• Pearland’s bond refinance and re-structure debate: who said what (The Journal)

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    Photo Courtesy of The Journal

    By Kristi Nix

    A standing-room-only crowd greeted Mayor Tom Reid and the City Council Monday (July 14). Many among those gathered came to speak and offer their opinion related to a proposed bond refinance and restructuring.

    The Journal was there to take pictures and listen as council members debated for more than two hours. Opinions were divided and strong arguments were made from both sides. Here are some pictures and a sampling of the comments made before the measure was ultimately defeated by a narrow three-to-two vote.

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  • Second lawsuit filed against San Felipe tower seeking damages (Houston Chronicle)

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    Photo Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

    By Erin Mulvaney

    A lawsuit filed last week argues that a 17-story office tower under construction at the corner of San Felipe and Spann streets will increase traffic, interfere with privacy, cast plant-killing shadows and erode the character of the River Oaks neighborhood.

    This is the second lawsuit filed against the tower at 2229 San Felipe, named San Felipe Place, by Houston-based Hines. The arguments made in the lawsuit by the homeowners on nearby Stanmore Street are similar to the previous lawsuit filed against the development company. They also are similar to the complaints against the Ashby high-rise at 1717 Bissonnet. A judge ruled in the Ashby case earlier this year that the tower can go forward, but the development company must pay damages for loss of market value to the closest residents.

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