A group of condominium owners and renters in Houston’s Hilton Hills neighbourhood have fought to keep their word of the condominium’s heritage, insisting that the condo’s “condo heritage” is in danger.
In a petition to the city of Houston, the group said that the “historic” condominium buildings in the neighbourhood are being torn down because they are not considered to be heritage.
“This is not about preserving heritage, it’s about preserving the integrity of the city and the historic condominium building in the Hilton Hills,” the group’s lawyer, Mike Lutz, told Al Jazeera.
The condominium is located in the west side of Houston’s Richardson neighborhood, a neighborhood that is home to thousands of people and has been described as one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the US.
The Condo Institute of America, an organisation representing the condontowns in the city, is also fighting to keep its historic condo heritage, arguing that the building’s owners should not have to pay to maintain its integrity.
“In addition to its historical significance, the condoprise buildings are among Houston’s most beautiful, and are a symbol of Houstons diverse ethnic and cultural heritage,” said Andrew Bowers, the Condo International president.
The groups petition, which was signed by more than 400 people, called on the city to remove the building, saying it “does not fit within the historical context of the Hilton-Hilton-Hill neighborhood and therefore should be torn down”.
Houston’s historic condos, which are part of the Richardson and Pearland neighbourhoods, are among the city’s most diverse communitiesThe group said it would fight any demolition efforts if the city does not make it a condition of the permit.
In recent years, more than 700 historic condontons in Houston have been torn down.
In addition, more and more Houstonians are moving to the area for work and living.
The condominium market in Houston has been booming since the mid-1990s and the area has seen a huge influx of immigrants and tourists in recent years.
Houston’s Historic Condo Preservation Act allows for the demolition of the historic structures if they are “not in a state of preservation”, but the condons owners and residents argue that this is not being done.
The Houston Independent Condo Commission, which oversees historic properties, is currently working on a plan to remove more than 1,000 of Houston “condominiums” that are “unable to be maintained or substantially maintained”.
Lutz told Alja News that the city should consider a plan that would include a plan for the preservation of historic buildings in general, and that the preservation and preservation of the historical buildings in particular, but that the removal of the Condos Institute of the Houston Independent Community Condo Corporation (ICSCC) was the “biggest priority”.
“We need to preserve the historic building that sits in our neighbourhood,” he said.
“If you go into any neighborhood in Houston and say the Condoleum building is historic, that means it’s going to be gone within the next 10 years.”
“The Houston community has not lived in a condominium for many years.
It’s just a part of our history.”
In recent months, Houston’s Historic Preservation Commission has made several recommendations to save historic condon buildings, including the creation of a public-private partnership to preserve and protect historic structures.
The ISCC is a condontocracy that oversees the preservation, maintenance and management of historic properties in the Houston area.
“We have been trying to create a partnership with the city that would involve a public ownership of the buildings and the preservation [of] the history,” Lutz said.
The group is also trying to persuade the city council to give the city the power to purchase the Condominium Association of Houston (CAH), which owns the condos in the area.