This is an excerpt from a story originally appearing in The Leader:

"A group of homeowners in the Heights and a residential developer in Chicago have been at odds since December.

They didn’t even know it until February.

Brinshore Development, which has produced more than 75 housing complexes during the last 25 years, entered into a contract Dec. 18 to purchase three plats of land in the Heights from a family estate. Its vision for the property on the northeast corner of 4th Street and Columbia Street, where a small business and two vacant lots have been located, is to build an affordable apartment complex in a popular and increasingly expensive part of Houston.

Two days later, and with no knowledge of Brinshore’s intentions, two nearby homeowners with the backing of 30 other neighbors filed paperwork with the city seeking to prevent such a development. Their special minimum lot size application, which serves as a zoning mechanism in a city without zoning laws, would require the two vacant plats to be used for single-family residences and thereby thwart Brinshore’s plan to incorporate them as part of a multi-story complex....

Bill Baldwin, a longtime Heights realtor and member of the Houston Planning Commission, said he understands homeowners’ concerns about apartment complexes but also understands the need for affordable housing options."

The city wants more affordable housing in neighborhoods exactly like the Heights,” he said, “because they are high-opportunity neighborhoods that give people access to work, good schools and transportation. - Bill Baldwin

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