The vacant lot at the corner of Studewood and 11 1/2 has been nothing more than that since I have lived in the Heights. It's always been the subject of much speculation, most notably it was rumored for years that Tillman Fertita bought it and was going to put some horrible "concept" restaurant there.
Then, it must have been 2 years ago, a new sign went up with a rendering that showed a small restaurant on the bottom with some sort of drive thru and a front patio, as well as 2nd story office space. The neighborhood was buzzing. But nothing ever happened.
Then it started getting very unkempt. It was red flagged by the City several times, although I never looked at what the violations were. I bet some were overgrowth/ no maintenance. It was largely a holding area for big metal cans and empty shipping containers, the occasional trailer for an 18 wheeler.
Eventually the sign with the happy little shopping center came down and a plain old sign with a couple of commerical real estate names went up. And fell down. And was fixed again.
The rumor I always heard that made the most sense was the lot used to have a dry cleaner on it and that it was hard to sell because it would need to be remediated. I once heard that an elderly couple who live on Key at Studewood own it. I tried to look up the HCAD records but I don't know what the address is. I am not a very good detective, to be honest. I like discovering things that are newly opened, not figuring out who owns an empty lot.
But the whole thing just got more interesting to me. Yesterday I saw a construction vehicle on the site. I wasn't too surprised with the condition of 11th St and the regular use of the lot as a holding area. Then I noticed they were putting these metal things that reminded me of landmines down...
Then today, this:
A black fence has gone up around the perimeter of the lot. The "For Sale" sign is down.
The lot has also been cleared off all debris, including the metal cans that always looked they could be there for no other reason than to store radioactive goo.
So, any good detectives out there want to find out what is happening on this rumored corner? I'm hoping maybe Gus at Swamplot (or his readers) will have the answers if no one here does.