Randle Law Office succeeds on appeal to Houston City Council for local Heights property owner
The City of Houston, at its August 6, 2014, meeting, reversed the Houston Planning Commission and the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) and issued a Certificate of Appropriateness to move a house currently located at 1815 Cortlandt Street in the Houston Heights Historic District East. This was the first time the City Council has been presented with such an appeal.
Attorney Timothy Kirwin of Randle Law Office, Ltd., L.L.P. originally appeared before the Houston Planning Commission in May seeking a reversal of the HAHC’s denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness to move the house from the Heights to the Denver Harbor neighborhood. At the May meeting, Kirwin provided ample evidence that the removal of the house satisfied the City of Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, but was nevertheless denied the approval to move the house.
In his final appeal to the City Council, Kirwin detailed how city staff, the HAHC and the Planning Commission had failed to apply the city’s own ordinances correctly. With the City Council’s reversal, the property owner can now relocate the house as originally presented, which will be donated to a family in need. The property owner plans to begin the redevelopment of the lot soon.