Area residents opposed to affordable housing developments have scored another victory.
Scott Puffer, a vice president for Chicago-based Brinshore Development, said Wednesday the company has put “on hold” its plan to build an affordable apartment complex at the northeast corner of 4th Street and Columbia Street in the Heights. Puffer said the project, called Hue, did not receive support from state representative Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, which took it out of the running for competitive federal housing tax credits allocated by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Another proposed affordable housing development that initially sought the tax credit, Avenue on 34th at the site of Doyle’s Restaurant, removed itself from consideration last month. Nonprofit developer Avenue CDC said Feb. 19 that it was “pausing” on its plans to consider community feedback.
“Without state rep support, we do not score high enough to receive an award from the state for tax credits even with unanimous support from (Houston) City Council,” Puffer said in an email. “So at this point we are on hold indefinitely while we determine next steps if any.”
Brinshore’s proposed development already faced a challenge from nearby homeowners who filed a special minimum lot size application in December. If the application is approved by other nearby homeowners, the Houston Planning Commission and the city council, it would prevent two of the three land plats Brinshore is considering purchasing from a family estate from being used for any purpose other than single-family housing.
“Many of the neighbors I have spoken with, myself included, are happy that the proposed high-density project is no longer being pursued,” said Heights resident Rebecca Abel, a co-applicant.