The Stop Ashby High Task Force is disappointed to learn that the City has chosen to issue a site work and foundation permit to the developers of the Ashby High Rise project.  However, we have always understood that the City’s authority with respect to this project is limited, and we are grateful that the City has been able to reduce the traffic impact of the project. The traffic study that the City approved in conjunction with the developers’ permit application describes a substantially different project with fewer residential units and much less commercial space, and these reductions inevitably will affect the financial viability of the project.

That fact remains, however, that although the City has done all that it feels it is able to do under the City’s development code and ordinances, a 23-story project towering over our neighborhood remains completely unacceptable to most of us.  Our opposition to this project remains undiminished, and we will continue our efforts to prevent it from being financed and constructed.  We believe that we have a number of powerful tools available to us, and we intend to use all of them.  There are many steps between obtaining a site work and foundation permit and actually constructing a project, and we will have opportunities to continue our fight in many forums.

We strongly encourage you to continue to display your Stop Ashby High Rise yard signs and bumper stickers to demonstrate your opposition to this unwelcome project.  We also would be especially pleased to accept any donations to the Stop Ashby High Rise effort, because we anticipate the need for legal fees as we move forward.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please send your contribution made payable to Southampton/BOCA to P.O. Box 540331, Houston, TX  77254 (please note “Stop Ashby Fund” in the memo line). Any unspent contributions will be returned to the donors on a pro rata basis.

Finally, we encourage you to question the candidates for City office about what steps they would take to keep out-of-scale and intrusive projects like the Ashby High Rise out of residential neighborhoods in Houston.