This Week in Demolition: Old Folks temporarily out of 2100 Memorial, and a few interesting homes

This Week in Demolition, the big story is 2100 Memorial Drive. Originally built as a hotel, Holiday opening in 1970, the location made it to 1986, before shutting its doors as a hotel. For the next 10 years, the vacant hotel would become an eyesore looming above Buffalo Bayou. While initial plans to convert the space into senior living date all the way back to 1987, plans were delayed for multiple reasons. The City of Houston invested a considerable sum of money early on, expecting to receive federal support for the planned old-folks home. However, these funds never came, and the project essentially sat in limbo until a private developer purchased the property and moved ahead with the established plans to create a rent controlled senior living complex in the former hotel. For the next 20 years, 2100 Memorial would finally serve its new purpose as low-cost housing for seniors. However, in 2017 Hurricane Harvey devastated this section of Buffalo Bayou, substantially flooding buildings that had previously only seen small amounts of water during the worst storms. After the storm passed, the property owner attempted to evict the tenants with plans to redevelop the property, this was blocked by an injunction that allowed some residents to stay until late 2020. Based on reports online, it seems like the property owners only made the most basic repairs possible, and by 2019 had finally received approval to demolish and rebuild the structure. According to discussion on HAIF, it appears that the new incarnation of this building will again contain rent controlled senior living spaces, but will be a low-rise spread out complex as opposed to the current mid-rise tower. Also, worth checking out this week are the first three homes on the list, even if you’re not into architecture they’re unique homes for Houston.

Photo Credit: hindesky

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

Residential Structures
6115 Riverview Way, Houston, TX 77057– Tanglewood, 1960s Mansion, Photos
1102 Euclid St, Houston, TX 77009– Norhill, Listed in Houston Architectural Guide, Photos
2007 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005– Southampton Place, Looks like a museum, Photos
1308 Bomar St, Houston, TX 77006– Stratford, 1920s? Cottage, Photos
637 W 21st St, Houston, TX 77008– Heights, 1920s Bungalow, Photos
14118 Carolcrest Cir, Houston, TX 77079– River Forest, Flooded during reservoir release, Photos
208 W 31st St, Houston, TX 77018- Garden Oaks, Photos
5434 Lincrest Ln, Houston, TX 77056– Larchmont, Photos
2128 Addison Rd, Houston, TX 77030– Southgate, Photos
5919 Kiam St, Houston, TX 77007– Cottage Grove, Photos
4640 Banning Dr, Houston, TX 77027– Afton Oaks, Photos
5310 Institute Ln, Houston, TX 77005– Jandor Garden, Photos
1102 E 24th St, Houston, TX 77009– Sunset Heights, Photos
2313 Maconda Ln, Houston, TX 77027– Royden Oaks, Photo
1116 Bennington St, Houston, TX 77022– Beverly Place
7507 Garden St, Houston, TX 77012– Hemlock Place
6506 Wharton St, Houston, TX 77055– Westview Terrace
1025 Lamonte Ln, Houston, TX 77018– Garden Oaks
643 W 21st St, Houston, TX 77008– Heights
3726 Alberta St, Houston, TX 77021– La Salette Place
4918 Carmen St, Houston, TX 77033– Sunnyside Gardens
6651 Thrush Dr, Houston, TX 77087– Overbrook
7421 Saunders Rd, Houston, TX 77016– Scienic Woods
38 Bash Pl, Houston, TX 77027– West Lane Place
7111 Goldspier St, Houston, TX 77088– West Little York Place
2159 Swift Blvd, Houston, TX 77030– Southgate
922 Dolly Wright St, Houston, TX 77088– Highland Acre Home
1603 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007– Shearne
3807 Legion St, Houston, TX 77026– Crane Street Woods
801 Neyland St, Houston, TX 77022– Weyland
4117 Castor St, Houston, TX 77022– Whitney Place
413 N Carolina St, Houston, TX 77029– Fidelity
7318 Rhobell St, Houston, TX 77016-Scenic Woods
7909 Turquoise Ln, Houston, TX 77055– Springdale
7327 Amarillo St, Houston, TX 77020– Houston Harbor
6722 Hoffman St, Houston, TX 77028– Trinity Gardens

Non-Residential Structures
4103 Sherwood Ln, Houston, TX 77092– Unsure of use, formerly a home
909 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007– Former Jack in the Box, As part of the Shepherd Drive rebuild
2100 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007– Permit for Parking Garage Only

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