Fate Of Community Garden In Montrose May Be Determined By The City Of Houston

By | February 18, 2015
Credit: Greenleaf Gardens via Facebook
Credit: Greenleaf Gardens via Facebook

The Houston Chronicle reports that property at 803 Kipling hosting Greenleaf Gardens is up for sale. However, it will very likely remain a garden-focused green space if the seller’s desires come to harvest. Property owner William Winkler purchased the 8,400-square-foot plot close to three years ago after a fire destroyed the house previously occupying the land. Winkler transformed it into a community garden by “clearing the lot, building the beds and amending the soil,” before offering plots to others for rent.

Fast forward a few years where “mounting costs” led Winkler to “seek a financial breather,” eventually listing the property at $630,000.  According to Winkler, the City of Houston has since sent a letter of intent to purchase the lot. In a statement to current garden tenants, Winkler says the city “would like to keep the lot open green space and turn it into a neighborhood park, hopefully with an emphasis on organic gardening.”

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.