Ashby High Rise opponents dealt winning hand in fight to stop construction of 21-story building

A verdict has been reached in the fight to stop developers from building a 21-story high rise in the Rice University area
December 17, 2013 4:21:36 PM PST
A nuisance, that's what a judge called the controversial Ashby High Rise project in a ruling on Tuesday.

It's been about seven years of legal wrangling and for residents in the area, seven years of holding their breaths. All of it is centered around a high rise that was to be built behind me on the corner of Ashby and Bissonnet.

On Tuesday, a judge ruled the Ashby High Rise if built, it would be a nuisance. And if that were to happen, the residents named in the lawsuit would receive over $1. 6 million in damages.

The decision stemmed from a lawsuit residents filed against Buckhead Developers, which is planning to build a 21-story high rise. As expected, residents there are ecstatic to hear the news.

"I am happy and this is just outlandish. We just really set a precedent for the whole community I think," plaintiff Sue Rund said. "The award is one thing. We really, really, really didn't care about the money other than its a control mechanism to stop this."

Now, we must point out that doesn't mean the project has been stopped. Lawyers for the plaintiff say the last word will come in January, when the judge is expected to hold a separate hearing and then rule himself whether or not the project will go up.

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