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A little more time for Sneed
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano
Curious about the long-and-barely-standing ruins of the Sebron Sneed House at 1801 Nelms Drive? Not much has changed. The demolition-by-neglect case continues to languish on the Historic Landmark Commission agenda, where it has been for the past several years. At the most recent meeting of the commission, Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky reluctantly recommended postponing the case to the Jan. 22 meeting, which was approved unanimously. In response, Sadowsky vowed that this postponement would be the last. In the meantime, he promised to put “heightened pressure” on the architect to get things in order. “We’ve been in fairly regular contact with the architect,” he said. “I think we have an opportunity to work collaboratively here.” Should the case ever be wrapped up, demolition-by-neglect case fans have little to fear. Sadowsky hinted that another case – this one on 17th Street and West Avenue – might be coming up soon. “Now that construction has stalled, the house is vulnerable to the elements, and we need to see what we can do,” he said.
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