NoÂ wrecking balls are swinging this morning at 801 Texas, but a reader notes that some of the glass panelsÂ of the southern facade are being draped inÂ long swaths of black material, while others have already been removed. What about thatÂ lawsuit over tunnel rights that forced developer Hines not to demolish the building back in April? Documents filed with the district clerk’s office show that plaintiff Theatre Square did get the court to issue a temporary stopÂ on any work “demolishing, damaging, interfering with, filling in, impacting or otherwise physically impairing” that particular pieceÂ of the former Chronicle building’s basement (which Theater Square wantsÂ for the purpose ofÂ building a tunnel system connection to its own propertyÂ across Prairie St.) The court chose to modifyÂ thatÂ order in mid July, however, to clarify that HinesÂ canÂ demolish, damage, interfere with, fill in, impact or impair the sectionÂ in ways that areÂ reasonably necessary to design and build a new building on the site.
Furthermore, the documents indicate that Theater Square will have to pay HinesÂ back for the cost of protecting the basement section, and has had to post a $468,582 bondÂ to prove they canÂ do so (after having given the court $50,000 in June). Hines has to give Theater Square advance notice of work the company would be billed for; disagreements that can’t be resolved can go back to the court.
- Previously on Swamplot:Â Former Chronicle Building Tunnel Back Open During Demo Limbo;Â Daily Demolition Report: What Lies Beneath;Â Digging Into the Downtown Tunnel Tussle That Spurred the Hines-Hearst Lawsuit; Hines and Hearst Get Sued Over Planned Demo of Former Houston Chronicle Building; Former Houston Chronicle Headquarters Starts Getting Dressed Up To Go Away Downtown; Is This the 41-Story Office Tower Planned Beside Market Square Park Downtown?
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