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Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Don’t say that

Yeah, OK, on the record, then… During the May 9 meeting of the Community Development Commission, commissioners took up the issue of developing Levander Loop with affordable housing. After a bit of misunderstanding, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Assistant Director…

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

St. Johns ‘project of change’ gets needed break

After months of compromise, the Board of Adjustment has opted to let a St. Johns work/live project live, despite lingering concerns from neighbors about entering into a new era of transportation-oriented development. In order to build a two-story, five-unit multifamily…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tarrytown home officially a ‘tear-down’ now

Austin will say goodbye to another Fehr and Granger home after a short-handed Historic Landmark Commission failed to move forward with a recommendation for historic zoning at its most recent meeting. Unlike most cases where the Historic Preservation Office weighs…

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission facing limited options, West Line demolition postponed

The Historic Landmark Commission once again exercised one of the few options it has and postponed a demolition in the West Line Historic District at its most recent meeting. Commissioner Kevin Koch pointed out that the commission’s options were “quite limited”…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Push to landmark 1960s dairy homestead gets new life, and death, at City Hall

For a second time, the Historic Landmark Commission has denied historic zoning for a home that was once the site of the Schieffer Dairy. Though the house at 3901 Brookview Road is now headed for demolition, it has spurred the…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Bouldin demolition raises odd questions, provides no answers at Historic Landmark Commission

There was a great deal of confusion on the dais at the Historic Landmark Commission meeting Monday night following a plea from a homeowner opposed to the proposed demolition of her own home. “I really don’t understand how it works.…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic Landmark Commission reforms hit a bump

Despite an agreement across sides that the current process is “Kafkaesque,” the Planning Commission did not vote to support an amendment that would change the number of Historic Landmark commissioners it takes to recommend historic zoning over the objections of…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Austin Triplex bid stalls at BoA

Time and money did not prove to be a sufficient hardship at the Board of Adjustment, where an Old West Austin homeowner hoping to build a triplex on a multifamily lot learned the price of 600 feet this week. William…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Introducing CodeNEXT HUB

For years, we’ve done our best to make CodeNEXT easier for Austinites to understand. And now we have a lot of help. Keeping track of what’s going on with the city’s Land Development Code rewrite is a daunting task, to…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mixed vibes surround Bouldin carport variance

It takes more than heat and birds to justify a carport in this town. Heat and birds are just a part of life in Austin, Texas. That was the lesson at the Board of Adjustment for Aaron McGarry, who owns…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Line home plans unsettle landmark commission

Despite some strong indications that it might be fruitless, Historic Landmark commissioners voted May 22 to postpone a recommendation for a new Old West Austin home in the hopes that something different might be built. Last year, the Historic Landmark…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: The Red River Cultural District.

Music Commission Chair Gavin Garcia and Stubb’s general manager Ryan Garrett join Austin Monitor reporter Chad Swiatecki for a chat about the state of the Red River Cultural District. Join us for a conversation that tackles everything from the recent…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Reporters’ Roundtable

This week, Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin is joined by editor-in-chief Elizabeth Pagano, copy editor Nina Hernandez and the Austin Chronicle’s Michael King to gossip about City Council, homestead exemptions and other things going on at City Hall. Audio of…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is Austin’s ‘economic segregation’ here to stay?

“Today you are going to find out that we are really not quite as good as we claim to be.” On that ominous note, Austin Board of Realtors CEO Paul Hilgers opened Tuesday’s luncheon hosted by the Real Estate Council…

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin’s new historic district: Aldridge Place

It’s been a long time coming, but City Council approved the Aldridge Place Local Historic District last week, making it the fourth such district in the city. Council members approved the district in a vote of 8-3 with Council members…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

No historic zoning for Tobin House without demolition threat

Despite agreement from city staff and concerned neighbors that the house would make a fine landmark, the Historic Landmark Commission opted to drop its pursuit of historic zoning for Old Austin’s Tobin House at its most recent meeting. The reason?…

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,…

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…

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.…

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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