Note: Story updated below.
The 11th time’s the charm! According to Abc13 reporter Miya Shay, the city today gave the developers of the Ashby Highrise the final approval they needed to begin construction of the 23-story residential tower at the corner of Ashby and Bissonnet, next to Southampton.
Okay now everybody, show us your cards!
Update, 5:49 p.m.: Some details about why the most recent plans were approved, from a city news release via the River Oaks Examiner:
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The new plans reduce the number of residential units in the project as well as eliminate from the plans a commercial spa, retail space and executive offices. [Public Works & Engineering deputy director Andy] Icken emphasized that the plans significantly reduce the number of peak-hour trips expected from vehicles entering and exiting the property, one of the key restrictions in the code.
Original plans submitted by the developers called for more than 180 daily peak-hour trips into and out of the property. According to a Traffic Impact Analysis of the just approved plans, that number would be restricted to only 120, a 33 percent reduction from the original. In addition, the new plans would limit the residents’ vehicle entrances and exits from the property to Bissonnet only, not onto surrounding residential streets.
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- Modified Ashby high-rises approved [River Oaks Examiner]
- Controversial Ashby high-rise project gets green light [Houston Chronicle]
- Ashby Highrise coverage [Swamplot]
Rendering of proposed Ashby Highrise, 1717 Bissonnet: Buckhead Investment Partners