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That Odd Apartment Complex On Alabama -- Is There Development In Its Future? (Updated)

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Swamplot reports two fascinating bits of news: 1) Tenants of that funky old apartment complex at West Alabama and Dunlavy are getting eviction notices; and 2) There are still tenants to give eviction notices to in that funky old apartment complex at West Alabama and Dunlavy.

The Wilshire Village apartments, as they're formally called, are an intriguing bit of 1940s construction notable mainly for its distinctive windows, courtyards and great location in the heart of Montrose.

Why it's been allowed to become decrepit is a tale of bankruptcy court and neglect. Announcements have occasionally been made, especially in the boom years, that the property was to be renovated or replaced with a residential tower (yikes), but nothing's come of it.

Now, a tipster tells Swamplot, residents are getting told they have to leave.

At least 2 tenants of the Wilshire Village garden apartments have received eviction notices from the owner, demanding that they vacate the property by the end of February, a source tells Swamplot. The notices, which were signed by Commerce Equities president Matthew Dilick, say that electricity at the property will be turned off after that date.

We've got a call in to Commerce Equities and also to the Public Works Department, which allegedly knows about "plans" to do something with the property.

We'll let you know what we hear. Including how anyone's getting financing for new residential development in this economy.

Update: Here's what Public Works spokesman Alvin Wright had to say:

From what I have learned the registered agent/ general partner, a Mr. Gillick has sent a letter to all residents stating that they are terminating leases as per state law on February 28th and will begin eviction proceedings on any remaining residents.

The owner has the right to use his property as he sees fit as long as he complies with city ordinances and guidelines associated with the properties use. If he plans to shut the property down, he must secure the property with fencing and or security as to prevent access from unauthorized personnel.

The City of Houston is NOT shutting down the property. Any other plans are in the hands of the owner.

-- Richard Connelly


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