Here’s just one paragraph from a nine-page variance request application submitted for consideration at today’s Planning Commission hearing:
So what message does this whole process send to people like me who are willing to go out and spend their time and their hard earned money and take risks in order to improve the city and improve our neighborhoods? The message is: Only the guys with deep pockets and deep connections—the Perry Homes, the Tricons, the Fingers, the Olmsteads, the Levits, the Weingartens—only those guys get to win at this game. Those guys can build what they want when they want. Everybody else loses. Everybody else gets bad advice and the run around. Everybody else should just stay home and sit quietly on their couches and watch TV.
There’s more to like in Jared Meadors’s request to subdivide the 49-by-120-ft. property he owns at 2601 Baylor St. in Sunset Heights into three separate lots — including an accounting of his annual net adjusted income over the last three years, two HAR.com screen shots, and some occasional heavy leaning on the CAPS LOCK key. But it’s nothing, really, compared to his more wide-ranging complaints about his difficulties with his neighbors and the Prevailing Lot Size ordinance that he has posted on the website of his company, Medusa Properties. It begins:
NEW CONSTRUCTION! SUNSET HEIGHTS – MODERN CRAFTSMAN STYLE – AVAIL SPRING 2008
*** UPDATE *** THE BLUE HAIRED LAWN NAZIS OF EAST SUNSET HEIGHTS STRIKE AGAIN!
More name-calling, after the jump!
Meadors’s website continues:
Looks like I�m famous: http://www.chron.com/ . . . 5589475.html
What a predictable bunch of saps these Sunset Heights “neighbors” of mine are! They are too funny. I set �em up and they go right for the bait! :) (I spoke with one of them after the last hearing and he told me “oh, yeah, we�re familiar with your website”, so I went home and wrote a bunch of crazy stuff on here that I knew would get their goat!
I just feel sorry for that sad excuse for a “journalist”, Betty Martin, who just sullied herself by letting Ms. Davids write such a completely one-sided article about the whole situation–without bothering to contact me for my side of the story–and then putting her name on it! Wow. Only in the Chronicle! :) I�m going to try and remember to send Betty a personal invitation to the house razing party in a few weeks. We�re gonna get a keg and a bunch of sledgehammers and let everyone take a few whacks at it. (Hey, Vicki–you�re definitely invited!)
I forwarded this article to everyone I know–they got a huge kick out of it… especially the 26 tenants in my vintage apartments all over town… Jared–“The Evil Developer”! What a riot.
Meadors is a serial restorer of older rental properties in Houston and Salt Lake City, and he provides detailed descriptions and photographs of his projects on the Medusa Properties website. He claims representatives of the Planning Dept. told him no minimum-lot-size application existed for his property when he bought it, and that he only learned from the department that one did exist after he had applied for the replat. The Chronicle story by Betty Martin he refers to quotes from an earlier version of his website, and ends with:
“Obviously there are a lot worse things I could build on this lot (than) what I originally intended, which the neighbors may soon find out if this drags on too long,” he warns on the Web site. “Can anyone say ‘methadone clinic?’ “
It’s not an exact quotation, though — Meadors apparently had placed a smiley at the end of his comments. And Meadors has since posted a response:
I do have to say that I have reconsidered the methadone clinic, however. I’m now leaning more toward a halfway house for recently released pedophiles at this location… that’s really what the neighbors really deserve… that or a strip bar. Sunset Heights really doesn’t HAVE a really good strip bar…
(And you can “quote” me on that, Betty!)
- Public Meeting Agenda (see item 92) [City of Houston Planning & Development Department]
- City postpones decision on Baylor Street property in Sunset Heights [Houston Chronicle]
- Sunset Heights – Modern Craftsman Style – Avail Spring 2008 [Medusa Properties]
Photo of the former post office at 2601 Baylor St.: Jared Meadors