Swamplot’s Daily Demolition Report lists buildings that received City of Houston demolition permits the previous weekday.
Come see what the little bird ate:
- Blue Bird Food Center, 3703 Anita St. 77004
- 1311 Wakefield Dr. 77018 (Oak Forest; more info)
- 8626 Daffodil St. 77063
Photo of 1311 Wakefield Dr.: HAR
Looks like the Wakefield house is another one of those “after the fact” demo permit applications.
Or, could it be they *really* do want to demo the new house?? As if.
For unknown reasons, this block of Wakefield (especially on the north side of the street) has been the subject of more tear-down/re-builds than any other block in Oak Forest or Garden Oaks that I have seen.
Anyone know why all the wrecking ball karma is concentrated here?
According to a co-worker who lives on that block, two words: “Mel Reyna”. Numerous retirees and original owners live in Section 1 and Reyna allegedly trolls the obituaries to buy homes for a song on 7000+ sq. ft. lots. Don’t know if this is gossip or fact, but if it’s a new Oak Forest McMansion, it’s a good bet that his name is on the “For Sale” sign.
That name is seen a lot over there. One would think the “for a song” element would go away pretty quickly, especially when you have 10-15 transactions in a single block. No greedy heirs out there?
I don’t know about this situation exactly, but I’m in a demographic of middle-aged homeowners who have very old parents in postwar tract houses. I’m not in a position to let my mom’s house sit empty in a different town when she eventually passes away, and I don’t think I can afford the taxes and upkeep on it indefinitely since I have my own to pay. Emotionally it would be nice to hang onto my childhood home, but the truth is that anyone coming up with a fair offer will probably get my attention. My guess is that the situation is similar in this neighborhood.
There’s another potential teardown in the 1800 block of Wakefield. And Im sure Mr. Reyna has been sniffing around that one too. He’s succesful for a reason, folks. Drive up and down the streets of Shepherd Forest & Garden Oaks and count his signs.
No problem with selling an unwanted house. My co-worker said she has been told by two neighbors that they received sale solicitation letters within ten days of loved ones being laid to rest. That’s either a weird coincidence or just….ick.
Seems lawyers aren’t the only ones that chase ambulances.
Trolling the obits is not a new practice. Developers were doing it in West University in the 1980s.
If you ever had dealing with Mr. Reyna, none of this would surprise you.
Unfortunately, some of the least ethical people in real estate are the most successful.
I guess it’s the same way in most business.