Tag Archives: Old West Austin

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…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Austin Triplex bid stalls at BoA

Time and money did not prove to be a sufficient hardship at the Board of Adjustment, where an Old West Austin homeowner hoping to build a triplex on a multifamily lot learned the price of 600 feet this week.William Schaub…

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, March 17, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel considers a maybe-historic home in Old West Austin

In a somewhat unusual turn of events, the Historic Landmark Commission did not seem convinced that a 1939 home in the Old West Austin Historic District is all that historic, but it is open to hearing more about the house,…

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council sacrifices Old West Austin building for park improvements

A fourplex in Old West Austin is likely to be demolished despite a push by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo to save it in the name of historic preservation.A resolution put forward by Tovo to initiate historic zoning on the…

Friday, November 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council debates building demolition in Old West Austin

City Council delayed a decision on a contentious historic preservation case Thursday after a property owner promised that he would not seek a permit to tear down the structure in the next week.Zach Armstrong, who is seeking to demolish a…

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Line bungalow to be demolished

After almost half-a-dozen trips to the Historic Landmark Commission, an Old West Austin house is officially beyond repair. The 1915 bungalow, which is located at 812 Theresa Ave., was known as the Anderson-Wattinger-Sucke-Naishtat House at the most recent meeting of…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Something ventured, ‘nothing’ gained at historic commission

At their most recent meeting, Historic Landmark commissioners “accomplished nothing” for a 1932 fourplex known as the Palma Plaza Apartment House.With only seven members present, commissioners were unable to garner an effective number of votes to move forward with historic…

Monday, October 17, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Jenny Lind Porter home to be demolished

It took several months of deliberation, but in the end members of the Historic Landmark Commission voted unanimously to allow the demolition of Texas poet laureate Jenny Lind Porter’s home.The 1928 home at 1715 Summit View Place is a contributing…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Line historic zoning battle extended once again

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, a lack of consensus over a West Line home kicked off the historic zoning process at the Historic Landmark Commission’s most recent meeting.The owner of a 1915 bungalow at 812 Theresa Ave. is…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

‘Battle of the historic restoration titans’ continues at Landmark Commission

There are plenty of heavy hitters on either side of the debate surrounding a proposed demolition of a contributing structure in the West Line National Register Historic District. What the debate lacks is a resolution, after the Historic Landmark Commission…

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Jenny Lind Porter home wins stay of demolition

The house once owned by Texas poet laureate Jenny Lind Porter will be around for another two months, but after that its fate is anyone’s guess.On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission once again considered the request for a demolition permit…

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Poet’s Old West Austin mansion faces demolition

The future of Jenny Lind Porter’s Old Enfield home hangs in the balance after a Historic Landmark Commission postponement Monday.The house, which is located at 1715 Summit View Place, is a contributing structure to the Old West Austin Historic District…

Monday, April 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tanks tank in Old West Austin variance case

To find proof that the opinions of neighbors hold sway at the city’s boards and commissions, look no further than the Board of Adjustment. At its recent meeting, board members voted unanimously to deny a variance that may have looked…

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

County association project gets measured OK from city panel

Though developers may not get the height they are after, plans to develop the Texas Association of Counties’ offices near the downtown campus of Austin Community College got the unanimous blessing from the Planning Commission Tuesday.Commissioners voted to change the…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City buys time on emotional West Lynn demolition

There’s trouble in Old West Austin, where the expense and maintenance of one of the city’s older homes is once again threatening its existence.The Slaughter-Dildy House at 611 West Lynn St. is a contributing structure in the West Line National…

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Popular infill project stalls at BoA

Time invested, neighborhood support and a convoluted city code won’t get you a variance at the Board of Adjustment. But they might buy you a little time.James Schoenbaum is the owner and manager of the proposed development at 614 and…

Friday, February 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Austin demo leaves preservationists cold

It may not be the worst-case scenario, but residents of Old West Austin still showed up to protest the demolition of a 100-year-old house that will soon be replaced by an ultra-modern residence.The 1917 house, which is located at 1208…

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