The plans submitted to the city along with a variance request being advertised lately along Canal St. show that the developer — an entity which traces back to Frank Liu — is asking for permission to drop below a required 3,500-sq.-ft. minimum lot size on its new property. That would allow the company stick about 29 houses on the L of land the documents refer to as Williams on Canal, which wraps around the brightly muraled La Familia Meat Market building and 2 pre-1950’s homes just south of it on St. Charles. The drawings in the request show 64 townhomes altogether, including the company’s adjacent land on the same block (extending all the way to Commerce St.):
Another variance request was filed for the other group of homes (under the name Williams on Commerce). The accompanying variance paperwork for each group justifies the request by claiming that 7 of the 64 houses would be placed in a land trust that will sell them in a below-market price range to lower income “workforce” buyers.
Images: La Familia Meat Market (top); Josh Beker (second); Houston Planning Commission (siteplan)