Squandered Heritage Vintage
 

3505-11 Chestnut St.

APPROVED [5-2] based on hurricane-damaged condition. Touro Hospital shall install decorative metal fence in the front of the lot and wooden fence on the side and rear.

APPROVED WITH A REQUEST FOR IRON FENCING ACROSS THE CHESTNUT SIDE

Hard to believe this will be torn down.

Uptown/Touro- Bouligny
3505-11 Chestnut St. Owner Touro Infirmary has applied to demolish this two story wood frame single family residence to be replaced with green space.
DEFERRED TO SEPT. 25

Chestnut Street

I thought that Green Space was something they were talking about in the flooded areas. This looks more like, everyone is really busy and preoccupied so we are going to tear a house down, replace it with a vacant lot and pretty it up by calling it Green Space.

There already is a vacant lot next door and it is filled with Trash.

Chestnut Street

Also, be warned of people running a demoltion scam.

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  • randall fox

    Who is on the hcdrc and why do they approve so many demolitions in historic neighboorhoods. Their job is to protect old neighboorhoods but they are helping destroy them by tearing buildings down. If they apprved these demolitons that is a bad sign for things to come. id like to know how these people get their job and who appoints them

  • I have been to the HCDRC I know on this house there was a split vote. I will comment here later after I look into this issue speciffically. Thanks Randall

  • WILLIE WHITE

    PASS AN ORDINANCE TO FORCE OWNERS TO OFFER THE PROPERTY FOR SALE AT LAND VALUE LESS DEMOLITION COSTS AND SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO HOUSES LIKE THESE. IF THEY DONT LIKE THE WAY A HOUSE LOOKS MAKE EM SELL IT.

  • Wille,

    Thanks for your comments and insights. We will be facing many more of these demolitions. And indeed I do believe we need to create an ordinance to at least adress the issues of parking lot conversions, residential to commercial conversion, and the rapidly erroding stock of Historical structures. One day people will wake up and wonder what happened. We would like to at the very least have a record of what was there.

  • randall fox

    was this approved for demolition? you said it was a split vote

  • Randall,
    I had heard it was split and then I was sent the results and it was approved. I am going to be attending these meetings in the future so I can post quickly and not wait for the decisions.

    This demolition really bothers me.

  • randall fox

    mabye the times picayune should hear about all the demolitions the hcdrc is approving do you know what the prc is doing about this? this demolition is a very scary one,. not a good sign of things to come

  • Stephanie Bruno

    Although the Housing Conservation District ordinance at least provides for some review, the composition of the committee seems to doom most “no” votes.

    There are 5 representatives from city departments: Safety & Permits, Housing, Health, Planning and the HDLC. There are two community reps – one form the PRC and one from All Congregations Together. Overall the committee is biased in favor of demolition over preservation, especially when a commercial entity is involved.

    Many times, the PRC and HDLC vote similarly and sometimes Planning joins. But the other four reps usually take the position that as long as the owner is taking action and has some kind of plan (as simple as “green space”), they often vote to approve the request.

    Some of us at the PRC are working together to try to solve some of the problems. We feel awful about the proceess and how little it seems to save. We share your anger and disappointment.