- Gulf Coast Commercial Group Buys 21-Acre Tarkett Site Near Downtown from Texas Tile Manufacturing for $40M [HBJ; previously on Swamplot]
- Senterra Behind a 16-Story Office Tower at 3003 Louisiana on Former Van Loc Site [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot]
- Houston’s Industrial Market Is Tighter Than Any Other Major Metro Area in Texas with Vacancy Rate of 4.8%, Says CBRE [HBJ]
- Salata Chain Opens New Downtown Location in Greenstreet Redevelopment at 1201 Fannin [Food Chronicles]
- Woodrows Heights on Washington Ave Closed for Renovations Since June Reopening Aug. 21 as The Durham House Cajun & Craft [Culturemap]
- MOD Pizza Signs Leases on 5 Houston Locations, Plans To Open Another 30 Within the Next 4 to 5 Years [Prime Property]
- McMurtrey Gallery on Colquitt St.’s Gallery Row Closing After 35 Years [Glasstire]
- How the City of Houston, Metro, and Harris County Are Splitting Up the $23M BP Settlement [Houston Public Media]
- The City of Houston Has Paid Contractors $1.1M Over the Past 3 Years To Cut the Grass on Its Vacant Lots [KHOU]
- Slideshow: 10 Texas Lakes During the Worst of the Drought vs. the End of the Drought [Houston Chronicle]
- Metro Reviewing HOV Lane Violation Tickets After Board Member Mistakenly Stopped [MyFoxHouston]
- Allen Brothers Were Just Stand-Ins for the Real Founder of Houston, and They Didn’t Even Stick Around [KHOU]
Photo of Fountains at Memorial City parking garage mural: elnina via Swamplot Flickr Pool
While it’s good that there was a review of what contractors were being paid to mow vacant lots the city owns, it’s a little bit like “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” because there would be complaints if they weren’t maintained to standards set by the city or HOAs.
It took a Metro board member receiving a wrongful citation to review HOT / HOV lane to instigate an investigation of abuses by LEOs giving tickets to those not violating the policies? Now how much will it cost to review cases for wrongful citations, and can the officers who are doing this stuff get some real penalties?
Anybody know how I can find the daily demolition permits issued? Really miss that section from Swamplot.
The daily demo permits can be found on the CoH online permits site: http://www.houstonpermittingcenter.org/city-of-houston-permits/online-permits.html
You can search for sold permits by various criteria (one criterion at a time), and then, once you have the job number, you can search for status of the job and any red or green tags it may have.
Demos are sometimes listed under DEMO, but sometimes all there is is a plumbing disconnect permit.
The city need to just have truck spray ground clear on these lots, problem solved.