Squandered Heritage Vintage

8917 Olive Street {Carrollton Hollygrove}

Housing Conservation District Review Committee

Meeting Agenda

10 a.m., Feb. 5, 2007

Room 7E07, 7th Floor, City Hall


8917 Olive St. Owner John Bartley has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a modular single-family residence of no specific design (no proposed plan or elevations were included with the application).

8917 Olive Street

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  • randall

    The evil modular house strikes again.

  • Babs

    The owner should buy the vacant lot next door and build the modular home there instead of demolishing this cute house!

  • John Bartley

    I am the owner. I’d love to buy the lot next door and do just that; yet, even with money to spend nothing’s as easy as the stroke of my key board. Thanks for the input!

  • John Bartley

    I can list a few options:
    1. I can wait for a contractor to charge me what he/she feels like; then watch as they underpay latin americans and sitll go over contract prices. 2. Maybe a homeless shelter, while FEMA evacuates the city.

    Forgive my attitude but I need to be convinced that some one cares about the longterm needs/ immediate needs of HollyGrove. I’ve walked the streets. I’ve talked to my neighbors. I know who’s likely to jump through my window and try to take something. I know the community.

    It was not my intention be in the month of February and still not in a newly constructed home. My family needs home. I’ve spent more money this year than ever in my life. I hate receiving rental assistance. I hate going back every three months to provide the same paper work.
    If I pay for a modular and it’s turn key like they’ve promised, my family can move in and live. We can stop being victims of crowd controll and get on with our lives. I’ve listened to all of these Gov. agencies and insurance companies. I did as I was told I had to do. 18 months later, time is up; FEMA doesn’t care that I pay rent and mortgage. I doubt that it’s any concern of anyone but me. I need my house built in as less time as possible. I need a house…I NEED MY HOME now.

  • Mr. Bartley’s situation clearly shows the failures of this recovery. Many of us wait for the Road Home, a program which promised money for rebuilding. I remember being promised that this program would roll out in late summer. And still we wait.