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New plan fails to impress in the wake of unapproved East Austin demolition

Almost two years later, one East Austin homeowner is back at the Board of Adjustment asking for a variance redo, with a promise to reconstruct the demolished home it had promised to preserve. At this point, owner 2100 E. 14…

County PID project hits yet another snag

City Council Member Ora Houston urged the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday to tap the brakes on a proposed massive project in far East Austin. Houston personally visited the court’s regular weekly voting session to tell the commissioners that…

East Seventh bar plan goes south at BoA

It appears that the dream of another east side bar may be over, after Board of Adjustment members definitively shot down a request at their last meeting for reduced parking. Currently, the building at 1309 E. Seventh St. has room…

Small demo points to a "big issue" in East Austin

Though the Historic Landmark Commission finally had a chance to weigh in on a neighborhood demolition, that demolition will still be moving forward after members of the commission ruled that an East Austin home was not a good candidate for…

Demolition avoided on Cesar Chavez

In a rare turnaround, a small East Austin home that has been a longtime rental in the neighborhood is now headed for preservation instead of demolition. Initially, the owners of 2205 East Cesar Chavez St. were seeking a demolition permit…

Council backs ordinance to expand, improve Rebekah Baines Johnson Center

What would LBJ do? That was the question invoked repeatedly by both supporters and opponents of a code amendment aimed at facilitating the rehabilitation of the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, the retirement community at 21 Waller St. created by federally…

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"Grandiose" East Austin remodel stalls at BoA

Fast-paced change in Central East Austin has helped contribute a boon of cases to the city’s planning commissions, where it has become clear that prosperity has been a mixed bag. At their most recent meeting, Board of Adjustment members took…

"Friendless" house to be demolished

Though historic zoning was initiated for the 1911 home on San Bernard Street, a depleted Historic Landmark Commission did not show enough support to move historic landmark status forward for the “house with no friends” last week. Because the homeowner…

East Austin zoning mess fix moves forward, for now

A fix for a mistake made two years ago is headed to City Council, and nine east side properties once owned by the city hang in the balance, as does a deal struck for affordable housing as a condition of…

House, not history, derails preservation bid

In order for a building to qualify for historic landmark status in Austin, it must meet two or more of the local historic designation criteria. That process can be complicated, but there are also issues that even a layman can…

“House with no friends” wins over commission

Only one neighborhood representative spoke against the demolition. But the home at 1175 San Bernard St. found enough allies on the Historic Landmark Commission to ensure it will stay standing for another month. Commissioners voted to initiate historic zoning on…

East Austin demo spurs talk of moratoriums and trust

There has been a lot of talk recently about a moratorium on demolitions in East Austin. On Monday, that talk surfaced once again, this time around a proposed demolition that will be put on hold for the time being while…

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