Developers for the Future
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+ October 9,2007 3 Buckhead Investment Partners project which Morgan and Kirton Beh ind t he . ~ n c developers Matthew Morgan plan to respond to within the next Headlines ... and Kevin Kirton are moving for- ward with the Ashby high-rise project despite city officials' and neighbors' vehement oppositions. few days. "Wecontinue to follow the rules. ordinances and regulations that developers must follow," Morgan "Densification is inevitable. said. Developers from p. 3 - Many leading edge cities like Chi- Kirton said he hopes the city the office space on the sixth cago. San Franciscoand Vancouver does the same and applies the cur- tloor. are light years ahead of Houston. rent set of ordinances to the project. So how do they feel about We have to go there to be a great Morgan said there has been quite the impact their project will Developers city." Morgan said. He also said Houston is in need of highdensity, pedestrian-friendly a bit of misinformation floating around the community. The first is the looming caricature printed on haveon the surroundingcom- munities ofSouthampton and 'Boulevard Oaks'? Say Project lifestyle projects because it will cut down on traffic congestion. Those signs that he said misrepresents the project, as well as his and Kirton's I Kirton said the exact same thing happened inRiverOaks who commute from places like the intentions, and makes it appear when plans for the Hunting- i s Vision Woodlands andsugarland will have more living options in town. "monstrous" which he says is un- fair. ton and Inwood Manor were announced. "People can live closer to where "The only things that are miss- He said neighbors started for the they work as well as cultural and entertainment centers. They will ing are babies between its teeth," Morgan said. a6'ruckus"but once the build- ings were erected. they even- rely less upon cars and it will re- Traffic issues are aIso being tually became part of the Future lieve stress on suburban infrastruc- tures." Kirton said. misconstrued and will not generate the problems many neighbors are community and the neigh- borhood was unharmed. Morgan said they submitted a fretting over, Morgan said. As for Maryland Manor By Kate Bolen foundation permit appIication July Kirton said high-rises generate Apartments residents, they 30. The city then sent out the first the lowest amount of impact on plan to honor all leases, the round of comments addressing the traffic. majority of which end in In a . traffic study they January or February, 2008. commisioned, which was not re- They are also considering quired of them in order to apply for leasingonamonth-by-month a permit,approximately 27 vehicles basis to lease holders until will be entering the building and 48 all other leases end. They will be leaving during the morning also plan to aid residents in rush hour. relocating. Kirton said the shared lifestyle 1 "No one if getting kicked of those who live in the building out." said Morgan. does not call for everyone to rush Morgan said they have in and out at the same time. Many been receiving a fair amount of these residents can even work in of letters, phone callsand e- See Developers page 25 mails from citizens speaking out against the project, which they expected. Morgan said they try to respond to these as often as they can and are more than happy to meet with residents in order to clear up any mis- understandings about the project.