Wondering where the developer of that new boutique hotel on the corner 20th and Ashland St. plans to fit all the required 37 parking spots (one for each room)? After all, the property — home to that 100-plus-year-old house until last week — where the hotel is planned measures just over half-an-acre.
A notice mailed out to nearby residents last week reveals where the extra parking space lies: across Ashland St. on the property currently occupied by the Heights Floral Shop. Although the store already neighbors 3 parking lots to the north, west, and catty-corner southeast, they’re all owned by the St. Joseph Medical Center on the other side of 20th St. And so in order to carve out space for its own auto accommodations, the hoteliers plans to replace the florist with 13 parking spots, accessible from Ashland and the alley behind the business.
They’d supplement 19 spots and a bike rack planned behind the hotel — to be called Maison Robert — and adjacent to a side motor court that lets in traffic from Ashland:
In total that’s
33 32 spaces, technically 5 spaces less than of the city requires. Houston’s planning commission will decide whether to cut the developer a break at its January 3 meeting.
Keeping the parking in the back would leave room for a series of courtyards along 20th St. They’d back up to a southern façade that’d look something like this:
- Previously on Swamplot: A Few Last Looks at the Sleepy House on 20th St. That’s Now Been Laid to Rest; Daily Demolition Report: The Tale of 20th; Corner Lot Hidden Away for Decades Beneath 1904 Heights House Could Join the Commercial Crowd
Maps and building elevation: Houston Planning Commission. Photo: Heights Floral Shop