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Early days for this controversial 50 story tower being proposed Uptown:


New PAC opposes high-rise on Post Oak Boulevard

May 27, 2014

A new political action committee focused on Post Oak Boulevard has formed to battle problems that arise with new development.

For now, the PAC is ready to duke it out in the political and public opinion arenas rather than the courthouse when it comes to construction along Post Oak Boulevard.

The Uptown Houston PAC, which will receive its incorporation papers from the state this week, is ready to begin fundraising to back political candidates who will support their cause, which includes opposing a proposed plan to build new bus lanes on the boulevard. The group is also requesting traffic studies be conducted to see how new construction will affect the area. They want new ordinances that will take public safety into account when granting permits for new construction.

The catalyst for the creation of the PAC occurred when news surfaced that Houston-based AmREIT is proposing to construct a 50-story tower 2 feet from the property line of the Cosmopolitan high-rise at 1600 Post Oak Blvd., where Scarborough and some other members of the PAC live.

However, Scarborough is quick to point out that they are not claiming nuisance as plaintiffs in the so-called Ashby high-rise case did, who argued a proposed multifamily tower near their neighborhood was out of place, would cast shadows on their properties and would decrease their property values. Members of the Uptown Houston PAC are more concerned about public safety, saying the proposed AmREIT building and others like it will increase traffic along an already congested area, making it impossible for emergency responders to make timely trips.

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