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HCRDC Results

Housing Conservation District Review Committee

Hearing Results

March 26, 2007

Room 7E07, 7th Floor, City Hall

Committee present: Nelson Savoie, Safety and Permits; Pearl Dupart, All
Congregations Together; Geoff Moen, City Planning; Eleanor Burke,
Historic
District Landmarks Commission; Sarah Bonnette, Preservation Resource
Center;
Winston Reid, Neighborhood One.

Committee absent: Health Department representative

NEW BUSINESS:

Broadmoor

4917-19 S. Derbigny St.: DEFERRED 30 DAYS

  • Owners George and Elaine Haas had applied to demolish this
    altered
    double shotgun to be replaced with a modular home of no specific type
    or
    design (no redevelopment plans submitted with application).
  • Ms. Bonnette reported she had spoken to the owners who wish
    to
    defer while they entertain an offer on the property and negotiate with
    Road
    Home.
  • The New Orleans Demolition Services representative confirmed
    the
    owner’s request to defer.
  • Ms. Bonnette moved to defer for 30 days, there were multiple
    seconds, and the motion passed unanimously.

Holy Cross (outside of National Register and local historic districts)

1022-24 Tupelo St.: DEFERRED 45 DAYS

  • Owner Tamyra Jackson applied to demolish this Arts-and-Crafts
    style double shotgun to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • Ms. Jackson now lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and
    does not
    plan to return.
  • Contractor Russ Wentworth appeared on Ms. Jackson’s behalf.
  • Ms. Bonnette reported that she spoke with Ms. Jackson who
    said she
    might be interested in selling the house rather than having it
    demolished,
    but was concerned because there are squatters inside and the building
    has
    not been gutted.
  • Ms. Bonnette reported that she is helping Ms. Jackson get a
    free
    gutting and to secure the building, while they continue to discuss the
    possibility of selling, possibly to the PRC.
  • Mr. Reid moved to defer action for 45 days, Ms. Burke
    seconded the
    motion and it carried unanimously.

Lower Ninth Ward

1609-11 Deslonde St.: APPROVED

  • Applicant City of New Orleans Housing Unit Demolition Task
    Force
    applied for owner Joan Johnson to demolish this altered camelback
    double
    shotgun to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • The property is situated in the geographic area (east of the
    Industrial Canal, West of Jackson Barracks, south of Florida and north
    of N.
    Claiborne) for which the HCDRC agreed to grant blanket approval for
    voluntary demolitions.
  • The house is slab on grade.
  • Mr. Reid moved to approve the request for demolition, Ms.
    Burke
    seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Mid-City

1809 Tulane Ave.: APPROVED

  • Owner Paula Picker has applied to demolish this contemporary
    commercial building to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • Ms. Picker appeared accompanied by a representative of
    Crescent
    Environmental Services.
  • Mr. Reid explained that the building housed a bar and is
    across
    the street from the Econolodge, which recently burned and was being
    demolished.
  • The building adjacent to the subject property is part of the
    Econolodge parcel and will be demolished shortly.
  • The subject building is slab on grade and was described as
    “a
    mess.”
  • Ms. Picker stated she wished to demolish the property and
    sell the
    land to the LSU Medical Center.
  • Mr. Reid moved to approve the application, Ms. Burke seconded
    the
    motion and it passed unanimously

Other

2432 Bartholomew St. : APPROVED

  • Owner Mary Henry has applied to demolish this altered
    bungalow to
    be replaced with a single-family residence of no specific type or
    design (no
    redevelopment plans submitted with application).
  • Ms. Henry appeared accompanied by a young man from Eagle One
    LLC
    (616-5391).
  • Ms. Henry reported she had originally hoped to repair her
    house
    but the contractor discovered bad termite damage.
  • Ms. Burke asked to see plans for the new house and Ms. Henry
    provided.
  • Ms. Burke stated that the new house would be similar to the
    old
    house and after a short discussion Ms. Henry revealed that there will
    be a
    driveway on one side.
  • Ms. Burke moved to approve the application based n the
    condition
    of the house and the redevelopment plan; Multiple members seconded the
    motion and it passed unanimously.

2411 Congress St. : APPROVED

  • Owner Harlene Washington applied to demolish this
    single-family
    residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • Ms. Washington is close to 00 years old and lives in a
    nursing
    home in Houston. Her daughter Bonnie is in her 80s and also lived in
    Houston. The elder woman does not plan to return to New Orleans.
  • A representative from New Orleans Demolition Services
    appeared on
    behalf of the owner.
  • Ms. Bonnette reported that she had spoken to Harlene
    Washington
    who has not yet applied for Road Home and thought it might be a good
    idea to
    try to sell her property to the program. Ms. Bonnette suggested the
    committee defer.
  • However, further discussion revealed that water was over the
    roof,
    the house has not been gutted, and would likely be cited by the Good
    Neighbor program.
  • Mr. Reid moved to approve the demolition and Ms. Burke
    seconded
    the motion. The motion carried 4 to 1 with Ms. Bonnette voting against
    the
    motion.

306 Fairway Dr.: DEFERRED TWO WEEKS

  • Applicant City of New Orleans Housing Unit Demolition Task
    Force
    applied for owner Wayne Miller to demolish this brick ranch to be
    replaced
    with a vacant lot.
  • No one appeared to represent the owner of this house (the
    owner
    may be an estate).
  • The house is slab on grade and the committee agreed that base
    flood elevation would be a consideration.
  • Ms. Burke expressed concern about taking action on the
    request in
    the absence of information about redevelopment plans or whom would be
    responsible for caring for and fencing the vacant lot.
  • Ms. Burke moved to defer action for two weeks and requested
    that
    the executor of the estate be compelled to appear to provide additional
    information. Ms. Dupart seconded the motion, and it carried
    unanimously.

9431 Oleander St. : APPROVED

  • Owner Tanya Lewis applied to demolish this single-family
    residence
    to be replaced with a modular home of no specific type or design (no
    redevelopment plans submitted with application).
  • Ms. Lewis appeared and explained that she originally wanted
    to
    raise the house (it currently does not meet BFE) but received an
    estimate of
    $43,000 to do so. Therefore, she had decided to demolish and replace
    her
    home with a modular one.
  • Ms. Lewis showed plans to the committee.
  • Mr. Reid moved to approve the demolition, Ms. Burke seconded
    the
    motion and it carried unanimously.

3819-21 Third St.: APPROVED

  • Owner Melford Wilson applied to demolish this raised basement
    Arts-and-Crafts style double to be replaced with a modular home of no
    specific type or design (no redevelopment plans submitted with
    application).
  • Mr. Melford Wilson Jr. appeared and explained that the house
    flooded with 5’ of water. He expressed the desire to remove the
    existing
    structure and replace it with a “pre-fab” house set 40’ back from
    the front
    property line, to allow for parking outside of the front yard setback,
    and
    provided images of the “pre-fab” (modular?) house. Mr. Wilson will
    apply for
    a free demolition by the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Ms. Bonnette urged Mr. Wilson to salvage architectural items
    should the demolition be approved.
  • Mr. Reid moved to approve the demolition, Ms. Burke seconded
    and
    the motion passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS:

Central City

2336-38 Washington Ave. : APPROVED

  • Owner First House of Prayer Baptist Church has applied to
    demolish
    this raised basement, Arts-and-Crafts-style double shotgun to be
    replaced
    with a parking lot.
  • The reverend from the church appeared at the meeting and
    showed
    the long-awaited site plan for his church and parking lot. He explained
    the
    lot would be surrounded by an 7’ tall iron fence on a brick footing.
  • Ms. Bonnette urged salvage of architectural materials and the
    representative was amenable. His demolition contractor is Hamp’s.
  • Ms. Dupart moved for approval of the application, Mr. Reid
    seconded the motion. The motion carried 4 -1, with Ms. Bonnette voting
    to
    deny the request.

Mid-City

1126 S. Genois St. : DEFERRED TWO WEEKS

  • Owners Terri and Sean Gascie have applied to demolish this
    altered
    raised basement house to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • This was the third hearing at which the application was
    considered.
  • At the first hearing, it was agreed that the applicant’s
    sister
    and representative should bring interior photos of the collapsed roof
    she
    claimed warranted demolition, and that committee members would visit.
  • At the second hearing, representatives of City Planning and
    the
    PRC said they had visited the house and seen no indication of a
    collapsed
    roof or significant damage to the upstairs living quarters. The vote
    was
    deferred to allow Mr. Reid to get a building inspector to the site, to
    be
    accompanied by the PRC’s Stephanie Bruno
  • At today’s hearing, the demolition contractor was present
    but the
    owner’s sister was not when Mr. Reid reported that his inspector
    stated “the
    house does not warrant demolition.”
  • Ms. Burke moved to deny the application, Mr. Reid seconded
    and the
    motion carried unanimously.
  • Later in the hearing, the owner’s sister appeared. She
    drove in
    from Slidell and was delayed by an accident on I-10.
  • Mr. Savoie explained that the demolition request had been
    denied
    and that she could appeal the decision to the City Council.
  • Mr. Reid elaborated, and said that another option was to get
    an
    inspection by a structural engineer. He then said it might be possible
    to
    reconsider the earlier motion.
  • Ms. Burke explained that the person who originally moved to
    take
    action has the right under Robert’s Rules of Order to move to
    reconsider
    whatever action was taken.
  • When it was stated that it was she who moved to deny the
    application earlier in the meeting, she made the motion to reconsider
    the
    action. Mr. Reid seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
  • Mr. Reid then moved to defer action for two weeks to allow
    time
    for him to inspect the property personally with a representative of
    Safety &
    Permits and the PRC, during which time he would take a moisture
    reading.
  • Ms. Burke seconded the motion to defer, and the motion
    carried
    unanimously.

426 S. Salcedo St.: TO BE HEARD April 9, 2007

  • Owner Ronald Fuss applied to demolish this
    Arts-and-Crafts-style
    single shotgun to be replaced with a vacant lot.
  • This item was erroneously placed on the 3/26 agenda and will
    be
    heard instead on 4/9/07.

Non-agenda items

Mid-City: 4006-08 Canal St.

  • Owners and owner reps appeared and reported that they were
    told by
    Louisiana demolition to appear at today’s hearing at which their
    application
    to demolish the subject structure would be considered.
  • Mr. Savoie checked the agenda for 4/19 and other applications
    submitted and reported that no application had been submitted for this
    property. Moreover, he stated that the contractor had already missed
    the
    deadline for the 4/9 hearing.
  • Mr. Savoie advised the owners and their reps to discuss the
    matter
    with their demolition contractor and apologize for the inconvenience.

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