And that’s all for the 610 Allston St. bungalow Mary Cerruti refused to sell before she was found dead inside it last March. This past week’s demolition comes a little later than Trammell Crow had hoped when it began developing the adjacent 5-story apartment complex off Yale St. in 2013. After the developer’s attempts to buy Cerruti’s 6,600-sq.-ft. lot were rebuffed, it decided to build around both it and the same-sized parcel directly to its south. (Cerruti continued to speak out against the development even after construction began in 2013, appearing publicly at a planning commission meeting that February.)
Now, her property and the one next door have been snatched up by the same owner: Sandcastle Homes, an inner-Loop builder. You can see part of the company’s new 2-story handiwork at 606 Allston St. on the right in the photo above.
It went up over the last few months on what was once vacant land next door to Cerruti’s house:
Both lots are shown here on the day crime scene investigators arrived and removed her bones from a narrow space in one of her walls. By that time, the 61-year-old woman had been missing for a year and a half, and a landlord had purchased her bungalow at a foreclosure auction. Presuming it was empty, he renovated it into a rental property.
After his first lessee discovered Cerruti’s remains, he then held onto the structure over the full course of HPD’s investigation — which ended back in January after investigators made a positive ID of the bones.
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: Gone West; Skeleton Found Hidden in Holdout Heights House Belongs to Missing Owner, Medical Examiner Declares; A Twist in the Mystery of Who Owns Those Heights Holdout House Bones; Bones Found in Holdout Heights House Attic Tell No Tales; Alexan Heights Holdout House Where the Skeleton Was Found Last Weekend Now Up for Sale; Human Skeleton Discovered in That Heights House That Wouldn’t Sell to Trammell Crow; Trammell Crow’s 5-Story Apartment Complex Surrounding Holdout Heights House; Allston or Nothing: Side Street Now at Center of Alexan Yale Apartment Dispute; A Photo Tour: The 2 Yale St. Lots Where Those 2 Alexan Apartment Complexes Want To Be; A Second Midrise Alexan Planned Right Beside the First One on Yale; Stealing a Glance at Proposed Alexan Heights on Yale; Heights Lot Prepared for Midrise Apartments
Photos: Viridiana Vasquez (vacant lot); Houston Police Department (all others)