Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Friday, March 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel considers a maybe-historic home in Old West Austin

In a somewhat unusual turn of events, the Historic Landmark Commission did not seem convinced that a 1939 home in the Old West Austin Historic District is all that historic, but it is open to hearing more about the house,…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

1960s dairy homestead could be Austin’s next landmark

After some hesitation, the Historic Landmark Commission has begun the process of historic landmarking for a Cherrywood home that was once the site of the Schieffer Dairy. The house, which is located at 3901 Brookview Road, is a 1961 replacement…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

First Tobin House battle waged at landmark commission

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single home facing demolition with a website of its own means a fight is on the way. That was certainly the case at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City’s East Austin Historic Resources Survey fails first big test

In one of its first tests, the recently adopted East Austin Historic Resources Survey has failed the demolition-seeking owner of a well-known community activist’s home. Adriana Salazar, who is with owners A New Hope Real Estate Investments Inc., spoke in…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment considers a fee change

After more than a year of discussion and drafting, the Board of Adjustment continues to move forward with a request to change its fees. Board Member Bryan King read his proposal for a change to the fees charged for interpretation…

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Friday, February 24, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

ANC welcomes back the queen of the neighborhoods

After a brief moment of rest, it looks as though Mary Ingle will be heading up the Austin Neighborhoods Council once again. Last Thursday, City Council Member Ann Kitchen appointed then-ANC president David King to the Zoning and Platting Commission.…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pending demolition highlights need for preservation education

After about three months of discussion, a midcentury modern Rosedale home is officially destined for demolition. When the Historic Landmark Commission last took up the proposed demolition, it proved to be a flashpoint for ongoing intra-commission tension. This time around,…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Another house, another fight at the Historic Landmark Commission

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was transformed into an ideological battleground. This time, the battle was centered on what ultimately proved to be a fairly uncontroversial landmark designation in the North University neighborhood. The Brundrett-Winkler House, which was built…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fighting demolitions, Ebony Acres residents hope city will recognize their history

Spurred by a rash of proposed demolitions, several East Austin citizens are hoping to move forward with a historic district for their neighborhood later this month. Late last year, potential demolitions on Grant Street, E M Franklin Avenue and Pennsylvania…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA maintains high standard for high fence

Those wanting a taller fence in the city better have a good reason in hand when they come to the Board of Adjustment for a variance, as two northeast Austinites learned Monday. Josh Washman told the board that he and…

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Monday, January 9, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission says goodbye to would-be east side landmark

Days after City Council adopted the East Austin Historic Resources study in December, the Historic Landmark Commission sent an east side home recommended for historic designation on its way to be demolished. The city’s Historic Preservation Office supported historic zoning…

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Monday, January 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Troxclair has opinions

This year, District 8 City Council Member Ellen Troxclair welcomed her first child. She also saw her fair share of accomplishments (and frustrations) within City Hall in 2016. Troxclair counted “making some progress on the Homestead Exemption” among her accomplishments…

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Monday, January 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Pool looks at a good past year in the “last bastion”

City Council Member Leslie Pool is happy with her sophomore year. “We did some important, amazing stuff,” said Pool. “It’s really been a good two years.” Pool, who easily retained her District 7 seat this past November – winning nearly…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Houston eyes community engagement in 2017

Before taking a look back over the past year, City Council Member Ora Houston wanted to make one thing crystal clear. “I consider myself a public servant, not a politician,” she said. “So I don’t talk like, I don’t do…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Housing, public health priorities for Garza in new year

City Council Member Delia Garza describes Council’s past year as “productive.” Specifically, Garza is pleased to report that she has begun to tackle some of her priority issues in earnest (all while handily winning re-election to the District 2 seat…

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Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA backs city in ‘structural trellis’ case

A bid to change the way the city allows homes to be attached to each other fell short at the Board of Adjustment’s most recent meeting, despite widespread skepticism toward the central idea that an arbor is a “structural element.”…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Midcentury modern demolition brings dysfunction to the fore at Historic Landmark Commission

Ideological tension at the Historic Landmark Commission bubbled to the surface Monday over the proposed demolition of a midcentury modern home built in the 1950s. Commissioners were evenly split on whether to release the demolition permit for the home at…

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Monday, December 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Kerfuffles big and small

Behold the future… Rejoice, for this Tuesday will at last bring to a close 2016’s relentlessly sadistic cycle of political campaigning. Despair, however, for the events leading up to it may also presage a ghoulish spectacle of local tactics to…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Legislature makes tax caps a priority, cities respond

Well-worn battle lines between the city and state were retraced Tuesday, as the Texas Legislature made it clear that it would be making property tax caps a priority this session. The response from area cities was just as clear. Sen.…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic zoning debate reaches new heights at BoA

Are brand-new houses just as eligible for historic zoning as older homes? The answer may not surprise you: No, they are not. The fact that this question was the subject of a half-hour discussion at the Board of Adjustment, however,…

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