Neighbors continue to fight Ashby high rise

Neighbors fear more traffic

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HOUSTON - Hundreds of South Hampton residents gathered Monday night to voice their concern over the proposed Ashby high rise complex to be built near Rice University.

Neighbors said the construction will cause a traffic nightmare in the neighborhood on Bissonnet and Ashby.

Former South Hampton resident Katie Sherborne attended Monday night's meeting.

Sherborne's two children live in the neighborhood.

She said smaller construction projects have caused major traffic issues and she expects the proposed Ashby construction will be no different.

"I find it hard to believe that there's going to be any (traffic) control what so ever during this construction process.", Sherborne said.

A few weeks ago, Mayor Annise Parker sent out a letter to South Hampton residents saying the city has no legal basis to stop developers, Maryland Manor Associates, from building the tower.

She said that the city's lack of zoning laws limited its options.

There are several measures in the settlement that were aimed to ease some of the residents' concerns.

There are some rules for the building's driveways. Weekday shuttle service to the Texas Medical Center for the building's residents will be required and there are aesthetic regulations.

Under the settlement's terms, the city will approve the 21-story, 228-unit and more than 10,000-square-foot building.

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