Friday, December 31, 2010

High-End Apartment Development Planned for Rice Village

The Houston Chronicle reports this morning that a high-end apartment development is planned for Rice Village. This project will be a successor to the Sonoma project which was stymied by the downturn in the economy. The article may be viewed here.

Some of the items reported in the article are:

1.  The Hanover Co., a Houston-based company, is developing the project.

2.  The project will have 381 high-end apartments (as opposed to the condominiums proposed by Sonoma).

3.  The project will have 13,000 square feet of retail lease space on the 1st Floor.  It is expected that the traffic will be less than the Sonoma project because of the limited retail space.

4.  The project will have underground parking.

5.  The City of Houston has consented to a delay until 2015 in the requirements to develop in order for the developer to retain the Bolsover street rather than having it revert to the City.  The article also reports that the revenue to the City from the sale of Bolsover will be used to improve Morningside with new sidewalks that will be built soon.

6.  Construction will start in the summer of 2011, with units being occupied in 2012.

7.  Hanover has not yet closed on a construction loan, but plans to invest sufficient equity to be able to obtain one for the project

Monday, November 22, 2010

SHX POA Members / Homeowners Meeting on 12/6 7:00 pm

Southampton Extension Property Owners Association
Ann Hightower, President
2341 Quenby Road
Houston, TX 77005

November 9, 2010

Dear Neighbors:

The annual meeting of SHX POA will be held Monday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the IBC second-floor meeting room.

The meeting agenda will be as follows:

• Election of new officers, beginning with nominations from the floor. Existing officers propose the following slate for 2011:
President - Ann Hightower
Vice-President - Sam Lasseter
Secretary - Melissa Hall
Treasurer Jack Townsend
Legal Advisor - Chanse McLeod

• Financial report -- Jack Townsend

• Southampton BOCA report - Joe Santamaria

• Council member Clutterbuck's news - Jon Newport, Chief of Staff

• Explanation of dues billing process - Jack Townsend

• Announcement of dues increase per POA petition of 10%, to $30.25/year - Jack Townsend

If you have other issues you wish to discuss at the meeting, there will be time at the end set aside
for comments from the floor.

We hope to see all of you at this important meeting.

Ann Hightower

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Update on Morningside Sidewalk

Email from Anne Clutterbuck, Houston City Council District C

From: DistrictC@houstontx.gov
To: [Misc]
Sent: 11/1/2010 11:20:00 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Sidewalks on Morningside between Rice Blvd. and Bissonnet

Dear Neighbors,

I know many of you have been eager to see improvements made to the sidewalks on Morningside between Rice Blvd. and Bissonnet, and I am pleased to announce that at long last that construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2011. Why the long wait? The project was delayed to allow Public Works to incorporate an asphalt street overlay into the plans. This is great news since our request for an overlay or reconstruction had been denied in the past. While an exact start date is contingent on final design drawings, we are optimistic that work will begin early next year. I look forward to seeing Houston’s pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists make use of these much needed improvements.

Regards, Anne Clutterbuck

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Update on Morningside Sidewalk Project

Our president, Ann Hightower, was advised by Jon Newport, Anne Clutterbuck’s chief of staff, that the Morningside sidewalk project is out for bids and scheduled to begin in October. I’ll post further information as I receive it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Update on Morningside Sidewalk

According to an email Ann Hightower circulated a couple of days ago, Jon Newport, Anne Clutterbuck's Chief of Staff, has advised that the Morningside sidewalk is delayed into the 2012 budget.

Perhaps not surprising given the state of the economy, but still discouraging.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Update on Morningside Sidewalk

SHX POA president, Ann Hightower advised in an email yesterday:
Just talked with Jon Newport, Anne Clutterbuck's chief of staff, about our upcoming sidewalk project. He passed along comments from our meeting with him and said the project team promised to act on all. He should be hearing shortly and will be back in touch with details on project timing.