Montrose Green Recycling Day

Montrose Green Recycling Day Saturday, October 26, 2013

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department, in partnership with the Montrose Management District’s Recycling Subcommittee, is offering free on-site document shredding, recycling of computer components and non-lithium batteries on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the H-E-B, 1701 West Alabama, Houston 77098.

The following items will be accepted:

* Cameras * CDs, DVDs, floppy disks * Cell phones / personal digital assistant devices * Circuit boards * Copiers * Desktops * DVD / CD / VHS devices * Fax machines * Game consoles and controllers * Hair utensils (blow dryers, straightening irons, etc.) * Hard drives (data storage devices and memory chips) * Keyboards, mice, speakers, cables * Laptops * Lithium-Ion batteries (camera batteries, cellphone batteries) * Monitors (LCD, LED, plasma) * Network switches, routers, and hubs * Nickel-Cadmium batteries (rechargeable batteries) * Plotters * Printers * Projectors * Radios, alarm clocks, and speakers * Scanners * Servers (peripherals and server racks) * Small kitchen appliances (coffee maker, microwave, toaster, etc.) * Tablets * Tape and optical drives * Telephones * Televisions * Toner cartridges * Battery backups

For questions contact Sandra Jackson at Sandra.Jackson2@houstontx.gov or 713.837.9164 or visit http://montrosedistrict.org/biannualrecycling/

To learn more about recycling in the City of Houston, visit http://www.houstonsolidwaste.org/, http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/, http://www.codegreenhouston.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste and on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/houstontrash.

National Night Out 2013

Thank you to all of you who supported our neighborhood last night by attending National Night Out. We had a great night of music (Thank you, Beetle!), food (Thank you to our food sponsor Papa Mio!) and celebration (Thank you to our great neighborhood sponsors- David Houston -New Leaf Real Estate, Jerry Blum- Heritage Texas Properties, Cliff Helmcamp- Greenwood King Properties) Thanks also to Reprint! for sponsoring a portion of the printing of all of the cards and the great banner.

Our next GENERAL MEETING is at Zoe’s Kitchen 7-8pm Tuesday, November 12. Hope to see you there!

 

It’s that time again…

Texas celebrates National Night Out in October again this year this coming Tuesday, October 1. And, Richwood Place is having a party in the 1800 block of Norfolk from 6-8pm.

Details on the card below. You should also receive one in your mailbox by the end of the week. Plan to come out…dance…eat…meet your neighbors and enjoy a good time. Please say a big thanks to our neighborhood sponsors: Papa Mio, Cliff Helmcamp (GREENWOOD KING PROPERTIES ), Jerry Blum (HERITAGE TEXAS PROPERTIES), REPRINT!, David Houston (NEW LEAF REAL ESTATE) and the Richwood Place Civic Association.

Richwood Place Natl Night Out

General Meeting, Tuesday, August 13. 7-8pm

Please plan to join us for our next general meeting:

GENERAL MEETING, Zoe’s Kitchen 7-8pm Tuesday, August 13

Hope to see you there! A few of the current topics are listed below. If you have additional items to discuss, please let one of the board members know or attend the meeting. We’d love to hear from you.

Topics of interest:

closure of Portsmouth at Woodhead, development of Fairmont Museum District Apartments, minimum lot size coverage throughout the neighborhood, new construction, graffiti, crime, National Night Out in October, etc.

How The Minimum Lot Size is working to better Richwood Place and why you should be working hard to protect your block

The following is an Opinion Piece written by current President of Richwood Place Civic Association, Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam
 
What is the Minimum Lot Size/ Setback?
The City of Houston allows for blocks and blockfaces to apply for minimum lot size and building line standards that will apply to ALL properties on the block by City Ordinance for a minimum of 20 years. The standard essentially takes a picture of the current block and makes a determination based on what the majority of the block looks like. Most of the blocks with this protection in our neighborhood have a minimum lot size of 6250 (meaning no lot can be subdivided to be smaller than 6250 sq. feet unless it is already smaller) and a setback of 20 feet (from the property line, which is on the house side of the sidewalk) 
 
Why did so many Richwood Place blocks (9 blockfaces) apply for this and receive this protection?
Many of the properties within Richwood Place are deed restricted, however some are not deed restricted.  Our deed restrictions allow for the original property to be subdivided and 2 homes built in it’s place. Typically, how we see this developed in our neighborhood is through 2 side-by-side townhouses. This offered us many protections and we were able to save much of the quality of life for our neighborhood. However, having some excluded properties did not give our neighborhood stability and assurances to be able to really improve on developments in our neighborhood and encourage high quality builders to invest here and build one home in the place of one home. A non-deed restricted property can be developed in many ways that are a detriment to the quality of life in a neighborhood, as long as they can obtain permits by the City of Houston. Meaning, if a car mechanic wanted to open in Richwood Place on a non-deed restricted, non-minimum lot size protected lot, they could do so, if they met the requirements for the necessary permits. This is too much of a question mark on our neighborhood. We had to do something.  
 
What impact does the Minimum Lot Size have? In recent years the city of Houston gave us another option. We were able to protect 9 blockfaces with the minimum lot size/ building line protection through the city of Houston planning department and by City of Houston Code of Ordinances. The protection effects use. Only Single Family homes can be developed in the place of a single family home or on a vacant lot, protecting the future of the non-deed restricted properties and those around them. We have seen the fruits of our labor. Property after property are being restored and/or torn down and replaced by homes selling for over 1 million dollars. As a whole, our neighborhood is happy with the majority of townhouse developments of the past, however, blocks that don’t have a minimum lot size standard have the potential to be developed as all townhouses, changing the fabric of our entire neighborhood, removing street parking, adding to drainage problems and lowering the values of the existing townhouses and homes.  We know that the minimum lot size has added substantial value to existing properties as it encourages developers to develop knowing that there is certainty in what can and can’t be built next door. 
 
Is my block protected under the Minimum Lot Size/ Setback Ordinance through the City of Houston?
If you live on a block in Richwood Place and are not sure if your property is protected with the minimum lot size/ building line, please contact Rebekah. My contact information is on this site. We have 1 block that is currently obtaining signatures and needs to act fast if they are going to receive this protection. Occasionally there are those who will argue that we should just let developers determine what they want to do and we shouldn’t tell anyone what to do with their property. I personally value my quality of life and that of my neighbors more than what some random developer may want to do with a lot to make a quick buck. Certainty, in this case, has improved on quality. Our actions have, in fact, made a huge positive impact on our neighborhood. 
 
Where is the proof? 
Look over the following properties to see what is and has been developed as a result of the minimum lot size. These developments are all a result of the minimum lot size/ building line protection. It is AMAZING to see what is happening with the blocks that are protected.

  

1853 Lexington- Inner Loop Architecture chose 2 lots to build one exquisite home. This home has a buyer and according to neighbors, is priced above 1.2 million
ImagePhoto from InnerLoopArchitecture.com -rendering of corner property under construction at corner of Hazard and Lexington
 
In the 1800 Block of Norfolk: 1850 Norfolk, Carol Isaak Barden chose our neighborhood to build the Suyama House sold for an undisclosed amount over 1 million
 
In the 1800 Block of Portsmouth : 1807 Portsmouth , new construction by Yigal Kass with Crestview Homes, 1.4 million listed price
 
In the 1900 Block of Norfolk : 1911 Norfolk, pending sale, 1.2 million
 
In the 1800 Block of Norfolk: 1811 Norfolk was an original home in terrible shape, completely gutted and redone from the studs resulting in a gorgeous, completely remodeled, original home
 
In the 1900 Block of Lexington: 1954 Lexington a completely restored original 1930s home

A beautiful night for a neighborhood block party

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Sincere thanks to all who joined the RPCA for 2013, attended the block party and are supporting our great neighborhood. I want to say a special thank you to a few folks who helped make last night a success.

Rita Cook helped with planning and took care of printing and mailing out the postcards. Thank you, Rita

Sam Brown, general manager of Papa Mio brought a wonderful dinner, attended the party, kept the amazing food hot and served and met the neighbors. Thank you, Papa Mio and Sam!

Sue Bailey, treasurer, helped with many last minute planning and errands. She was a huge help.

Cliff Helmcamp of Greenwood King sponsored our iPad Mini raffle and also was a big help with setup. Thank you, Cliff.

Thank you to Liz and Raymund Eich for loaning us and setting up the tent.

Again, thank you all for your support of our neighborhood. Getting out, meeting each other and getting to know one another is one of the greatest ways we can build community and support our great neighborhood.

Block party Tomorrow!

We hope you are planning to join us tomorrow night In the 1700 block of Lexington.  Remember, if you want a chance to win the iPad mini donated by Cliff Helmcamp of Greenwood King, plan to pay your 2013 Richwood Place Civic association 2013 dues of $50 before the party or at the party. We will draw for the winner at 730pm.

What’s on the menu?

Papa Mio is donating dinner. Come hungry. They are providing Penne Pasta, Meat Lasagna, Salad and Bread.

Bring lawn chairs, if you would like a place to sit. Also, bring drinks or dessert to share. We will provide some drinks as well.

Spring Block Party Next Week!

Spring Block Party Next Week!

Please join us for our annual Spring Block Party and Membership Drive. All 2013 Members will be entered to win the raffle: an iPad Mini. The event is sponsored by the Richwood Civic Association, Papa Mio, and Cliff Helmcamp, Greenwood King Properties.
What to bring: desserts and/or drinks to share!

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE- SPRING PARTY- APRIL 24

Save the date for the Annual Richwood Place Civic Association Membership Drive and Spring Party!

Wednesday, April 24, 6-8pm

1700 Block of Lexington near the park entrance

We will have 2 raffles again this year. Prizes will be announced soon. To be entered, you must be a 2013 Member of the RPCA. You do not have to be present to win. Memberships are $50 minimum. You can pay by check or online here: http://home.richwoodplace.org/membership/

More details to come. Hope to see you there!