City does not owe Antonini

Ending an 18-year saga, a Harris County civil court jury has ruled that Houston does not owe a California absentee landlord $120,000.

The Nov. 18 verdict in Harris County Court at Law No. 4 involved a former apartment complex at 8525 Pitner Road, which the city demolished in late 1992 at public expense.

Owned by L.A. Investments Inc. — one of various companies controlled by Alfred J. Antonini – the 250-unit complex had sat vacant for three years.

The property is the site of proposed baseball fields, where Spring Spirit Baseball broke ground last month on its Youth Community Center and Education Complex.

The nonprofit organization is partnering with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs and other local organizations to build the facilities at Pitner and Roma Roads.

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