Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commission divided on whether home of architecture icon should be a landmark

The Planning Commission declined to recommend historic zoning for a 70-year-old home in Old West Austin due to recent changes the property owner made to the house. The case demonstrated the tenuous standards that shape the city’s efforts to preserve…

Friday, January 25, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Despite higher valuation, Montopolis School property appears headed to court

The city’s purchase offer via eminent domain for the Montopolis Negro School property appears to be headed to court.On Tuesday a three-member Special Commissioners Hearing agreed on a value of $464,000 for the schoolhouse portion of the Southeast Austin property…

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Old home in new historic district is approved for demolition

All things have their moment in the sun, and for an East Austin home at 4200 Wildwood Road, that moment seems to have come and gone. Today, the home is merely a cracked contribution to the Wilshire Woods National Register…

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission argues over definition of ‘significant’ for historic zoning

Anyone would agree that the Pease Mansion in the Old Enfield Neighborhood is a historic landmark. But what about all the other surrounding properties that inevitably pale in comparison?For the Tudor Revival-style house at 1602 Pease Road, city staff seemed…

Monday, January 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

New construction is approved for historical lot in South Austin

Putting new construction on a historically zoned lot with an emblematic structure is not an everyday occurrence in Austin, so when it happens, it should be no surprise that it involves months of negotiation.After several months of back-and-forth with the…

Monday, November 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission postpones case for not following the process

For over a year, the Historic Landmark Commission has been going back and forth over the plans for the back lot of the Stanley Homestead at 1809 Newton St.“What we’re seeking is the Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction…

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