Without providing too much detail on the scope of the accompanying construction (“a remodel the owner wants to do”), KHOU’s Marcelino Benito yesterday interviewed one of the proprietors of Oak Forest coffee house and occasional goat-yoga venue Slowpokes, who along with several customers and neighbors has been protesting landlord Naushad Momin’s apparent plans to chop down 2 large oak trees on site — to add more paving and parking spaces.
The oak trees sit at the southern end of the strip center at 1203 W. 34th St., which faces Alba St., and shade a lawn (pictured at top) adjacent to the Slowpokes patio deck. Chopping down trees to add more parking might appear to be a landlord’s prerogative, despite tenant opposition. Except possibly not in this case:
Views of the property from the HCAD website (below) appear to support a contention by Slowpokes tree defenders: that the oaks are not planted within the lot’s boundaries, but on public right-of-way facing the back alley.
The green area indicates the property boundaries according to HCAD data, overlayed by the appraisal district website on an older aerial photograph; the red arrows point to the oak trees.