River Oaks-area residents fighting to stop office building

Residents in the River Oaks area continue to fight to stop a 17-story office building from going up in their neighborhood
March 12, 2014 3:54:32 PM PDT
Residents in the River Oaks area continue to fight to stop a 17-story office building from going up in their neighborhood.

Construction for the building located at 2229 San Felipe began weeks ago. Neighbors complain the noise pollution at all hours is disruptive and the constant movement of cranes has even caused cracks in nearby patios and on the walls of an adjacent home.

"It's totally inappropriate to the neighborhood it's just kind of rammed down everyone's throat," neighbor Bill Pillsbury said.

Richard Armstrong's house backs into the construction.

"The emissions were very strong and we just all started to feel it after a couple of hours of that," he said.

Armstrong says the smell is causing health issues for his family. Armstrong has filed a complaint with the EPA.

Another group of neighbors has also filed a lawsuit to stop the construction, claiming the building is "abnormal and out of place."

We spoke over the phone to a representative of Hines, the company behind the project. He tells us they are in compliance with all city permits and have put up this plastic to try to keep the fumes from spreading. Hines also claims they have tried to reach out to the homeowner with no luck, and if they are responsible for any damage, they would "make it right."

Hines says construction should be completed by 2015.

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