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Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Temporary art project for Schneider Store building met with tepid enthusiasm

The J.P. Schneider Store building is the new target of an art installation called Inside Out/Vote intended to encourage voter participation and registration through reimagining civic engagement and unleashing the voice of America’s youth through art.Brought to the Sept. 24…

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

A storybook-inspired home is not a fairy-tale ending for Clarksville neighbors

Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes a desire for architectural continuity within a neighborhood trumps the desires of a homeowner.At 1002 Charlotte St. in the Clarksville neighborhood, there is a small one-story home built in…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Smoot Terrace Park Historic District

Council gave final approval Thursday to creation of the Smoot Terrace Park Historic District just west of downtown, after neighbors decided to eliminate three properties owned by people who signed a valid petition opposing the historic district.That meant Council could…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners dive into St. Edward’s records

There are many reasons that a building can be historic. One of them is if a structure is a part of a historic district where an architect has produced a significant body of work that embodies a period style and…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners request authentic reconstruction for Lamar Bridge

Sometimes, accidents happen.In an emergency addition to the Historic Landmark Commission agenda on July 23, commissioners heard the case of the Lamar Boulevard Bridge over Shoal Creek.Last month a vehicular collision damaged the bridge, which lies between 12th Street and…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Three Congress storefronts will soon be dismantled

For over a decade, three properties at 907, 909 and 911 Congress Ave. have stood vacant as they awaited a plan to restore their original facades. In September of 2006, two of the properties were approved for dismantling, but now…

Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

West Campus home pushes for relocation to pay property taxes

As time passes, things change, and like all things in Austin, neighborhoods are feeling the effects of the city’s evolution. Once an area with stately homes, West Campus has become the de facto residence for students who share their neighborhood…

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council seeks more historic preservation funds

Several City Council members agree with their colleague Leslie Pool, who says the city’s Historic Preservation Office is “desperately understaffed” and badly in need of more funding in order to make sure that Austin can keep many of its historic…

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

Will Smoot Terrace Park be a local historic district?

Old West Austin could be home to another local historic district, if a proposal for Smoot Terrace Park is approved by City Council. The district is located between West Sixth and Ninth streets, covering 17.5 acres of land along Highland…

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

After years of delays and protest, West Lynn demolition moves forward

It took a long time to get there, and there was a lot of angst in the process, but, in the end, the demolition of 611 West Lynn St. was approved without much fanfare at all.“This is a case that…

Monday, April 16, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mary Street historic district sails to Council

Travis Heights is one step closer to getting its first local historic district after a trip to the Planning Commission last week.The Mary Street historic district is a modest bid for a historic district that would cover just 2.5 acres…

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission drills down on CodeNEXT

As the final draft of CodeNEXT inches ever closer to City Council, city commissions are compiling their recommendations in preparation. This week, the Historic Landmark Commission took a look at the third draft of the Land Development Code rewrite at…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Eastside demo moves quietly forward

East Austin is losing another home to demolition. The demolition moved forward without a fight at the Historic Landmark Commission, where Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky noted he had put the item on the agenda because “I didn’t want to…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Five new demolition permits released for Old West Austin homes

A modified plan for five homes in the West Line Historic District moved forward at the Historic Landmark Commission on Monday night, but it required a leap of faith on the part of commissioners.Originally, five demolitions were part of a single…

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is a historic district on the way for Travis Heights?

If at first, second or third you don’t succeed, try something smaller. That might prove the key to a Travis Heights historic district.A local historic district has long been in the works for the South Central Austin neighborhood. For more…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Which side?

More news from the Amazon (bid)… Austin has landed on the bad side of an LGBT rights group’s effort to influence online retail giant Amazon’s decision on where to build its next headquarters. The “No Gay? No Way!” campaign issued a…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed demolitions rattle Old West Austin

At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, neighbors showed up in force to protest the prospect of demolishing a swath of homes in the heart of Old West Austin.The five demolitions are all part of a single…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission pushes for full preservation of Rosewood Courts

This year, a plan to preserve and redevelop Rosewood Courts will be making its way through City Hall. After more than two years of work, advocates for the plan hope that they have struck a compromise between modernizing the property…

Monday, December 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic commission rejects CodeNEXT draft

“CodeNEXT continues to enable the demolition and replacement of existing housing stock with new construction. Consequently, the Commission cannot recommend the adoption of CodeNEXT as written.”That’s the consensus of the Historic Landmark Commission, according to a resolution about the second…

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Could a new historic district save this home?

There’s another push to create a local historic district in Travis Heights. The fate of 501 E. Mary St. became entwined with the proposed district at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, where the home’s demolition was…

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