Swamplot Street Sleuths: On the Banks of Greenway

Got a question about something going on in your neighborhood you’d like Swamplot to answer? Sorry, we can’t help you. But if you ask real nice and include a photo or 2 with your request, maybe the Swamplot Street Sleuths can! Who are they? Other readers, just like you, ready to demonstrate their mad skillz in hunting down stuff like this:

Some fine sleuthing and rumor-mongering by Swamplot readers this week! Here’s what you dug up about the 2 properties in question:

  • Greenway Commons: That building going up at the corner of Richmond and Cummins is . . . an Iberia Bank! Just a little pad-site action for the sprawl-eriffic Costco Plus retail-and-parking-lot development that replaced the former HISD headquarters building a few years back. The most polite and knowledgeable-sounding response came from Amir, who added info about a nearby corner, for all you bank fans out there:

    The location currently going up on the CostCo pad site is an Iberia Bank ground lease. The property located at Richmond and Weslayan is owned by BBVA Compass, which operates the drive thru behind it and will eventually build a location there.

What about that Heights church building?


  • The Heights: Both former Heights Assembly of God Church buildings — one at 1715 Ashland St. and the other at 401 W. 17th St. — showed up on Swamplot’s Daily Demolition Report the day after we posted Mitch Cohen’s question. What will happen there next? Both properties were purchased by an entity controlled by developer Avi Ron last September. Commenter Porchman reports that both went to a trustee sale shortly thereafter; according to neighbors happy to contribute to the demolition effort, the site is now owned by Lovett Homes.

Hey, whaddya say we try some more sleuthing next week? Send your questions and photos by early next Tuesday!

Photos: Swamplot inbox (Iberia Bank); Mitch Cohen (401 W. 17th St.)

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