This Week in Demolition: Why are somethings demolished without permits?

This week in demolition we see a full plate of residential demolitions, and only two non-residential structures… Except that isn’t exactly true, as evidence by the photo below. I’ve been corresponding with a reader who has been keeping me aware of the demolition of a Boston Market on Jones Road, near 1960. I had already been made aware of another project across the street, that I was easily able to pull permits on, so why I saw nothing on this now gone Boston Market was somewhat confusing. Anyone living in Houston is already aware that our borders are confusing. It’s not unusual to drive through multiple enclaves of two differing cities along a main road. Unfortunately, deciphering Houston’s borders becomes even more difficult when you bring permitting into the mix. That’s where extraterritorial jurisdictions come into play, these are basically the parts of the city that “say Houston on their mailing address but aren’t in the city limits” or, “if you call 911 Harris County Sheriffs will come instead of HPD”. While neither of these are 100% true, they’re pretty good guidelines of identifying ETJ. These parts of Houston are also not required to file permits with the city (as far as I know) and must only comply with County, and State permitting. To try and unravel what is and isn’t Houston, you can use this map (Layers -> Administrative Boundaries -> City of Houston ETJ) although, it’s not very user friendly.

This was the location of a Boston Market, but will likely become Take 5 Oil Change. Credit to Reader, Jason McMillon

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

Residential Demolitions
5014 Braesvalley Dr, Houston, TX 77096– Meyerland, Harvey Flooded, Photos
1126 E 16th St, Houston, TX 77009– Heights, Garage Only, Photos
1924 Canterbury St, Houston, TX 77030– Devonshire, Photos
1531 Maryland St, Houston, TX 77006– Cherryhurst, 1920s 4-Plex, Photos
2238 Troon Rd, Houston, TX 77019– River Oaks, Garge Only, Photos
8318 Baker Dr, Houston, TX 77017– Meadowbrook, Photos
1509 Wesley St, Houston, TX 77023– Eastwood, Photos
5413 Pagewood Ln, Houston, TX 77056– Larchmont, Photos
342 Hahlo St, Houston, TX 77020– Denver, An investment “opportunity”, Photos
3014 Rawls St, Houston, TX 77008– Letien, Photos
5202 Firnat St, Houston, TX 77016– Buckingham Place, Photos
7822 Wedgewood Ln, Houston, TX 77055– Brykerwood Estates, Private Street, Photos
2535 Swift Blvd, Houston, TX 77030– Brantwood, Photos
9329 Scranton St, Houston, TX 77075– South Houston Gardens, Photos
6924 Hoffman St, Houston, TX 77028– Trinity Gardens, Photos
1333 Curtin St, Houston, TX 77018– Oak Forest, Photos
3514 Elmridge St, Houston, TX 77025– Woodside, Photos
8529 Montridge Dr, Houston, TX 77055– Ridgecrest, Photos
6407 Beekman Rd, Houston, TX 77021– Macgregor Palms, Photos
6905 Canal St, Houston, TX 77011– Foundation Only, Structure previously on Swamplot
323 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006– Avondale, 1915 Structure
5116 Maxie St, Houston, TX 77007– Brunner
7509 Creekwood Dr, Houston, TX 77063– Charnwood
702 Milwaukee St, Houston, TX 77009– Lindale Park
4986 Valkeith Dr, Houston, TX 77096– Meyerland
1957 Glosridge Dr, Houston, TX 77055– Ridgecrest
423 Wycliffe Dr, Houston, TX 77079– Memorial Trails
7118 Gary St, Houston, TX 77055– Shadyvilla
13714 Barryknoll Ln, Houston, TX 77079– Wilchester West
710 Aurora St, Houston, TX 77009– Sunset Heights
1255 Richelieu Ln, Houston, TX 77018– Oak Forest
19 Buffalo Ridge Cir, Houston, TX 77056– Indian Trail
1227 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019– West Clay Garden
6803 Goforth St, Houston, TX 77021– Foster Place
2410 Driscoll St, Houston, TX 77019– Plainview
2427 Huldy St, Houston, TX 77019– Morgan
1952 Santa Rosa St, Houston, TX 77023– Forest Hill
2940 Sadler St, Houston, TX 77093– Coral
929 Redondo Dr, Houston, TX 77015– Home Owned Estates
3003 Madeley St, Houston, TX 77093– Woodward
1084 Marjorie St, Houston, TX 77088– Lincoln City

Non-Residential Demolitions
1600 River Oaks Blvd Houston, TX 77019– River Oaks Country Club Pool and Associated Facilities
2519 Scott St, Houston, TX 77004– Former Church’s Chicken 1985-1988