Renovations are scheduled to begin in the next few weeks on Downtown’s Houston House Apartments at 1617 Fannin, according to a notice distributed to residents yesterday:
These renovations will include, but are not limited to ALL APARTMENT UNIT INTERIORS, plumbing, HVAC system, domestic hot water, sprinkler systems, the lobby, 9th and 10th floors and the building’s exterior. There will be significant additions to our amenities as well.
Here’s the fun part: Everybody gets to relocate!
Tenants in the sixties-era building are being promised at least 30 days’ notice before work begins on their particular unit. Then they’ll be given the choice of terminating their lease or transferring to an unrenovated unit on a lower floor. If you transfer, you’ll be able to move back into your original unit once the work is complete; the building’s management promises not to jack up your rent until your lease expires.
The memo indicates the owners have been trying for some time to refinance the 30-story building so that they could begin the rehab. A tenant tells Swamplot the renovations are “much needed.”
Here’s the memo: