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Title Montrose Voice, No. 331, February 27, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 27, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript FEBRUARY 27, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 17 Activity Center Seeking Proposals for Building By Sheri Cohen Darbonne Montrose Voice Members of the board of Montrose Activity Center are considering leasing a building for use as a community center, and have submitted a request for proposals to several leasing agents and building owners in the area, board member Dwayne Wells announced at a public meeting Monday, Feb. 23. Arson Suspects May Be Linked to Other Blazes Two suspects are presently being held in Harris County Jail in recent arson cases involving vacant buildings in the 200 block of Westheimer. Both are being questioned about other Montrose fires, investigators reported. In the most recent fire, William James Johnson, described by arson investigators as a neighborhood vagrant, was arrested Monday, Feb. 23 shortly after he allegedly started the blaze at 127 Westheimer. Johnson is believed to be involved in other arsons, Investigator David Fuller said. Fuller said Johnson, 26, had been picked up for questioning in connection with past arson cases and has been seen at the scene of several Montrose fires. Houston Fire Department is investigating six arsons "right in a row" involving abandoned buildings on lower Westheimer, he said. The majority of these fires are believed to have been set by transients, Puller said. Neighbors and witnesses indicated Monday's fire was the result of a "territorial dispute" among vagrants in the area, he added. Meanwhile, arson investigators are still trying to determine if a man suspected of starting a recent fire that destroyed a house 203 Westheimer is also responsible for any other fires. Butch I_ewis ofthe HFD central arson division said 28-year- old Robert Eubanks, who used the alias Roger Nance, confessed to setting other lower Westheimer fires, but investigators aren't sure how reliable his information is or whvrh fires, if any, he may be connected with. "We're trying to backtrack on everything he's told us," Lewis said. Eubanks allegedly told investigators CA. Russo and Buddy Cox, who interviewed him Sunday, Feb. 15, after Eubanks called HFD to confess to the Feb. 9 arson, that he had set several other fires in the area. The Montrose Voice If s The Place to Advertise Call 529-8490 and You will be in Next Week's Newspaper of Montrose Wells said the board decided to pursue the option of leasing after concluding it might not be possible to raise the money needed for a down payment on the outright purchase of a building under current economic conditions. MAC had previously announced a preferred plan to buy a facility. Wells noted that conditions are presently favorable for renters, and that the board will be especially seeking lease proposals carrying an option to purchase in the future. "Purchasing is still our long-term goal," he said. The request specifies lease space of 10,600 square feet net usable area, with a desired expansion option of 3000 additional square feet. It also asks that the lessor bear the cost of building the space out to fit the needs of non-profit organizations subletting space, as well as providing utilities and janitorial service. Because two key Montrose non-profit groups, the Montrose Clinic and Montrose Counseling Center, have agreed to move into the center, providing their conditions are met, specific modifications tailored to their needs are included in the proposal, Wells said. A clause is included in the request allowing for evaluation of individual provisions that cannot be met by a potential landlord. "This is our ideal, but we're not limiting ourselves to anything," Wells explained. Proposals will be received until March 20. Wells said the board expects 6-10 "bona fide" proposals. An earlier projection of the center providing rental space to local organizations for as little as 50 cents per square foot may now be "unrealistic," Wells said. Geb Branda suggested that allowing lessees to absorb the cost of building out their own spaces would help to keep the rental costs down. But Wells said he felt leaving that responsibility with the individual organizations was not in keeping with the original concept of providing a center for community use. In addition to the clinic and counseling center, 28 organizations have expressed an interest in the center, although none of them has made a commitment to move in, Wells pointed out. The request for lease proposals provides for a 90-day period for the board to determine its response. Wells said the time will be used to seek community approval and obtain a firm commitment from groups planning to move their offices. A discussion of potential names for the facility drew some debate after Wells noted one ofthe potential tenants had included a clause in its list of condi- tions that the center's name not include wording that would deter non-gays from using its services. The condition was requested by the Montrose Clinic because of its high volume of non-gay clients, Wells said. The clinic and Montrose Counseling Center, described by Wells as the center's "core," will be the facility's largest initial renters. But Jack Valinski expressed frustration at what he called a "trend" toward avoiding the words "gay" and "lesbian" in group names and community publicity. "We don't need a center to expand closets," Valinski said. 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