Tag Archives: historic preservation

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

At Lee Elementary, the sign remains the same

Last week, the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees took the bold step of changing the name of Lee Elementary School to Lee Elementary School. However, if a group pushing for preservation of the school’s original sign has its…

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by KUT News

Austin’s development battle goes underground

Rapid development is just about everywhere in Austin, and some of that development has brought up issues such as questions about environmental impact and concerns over increased traffic. But one developer has a fight on its hands that’s not about…

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Preservation Austin

Representatives from Preservation Austin join Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to offer their take on historic zoning in the City of Austin. Sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below.

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

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…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel shoots down tax abatement, for now

The former home of one of Austin’s most famous African-American baseball players may soon be restored, but that restoration will take place without the benefit of a city tax abatement this year.Historic Landmark commissioners voted 7-2 to deny the tax…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Why would two homes cross the street? Preservation.

Though there were some initial reservations about the plan, Historic Landmark commissioners unanimously approved the relocation of two downtown homes at their last meeting.Commissioners approved the release of relocation permits for 606 and 608 E. Third St. on the condition…

Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel pushes for preservation, despite house deficiencies

Despite concerns that the physical structure lacks historic integrity, the Historic Landmark Commission has voted to move forward with historic zoning for the home of one of East Austin’s most prominent African-Americans.Commissioners voted 6-4 to initiate historic zoning on the…

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Steck House compatibility will stay waived

The question of whether the city correctly interpreted city code may have divided Board of Adjustment members at their last meeting, but the panel seemed much more united on the topic of the code language, which will allow new construction…

Monday, February 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Corrected: Homes could thwart convention center project

On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission heard a proposal that could move three of downtown Austin’s oldest homes to make way for development surrounding its largest hotel.Doug Manchester from the Manchester Texas Financial Group presented his plan to move two,…

Friday, February 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts’ historic zoning back in play

It was far from clear what had happened after a flurry of amendments and votes. But when the dust settled, the question of historic zoning for Rosewood Courts remained open.City Council voted 8-0-3 to initiate historic zoning on Rosewood Courts,…

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Rosewood Courts preservation fight finds new life

Anyone who thought the bid to save Austin’s Rosewood Courts was over just lost a bet.This Thursday, City Council will consider initiating historic zoning on the East Austin housing project. Council Member Ora Houston has sponsored a resolution supporting both…

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Crestview home finds new life in Del Valle

When the demolition of 1208 Stobaugh St. came before the Historic Landmark Commission in November, it seemed to strike a nerve with Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky, who – faced with an agenda full of demolitions – urged the city…

Monday, February 15, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Drive crashes

All4Nothing… South Austin, for better or worse, has long been considered the bastion of Austin of Yore. From hippies to low-slung bungalows to grimy music clubs, South River City keeps it weird. One hallmark of local heritage to which it…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council supports “Muny” golf course preservation

When the average American thinks of activities that promote diversity, golf is probably not the first one that comes to mind.But on Thursday, City Council unanimously endorsed a resolution that seeks to recognize the Lions Municipal Golf Course as a…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Steck House at center of project, now BoA case

The city’s Board of Adjustment is taking a little more time to consider whether a North University site plan was approved in error.Appellant Leon Barish has asked the board to weigh in on how staff applied the compatibility setback for…

Friday, December 18, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Development controversy looms at Palm School

Travis County Commissioners Court is setting the stage in downtown Austin for another high-profile thumb-wrestling match between the pro-development community and historical preservationists.As part of the emerging public discussion over the county’s ownership of the Palm School site at East…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is gentrification a human rights issue in Austin?

Over the past few months, the city’s Human Rights Commission has been taking a hard look at preservation and gentrification. Though such issues might seem outside the commission’s purview, onetime City Council candidate Fred McGhee has a different opinion.McGhee’s complaints…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We do declare

Preservation fight perseveres… Delivering complications once again, the ongoing struggle to create a local historic district in the Bluebonnet Hills section of Travis Heights has experienced another unique twist. This past week, opponents delivered to the city a second valid…

Monday, October 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Bluebonnet Hills clears another city hurdle

The Bluebonnet Hills local historic district is just one vote shy of creation, but its future remains uncertain after a late-night discussion at City Council.As of Wednesday night, 52.12 percent of the property owners within the district supported its creation,…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Palm School fate uncertain

The fate of a historic building at the southeastern gateway of downtown Austin is up in the air as Travis County continues a gradual reshuffling of its valuable real estate portfolio.The commissioners court will soon vote to start making early…

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