Note: Story updated here.
Some big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew down a couple of 4-story stick-framed townhomes under construction at the corner of Heights Blvd. and 2nd St. around midnight Saturday night. Several readers have written in with accounts and photos, and a source close to the action reports that no one was hurt. A few neighboring garage doors on completed (and occupied) townhomes were damaged by wayward wall parts, however, and the driveway shared by new owners in the Madison Park complex was blocked by a Three Little Pigs–worthy pile of studs, which was cleared out of the way the following day by the builder, Keystone Classic Homes.
The bank of 8 townhomes just south of White Oak Bayou, set to put their best blank-fence faces up to Heights Blvd., had been listed for sale; both the website for the development and a banner posted on the construction fence indicate that 4 of them had already been sold. Four of them are listed as “pending” on MLS, with asking prices between $329,900 and $349,000.
The address of the bank of townhomes where the collapse occurred is 103-117 E. 2nd St. According to one reader, the framing for 2 of the homes had been completed up to 4 stories, but no sheathing had been attached. Those are the 2 structures that toppled, but an onlooker reports no other construction in the area appears to have been affected.
Was the weekend storm to blame? Our readers doubt it: “I saw videos of hail and flooding conditions down on near Brays Bayou and the Medical district but the storm was not as bad as that by any means here,” reports one. The water in neighboring White Oak Bayou stayed in the concrete channel. “The weather was not that bad,” reports another. “There are lots of buildings in the area being built by other builders and still in the wood frame phase of construction and they held up perfectly fine.” The collapse reportedly occurred about an hour after the storm had passed through the area.