Some vocal residents of the First Ward are happy to learn that plans to move a recycling facility to the Harris Moving & Storage location at 1904 Spring St. (pictured above) have apparently been halted. A staff member in the office of newly elected councilmember Ed Gonzalez has indicated to a neighborhood group that Mayor White’s administration has agreed “not to pursue” the relocation.
The 24-hour drop-off recycling center currently operating at at 3602 Center St. (just east of Heights Blvd.) will now apparently stay where it is. Admiral Linen, operators of a facility next door to that location, had wanted to purchase the property from the city.
The Solid Waste department’s plan would have resulted in a recycling center directly adjacent to the not-quite-finished MKT/SP Hike and Bike Trail along Spring St. between Houston Ave. and Taylor. A group of First Ward residents was upset at that plan, and was further angered when the department’s director referred to their neighborhood as “an industrial area” in a neighborhood meeting.
Councilmember Gonzalez’s office reports the that the administration “will continue to investigate alternate recycling locations,” and will “keep the Center Street site in operation pending a review of other options.”
A longer view of the Spring St. location:
Both photos show the scene along Spring St. and the hike-and-bike trail, from Silver St. The Sawyer Heights Village shopping center is in the distance.
- Residents want recycling center to stay put [Houston Chronicle]
Photos: Swamplot inbox