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Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

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 be…

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 the…

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 Commission…

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 Jimmy…

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? Since…

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 of…

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.Commissioners…

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 favor…

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 cases…

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. He…

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, commissioners…

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 in…

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 Avenue…

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 his…

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 for…

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 for…

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