There’s a new $2 million bed and breakfast going up in Midtown? The Chronicle‘s Nancy Sarnoff reports that the project’s developers were “able to persuade a lender” to finance construction of their 3-story “New Orleans-style” B&B, which has already broken ground at 2800 Brazos, at the corner of Drew St.:
“It was a little challenging early on in the process,” [developer Genora] Boykins said. “The thing that made the difference is we really didn’t give up on the vision we have.” . . .
That sort of positive thinking is apparently nothing new for Boykins, an attorney for Reliant Energy who serves on the Downtown Management District board of directors — along with her La Maison partner, Centerpoint Energy community relations VP Sharon Owens.
Kirbyjon Caldwell, the pastor of 14,000-member Windsor Village United Methodist Church, provides more insight into Boykins’s real-estate techniques in Chapter 3 of his now-decade-old bestseller, The Gospel of Good Success: A Road Map to Spiritual, Emotional and Financial Wholeness:
Ever since she was a child, Genora Boykins believed…believed hard enough to act upon her beliefs. Her Faith took her to pinnacles she couldn’t have achieved by prayer alone. . . . Even when she and her husband began building their new house — before their old one had been sold — she employed Faith against the prevailing wisdom of a then recession-plagued Houston real estate market, never doubting. “I just knew the Lord would provide a way,” she says.
And the Lord did. Her old house sold before her new house was completed. Once again, her Faith saw her through.
Boykins’s real-estate adventures grew from there. Caldwell appreciated Boykins’s commitment and involvement in his church. And so he asked the attorney if she would meet him for breakfast:
After all, if Holistic Salvation involves enlisting the power of God in every aspect of our existence, what truly sanctified soul, or congregation, can exist today without a lawyer?
What was the meeting about?
We discussed a few potential projects and came to the same decision: Our first step would be to create a community development corporation (a CDC), a nonprofit corporation under which Churches and other nonprofit entities had developed housing and other projects. In our case, we weren’t thinking about subdivisions. Not yet. But a small amount of property had been donated to the Church, and a CDC could help us develop and eventually sell the property. I asked Genora if she would set up the CDC.
Genora said she’d “pray on it,” which you might think is a strange way for an attorney to make a decision. But for Genora Boykins, it’s a perfectly effective way of decision making.
“If I have a peaceful night’s sleep, if I don’t toss and turn, if I don’t feel any trouble in my spirit, then I know it’s right,” she says. “The way the Lord speaks to me is by giving me a sense of inner peace.”
Genora called the next morning. She’d slept well. She would set up the CDC.
The fruit of that restful night: Pyramid CDC, developer of The Power Center — a 24-acre commercial complex at the corner of South Main and South Post Oak. Boykins later ran Pyramid Residential Community Corp., developers of the 220-acre Corinthian Pointe subdivision.
- Momentum in Midtown [Houston Chronicle]
- The Gospel of Good Success [AALBC]
- Pointe 2.3.4 [Kingdom Builders]
- Daily Demolition Report: Démoli La Maison [Swamplot]
Image: La Maison in Midtown