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Abandoned Apartments To Become New Greenspace

We said goodbye to the abandoned Oakbrook Apartments and cleared the way for new greenspace along White Oak Bayou Greenway!


On Saturday, July 23, Houston Parks Board celebrated the demolition of an abandoned apartment complex along White Oak Bayou Greenway with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Brenda Stardig, District A, and Director Joe Turner of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. After demolition is complete, the lot at 5353 DeSoto Street will be transformed into open, public greenspace with access to the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail! This will be a great amenity for the many families that live in the surrounding complexes and for those walking, running or biking along the trail. Be sure to check out our Facebook post with more pictures from the event.

The long-abandoned complex has been a hotbed for crime and an eyesore for nearby residents and for those who hike and bike along the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail. Houston Parks Board contributed $400,000 to acquire the property; the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, District A Council Member Stardig and COH Housing and Community Development Department also contributed additional funds for acquisition and demolition.

This is a great example of what can be achieved when we partner with the City of Houston. We extend our sincerest thanks to all city departments who came together to make this happen, including the Houston Police Department, as well as the five At-Large Council Members who celebrated with us: Mike Knox, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Amanda Edwards and Jack Christie.