Matt Stiles tells us why the River Oaks Shopping Center hasn't been demolished quite yet.
The owner, Weingarten Realty Investors, can't raze the building at West Gray and Shepherd until its plumber disconnects the waste water sewers at the various suites and city inspectors approve the work.
Vossler Plumbing bought the sewer permit Wednesday, but city inspectors on Friday only partially approved the "cut and plug" work at four of the six connections.
The sewer work and demolition are linked under the same project number, but the permits are technically issued separately. To unleash its wrecking crew, Weingarten must call the city for that final OK on the sewer work, and then pay for its demolition permit.
I Will Not Shop At The West Gray Barnes & Noble has 268 members now, and a couple of them have started discussion threads. Here's a picture I took of the site on my way home from work yesterday: