HOUSTON, TX – It`s finally time for the demolition man.
This is the week wrecking crews begin tearing down the Maryland Manor apartments to make room for the Ashby high-rise on Bissonnet, down by Rice University.
Taking the place of the apartments will be a 21-story tower, home to 228 upscale apartments, four town houses, and a restaurant.
Protests by neighbors and community groups, along with a failed attempt by the City of Houston to deny building permits held up the project.
Increased traffic on the residential streets was a major concern for neighbors. As part of the settlement with the City, the developers agreed to provide a free shuttle to the Texas Medical Center twice a day, and at least ten bicycles for the temporary use of residents, also free.
The $90-million pain in the Ashby could be finished by around this time next year.