them give the names of the partners with the 100 million this is supposed to cost either. Fantasy world.