Tag Archives: Historic Landmark Commission

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…

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan for Old Negro Women’s Home gets OK

After striking out once, a new plan to save a piece of East Austin’s history won the support of Historic Landmark Commissioners at their most recent meeting.In July, commissioners recommended historic zoning for the Old Negro Women’s Home (also known…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Free the trees

What it all boils down to… Will Congress Avenue be getting a new pocket park? Members of the Historic Landmark Commission hope not. The pocket park in question would be established in the right of way at 823 Congress Ave.,…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hyde Park loses another historic home

At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark Commissioners were dismayed to find a Hyde Park project that they had approved had taken a turn for the extreme.“This a virtual demolition,” declared Commissioner Terri Myers.The house at 4207 Ave. H was…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic naming procedures enshrined

Following up on a request from one historic home owner, the Historic Landmark Commission has filled a gap in their rules and officially established naming conventions for historic buildings.Up until this point, according to Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky, historic…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Vows, complaints and questions

Not half bad… The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors has been challenged to walk its talk. At last Tuesday’s work session, activist Zenobia Joseph took aim at the agency’s proposed bus network redesign and the claims that it…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin loosens rules for designating buildings historic

It may be easier for properties in Austin to be zoned historic now.Until a few weeks ago, if a property owner filed written opposition to the designation, the city’s Historic Landmark Commission needed a two-thirds vote to override those wishes…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission considers a house by other name

Much like Tara and Wuthering Heights, historic homes in Austin have names of their own. But a recent bid for immortality on Judges Hill at the Historic Landmark Commission revealed the naming process might stand to have a few established…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Animal protection

Pine Forest still driving up Bastrop’s legal bills… During the past year, the city of Bastrop has paid an additional $106,308 to the lawyer representing the city and Bastrop County in their continuing legal battle with the Pine Forest Investment…

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Botched demo agitates Preservation Office

A pile of rubble on the east side could spark changes in how the city handles demolitions.At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky presented “unfortunate news” about the demolition of 1401 East…

Friday, August 4, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Demolition ahead for Pressler Street bungalow

The West Line Historic District will be losing a Pressler Street bungalow to demolition. A bid for historic preservation against the wishes of the owner fell flat at the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission.Commissioners voted 8-0 to…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Plan to move Old Negro Women’s Home out of town stalls at City Hall

Despite palpable compassion for its owner, the Historic Landmark Commission threw its full weight behind keeping the building that was once the Old Negro Women’s Home in East Austin at its last meeting.Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of individual historic…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tarrytown home officially a ‘tear-down’ now

Austin will say goodbye to another Fehr and Granger home after a short-handed Historic Landmark Commission failed to move forward with a recommendation for historic zoning at its most recent meeting.Unlike most cases where the Historic Preservation Office weighs in…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Recent study reveals benefits of Austin’s historic neighborhoods

Longtime Austin residents and historic preservation advocates have new data to back up their defense of neighborhood character thanks to a report that has made its way into local CodeNEXT discussions.Last week, Council Member Leslie Pool shared a link to…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Good vibes

Worth getting up for… Sometimes in the course of covering events for the Austin Monitor there are moments when it seems like things are going to go off the rails. It happens pretty frequently during the public comment portion of…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Bouldin demolition raises odd questions, provides no answers at Historic Landmark Commission

There was a great deal of confusion on the dais at the Historic Landmark Commission meeting Monday night following a plea from a homeowner opposed to the proposed demolition of her own home.“I really don’t understand how it works. I’m…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic Landmark Commission reforms hit a bump

Despite an agreement across sides that the current process is “Kafkaesque,” the Planning Commission did not vote to support an amendment that would change the number of Historic Landmark commissioners it takes to recommend historic zoning over the objections of…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Line home plans unsettle landmark commission

Despite some strong indications that it might be fruitless, Historic Landmark commissioners voted May 22 to postpone a recommendation for a new Old West Austin home in the hopes that something different might be built.Last year, the Historic Landmark Commission…

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council upholds demolition of two West Campus properties

After waiting nearly 400 days, a property owner in the West Campus neighborhood will be able to demolish two buildings that have been held up by neighbors seeking to get them classified as historic landmarks.City Council voted narrowly Thursday to…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council outlaws vaping, postpones demolition case

At its abbreviated meeting on Thursday, City Council directed the city manager to make changes to the city’s smoking ordinance to clarify that “smoking” includes electronic smoking devices as well as regular cigarettes, so that vaping will no longer be…

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