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…

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Dissatisfied with lack of compromise, Historic Landmark Commission stalls

After its fourth public hearing, the Clarksville storybook house remains a point of contention between owner, commission and the Clarksville Community Development Corporation.Priscilla Glover, the owner of 1002 Charlotte St., told the commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting, “I have…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

Property owners who forfeit landmark status will have to pay more

Owning a property that has been designated a historic landmark has its benefits and its drawbacks.The city of Austin, Travis County and the Austin Independent School District all offer hefty property tax exemptions for landmark properties – with the expectation…

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