The field above, on the block between W. 24th, W. 25th, Ashland and Rutland streets in the Heights, will be the subject of a public meeting next month, a reader who got a letter about it from the city notes to Swamplot. The land (an also-ran in the Best Teardown category for the 2010 Swampies) was previously the site of some of National Flame & Forge’s operations, which extended into the double block immediately to the north (now sprouting the townhomes visible in the distance). The owners have spent some time in the last few years taking stock of some industrial leftovers on the property, and are now seeking a Municipal Settings Designation for the land, which will legally nix any future use of the site’s chromium-and-trichloroethylene-spiked groundwater for drinking purposes.
The letter, addressed to nearby property owners and water-well-havers, emphasizes that no city water sources are affected by the contamination, and adds that the city is also legally required to send the meeting invite to anyone who owns a water well within 5 miles of the site. The map below is included with the application from NFF Realty for the no-drinking label; the aerial shows the rough boundaries of areas where water sampling over 2014 and 2015 showed more-than-you-want-in-your-coffee levels of chromium (in red) and trichloroethylene (in yellow):
NFF also sold some easement strips to CenterPoint earlier this summer, along the track of the existing power lines that split the block in 2:
- MSD Application 2015-085-NFF [City of Houston]
- Municipal Settings Designations [City of Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: New JLB Apartments Will Replace Warehouse Buildings at Nicholson and 24th St. in the Heights; Best Teardown: The Official 2010 Ballot; Daily Demolition Report: Along the Sulky Trail
Images: Doris Murdock (photos), City of Houston (map)