Daily Demolition Report: Reducing Reusing Recycling

Swamplot’s Daily Demolition Report lists buildings that received City of Houston demolition permits the previous weekday.

Even if the actual materials don’t get saved and used again, certainly the idea of having some kind of structure in some kind of place will be reused.


Commercial Structures


Photo of 1739 Indiana St.: HAR

6 Comment

  • Kind of sad about that little house on Indiana. Seems the place developed a standing water problem thanks to the surrounding development.
    Anyone know of ways to mitigate a drainage problem caused by elevation changes on neighboring properties?

  • GlenW: Oh man, we have that on our Holman property. When we bought it, there was no construction around it since the apartment buiding was such a blight. But after we fixed it up, almost every place around there got built on (not just because of what we did — there is grown in that area in general). The problem for us is our place is 80 years old. And each of these homes get built on an elevated lot. And the city hasn’t added any gutters to the street. So when it rains, man, it all comes to our property.
    Luckily our first floor is elevated off the ground, but our underground parking turns into a swimming pool.
    When this has happened to smaller properties of ours we’ve installed some french drains and other systems to help with most rain. But when it really rains, there isn’t much you can do when you become the new low spot :(

  • @Cody
    A friend who inherited the Jim Higgins & Co. building (NW corner of Fairview and Waugh) had the same complaint. The new townhomes build up to the property line caused his building to flood, too. Since he was barely scraping by to begin with, legal action was out of the question.
    As people used to say, “There ought to be a law.”
    Is there? Or is it just too expensive to seek damages when fighting a developer with deep pockets?

  • We started to experience water on our property to due townhome construction with no drainage. Since it was during construction, I took multiple photos, including a child sailing a boat on a huge puddle, and contacted everyone I could find from City Council to Houston Planning. 24-inch drains were installed in the culvert and drainage for the townhomes were installed. It took a time, phone calls, and emails.

  • BigTex: I don’t think you can sue the builder as I don’t think there is a law against building your house higher than street level. But what the city should do is increase the street drainage to match the new construction in the area.

  • Cody: And where should the city get the money to do that? Why shouldn’t the developer pay for it? Why should we have no regulations and then ask the city to fix the mess that developers make and profit from? It’s so easy to say it’s the city’s problem (while at the same time fighting everything the city tries to do to fix the problems through better regulations).