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Preservation

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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Monday, February 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission plays Historic Landmark Commission in demolition appeal case

In the first case of its kind, the Planning Commission, acting in place of the Historic Landmark Commission, denied an appeal of demolition permits released in July. Property owner D & L Rent Properties LP originally filed for demolition of…

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Friday, February 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two adjacent East Austin streets, two tales of development

Danny Fowler stands in the middle of his driveway holding a vase full of red flowers. He is taking them to his neighbor, who lives just across the street, over the crest of the steep hill that cuts this East…

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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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Monday, January 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council kicks off process to reform Historic Landmark Commission

City Council on Thursday voted to initiate a code amendment that could make it easier for the Historic Landmark Commission to overrule the wishes of property owners. Mayor Steve Adler overcame his own skepticism to vote for the measure, which…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

For historic grants program, use-it-or-lose-it process leaves dollars unspent

Historic sites around Austin could be on the receiving end of money from the city’s fast-growing Hotel Occupancy Tax if the advisory body formed to examine how the tax revenue is allocated recommends that City Council relax the application process.…

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