As I was biking through the neighborhood yesterday taking advantage of the sunny and warm break in the weather, I pedaled through an intersection that I've been through a hundred times before. Something looked different this time. Stopping and doubling back, I tried to figure out what it was and came to determine that there was a massive cleanup operation on the corner lot overlooking Lake Como at the SE corner of Houghton and Prevost. A building which I previously hadn't really even noticed was no quite prominent and in surprisingly good shape overall considering its obvious age.
I coasted to a stop along the aging asphalt on Prevost and noticed there was already a truck parked in front of the lot - a truck from the City of Fort Worth. Dismounting, I made my way toward the inspector, Ty, and we talked for awhile about the neighborhood and how he was happy to see some movement on the property. However, according to him no permits are currently on file. This presents a concern due to the possibility of trespassing and wrongful use of the building in the meantime until it's occupied. Despite this, I think the general outlook was very positive that something was actually happening on the lot.
I poked around a bit and the building looks like it's from the '40s or '50s, but the retaining wall on the Houghton side certainly appears to be much older, possibly from the early Lake Como investment era.
When I got back home, I grabbed a google maps screenshot to remind myself what I had biked by so many times without noticing and it's quite a stark contrast. The lot is quite big and I'm excited to see what they do with it.
Does anyone remember what this building used to be? Drop a note in the comments or email me at email@example.com!
Andrew lives on Kilpatrick Avenue in the center of Como and enjoys everything the neighborhood has to offer. You will often see him biking around the neighborhood - feel free to wave him down for a chat, he loves to meet new people!