The saga continues
City Council rejects Ashby highrise again
The latest on the long-running saga of the Ashby high rise: Houston City Council again refused the plan by investors Matthew Morgan and Kevin Kirton to construct a 23-story tower in the Southampton neighborhood. City officials have rejected nearly a dozen proposals by Buckhead Investment Partners on the grounds that the development would create disastrous traffic congestion but approved a drastically reduced plan for the property in August.
Morgan and Kirton declared Thursday, however, that the revised plan — which eliminated almost all commercial uses for the property — was merely devised to "test" the city. They are hoping that the new administration will be sympathetic to their original design to include retail space, a spa and a restaurant. It seems they never intended to build anything else.