Swamplot reader Buildergeek sends pictures from the demolition of the former Martha Turner Properties building at the corner of Westheimer and Hazard.
Whatever’s happening to the site, it sure doesn’t sound like what Nancy Sarnoff reported a year and a half ago in the Chronicle:
The old headquarters of Martha Turner Properties near River Oaks has been sold for the third time in as many years to a florist who plans to gut the property, add a floral showroom and lease out space to other businesses.
The owners of Plants ’n’ Petals, a 25-year-old flower shop located near Highland Village, purchased the former real estate office at 1902 Westheimer for an undisclosed amount. . . .
The renovations will include installing windows on the Westheimer-facing facade, gutting the interior and adding a mezzanine for offices.
The building will have about 12,000 square feet of space when it’s finished by the end of 2008.
After the jump: Clearly, the building was too close to the street!
Buildergeek’s report on today’s demo work:
They were demolishing it without much regard for the cars driving by or the fence out front. One car had to swerve to avoid being hit by the front wall as it fell. You can see the fence before and after the wall hit it…
- Changing hands again [Houston Chronicle]
- Daily Demolition Report: Ending Storey [Swamplot]
I drove by this place at about 3:30pm Thursday (probably a hour or so after your pictures were taken). The building was almost all down, with half the street blocked by bricks and debris.
I’m guessing the demolition was awarded to the lowest bidder and not necessarily the most qualified.