District J Journal - April 18, 2017
A Long Time Coming...
We all know the house. It's the one that hasn't been touched or lived-in for years. It sits decaying on an overgrown lot and is barely boarded up or shielded from the elements. Sometimes uninvited guests set up shop. Every neighborhood's got one (or a couple). For better or worse, laws protecting private property rights can make it difficult for local governments to address these problem properties. When houses have finally reached a point of City-sanctioned demolition, it is only after many years of neighborhood complaints, legal hearings, inspections, and bureaucratic process.
District J has our share of nuisance properties. One such property was 9014 Roos. The abandoned property had sat derelict for approximately 10 years in Sharpstown County Club Terrace 3. Representatives of the deceased owner's estate had been missing in action. While the front façade appeared presentable, the entire back of the structure was open. There were reports of squatters. The Sharpstown Civic Association and your District J office worked with the Department of Neighborhoods to abate and close-off the property a regular basis. Eventually the house made it to the Demolition Assessment Panel (DAP). It was at these hearings that the neighborhood and your District J office made their plea for the home to be considered for demolition.
Finally, the home was scheduled for demolition on Friday, April 7th!
A special thanks to the Sharpstown Civic Association, the Department of Neighborhood's and the City Legal Department - but most importantly the surrounding neighbors - for their hard work and collaboration, and patience, throughout this long process.
-Council Member Mike Laster, District J
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Hire Houston Youth summer employment opportunities are to begin on June 19th, 2017, and end no sooner than August 4th. There will be a Summer Jobs Fair at the Southwest Multi-Service Center on June 10 from 10am to 3pm.
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