Join members of the Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions Committee to learn about the proposed amendment to the Cherryhurst deed restrictions. Dates: Sunday, Sept. 22 from 4-6PM (Host: Randall Hance, 1610 Missouri), Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-4PM (Hostess: Emily Covey, 1806 Haver) and Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9-11AM (Host: Trevor Jefferies, 1700 Haver).
The purpose of the amendment is to:
1. Clarify the height restriction as it relates to roofs.
There have been a couple of houses built since the Declaration that violate this condition. (Examples: 2517 Yupon, currently under construction, and one by Wilson Montessori (subject to #3 below). They have hidden the roof with a wall that extends beyond the 25 feet so the front of the house is actually 35 feet tall and the roof is not visible.
The City legal department has found the language in the Declaration to be vague and will not enforce this provision. The amendment clarifies this and does not allow the original intent to be violated.
2. Clarify the provision that does not allow cars to be parked in the front or side yard of the house if there is alley access.
The intent of this provision is to prohibit residents from parking in their front or side yards where there is no driveway and curb cut.
3. Remove 7 properties north of Fairview that were part of the original Cherryhurst plat.
The original plat of Cherryhurst contained properties that went along Yupon Street north of Fairview, in front of Wilson Montessori. About half of these properties did not become subject to the Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions, although 7 of them did become subject to the Deed Restrictions. As a result, the area has developed independently from Cherryhurst proper (the area centered around the Park, from Yupon to Mandell, and Westheimer to Fairview), and has allowed for a much higher density in the area north of Fairview compared to Cherryhurst proper.
The removal of these 7 properties north of Fairview from the Deed Restrictions will allow these 7 properties to continue the pattern of denser development than development in Cherryhurst proper. In addition, it will allow our Cherryhurst Civic Association to focus its efforts on improvements in Cherryhurst proper.
We hope to see you at a porch chat!
--The Cherryhurst Deed Restrictions Committee (Trevor Jefferies*, Camilo Parra, Emily Covey, EJ Farhood, Randall Hance, Gauthier van Marcke and June Spencer)
We are pleased to announce that our grant from the City of Houston has funded, and we have now officially been reimbursed for half the cost of our Cherryhurst Sign Topper community project! Hopefully by now you have seen the toppers adorning each Cherryhurst intersection. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a reality, especially to Friends of Cherryhurst Park for sponsoring the CCA's efforts!
Application - David de la Cerda
Design/Manufacturing - EJ Farhood
Fundraising/Installation - Emily Covey, Carol Rensink, June Spencer
David Arnold & Karma Buford
Jack & Anne Bellows
Chad & Emily Covey
Avrim Fishkind & Wendy Hawkins
Patrick & Lacy Gill
Randall Hance & John Obsta
David & Carol Rensink
Jeff Ross & Doris Williams
James & Heather Vaughn
AND to everyone who purchased a reusable grocery bag or ate a meal or two at Shake Shack! (We still have some grocery bags left, and will bring them to National Night Out (Oct. 1 at Cherryhurst Community Center) for purchase.
We are excited to be getting so close to the finish line on this community beautification project for Cherryhurst. Soon you will see installers working on the tops of each street sign in Cherryhurst, as mapped above.
If you have not yet had a chance to contribute to this effort, we still have some grocery bags to sell! Just let a CCA or Friends of Cherryhurst Park board member know, and we will arrange to get you one. They are $25 with all proceeds benefitting FCP. Donations should be made payable to Friends of Cherryhurst Park (P.O. Box 130953, Houston, TX, 77219-0953) or by paying online here.
Stay tuned for a community celebration once the signs are installed and the grant has funded!
Many thanks to everyone for coming out to Shake Shack last week for our Cherryhurst sign topper fundraiser. Our neighbors and friends consumed more than $1,100 worth of shakes, fries and burgers, worth a donation from Shake Shack of $275! We are so close to raising the needed funds for our Cherryhurst sign toppers. You can still help us reach our goal.
Buy a bag! We have 25 more bags. These reusable cotton grocery bags have the Cherryhurst sign topper pictured on them. They are good quality and provide ample space for groceries. For $25, you can help reduce plastic bag waste while also supporting your neighborhood!
Sponsor a Topper! We are grateful for all the "Topper Sponsors" thus far. For $75, you, too, can become an official "Topper Sponsor."
Donations should be made payable to Friends of Cherryhurst Park (P.O. Box 130953, Houston, TX, 77219-0953) or by paying online here. A tax receipt will be provided via email.
Many thanks in advance for your support of this exciting beautification project for Cherryhurst! Any excess funds raised will benefit the mission of the Friends of Cherryhurst Park.
Some of our neighbors will soon be applying to renew the already-existing City of Houston special Minimum Building Line (MBL) ordinances, which currently apply to some of the blocks in Cherryhurst.
An MBL ordinance preserves the prevailing front building line (the front “setback”) of the homes on a block. The MBL ordinances are not new to Cherryhurst – several blocks in Cherryhurst have MBL ordinances that have been in effect for more than 18 years, but they will expire soon. For more information about MBL ordinances in general and the renewal process in particular, go to this link.
As part of the MBL renewal application process, two signs will need to be posted on each block where a renewal application is pending with the City. These signs are a normal requirement of the MBL renewal process.
Again, these expiring MBL ordinances have been in effect for more than 18 years. Nothing about them is new for Cherryhurst. We just wanted to inform the neighborhood about the renewal process and what to expect. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this process.
Emily Covey Trevor Jefferies
President, Cherryhurst Civic Association Chair, Deed Restriction Committee