On March 12 Mayor Annise Parker held a meeting at Congregation Emanu El to field questions about the city’s settlement with the developers of the Ashby Highrise. Details of the settlement were included in the Mayor’s letter to residents on February 29. A copy of the actual agreement is posted [here]. Although the Mayor and her staff indicated that nothing more can be done, this is NOT over.
“The friend of my enemy is my enemy,” said Southampton resident Jim Reeder, referring to those who intend to support the high-rise when it’s built. He mentioned real estate agents who would lease the units, the residents who would live there and those who would open and support the restaurant planned for the building. Reeder, co-chair of the Stop Ashby High Rise Task Force, said the 400 to 500 people who showed up at a meeting with the city Monday night can make a difference in the economics of the project.
“Whatever happens here, I can assure you this ain’t over,” he said.