The Wilshire Village Apartments at Alabama and Dunlavy have been surrounded with a chain link fence topped with barbed wire since Friday, reports a Swamplot reader. And over at the Chronicle, Nancy Sarnoff confirms that the now-vacant complex is “set to be demolished.”
Swamplot readers may especially enjoy parsing this passage:
In 2005, the owner announced plans to tear it down and possibly build an upscale tower in its place.
Matt Dilick, a commercial real estate developer who controls the partnership that owns Wilshire Village, said the demolition process will start â€œrelatively soon.â€
â€œThe buildings are unsafe, and for numerous years prior groups have not kept the buildings maintained or the property up to city code,â€ he said. â€œThe dilapidated buildings are an eyesore to the public and to the numerous homeowners and businesses in the area.â€
Helpful hint: the “owner” who announced plans to tear down the complex way back in 2005 was . . . Matt Dilick.
Extra credit: Unwrap the sequence of events Sarnoff gently suggests in this passage:
After an inspection in January uncovered building and fire code violations, the owner gave the tenants 30 days to move out, according to public works official Doug Anders.
â€œThe ownership had already decided to vacate the property for demolition,â€ he said.
Dilick won’t say what his plans are for the 8-acre park-like property, but tells Sarnoff the site “is best suited for apartments, shops and a hotel.”
- Complex from 1940s set to be demolished [Houston Chronicle]
- Tattered complex to bite the dust [Houston Chronicle]
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
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