State District Court under Judge Randy Wilson denied a motion to stop construction of the 21-story tower in Rice Village Thursday. Residents have been fighting for seven years now to stop the high rise from being built, despite Houston having no zoning laws.
The judge heard arguments in their lawsuit last week and ruled in favor of the construction company.
So at this point, the Ashby High Rise can move forward.
Among the reasons given for denying the injunction, the judge in the case noted that some of the plaintiffs knew about the lawsuit and controversy, yet bought anyway. The judge also noted that some neighbors threatened developers and contractors.
Also mentioned, a permanent injunction would cause a chilling effect in the development of the city of Houston, which has no zoning. He points out that a number of high density developments are being built around the area, and nobody complained about them.