Commercial Development is Here: come discuss at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Mar 13, 7PM

The local economy is starting to pick up some steam, especially in our area.  With that comes stronger interest in development-> commercial development.  So far, we’ve been somewhat successful at addressing some of the development that has encroached the boundaries of Mandell Place, but for how much longer?  

It has become more important than ever for us to put this into perspective and to better understand what this all means, especially when it comes to protecting our property and it’s value.  This is not an issue of whether or not commercial interests will happen.  It’s already here.  The more cohesive we can be as a neighborhood will only do one thing: make us stronger and organized.  It will position us to address any unwanted attempts to modify our neighborhood in such a way that hurts the spirited intentions of why we all chose to  live  and invest our nest eggs here.

Come join us in discussing how we can protect our interests.

Say no to these potential new neighbors: midrise apartments, halfway houses,  parking garages, private for-profit schools—non-residential entities!

Come. Listen.  Be Heard. Unite.

July 9th Wine Social 4-6 pm and Deed Restriction Signing


Nanette Hartdegen and David Toy will host a Mandell Place Civic Association Wine Social Saturday July 9th from 4 to 6 pm at 1638 Harold Street.  Join your neighbors for wine and appetizers after wrapping up your Saturday errands.

Nanette is a notary and has volunteered at previous functions for deed restriction signings.   For those who need signatures notarized on the new deed restriction form, Nanette will be available at the social.  All owners of record for the property will need to be present with a drivers license.  See you all Saturday!

Deed Restriction Signing – Monday June 27 6:30-7:30p @ 1502 Kipling St.

Robert Carter has generously offered his notary services Monday evening from 6:30 to 7:30p.  We will have the new Mandell Place deed restriction additions available for review and documents on hand for your notarized signature.  Robert Carter, Greg Purser (MPCA President) and Anne Hawkins (MPCA Deed Restriction chair) will be at 1502 Kipling Street to collect signatures and discuss the additions to our existing deed restrictions.  If you have not had a chance to sign the new deed restrictions, please take advantage of this opportunity have your signature notarized in the neighborhood.

If more than one person appears as an owner in the Harris County Appraisal District records, both owners will need to sign the document.  

Link for the document in pdf format:  MPCA Deed Restrictions FINAL (5-2-2011)

Deed Restriction Signing – 5/21 – 9-10a






Drop by for some coffee, a donut and to sign the new deed restrictions.  A notary will be there for the signature collection, so don’t forget your driver’s license

This is a good chance to discuss the new deed restrictions if you have any questions or concerns.

Anne Hawkins – 713-206-0733

Greg Purser – 713-828-2638

Mandell Place Deed Restrictions Update


Mandell Place Civic Association is working with the neighborhood to add a new layer of  deed restrictions to enhance those originally drafted in 1923.  The major additions are a 37′ height restriction, 3′ side setback and additional language ensuring residential land use within our borders.   This new layer will in no way reduce the power, scope or impact of the original deed restrictions. 

Pictured above is a building under construction in the 1300 block of Kipling Street.  It is a towering three and a half story structure.  The city land use is classified as a ‘Religious Exempt’ building planned to house members of the Congregation of the Mission.  There are no provisions in our existing deed restrictions to prevent a similar building in Mandell Place.  New height restrictions and specific language for RESIDENTIAL land use will prevent this type of development. 

At a general meeting in April, residents expressed interest in language to allow ‘garage apartments’ not specifically over a detached garage, (eg. separate ground level guest cottage or apartment on the side of the garage).  Residents also requested a provision to ensure care givers and/or nannies would be allowed and not considered renters.

The civic association goal is to represent the desire of the members and protect the neighborhood.  We took your ideas to our attorney and made changes to the deed restrictions allowing garage apartments/guest quarters not specifically above a garage and an allowance for care givers and nannies. 

The FINAL DRAFT is available for review by clicking the link below:

Mandell Place Deed Restrictions 2011 (pdf)

Each resident will require a notarized signature.  Signature events, along with the opportunity to discuss the new deed restrictions with MPCA board members, will be announced throughout the year.