At a June 13 hearing, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission denied the Certificate of Appropriateness application for the demolition of three homes at 1235, 1239 and 1243 Yale St. The application was brought to the board by Rainey Richardson, who wanted to build single-family homes on the site on behalf of owner Virginia Angermiller.
A site visit by the city inspector to the homes was completed June 3, according to a report on the Houston Preservation Tracker website. A report about the homes said “based on the appraisals, inspection report, and condition photos, as well as the estimate for repairs, the (homes) had not deteriorated to an unstable state and were not beyond repair.”
In addition, the HAHC said the owner inherited the properties but had not done anything to mitigate the current state of the homes, which had deteriorated due to the neglect of the previous owner. The report noted that a majority of the reported structural issues would be addressed during any proposed renovation and that termite infestation is treatable.
The HAHC also noted that as a designated historic property, the homes qualify for city historic tax exemptions, discounted permit fees, exemptions from energy code compliance and reduced parking requirements – and that no investigation of how these incentives might be used to alleviate renovation costs had been made. The report also said there has been no inquiry into the possible reuse of the property for commercial use as has been done with other properties on Yale.
“At the very least, the applicant should take immediate action to halt and prevent further deterioration from neglect by the previous owner and vandalism,” stated the report.
New 12-story apartments coming to Heights
The Houston Chronicle reported that a 12-story apartment building at the corner of West 20th Street and Nicholson Street is being planned for the Heights.
The project, across from Heights Waterworks, will have 152 one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 850 to 1,900 square feet.
Greystar, the developer, recently began construction on an 11-story apartment building near Memorial Park. The developer already has the HiLine Heights Apartments at 145 Heights Blvd.
New tenants at 33 1/3
Chris Hotze of Crescere Capital Management said two new tenants have signed on at the 33 1/3 development.
Primp & Blow Salon is a blow dry bar with locations in West University and Baybrook. Its website says Primp & Blow stylists wash, blow dry and style hair, but don’t cut or color it.
Luce Avenue Coffee is the other new tenant. Luce is a specialty coffee roastery and cafe with another location on Richmond Avenue.
Two fitness tenants for Braun developments
Zach Wolf with Braun Enterprises said the developer has signed Mayweather Boxing + Fitness as a new tenant at its Shepherd Row development.
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness was started by boxer Floyd Mayweather and in addition to boxing, the facility offers group fitness and functional training.
Braun also has signed F45 Training at 2001 W. 34th St. F45 is a team-based workout in which no program is ever repeated, according to its marketing materials. The “45” comes from the 45-minute workout that offers high-speed functional exercises using multiple muscle groups.