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Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Could a new historic district save this home?

There’s another push to create a local historic district in Travis Heights. The fate of 501 E. Mary St. became entwined with the proposed district at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, where the home’s demolition was…

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan for Old Negro Women’s Home gets OK

After striking out once, a new plan to save a piece of East Austin’s history won the support of Historic Landmark Commissioners at their most recent meeting.In July, commissioners recommended historic zoning for the Old Negro Women’s Home (also known…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hyde Park loses another historic home

At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark Commissioners were dismayed to find a Hyde Park project that they had approved had taken a turn for the extreme.“This a virtual demolition,” declared Commissioner Terri Myers.The house at 4207 Ave. H was…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA denies digital billboard end run

Another attempt to legalize digital billboards in Austin was shot down last week. This time, the Board of Adjustment was the arena for a battle that has been going on in Austin for years.Under current city regulations, billboards are not…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic naming procedures enshrined

Following up on a request from one historic home owner, the Historic Landmark Commission has filled a gap in their rules and officially established naming conventions for historic buildings.Up until this point, according to Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky, historic…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hyde Park variance no-show flops at BoA

Though there are no guarantees for getting a variance at the Board of Adjustment, a recent Hyde Park case proved one thing for sure: You might want to show up.David Rudick, the owner of 4008 Ave. C, was not present…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission considers a house by other name

Much like Tara and Wuthering Heights, historic homes in Austin have names of their own. But a recent bid for immortality on Judges Hill at the Historic Landmark Commission revealed the naming process might stand to have a few established…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Misgivings clear the way for an East Austin ADU

Doubts about CodeNEXT and a belief in the capricious nature of city staff added up to a win for the future of an East Austin accessory dwelling unit at the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment.Jim Wittliff spoke…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council issues stern warning to ZACH Theatre

Is management at ZACH Theatre interfering with employee efforts to unionize? The answer could cost them $272,500 from the city.The money in question is part of the city’s annual cultural arts contracts. Though more than $8.4 million in contracts passed…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: Bonds with AISD

This week, Kevin Schwartz, who is Austin Independent School District’s technology officer for learning and systems, sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Joseph Caterine to talk about the upcoming bond election. To hear all about why there is a bond…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA backs staff on Lake Austin wall

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Adjustment ruled against a Lake Austin homeowner hoping to overturn a staff decision and retain their wall. Though board members expressed sympathy for a frustrating experience with the city and heard testimony…

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Botched demo agitates Preservation Office

A pile of rubble on the east side could spark changes in how the city handles demolitions.At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky presented “unfortunate news” about the demolition of 1401 East…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casar issues call for citywide paid sick days

This Labor Day, a group of community advocates and leaders gathered to celebrate the holiday with a push for more progressive employment legislation in Austin. The group, led by Council Member Greg Casar, issued a call for City Council to…

Friday, August 25, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Carport door raises big issues in Zilker

A recent case at the Board of Adjustment will allow one Zilker resident to finally close the door of their carport. But the case has also opened the door on neighborhood association politics and what happens when a complex Land…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Memo identifies preliminary locations for temporary homeless shelters

As part of a recent push to help Austin’s homeless, the city has been looking into using city-owned buildings to help ease overcrowding in downtown shelters. Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department provided a list of recreation centers that…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Budget: Austin weighs in

For the past month or so, City Council has been working through the details of this year’s proposed budget. At their most recent meeting, Council members heard from Austinites in a 2 1/2-hour public hearing that focused on the shape…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission endorses east side plan to replace auto salvage yard with mixed-use project

Continuing tension over gentrification, density and a lack of adequate planning for growth on the city’s east side converged on an unlikely fight to preserve an East Austin junkyard at the most recent meeting of the Planning Commission.In the end,…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Penick Place historic bid goes ‘a bridge too far’

Will Penick Place be Austin’s next local historic district? It’s possible, but a rough start at the Historic Landmark Commission means that neighbors hoping to enshrine their neighborhood will have to rethink their priorities, and most likely scrap a dogged…

Friday, August 4, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Demolition ahead for Pressler Street bungalow

The West Line Historic District will be losing a Pressler Street bungalow to demolition. A bid for historic preservation against the wishes of the owner fell flat at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.Commissioners voted 8-0 to…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Plan to move Old Negro Women’s Home out of town stalls at City Hall

Despite palpable compassion for its owner, the Historic Landmark Commission threw its full weight behind keeping the building that was once the Old Negro Women’s Home in East Austin at its last meeting.Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of individual historic…

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