Meeting reminder. Zoe’s Kitchen. 7-8pm. Tonight. Don’t forget to pay your 2014 dues. $50 min per household
Happy New Year!
We have our first Board meeting of 2014 Tuesday, January 21. 7-8pm. Please email me for the address, if you would like to join us. All members are welcome to attend board meetings.
We will have a general meeting Tuesday, January 28 at Zoes Kitchen 7-8pm. We will have a special election for the position of treasurer at this meeting. Ruth Adams, who has previously served as a Councillor on the Board has volunteered to fill the position.
Please update your memberships by visiting http://home.richwoodplace.org/membership/Minimum household annual dues are $50 or you are welcome to donate more. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Rebekah
Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam
Neartown Public Forum
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 10:00 AM
1100 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
- From 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM the Montrose community will gather at Underbelly’s for a discussion regarding the upcoming Bond Referendum. Guests on both sides of the proposed items will convene for a candid look at the pros and cons of the HCC, HISD, Metro and Municipal Bond packages. Add to that the award winning fare of one of Houston’s hottest new restaurant’s, and no one should go home hungry. Plan now to join us for this important Saturday morning event!
Thank you to all of you who participated, donated time to and came out to be a part of Texas National Night Out 2012. We had a great time! Special thanks to the Bakers and Stefaniaks for hosting. You are the best! And, to Eric for letting us use his driveway as the perfect “stage” for the second year in a row. Thank you to Ruth Adams and the Board of the Richwood Place Civic Association for planning, and reaching out to our local government and US government leaders and inviting them to our community event. Thank you to US Congressman, Ted Poe, for attending our event. Thank you to Ellen Cohen’s office for your attendance as well. Thank you to HFD Fire Station 16! We love having you in our neighborhood and really appreciate you taking the time to come out to our events. Many thanks to our great sponsors, Ash Rowell and Duff Beer. You are amazing! Zoes Kitchen. Thank you for the yummy bites. Reprint!- thanks for the great work you do. Here are a few pictures from tonight’s National Night Out in Richwood Place. Thank you again to all of you who came out tonight. Our community is better because of each of you. Thank you.
Stop Ashby High Rise group stages “park-in” to show traffic problems around proposed tower
Residents near the site of the Ashby high rise have vowed to do everything legally possible to stop construction of the proposed 23-story tower. On Monday, in the first of a number of actions to illustrate the impact on surrounding neighborhoods, they parked their cars along several blocks of Bissonnet, at the site of the planned development.
They organized the “creative direct action,” with around 70 cars parked between Mandell and Hazard streets at or near the 1700 block of Bissonnet, to show what traffic will look like during construction and afterwards.
The protest was aimed at convincing investors to think twice before funding the proposed tower. “There are better places,” Justus said. “It’s just a bad choice.”
“It’s a legal ‘park-in’,” said Margaret Justus, spokesperson for the Stop Ashby High Rise Task Force. “Instead of civil disobedience, it’s civil obedience.”
Justus said the protest was aimed at convincing investors to think twice before funding the proposed tower. “There are better places,” she said. “It’s just a bad choice.”
Resident David Thomas said all of the cars came from homes within walking distance of the protest. He pointed out that the proximity of the proposed tower to Poe Elementary School is a particular safety concern.
“It’s really going to be difficult to construct such a big building in such a small space,” he said.
With a new Museum of Fine Arts, Houston building planned to the east on Bissonnet and a midrise going up to the west, at Greenbriar near Bissonnet, residents are calling for a new traffic study, calling a three-year-old study that the city of Houston relied upon to approve construction of the tower outdated.
Justus said the group will continue to organize “creative, effective, visual and legal” protests to convince investors that it won’t make sense to put the tower in the proposed location. “We’re not going to give up,” she said.
She noted that the Southampton and Boulevard Oaks neighborhoods surrounding the proposed tower recently renewed their deed restrictions for another 50 years to ward off any future high rise development. And while some critics say the affluent neighbors are blocking progress, Justus noted that the Stop Ashby High Rise group has received strong backing from other neighborhood groups throughout Houston.
“We’re sending a message that it’s time for the city to start thinking about how Houston protects its neighborhoods,” she said.
The City of Houston deferred considering the request for a variance of the setback requirement for the Audi dealership along Greenbriar at Lexington until today. They are set to consider the variance request at 230 today at City Hall Annex.
If you are interested in how this development will impact our neighborhood, please attend or call let the city of Houston know your concerns.