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WELCOME

[CALL TO ORDER ]

TO THE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH MEETING OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION, THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UH, LET ME, UH, REMIND EVERYONE THAT TONIGHT WE'RE MEETING AT THE 63 10 WILLAMINA DELCO DRIVE, AUSTIN PERMIT CENTER, WHICH IS NOT OUR NORMAL PLACE TO MEET.

UH, BUT BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS AND MOVING THE SCHEDULE AROUND, WE HAVE, UH, BEEN VERY HAPPY TO HAVE ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THESE PAST TWO MEETINGS.

BUT IN FUTURE MEETINGS ON REGULAR WEDNESDAYS, WE WILL BE BACK AT CITY HALL.

SO IF ANYBODY'S LISTENING AND IS WONDERING WHY WE'RE NOT AT CITY HALL, OR IF YOU WERE TRYING TO GET HERE, YOU STILL HAVE TIME.

BUT, UH, WE ARE AT THE AUSTIN PERMIT CENTER THIS EVENING.

UH, JUST A COUPLE OF OTHER QUICK ITEMS. UM, YOU MAY, SOME OF YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOW OUR AGENDA HAVE RECOGNIZED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS THAT WE ARE NO LONGER POSTING THE RECOMMENDED CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, THIS IS A CHANGE THAT HAS BEEN, UH, REQUIRED OF US FROM THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE, AND SO WE ARE ADHERING TO THEIR POLICY.

UH, WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THAT MAY CAUSE WE KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU ARE HERE TONIGHT, UH, AND YOU MAY BE HERE FOR A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME BECAUSE YOUR ITEM WILL BE TAKEN ON CONSENT.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR, THE CONSENT AGENDA WE GO THROUGH, UH, RATHER QUICKLY, THE ENTIRE AGENDA AND ANY OF THE ITEMS THAT HAVE NO OBJECTION, THAT CAN BE PASSED ON CONSENT.

UH, WHEN THAT VOTE IS TAKEN, THOSE ITEMS ARE APPROVED, AND IF YOU'RE HERE FOR ONE OF THOSE ITEMS, YOU'RE FINISHED AND YOU CAN GO HOME.

UH, ANY OF THOSE ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ON CONSENT, WE WILL EITHER HAVE FOR DISCUSSION OR PRIOR TO THAT.

WE ALSO WILL INDICATE IF THERE ARE ANY THAT ARE POSTED FOR POSTPONEMENT, BUT AGAIN, WE AREN'T MAKING THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

SO IT WILL MEAN THAT SOME OF YOU AGAIN, UH, WILL HAVE TO BE HERE FOR A VERY SHORT TIME.

BUT WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU COMING TONIGHT AND MAKING THOSE ACCOMMODATIONS.

UH, I WILL START BY, UH, A QUICK REVIEW OF THE AGENDA.

OH, NO, I WON'T.

I'M GONNA START BY SEEING, UH, CALLEN, DO WE HAVE A, UH, ANYBODY HERE TO SPEAK ON PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ON AN ITEM THAT IS NOT POSTED ON THE AGENDA? DO WE HAVE ANYONE ASKING TO SPEAK? UM, ACTUALLY SAM HAS THE BOOK, UM, SO SAM CAN LET US KNOW.

SAM, DO WE HAVE ANYBODY REQUESTING TO SPEAK UNDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? WE DO NOT.

WE ARE IN THE CLEAR.

ALRIGHT, SO THEN I WILL GO THROUGH, READ THROUGH THE, UH, EVERY ITEM ON THE AGENDA AS I READ THROUGH.

I ALSO WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT ACTION IS RECOMMENDED, WHETHER IT IS A CONSENT ITEM, A POSTPONEMENT ITEM, OR A DISCUSSION ITEM.

AND, UM, BEFORE WE DO THAT, UH, I KNEW THERE WAS SOMEWHAT LAST THING WE HAD TO DO.

WE HAVE TO CALL ROLL .

ALRIGHT.

I MADE IT.

AND YEAH, IF WITT, IF YOU HADN'T COME, I WOULD'VE NOT REMEMBERED THAT I HADN'T CALLED ROLL.

BUT NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE, UH, SHOULD WE HAVE, UH, MS. CONTRERAS, UH, OR, OR SAM, WOULD YOU EITHER OF YOU WISH TO CALL THE ROLL? I CAN CALL ROLL IF YOU DON'T MIND.

GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER HEIM PRESENT, COMMISSIONER WHITT FEATHERSTON PRESENT, COMMISSIONER KEVIN COOK, PRESENT COMMISSIONER CHUCK LAROCHE.

VIRTUALLY PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER TREY MCWHORTER.

PRESENT, COMMISSIONER HARMONY GROGAN PRESENT, COMMISSIONER JAIME ALVAREZ.

PRESENT, COMMISSIONER ROXANNE EVANS.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER RAYMOND CASTILLO IS ABSENT.

COMMISSIONER JUAN RAYMOND RUBIO, PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER TARA DUDLEY IS ALSO ABSENT.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

SO ITEM NUMBER, UH, ONE IS

[Consent Agenda]

THE DECEMBER 13 MINUTES.

UH, THOSE, AS IT TURNS OUT, WERE NOT POSTED IN TIME FOR, UH, REVIEW, AND SO WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ACTION ON THOSE.

THAT WILL BE A POSTPONEMENT.

ITEM NUMBER TWO WILL BE A BRIEFING ON THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANT.

UH, FY 24 RECOMMENDATIONS, UH, THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY ACTION ON PUBLIC HEARINGS AND DISCUSSIONS FOR HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATIONS.

UH, ITEM NUMBER THREE.

THIS IS 1201 EAST SEVENTH STREET, THE GREEN AND WHITE GROCERY.

UH, THERE HAS BEEN A REQUEST FOR THAT TO BE POSTPONED.

UH, AND SO WE WILL TAKE THAT, UH, UP AS A POSTPONED TO ACTION ITEM NUMBER 4 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE.

UH, THAT IS POSTED FOR A DISCUSSION ITEM NUMBER 5 3 0 9 PARK LANE.

THIS IS AN OWNER INITIATED HISTORIC ZONING.

THAT WILL ALSO BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

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ITEM NUMBER 6 13 11 EAST CAESAR CHAVEZ STREET, UH, THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON BUILDING.

UH, THAT IS AN OWNER INITIATED HISTORIC ZONING.

THAT IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

WE HAVE A HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATION, UH, PROJECT THAT'S ITEM NUMBER SEVEN.

THAT'S AT 1311 EAST CESAR CHAVEZ STREET, THE JOHNSON JOHNSON BUILDING, IN THIS CASE, THE JOHNSON HOUSE.

AND THAT IS, UH, OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 8 7 0 4 HIGHLAND AVENUE, SMOOT TERRACE, UH, LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

UH, THIS PROPERTY IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

THAT'S A PARTIAL DEMOLITION ADDITION ITEM NUMBER 9 43 12 AVENUE B.

UH, THERE'S A NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR AN A DU, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER TEN TWO OH ONE EAST SIXTH STREET.

UH, THIS IS A, UH, REMODEL REPAIR, UH, THE NICHOLAS GELMAN HOUSE THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 11 2 0 9 EAST SIXTH STREET, THE MORLEY BROTHERS DRUGSTORE.

THAT IS A REMODEL REPAIR PROPOSAL THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 12, THIS IS FIVE 20 AND THROUGH 5 22 EAST SIXTH STREET, THE CARRINGTON STORE.

UH, THIS ITEM IS A REHABILITATION AND REPOINTING A BRICK, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

THESE NEXT ITEMS ARE PERMITS THAT ARE WITHIN NATIONAL REGISTERED DISTRICTS.

UH, THE FIRST ONE, ITEM NUMBER 13, IS 10 10 HARWOOD PLACE IN THE TRAVIS HEIGHTS FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THIS IS A PROPOSED DEMOLITION AND NEW CONSTRUCTION.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A DISCUSSION ITEM, ITEM NUMBER 14, 4 0 2 LOCKHART DRIVE.

ONCE AGAIN IN THE TRAVIS HEIGHTS FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THAT IS A, UM, PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION AND NEW CONSTRUCTION.

AND THAT IS GOING TO BE FOR DISCUSSION ITEM 15 14 0 9 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

AGAIN, HIGH TRAVIS HEIGHTS, FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THIS IS, UM, AN ADDITION AND REMODEL.

AND THAT IS, UH, RECOMMENDED FOR POSTPONEMENT FIVE 14 EAST LIVE OAK STREET.

THAT'S ITEM NUMBER 16.

AGAIN, TRAVIS HEIGHTS, FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THERE'S A PROPOSED DEMOLITION NEW CONSTRUCTION.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER 17 16 21 WEST 14TH STREET, OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

UH, THIS IS POSTED AS A DISCUSSION ITEM FOR AN ADDITION REMODEL.

ITEM 18 27 16 WOOLDRIDGE DRIVE IN THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THIS IS A PROPOSED DEMOLITION AND NEW CONSTRUCTION.

AND THIS IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM 19 41 0 6 ELLWOOD ROAD IN THE WILSHIRE NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THAT IS AN ADDITION AND REMODEL.

UH, IT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 20 1100 LORRAINE STREET, WEST LINE NATIONAL REGISTER, HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THIS IS A PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW A DU ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 21 3, UH, 3001 FUNSTON STREET.

IT'S THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTERED DISTRICT THAT IS NEW CONSTRUCTION IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 22 5 19 EAST MARY STREET, TRAVIS HEIGHTS, FAIRVIEW PARK NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THIS IS NEW CONSTRUCTION.

UH, THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 23 2 18 EAST SIXTH STREET.

THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT IS REMODELED REPAIR WINDOW REPLACEMENT.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 5 0 5 THROUGH 5 0 7 EAST SIXTH STREET.

THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT PROPOSAL IS FOR RENOVATION OR REMODEL OR REPLACEMENT OF WINDOWS, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 25 6 0 6 EAST SIXTH STREET.

THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT RENOVATION, REMODEL, REPAIR IN THIS CASE OF LIMESTONE.

ADDITION OF AN AWNING THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 26 6 10 EAST SIXTH STREET, THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THE PROPOSAL IS FOR THE RENOVATION AND REMODEL AND REPAINT A FACADE THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 27 6 16 EAST SIXTH STREET.

AGAIN, THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THAT IS PROPOSED RENOVATION, REMODEL, AND AN ENLARGEMENT OF OPENINGS THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 28 6 18 EAST SIXTH STREET IN THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

THAT IS A PROPOSAL TO MOVE THE ENTRY.

NEW AWNING, REPAINT REPAIR BRICK THAT'S OFFERED FOR CONSENT 29 7 19 THROUGH 7 21 EAST SIXTH STREET.

AGAIN, THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTERED DISTRICT.

THAT PROPOSAL IS FOR RENOVATION, REMODELS, AND REPAIR AND REPLACE AN ENTRY DOOR

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THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 37 23 THROUGH 7 25 EAST SIXTH STREET.

AGAIN, THE SIXTH STREET NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT RENOVATION, REMODELS, DEMOLITION EDITION, ADDING WINDOWS AND AWNING.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AGAIN, THESE ARE NON HISTORIC SPECIFIC BUILDINGS, BUT THEY'RE CONTRIBUTING AND THEY'RE WITHIN THE NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

SO THEY DO NEED OUR REVIEW FOR, UH, CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATE APPROPRIATENESS.

AND THOSE WOULD BE GRANTED IF, UH, THE, UPON THE APPROVAL OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

UH, THESE REMAINING ITEMS ARE DEMOLITION OR RELOCATION PERMITS IN AREAS THAT ARE NOT COVERED BY, UH, A REGISTERED DISTRICT OR HISTORIC DISTRICT.

LOCAL ITEM NUMBER 31 68 0 4 MESA DRIVE.

UH, THIS IS A TOTAL DEMOLITION.

UH, THIS WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR DECEMBER 13TH MEETING.

THIS IS POSTED FOR A DISCUSSION ITEM 32 11 0 1 GARNER AVENUE.

UH, THIS AGAIN IS A DEMOLITION AND, UH, WE HAVE HAD, UH, NEIGHBORS ASK ABOUT THIS.

SO WE WILL HAVE THAT FOR A DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 33 8 12 WEST ELIZABETH STREET.

THIS IS A DEMOLITION REQUEST AS WELL.

TOTAL DEMOLITION.

THIS IS ALSO A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM 34 11 19 TILLERY STREET.

THIS IS A DEMOLITION REQUEST AND THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 35 23 0 7 QUARRY ROAD, TOTAL DEMOLITION REQUEST.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 36 37 0 5 BALCONES DRIVE, TOTAL DEMOLITION.

THIS IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 37 28 0 2 PIERCE ROAD.

A DEMOLITION REQUEST.

TOTAL DEMOLITION.

UH, THIS IS A DISCUSSION ITEM, ITEM NUMBER 38 17 11 NEWTON STREET.

THIS IS A PARTIAL DEMOLITION AND THIS IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

THE REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE, UH, COMMITTEE, UH, REVIEWS ITEM 39 THROUGH 42.

AND THEY REQUIRE NO ACTION.

SO, UH, AT THIS POINT I WILL REVIEW ONCE AGAIN THE SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT ARE POSTED FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, AND THEN I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

SO THE FIRST ITEM, COMMISSIONER HEIM, SETH? YES.

BEFORE YOU GET TOO FAR, I'D ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT THERE WAS AN ADDENDUM TO THE AGENDA.

1610 PRESTON IS NUMBER IS ALSO NUMBER 19.

WE MAY NEED TO TAKE THOSE AS THEY COME ON THE SUMMARY SHEET.

OKAY.

UH, FIRST 41 0 6 LOWELL WOOD, THEN 1610 PRESTON.

OKAY.

WHAT NUMBER IS THAT? NUMBER 19 ON THE SUMMARY SHEET NUMBER 19, UH, 41 0 6 LOWELL WOOD ROAD.

YES.

IT IT IS ALSO 1610.

PRESTON AND PRESTON IS THE, UH, UH, ADDENDUM LATER ADDED.

I.

OKAY.

SO THAT, THAT, AND THAT WOULD STILL BE ON THE CONSENT.

IT WOULD JUST BE A CLARIFICATION OF THAT ITEM.

IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, UH, UPDATE.

YES, I, I KNOW I HAD IT PRINTED SOMEWHERE, BUT APPRECIATE THAT.

OKAY.

SO ONCE AGAIN, I'LL GO THROUGH THE, UH, ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THE FIRST ITEM IS NUMBER SEVEN.

UH, THAT IS A HERITAGE GRANT APPLICATION AT 1311 EAST CESAR CHAVEZ STREET NUMBER 8 7 0 4 HIGHLAND AVENUE, NUMBER 9 43 12 AVENUE, B NUMBER TEN TWO OH ONE EAST SIXTH STREET, NUMBER 11 2 0 9 EAST SIXTH STREET NUMBER 12 5 20 THROUGH 5 22 EAST SIXTH STREET NUMBER 19 41 0 6, LOWELL WOOD ROAD, WHICH IS ALSO 1610 PRESTON ITEM 20 1100 LORRAINE STREET, 21 30 0 1 FUNSTON STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 22 5 19 EAST MARY STREET.

ITEM 23 2 18 EAST SIXTH STREET, 24 5 0 5 THROUGH 5 0 7 EAST SIXTH STREET, 25 6 0 6 EAST SIXTH STREET, 26 6 10 EAST SIXTH STREET, 27 6 6 16 EAST SIXTH STREET, 28 6 18 EAST SIXTH STREET, 29 7 19 THROUGH 7 21 EAST SIXTH STREET, 37 23 THROUGH 7 25 EAST SIXTH STREET.

AND LET'S SEE, NUMBER 34 11 19 TILLERY STREET NUMBER 35 23 0 7 QUARRY ROAD, 36 37 0 5 BALCONES DRIVE.

AND THOSE ARE THE ITEMS. CHAIR HUNT RECOMMENDED.

YES.

WE ALSO HAVE AN APPLICANT REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT FOR NUMBER 37 AS WELL FOR ITEM 37.

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AND RIGHT NOW, THAT IS, UH, I, I ANNOUNCED THAT AS A DISCUSSION ITEM, BUT YOU'RE SAYING THAT'S A POSTPONEMENT REQUEST.

LET'S WAIT.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'VE JUST LISTED THE CONSENT ITEMS. IF YOU ARE HERE TO SPEAK ON THOSE ITEMS TO THE POINT WHERE YOU NEED US TO PULL THEM, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE.

OTHERWISE, THE ONES I JUST LISTED, IF WE, WHEN WE GET THIS MOTION, IF IT'S APPROVED, THEN THAT APPROVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AND, UH, THE ACTION WILL BE FOR EVERY ONE OF THOSE.

SO IS THERE ANY LAST DISCUSSION REQUIRED? OKAY, HEARING NONE THEN, I, YES, YES, SIR.

TO MAKE A COMMENT.

OKAY.

THERE'S A QUESTION REGARDING ITEM 22, AND THAT IS AT FIVE 19 EAST MARY STREET.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PULL FOR A FULL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION? UH, IF THAT IS THE REASON FOR YOUR, YOUR, YOUR REQUEST? WELL, I'M NOT SURE.

AND ARE YOU IN SUPPORT OF THIS OR AGAINST? UH, I, I SIGNED UP AS BEING AGAINST, BUT, UH, I, I ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION AND, AND CONCERN ABOUT THE EARLY SETBACK.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK THAT WARRANT'S BEING PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

YEAH, LET'S DO THAT.

THAT, THAT'S, UH, ITEM 22 THEN, UH, FIVE 19 EAST MARY STREET.

THAT WILL, UH, NOW BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

THOUGH IT MAY BE THAT, UH, IF, IF YOU, UH, POSSIBLY COULD TALK WITH STAFF AND WITH THE APPLICANT AND RESOLVE THAT, THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT WE COULD PUT BACK ON AT A LATER TIME PRIOR TO, UH, THAT COMING UP ON THE AGENDA.

I HAVE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION VERY QUICKLY.

UH, WE, YOU'LL WORK ON THAT OFFLINE.

OKAY.

SO CAN, UH, COMMISSIONERS, WE HAVE A, UH, LIST OF CONSENT ITEMS. UH, I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE CONSENT AGENDA.

SO MOVED.

SECOND COMMISSIONER, UH, FEATHERSTON, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER COOK.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT ITEMS, AS, AS NOTED, INDICATE BY SAYING AYE OR RAISING YOUR HAND.

AYE.

OKAY.

IT IS UNANIMOUS.

UH, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE ON ANY ONE OF THOSE ITEMS, THE UH, MOTION HAS PASSED.

IF THERE IS A DEMOLITION INVOLVED, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU'RE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A CITY OF AUSTIN DOCUMENTATION PACKAGE, AS IS NOTED IN THE, UH, BACKUP MATERIAL.

AND PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, UH, CONTACT STAFF, THAT IS A REQUIREMENT, UH, FOR THE DEMOLITION REQUEST.

THESE NEXT ITEMS WILL BE POSTPONEMENT ITEMS. AND ONCE AGAIN, I'LL READ THROUGH ALL OF THEM AND THEN WE'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

THE FIRST ITEM IS THE MINUTES, AS I MENTIONED.

ITEM NUMBER ONE, UH, IT'S A NOTIFICATION ISSUE.

THOSE WILL BE POSTPONED TO ANY OF THESE WILL BE POSTPONED TO OUR NEXT MEETING IN, UH, FEBRUARY.

ITEM NUMBER THREE, UH, THIS IS THE 1201 EAST SEVENTH STREET.

WE HAVE A REQUEST FOR A POSTPONEMENT TO OUR FEBRUARY MEETING.

THE NEXT ITEM REQUESTED POSTPONEMENT IS 1409 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

UH, THE OTHER ONE AFTER THAT, IT IS ITEM NUMBER 37, AND THAT IS, UH, 28 0 2 PIERCE ROAD.

SO THOSE ITEMS ARE REQUESTING POSTPONEMENT FOR THE FEBRUARY MEETING.

I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION I MOVE TO POSTPONE THOSE LISTED ITEMS. SECOND.

OKAY.

MOVED BY COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTONE, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER COOK.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE INDICATE BY RAISING YOUR HAND.

OKAY.

AND THAT IS UNANIMOUS.

UH, THOSE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, LET'S GET INTO THE AGENDA AND WE WILL BEGIN WITH A

[2. Briefing on Heritage Preservation Grant FY24 Recommendations ]

BRIEFING ON THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANT.

UH, FY 24 RECOMMENDATIONS.

THAT'S ITEM NUMBER TWO.

WE HAVE MELISSA ALVARADO.

WELCOME.

GOOD EVENING, MELISSA VERADO.

I'M THE HERITAGE TOURISM DIVISION MANAGER WITHIN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, AND I'M HERE TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2024 HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANT,

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IF WE COULD TEE UP THE SLIDES PLEASE.

NO PROBLEM.

ARE, IS THE CORRECT SLIDES? YES.

UH, COULD WE PUT IT ON PRESENTATION MODE, PLEASE? ABSOLUTELY.

UH, THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AS YOU KNOW, AFTER EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT REIMAGINED ITS CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAMS FOR ARTS, MUSIC, AND FOR HERITAGE TOURISM TO LEAD WITH AN INTENTIONAL FOCUS ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION.

WHILE MORE EFFECTIVELY PROMOTING TOURISM IN AUSTIN, UH, AS A DIVISION, THE HERITAGE TOURISM, UM, DIVISION REMAINS COMMITTED TO HELPING EVOLVE A PEOPLE-CENTERED MOVEMENT PRESERVATION MOVEMENT WITH AN EQUITY FRAMEWORK.

UM, AND AS SUCH, OUR HERITAGE PRESERVATION GUIDELINES WERE REVISED TO PROVIDE GREATER ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY TO NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE AS STEWARDS OF HISTORIC PLACES.

THE REVISIONS FIT SQUARELY WITH THE EDDS MISSION TO PROMOTE A COMPETITIVE, SUSTAINABLE, AND EQUITABLE ECONOMY FOR ALL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS AN OVERVIEW, THE PURPOSE OF THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANT IS TO PROMOTE TOURISM THROUGH THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS OR THROUGH PLANNING, EDUCATIONAL OR MARKETING PROJECTS THAT ARE ROOTED IN HISTORY AND HERITAGE.

THE STATE LAW REQUIRES THE FUNDING TO BE USED TO PROMOTE TOURISM AND THE CONVENTION AND HOTEL INDUSTRIES, EITHER IN THE VICINITY OF THE CONVENTION CENTER OR IN AREAS LIKELY REASONABLY TO BE VISITED BY TOURISTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, I'D LIKE TO GO OVER SOME PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS, UH, RATHER QUICKLY.

UH, THE PROGRAM IS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING A TWO YEAR GRANT FOR PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE HERITAGE TOURISM IN AUSTIN.

APPLICANTS MAY BE EITHER NON-PROFIT OR FOR-PROFIT ENTITIES THAT EITHER LEASE OR OWN THEIR HISTORIC PLACE.

GRANTS SUPPORT PRESERVATION PROJECT COSTS WITH NO MATCH REQUIRED.

APPLICANTS ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO INCLUDE OPTIONAL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH PRESERVATION PROJECTS SUCH AS INSURANCE FEES, UH, 10% PROJECT MANAGEMENT FEES FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS ONLY.

UM, ALSO IF APPROVED AWARDEES WILL HAVE ACCESS TO TOURISM MARKETING TRAINING.

THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT WE OFFERED FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR, OR OFFERED LAST YEAR AS A PILOT.

UH, WE'VE RECEIVED INCREDIBLY POSITIVE, UH, FEEDBACK ON THE SKILLS GATHERED AS A RESULT OF THAT PARTNERSHIP WITH MILES PARTNERSHIP.

THEY ARE A VISIT AUSTIN PARTNER.

UM, THEY HELP TO DEVELOP THAT TRAINING.

THEY LAUNCHED IT ONLINE AND THEY OFFER IT BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, THEY OFFER AWARDEES ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION IF THEY'D LIKE TO, UM, AUGMENT WHAT THEY'RE PROVIDING TOURISTS AND WOULD LIKE A LITTLE MORE GUIDANCE ON THAT.

ALL PROJECTS CONTINUE TO REQUIRE A HISTORIC DESIGNATION OR BE ELIGIBLE FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION.

THE DESIGNATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE END TERM OF THE CONTRACT.

ALL PROJECTS MUST PROMOTE TOURISM, BE ACCESSIBLE AND OCCUR IN A COUNCIL DISTRICT.

ONE CHANGE THAT WE MADE LAST YEAR TO OUR GUIDELINES IS THAT APPLICANTS MAY RESIDE WITHIN, UM, THE AUSTIN MSA AREA AS LONG AS THE PROJECT OCCURS WITHIN A COUNCIL DISTRICT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

FOR FISCAL YEAR 24, OUR PRIORITIES CONTINUE TO BE TO REACH OUT DIRECTLY TO, UM, TO FIRST TIME APPLICANTS.

UM, WE PRIORITIZED TOURISM SERVING PROPERTIES THAT WERE LISTED IN THE EAST AUSTIN HISTORIC SURVEY, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED THROUGH THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE.

UM, WE ALSO PRIORITIZE PROJECTS THAT SHARE AUSTIN'S HISTORY IN AFRESH AND COMPELLING WAY.

PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN HISTORIC PROPERTY OWNERS OR

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INDIVIDUALS WHO, UM, MANAGE A HISTORIC PLACE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT RESULTED IN A CREATIVE COLLABORATION WERE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

PROJECTS THAT USED INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE METHODS TO ATTRACT NEW AND DIVERSE AUDIENCES AND TOURISTS WERE ALSO PRIORITIZED.

AND AS A RESULT OF THE FEEDBACK OF THIS BODY, WE DID, UM, PRIORITIZE MARKETING THE LOCAL HISTORIC ZONING AS PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

AND I LOOK FORWARD WI TO CONTINUING, UH, WITH THAT SUCCESS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AS AN OVERVIEW, UM, THE DESIGNATION IS REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF THE PROJECT TYPE.

ALL PROJECTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT BIDS, ALTHOUGH NO MATCH IS REQUIRED.

THE SELECTION PROCESS CONTINUES TO REQUIRE BOTH AN EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL REVIEW, UH, EXCEPT FOR THE CAPITAL PROCESS, WHICH NOW ALSO INCLUDES A REVIEW BY THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE AND THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION.

UM, AWARDS VARY FROM 15,000 TO 250,000 DEPENDING ON THE PROJECT TYPE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS RELATED TO OUR RECOMMENDED FISCAL YEAR 24 AWARDEES.

WE HAVE 2 22 PRESERVATION PROJECTS THAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING.

50% RECOMMEND, UH, REPRESENT NEW APPLICANTS.

77%, UH, REPRESENT NONPROFIT ENTITIES.

73% HAD AN EXISTING LOCAL HISTORIC DESIGNATION IN PLACE.

14% AS A RESULT OF THE GRANT WILL BE PURSUING A NEW, UH, LOCAL HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATION.

23% REPRESENT PROPERTIES LISTED IN THE EAST AUSTIN HISTORIC SURVEY.

AND AS A WHOLE, UM, THE 22 PROJECTS LEVERAGED FUNDING OF OVER $500,000 FROM OTHER SOURCES FOR THEIR PRESERVATION PROJECTS.

AS A BREAKDOWN, 12 WERE CAPITAL PROJECTS AND 10 ARE PLANNING, EDUCATIONAL AND MARKETING, WHICH IS, UM, I'M PRETTY MUCH SEEING A TREND YEAR AFTER YEAR THAT IT'S 50% WILL RECOMMEND, UH, WILL REPRESENT CAPITAL PROJECTS.

AND, UM, ALSO THE, THE PRESERVATION GRANT SERVES TO PROTECT, RESTORE, AND PROMOTE, UH, DIVERSE COLLECTION OF HISTORIC PLACES THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT FOR NOT ONLY THEIR ARCHITECTURE, BUT ALSO THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH PEOPLE AND STORIES AND HERITAGE.

AND THE RECOMMENDED FISCAL YEAR 24 HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANT PROJECTS INCLUDE 5%.

UM, OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, 14%, UM, ARE CONTRIBUTING BUILDINGS WITHIN A HISTORIC DISTRICT.

27% REPRESENT CREATIVE SPACES, 27% REPRESENT HISTORIC AND HERITAGE SITES, AND 27% REPRESENT PARKLAND GREEN SPACE CEMETERY, OR CEMETERIES OR TRAILS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW SLIDES, AND I'LL LET YOU JUST KIND OF FLOAT THROUGH THEM, ARE THE RECOMMENDED HERITAGE PRESERVATION GRANTS.

UM, THE DISTRICT'S REPRESENTED, REPRESENTED IN THESE GRANT, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DISTRICTS 1, 3, 5, 9, AND 10.

UM, THE SMALLEST GRANT AWARD EQUALED $30,000 FOR PLANNING AND OR MARKETING.

AND THE, UH, LARGEST AWARDS EQUAL $250,000.

UM, AGAIN, WE HAVE 22 THAT ARE BEING RECOMMENDED, AND YOU CAN FLOAT THROUGH THAT SCREEN.

WONDERFUL.

I ALWAYS LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WHAT WE DO IN TERMS OF THE GRANT, ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAVE A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE LIKE THIS.

UH, SO WHILE WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE FISCAL YEAR 25 GRANT PROGRAM WILL LAUNCH, I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO US.

AND IF YOU COULD ADVANCE THE SLIDE JUST A BIT, I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO US.

UH, WE ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS FOR ONSITE VISITS.

UM, WE ARE HAPPY TO WALK THROUGH THE PRESERVATION GRANT GUIDELINES WITH YOU TO SEE IF THERE IS A MATCH IN TERMS OF YOUR PRESERVATION EFFORTS AND THE PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM THAT WE MANAGE.

AND WITH THAT, I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS, NOT A QUESTION.

I

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JUST WANNA, UH, THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THAT, UH, UM, ESPECIALLY OUR COMMENTS ON LOCAL HISTORIC ZONING FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO.

UM, I APPRECIATE YOU INCORPORATING, UH, JUST THAT CONVERSATION IN THERE.

I KNOW THIS IS A BIG PROGRAM THAT YOU'RE, YOU'RE OPERATING AND I KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF STAFF, SO THANK YOU FOR, FOR WORKING WITH US AND INCLUDING THAT.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE SOME OF THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS APPLY FOR A NEW LOCAL HISTORIC DESIGNATION.

UH, IT MAKES SENSE.

IT'S, IT'S FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.

IT PROTECTS, UM, REALLY WHERE OUR PUBLIC TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE GOING.

SO THANK YOU FOR, FOR ADVOCATING FOR THAT.

OF COURSE.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS? UH, I THANK YOU AGAIN.

UM, WE ARE JUST THRILLED TO, UH, BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT KIND OF SUPPORT FOR MANY ASPECTS OF PRESERVATION, UH, PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT IN THE PLANNING AND GETTING AHEAD OF THE CURVE ON SOME OF THOSE.

AND, UH, AND YOU AND I TALKED OFFLINE, BUT BEING ABLE TO THEN PICK UP THE GRANT COMMITTEE OF THIS, UH, BOARD AND BEING ABLE TO DO MORE WORK, UH, WITH, WITH OUR EFFORTS AS WELL.

I LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

[4. PR-2023-087312 – 701 Sparks Ave. ]

WELL COMMISSIONERS, WE'LL NOW HAVE OUR FIRST CASE.

UH, THIS IS A ITEM.

AND BEFORE WE JUMP INTO ITEM NUMBER FOUR, IT'S 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE.

LET ME JUST EXPLAIN, UH, FOR THE RECORD, THIS WAS POSTED.

WE HAD VOTES.

I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION AT OUR LAST MEETING.

THIS IS BACK ON OUR AGENDA AS A, I THINK THAT PROBABLY THE, THE, THE EASIEST WAY TO REFER TO IT IS AS A REDO.

UH, WE WERE ALERTED BY THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT THAT THE POSTING FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, THERE WERE SOME DIFFICULTIES BECAUSE OF SOME STAFFING, UH, AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUES WHERE NOT EVERYBODY WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.

AND SO, UH, THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT HAS, IN DEFERENCE TO THE TOMA, THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS, UH, ACT HAS ESSENTIALLY SAID WE GET A, UH, A COMPLETE NEW REPOSTING OF THIS AS A NEW ITEM.

SO PRETEND THAT EVERYTHING WE SAID LAST MEETING DIDN'T EXIST AND WE START FROM SCRATCH.

SO, HAVING SAID THAT, LET ME ALSO BE VERY CLEAR THAT THIS FALLS UNDER A HISTORIC ZONING CASE WHERE WE HAVE ALREADY A, ON THE RECORD OPPOSITION FROM AN OWNER.

THERE IS STATE LAW THAT THEN TRIGGERS REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUPER MAJORITY.

IN ORDER FOR THIS TO GO FORWARD, A SUPER MAJORITY OF THIS BODY, A THREE QUARTER SUPER MAJORITY IS NINE VOTES.

SO THAT'S NINE VOTES OF THE ENTIRE 11 MEMBER BODY THAT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS TO BE ADVANCED.

IF WE DO NOT HAVE NINE VOTES, THEN THIS WOULD BE A FAILED MOTION AND IT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROCEED.

SO I WANNA MAKE SURE WE'RE CLARIFIED.

WHAT IS THE SITUATION HERE? BECAUSE WE HAD SEVERAL VOTES LAST TIME, AND I THINK IT WAS, IT WAS NOT CLEAR IN MY MIND EXACTLY HOW TO INDICATE WHAT THE END RESULT WAS.

SO IF THERE ARE NINE VOTES IN FAVOR OF THIS MOTION, THAT WILL BE A REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO HAVE THAT MOTION PASS.

IF THERE ARE LESS THAN NINE, THEN THAT MOTION WOULD NOT PASS.

THIS IS A COMMISSION INITIATED HISTORIC ZONING.

AND SO, UM, WE WILL HAVE THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE HISTORIC ZONING.

MAKE THE PRESENTATION FIRST, AND THEN WE WILL HAVE THE PRESENTATION FROM THE OWNER OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVE IN RESPONSE.

AND THEN, AS IS CUSTOMARY A REBUTTAL.

BUT BEFORE WE DO ANY OF THAT, I WILL CALL UPON OUR STAFF.

MS. CONTRERAS, WOULD YOU BEGIN WITH A NEW PRESENTATION? THANK YOU, CHAIR.

AND, UH, AS YOU'VE NOTICED, UH, I AM NOT FEELING OR SOUNDING MY BEST THIS EVENING, SO I'M GOING TO KEEP, UM, OUR PRESENTATIONS SHORT FROM STAFF.

UH, 'CAUSE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF DISCUSSION CASES TO GET THROUGH.

UM, THIS, UH, ITEM INITIALLY CAME BEFORE US AS A DEMOLITION REQUEST FROM THE APPLICANT, UH, IN NOVEMBER.

THE HLC INITIATED A SO ZONING ON THE PARCEL.

UM, AND AS CHAIR SETH MENTIONED, THE HLC MAY VOTE TO RECOMMEND HISTORIC ZONING OR DENY HISTORIC ZONING AND RELEASE THE DEMOLITION PERMIT.

UM, UH, IN OUR DISCUSSION WITH THE LAW DEPARTMENT, UM, A VOTE OF NO ACTION WILL CAUSE THE CASE TO TIME OUT ON JANUARY 15TH.

UM, SO IF NO ACTION IS TAKEN, OR THE DEMO PERMIT IS APPROVED, UM, BY THIS COMMISSION, UM, FIVE DAYS, UM, FROM NOW IS THE, IS THE CUTOFF.

UM,

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SO AS CHAIR SETH MENTIONED, THIS ITEM IS A REHEARING OF A CASE THAT APPEARED AT LAST MONTH'S MEETING.

UM, DUE A BREACH OF TOOMA, UH, THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

WE'VE BEEN ADVISED BY A LOT OF PLACES ASIDE AND BACK ON THE AGENDA.

UH, IT CAME BEFORE US AS A PROPOSAL TO DEMOLISH 8 19 25 HOUSE AND 1937 SECONDARY STRUCTURE, UH, THAT WAS THEN INITIATED LAST MONTH, UM, WAS BUILT IN 1925 FOR KNOX THOMAS AND SALLY ROGERS JOHNSON BY CONTRACTOR MARVIN MCGOUGH.

UH, THE 2020 NORTH LOOP HANCOCK BUGGY CREEK SURVEY LISTS THE PRIMARY BUILDING ON THE PROPERTY AS HIGH PRIORITY AND INDIVIDUALLY ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

UM, AND THE BUILDING, UH, MAY MEET TWO CRITERIA FOR HISTORIC ZONING AS A, UH, AN EXAMPLE OF THE SPANISH COLONIAL REVIVAL STYLE, UM, AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH KNOX.

TOM THOMAS AND SALLY JOHNSON.

MS. CONTRERAS, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OF STAFF BEFORE WE OPEN UP HEARING? OKAY, HEARING NONE THEN, UH, LET ME ASK THOSE IN FAVOR OF HISTORIC ZONING TO PLEASE ORGANIZE YOURSELF IN THE INTEREST OF TIME IF WE COULD HAVE SPEAKERS CLOSE TO OR LINED UP TO MAKE USE OF THE PODIUM.

AND I'LL CALL UPON OUR FIRST SPEAKER.

NOW, UH, THE FIRST SPEAKER WILL HAVE UP TO FIVE MINUTES.

ALL SUBSEQUENT SPEAKERS WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES, BUT I DO ASK EACH OF YOU WHO, WHEN THERE ARE MULTIPLE SPEAKERS, TO USE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY.

IF YOU CAN SUMMARIZE QUICKLY, UH, IT'S A FULL AGENDA AND, UH, WE DO APPRECIATE, UH, BREVITY.

UH, BUT WE ALSO APPRECIATE THE TIME THAT YOU'VE DEVOTED TO THIS.

SO, UH, I WILL CALL UPON OUR FIRST SPEAKER AND, UH, RECOGNIZE, UH, OUR FORMER CHAIR, UH, TERRY MYERS.

UH, MS. MYERS, WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

UM, I WAS PLANNING TO GO TO THE DECEMBER MEETING AND I DID SHOW UP.

I THINK THERE'S A, THERE SHOULD BE A LITTLE BUTTON THAT SAYS PUSHED BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM.

HELLO? HELLO.

YAY.

YOU GOT IT.

HI, MY NAME IS TERRY MEYERS.

UM, I WAS AT THE DECEMBER MEETING, BUT I WAS AT CITY HALL AND, UH, I KNEW I COULDN'T GET HERE IN TIME.

I RUSHED TO HIM IN TIME TO SEE YOU ALL, UH, TAKE UP THIS ITEM.

AND IT WAS, UM, SOMEWHAT DISCONCERTING TO ME BECAUSE, UH, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION AND A, A VOTE DENYING, UM, HISTORIC, A RECOMMENDATION FOR HISTORIC ZONING BASED ON CONDITION.

AND I THINK THAT CONDITION CAN BE CONSIDERED IN YOUR DELIBERATIONS, BUT IT SHOULDN'T BE THE PRIMARY, UH, ELEMENT THAT THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS.

I THINK THAT YOU NEED TO LOOK AT WHETHER OR NOT IT MEETS THE CRITERIA.

UH, THE FIVE CRITERIA.

AS YOU KNOW, OUR ARCHITECTURE, UH, HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS, UH, ARCHEOLOGY, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, AND COMMUNITY VALUE.

UM, I HAVE BEEN A PROFESSIONAL PRESERVATION CONSULTANT FOR 38 YEARS, AND I'VE LISTED MORE THAN 7,000 PROPERTIES IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

I DID THE FIRST FOUR LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND A NUMBER OF LOCAL LANDMARKS HERE IN, IN AUSTIN.

AND I'M SAYING THIS, I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M THAT OLD.

BUT, UM, I, I JUST WANNA SAY THAT BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE IN DOING ASSESSMENTS AND DOING NOMINATIONS, I FEEL THAT THIS HOUSE AT 7 0 1 SPARKS THE KNOX T AND SALLY ROGERS JOHNSON HOUSE MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR ARCHITECTURE, FOR HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS AND FOR COMMUNITY VALUE.

UM, IT, THE INTEGRITY ISSUES DO NOT CONSIDER CONDITION AS THE PRIMARY, AS AS ONE OF THE, UH, ELEMENTS FOR NATIONAL REGISTER, WHICH IS WHAT OUR CITY FOLLOWS AS A CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

UM, IN 2020, THE CITY HIRED CONSULTANTS, COTS MCCLAIN, TO DO AN ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY OF THE NORTH CENTRAL AREA.

AND IN THAT SURVEY, THERE WERE VERY STINGY WITH MANY OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT THEY RECOMMENDED THIS PARTICULAR HOUSE FOR INDIVIDUAL LISTING IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER.

THAT ME MEANS THAT IT IS AN EX AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ITS TYPE AND THAT IT MEETS ALL SEVEN I INTEGRITY ISSUES FOR NATIONAL REGISTER.

UM, I WON'T GO INTO IT FURTHER, BUT IT'S, IT IS A RARE, POSSIBLY UNIQUE EXAMPLE

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WITH THE ROUNDED PORTICO SUPPORTED BY, UM, CLASSICAL COLUMNS AND THEN THE SPANISH REVIVAL ELEMENTS OF THE RED CLAY TILE, THE FLAT ROOF PARAPET WALL.

UM, IT HAS MODERATE HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE ROGERS AND HORNSBY FAMILY WHO WERE PIONEERS IN TRAVIS COUNTY, BUT ALSO WITH CONTRACTOR, UH, KNOX T JOHNSON.

NEXT TIME YOU'RE WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK IN THE CENTRAL CITY, LOOK TO DOWN TO SEE IF HIS NAME ISN'T INSCRIBED ON THE SIDEWALK.

HE DID, HE WAS A MAJOR CEMENT CONTRACTOR, DID SIDEWALKS ALL THROUGH THE CITY, CURBING SEWER LINES, WATER LINES.

IF YOU LIVE IN, IN DISTRICT NINE, YOU PROBABLY HAD, UH, ONE OF THESE JOHNSON SIDEWALKS.

ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO EVER LIVED IN THIS HOUSE THROUGH THE LAST OWNER WERE DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF KNOX T AND SALLY ROGERS JOHNSON.

FINALLY, I THINK THIS PROPERTY HAS EXCEPTIONAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR COMMUNITY VALUE.

IT IS PART OF THE HISTORIC WHEELERS GROVE SITE, WHICH WAS THE SITE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATIONS IN AUSTIN, LATER KNOWN AS JUNETEENTH FROM 1874.

THAT'S AS FAR BACK AS I WAS ABLE TO TRACE IT TO ABOUT 1909 WHEN THE LAND WAS SOLD TO A PRIVATE COLLEGE AND THEN SORT OF WENT UNDER ITS LOCATION ON A LITTLE TRIBUTARY OF WALLER CREEK.

AND AT THE ENTRANCE TO EASTWOODS PARK, UM, IS SIGNIFICANT FOR THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY THAT GREW UP AROUND THE HOUSE.

AND THEN THE PARK WAS ACTUALLY DEVELOPED AFTER THE HOUSE AND THE LANDSCAPING THAT THE DEVELOPER PUT INTO THIS HOUSE, INTO THE YARD BACKS UP TO EASTWOODS PARK AND WAS SORT OF A BACKDROP OR MODEL FOR THE NATURALISTIC LANDSCAPE THAT JACOB, UM, GOEBBELS, THE CITY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, UM, FOLLOWED DEVELOPING EASTWOOD PARK.

THANK YOU, MYERS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND READ YOUR NAME AND TO THE RECORD.

HELLO.

THANKS FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

MY NAME'S NANCY KINSLER.

I'M THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT FOR THE CROCKETT FAMILY.

UM, MOTON CROCKETT SENIOR WAS QUITE INVOLVED IN THE REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT MATTERS ACROSS THE CITY.

AND IN THE EARLY 19 HUNDREDS, UM, HE OWNED AND SUBDIVIDED THE LAND THAT IS NOW THE HARRIS PARK EDITION SUBDIVISION AND SOLD A PORTION TO THE CITY FOR EASTWOODS PARK TO THE SOUTH.

THE FAMILY STILL OWNS THE HOUSES AT 7 0 5 AND 7 0 7 SPARKS, WHICH ARE ADJACENT TO 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE.

WE ARE VERY MUCH INVESTED IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND IT WOULD BE OUR GREATEST DESIRE TO SEE THE HOUSE REMAIN.

WE BELIEVE THIS HOUSE IS A PILLAR OF CHARACTER FOR THE ORIGINAL NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WAS BUILT MANY DECADES AGO.

WE SUPPORT KEEPING THE HOUSE FROM BEING DEMOLISHED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME MS. GENSLER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, NEXT SPEAKER PLEASE.

LET'S COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND READ YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

UM, GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS MARY KALE.

I'M ON THE BOARD OF PRESERVATION AUSTIN AND I CHAIR THEIR ADVOCACY COMMITTEE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TONIGHT.

UM, I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF PRESERVATION AUSTIN.

WE HAVE NOT FORMALLY VOTED ON A STANCE FOR THIS CASE, HOWEVER, WE DID WANNA USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE THAT WE SEE OFTEN AT THIS COMMISSION REGARDING CRITERIA FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION.

TIME AND AGAIN, WE SEE CASES COME BEFORE THIS COMMISSION THAT ARE CLEARLY WORTHY OF PRESERVATION LIKE THE SPARKS HOUSE, BUT DUE TO THE HIGH THRESHOLD SET BY OUR CRITERIA, THEY OFTEN FAIL TO MEET THE THRESHOLD OUTLINED IN CODE TO MERIT DESIGNATION.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS FIVE CRITERIA FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION, WHICH Y'ALL WELL KNOW OF, WHICH A PROPERTY MUST MEET TO ARCHITECTURE HISTORIC ASSOCIATION, WHICH, UM, TERRY MEYERS SPOKE ON SO ELOQUENTLY.

COMMUNITY VALUE, ARCHEOLOGY, AND LANDSCAPE.

THIS MEANS THAT A PROPERTY MUST MEET A MINIMUM OF 40% OF THE POSSIBLE CRITERIA TO ACHIEVE LANDMARK DESIGNATION.

COMPARE THIS TO SAN ANTONIO, WHICH HAS 16 CRITERIA FOR DESIGNATION AND REQUIRES A PROPERTY TO MEET THREE.

THAT'S A 19% THRESHOLD.

THAT'S LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT WE REQUIRE HERE.

FURTHERMORE, SAN ANTONIO'S CRITERIA CREATE A MORE NUANCED FRAMEWORK FOR EVALUATING A PROPERTY, RECOGNIZING THAT HISTORIC

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SIF SIGNIFICANCE CANNOT BE CAPTURED BY BROADLY DEFINED CRITERIA.

CRITERIA LIKE OURS, 7 0 1 SPARKS WAS EVALUATED AS HIGH PRIORITY FOR PRESERVATION IN THE 2020 NORTH LOOP HANCOCK BOGGY CREEK SURVEY.

IF EVALUATED BY SAN ANTONIO'S CRITERIA 7 0 1 SPARKS WOULD QUALIFY FOR LANDMARK STATUS WITHOUT QUESTION.

AS THE CITY MOVES FORWARD WITH A NEW EQUITY BASE PRESERVATION PLAN, WE ASK THE COMMISSION TO BEGIN CONSIDERING WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EXPAND THE CRITERIA FOR DESIGNATION SO THAT OUR PROGRAM CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING AND PRESERVING OUR CITY'S HERITAGE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

TONIGHT SCALE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND READ YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

MIKE .

NO ONE OF YOU.

GO AHEAD.

SORRY.

YOU CAN ALL BE QUEUED UP.

THAT'S OKAY.

BE CLOSE AT HAND.

IS IT? OKAY.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE PROCEED.

SORRY, I DON'T SEE WELL, SO , MY, MY NAME IS BARBARA EPSTEIN.

CAN YOU , DO I NEED TO GET THE MIC THERE? THERE YOU GO.

OKAY.

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE LANDMARK COMMISSION EXISTS TO ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT LOSE TANGIBLE LINKS TO LOCAL HISTORIC, LOCAL HISTORY, INCLUDING NOTABLE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE.

YOUR STAFF EVALUATED 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE AND FOUND THAT IT MET THE ARCHITECTURAL CRITERIA FOR PRESERVATION AS AN EXAMPLE OF SPANISH REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE.

AND THERE ARE PRECEDENTS OF THE LANDMARK COMMISSION GRANTING HISTORIC STATUS TO FAR MORE UNDISTINGUISHED AND DILAPIDATED HOUSES THAN 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE.

OVER THE OBJECTION OF THEIR OWNERS ONLINE PHOTOS FROM THE LISTING AND RECENT ACQUISITION IN MAY, 2023 SHOW INDICATE THAT THIS HOUSE IS STILL HABITABLE AS HABITABLE AS OTHER PROPERTIES.

THE FACT IS, WE VALUE THE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF THIS QUIET CORNER OF CENTRAL AUSTIN.

HOUSES LIKE 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE ENHANCE OTHER VISIBLE HISTORIC ELEMENTS.

THE 1920S HOUSE THAT REPLACED THE HOME OF SUSANNA DICKINSON, WHO SURVIVED THE SIEGE OF THE ALAMO, THE REMAINING NINE HOLES OF THE OLDEST GOLF COURSE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI, PART OF THE COM, THE COUNTRY CLUB FOUNDED IN 1899 BY FORMER MAYOR LOUIS HANCOCK AND THE COMMODORE PERRY ESTATE.

SPARKS AVENUE ITSELF IS ADJACENT TO EASTWOOD PARK, THE LAST REMNANT OF WHEELERS GROVE, WHERE AUSTIN'S BLACK COMMUNITY WAS FIRST ALLOWED TO CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH, THEN KNOWN AS EMAN EMANCIPATION DAY.

I HAVE FOUND LITERATURE THAT SAYS IT WAS AS FAR BACK AS THE 1860S, AND OF COURSE, IN 1964, DIOR'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS FIRST CELEBRATED IN EAST WOODS PARK.

IF YOU VOTE TO ALLOW THE DEMOLITION OF 7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE, YOU WON'T BE CONDEMNING JUST ONE HISTORIC HOUSE.

YOUR VOTE WILL UNEQUIVOCALLY SIGNAL THAT ANY HOUSE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD WITH HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE IS EXPENDABLE.

AND WE WILL ALL BE THE POOR FOR THAT.

WE CAN'T GET BACK HISTORY ONCE IT IS BULLDOZED.

2024 MARKS, 50 YEARS THAT I HAVE LIVED IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AS A PAST NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT AND LEGAL COMMITTEE OF EASTWOOD FOR 20 YEARS, AND THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORY AND ITS ARCHITECTURE, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION.

7 0 1 SPARKS AVENUE IS MEANINGFUL TO THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE HERE.

SO I'M ASKING YOU TO PRESERVE IT FOR US AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF OS OSTEO HEIGHTS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK STEIN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NEXT SPEAKER PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS LINDA TEAM.

I'M A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE EASTWOODS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND, UM, VERY MUCH INVESTED PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN AUSTIN.

I'VE ALREADY SPOKEN TO YOU TWICE, I DON'T REALLY NEED TO GO BACK OVER WHAT I'VE SAID.

IT WAS SO WELL SAID.

I'M SURE YOU REMEMBER EVERY WORD, BUT WE, WE'LL KEEP AN AT IT BECAUSE WE REALLY, REALLY WANT TO SAVE THIS HOUSE.

IT'S SUCH A KEY PART OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD LEADING AS IT DOES INTO EASTWOOD PARK AND BEING ON THIS

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LITTLE TINY STREET THAT LEADS DEAD ENDS INTO THE CREEK.

AND ON THAT STREET ARE A NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

AND WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT THERE.

BUT IF THIS HOUSE GOES DOWN, WE CAN'T DO THAT.

IT WON'T WORK.

PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE IT AND PLEASE DO IT.

THANK YOU MS. TEAM.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.

IF THERE ARE MORE SPEAKERS THAT ARE PLANNING TO SPEAK, PLEASE PREPARE SO THAT WE CAN MOVE EFFICIENTLY.

MY NAME IS SUSAN PRYOR AND MY HUSBAND RICHARD, AND I OWN THAT PROPERTY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THIS HOUSE.

AND, UH, WE BOUGHT THAT PROPERTY BECAUSE WE LOVE SPARKS AVENUE.

IT'S A WONDERFUL STREET AND UH, REALLY I THINK THIS IS A CRITICAL STRUCTURE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

IT'S A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE SPANISH STYLE ARCHITECTURE THAT WAS BUILT IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S RETAINED CHARACTERISTICS THAT OTHERS HAVE LOST, LIKE THE DETAILING AROUND THE WINDOWS, THE ROOF LINE, AND THE ROOFING TILES, WHICH TERRY MEYERS SO WONDERFULLY POINTED OUT.

IT SHOWS NO MAJOR STRUCTURAL CRACKS, WHICH YOU CAN, NOW THAT I KNOW THAT IT WAS A CEMENT BUILDER THAT KNEW CEMENT.

I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THESE PARTICULAR ST STYLE HOUSES THAT ARE STILL AROUND HAVE STAYED SO WELL.

IT'S THE FIRST PROPERTY ENTERING THE NEIGHBORHOOD FROM THE PARK ALONG HARRIS PARK AVENUE, ALONG A TRANSITION THAT IS KEY TO THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD.

WALKING DOWN THE STREET FROM THE PARK.

THIS IS THE FIRST PROPERTY YOU SEE AND GIVES AN INDICATION OF A STYLE THAT WAS PROMINENT AT THE TIME IT WAS BUILT.

IF YOU TURN RIGHT ONTO SPARKS, YOU'LL SEE THE ENTIRE STREET HAS RETAINED MOST OF THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER.

EVEN THE NEW STRUCTURE BEING BUILT ACROSS THE STREET WILL BE IN CHARACTER WITH THE REST OF THE STREET.

ALSO, SPARKS IS AN ENTRANCE TO THE PARK AS WELL AS HARRIS PARK AVENUE.

IF YOU CONTINUE ON HARRIS PARK AVENUE, YOU'LL NOTE ANOTHER SPANISH STYLE STRUCTURE.

QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THIS ONE, BUT NEVERTHELESS, RETAINED FOR ITS CHARACTER.

ON THE OTHER CORNER IS A HISTORIC STRUCTURE OF CRAFTSMAN STYLE DESIGN.

IF YOU TURN LEFT ON 32ND STREET, YOU ARE GREETED WITH THE HEIGHT OF SPANISH STYLE INFLUENCE OF THE AREA OF BEAUTIFUL ESTATES THAT HAVE RETAINED THEIR HISTORIC SPANISH CULTURE CHARACTER.

IT'S UNIQUE IN OUR AREA TO HAVE THESE EXAMPLES OF HOW ORIGINAL DEVELOPERS ADOPTED STYLES THAT WERE UNUSUAL AND SPECIFIC AND SPRINKLED THEM THROUGHOUT THIS SUBDIVISION.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS MAXED OUT ON PARKING.

CURRENTLY, EVERY SPACE IS TAKEN WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION.

A DENSE STRUCTURE ON THIS PROPERTY WOULD ONLY MAKE THE STREET AND PARK ACCESS MORE UNSAFE.

A LARGE STRUCTURE ON THIS PROPERTY WOULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE PARK.

THE FACT THAT A MAJOR TREE WAS CUT DOWN ON THE PROPERTY HAS ALSO MADE THE STRUCTURE MORE VISIBLE AND MORE INVASIVE TO THE PARK.

THE CURRENT STREET IS A VERY WALKABLE, EVEN WITH THE PARKING DEMANDS THAT EXCEED WHAT THE STREET CAN CURRENTLY HANDLE.

THE PARK HAS A WATER FEATURE FOR CHILDREN, PLAY SCAPES, PICNIC TABLES WITH GRILLS, TENNIS COURTS, BASKETBALL COURTS, AND MORE.

THIS PARK IS USED VIRTUALLY 24 7 AND A STRUCTURE THAT WOULD IMPEDE THE ENJOYMENT OF THIS PARK WOULD BE SAD TO SEE.

THANK YOU, MS. PRYOR.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.

GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

UH, WE JUST HEARD FROM TWO OF THE OTHER PRESIDENTS OF THE NIG NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

I'M THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF EASTWOOD AND I'M ALSO AN OWNER OF ONE OF THE JOHNSON HOMES, UH, ON 30TH STREET.

AND YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

I DO HAVE A, NOT A CRACK IN THAT CONCRETE, BY THE WAY.

AND IT'S 1932.

UM, AND A HAPPY OWNER OF THAT PROPERTY.

UH, YES, FOR THE RECORD, YOUR NAME, UM, OH, EXCUSE ME.

I'M RUSS JONES.

RUSSELL JONES, AND I'VE BEEN PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT OR TREASURER FOR 30 YEARS.

OF THE 33 YEARS I'VE LIVED THERE.

I MOVED SPECIFICALLY FROM WESTLAKE HILLS TO BE CLOSER TO TO TOWN AS OPPOSED TO DRIVING IN.

AND I PICKED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIFICALLY TO LIVE IN, VERY CLOSE TO THE CAMPUS.

IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE AND I BEG THAT YOU, UH, CONSIDER KEEPING THAT HOUSE, UH, AS A LANDMARK.

AND IF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WERE HERE, THEIR FIRST, UH, UH, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, UH, WHO HIRED DARRELL ROYAL IS AT THE END OF THAT STREET, UH, WOULD'VE BEEN AT THE END OF THAT STREET.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND I HOPE YOU CONSIDER KEEPING 7 0 1 SPARKS AS A, AS A WONDERFUL LANDMARK.

THANK YOU, MR. JONES.

UH, ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS TO SPEAK IN FAVOR? OKAY, WE'LL CALL UPON, UH, IN THIS CASE THE OWNER'S REPRESENTATIVE AND YOU'LL HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

UH, PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD.

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THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN.

MY NAME IS MIKE MCCONE.

I REPRESENT THE OWNER AND I'M HERE TO, UH, GO THROUGH GROUNDHOG DAY AGAIN WITH YOU.

UH, THE OWNER HAS SPENT A LOT OF A TIME AND EFFORT TO HAVE PROFESSIONALS GO OUT AND EVALUATE THIS STRUCTURE.

UM, THERE'S BEEN A TOTAL OF FIVE DIFFERENT INSPECTIONS.

WE ARE BLESSED TONIGHT TO HAVE ONE OF THE FINAL GENTLEMEN HERE WHO HAS GOT EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION TO MAKE A PRESENTATION.

AFTER ALL OF THOSE INDIVIDUAL NOT KNOWING WHAT THE OTHER INSPECTORS HAD SAID, CAME BACK WITH WAS THIS PROPERTY IS NOT CAPABLE OF BEING RECON IS IN TERRIBLE SHAPE AND HAS TO BE COME DOWN.

THE ONE THING THAT IS THE REAL KILLER HERE IS MOLD.

THE BASEMENT IS FULL OF WATER AND IT HAS MOLD.

AND IT WAS, WE TOOK THE, THE OWNER TOOK THIS REPORT TO HIS BANK AND SAID, HEY, UH, WHAT CAN WE DO? AND THEY SAID, WE WILL NOT LOAN YOU ANY MONEY FOR RESTORATION DE.

AND SO THAT'S, AND IN SPITE OF WHAT HAS BEEN SAID, THE ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY AND THE OTHER FIVE FOUR CONDITIONS ARE ONLY IN THE CRI PART OF THE CRITERIA.

THE FIRST CRITERIA UNDER THE ORDINANCE IS IT HAS TO BE AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD.

AND THE SECOND IS THAT THE BUILDING RETAINS INTEGRITY.

AND THE ARGUMENT HERE IS THAT IT DOES NOT RETAIN INTEGRITY.

ANYTHING WE DO WOULD TO DO WITH THIS BUILDING WOULD BE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FACT SIMILE.

AND SO I ASK YOU TO UPHOLD THE ORDINANCE AS WRITTEN THAT IT DOES NOT IN, IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING ELSE, HAVE ITS STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY, THAT IT WILL ALLOW IT TO BE RE UH, TO REMAIN AS A HISTORIC BUILDING.

ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO IT WOULD BE CON TOTAL REPLACEMENT AND A FACSIMILE RECONSTRUCTION.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL LEAVE YOU, UH, ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THIS.

THERE'S PLENTY OF PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE PUT INTO HERE, UH, TO LET YOU KNOW THE ACTUAL CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MS. MCCONE.

UH, ANY QUESTIONS OF THE OWNER'S REPRESENTATIVE? OKAY, IS THERE ANOTHER SPEAKER WHO WILL BE SPEAKING ON THIS ITEM? OKAY, PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD.

HI THERE.

MY NAME'S SEAN STANLEY.

I'M THE OWNER OF MDG CONSTRUCTION AND MO AUTO DEVELOPMENT GROUP.

UM, I'VE GOT, I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN SINCE 2005.

I'VE BUILT $500,000 WORTH OF PROJECTS IN AUSTIN.

UM, I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME OVER AT SPARKS, REVIEWED THE BUILDING INSIDE AND OUT.

UH, DID A LITTLE BIT OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING JUST TO SEE WHAT WAS IN THE BONES.

WHAT I COULD SEE FROM, WITHOUT TEARING IT UP, UM, THE BASEMENT CONDITION HAS TAKEN ON A LOT OF WATER.

THERE'S EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF MOLD IN THERE THAT'S GOTTA BE, UH, ABATED.

UM, THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF IT ITSELF, NOT KNOWING, NOT HAVING PLANS, NOT KNOWING WHAT MATERIALS WERE USED, LOOKING AT THE CURRENT CONDITION MAKES IT A, MAKES IT A HIGH RISK PROJECT FOR A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

UM, I HAVE A LOT OF GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE THAT I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MITIGATE RISK ON.

UH, I WOULD NOT TOUCH THIS WITHOUT REBUILDING IT.

UM, LOOKING AT DIFFERENT CONDITIONS, UH, I THINK YOU'LL ALSO FIND THAT, THAT THERE'S A LOT OF UNDISCLOSED DAMAGE, LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE.

UM, MAYBE HAD IT BEEN INTENDED EARLY ON THAT IT WOULD END UP BEING A HISTORIC STRUCTURE.

MAYBE IT'D BE IN BETTER SHAPE.

BUT TODAY, BASED ON CURRENT CONSTRUCTION COSTS AND BASED ON THE CONDITION OF IT, UH, I BELIEVE IT WOULD HAVE TO BE REBUILT IF I REBUILT IT.

IT'S ONLY GONNA BE A FACSIMILE OF WHAT, WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT.

UM, WE'RE RUNNING PROBABLY $400 A SQUARE FOOT FOR CONSTRUCTION COSTS THROUGHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

UM, I DON'T KNOW

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WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT WOULD MATCH THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE THAT IT MIGHT HAVE.

UM, I THINK THE COST IS OVERWHELMING COMPARED TO WHAT IT SHOULD COST, ESPECIALLY IN THIS DAY AND TIME WITH THE, UH, THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS AND THE, THE SKYROCKETING CONSTRUCTION COSTS.

UM, AND THAT'S ABOUT IT.

OKAY, MR. STANLEY, THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OF THE SPEAKER? I, I HAD A QUESTION.

UH, YOU MENTIONED CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE RUNNING ABOUT $400 A SQUARE FOOT IN AUSTIN, AND I BELIEVE YOU WERE THE AUTHOR OF A QUOTE FOR COMPLETE RECONSTRUCTION OF THIS HOUSE AT 1.2 MILLION, WHICH COMES OUT TO $389 PER SQUARE FOOT.

SO THIS SEEMS TO ME IN A COMPLETE RECONSTRUCTION, THIS BUILDING WOULD BE LESS THAN THE AVERAGE COST OF CONSTRUCTION.

CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT? IT'S NOT BY MUCH.

UM, WITHOUT DIGGING IN FURTHER, THAT'S LIKE THE BEST PRICE THAT I COULD COME UP WITH.

UM, I'VE PRICED SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROJECTS AND CONTINUE TO PRICE THEM THAT THIS FALLS RIGHT IN LINE WITH EVERYTHING I PRICE.

UM, OKAY.

AND DO YOU KNOW IF THE SUMP PIT WAS REPAIRED AT THE TIME THAT YOU HAD? IF THE, WHAT? THE SUMP PIT THAT WAS SHOWN FULL OF WATER WITH THE SUMP PUMP APPARENTLY NOT FUNCTIONAL.

WAS THAT REPAIRED AT THE TIME THAT YOU OBSERVED MOISTURE IN THE CRAWL SPACE? CORRECT.

'CAUSE IT'S FLOODED, IT'S AN ELECTRICAL PUMP, IT'S FLOODED.

THERE'S A LOT OF, THERE'S LEAKAGE INTO IT.

YOU CAN SEE WATER DRAINING DOWN THE WALLS, SO RIGHT.

AND THE SUMP PUMP IS SUPPOSED TO EJECT THAT WATER.

IS THE SUMP PUMP.

WAS THE SUMP PUMP FUNCTIONAL AT THE TIME THAT YOU DID THE INSPECTION AND NOTICE MOISTURE? I DON'T KNOW.

OKAY.

I MEAN, IT DIDN'T GET DOWN IN THERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS MR. STANLEY? THANK YOU.

THANKS.

NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.

AGAIN, YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD.

HI, I AM RAHIM JAVAN MAR, THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY AT 7 0 1 PARK AVENUE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL AND COMMUNITY CHANGING WORK THAT YOU DO TO KEEP OUR CITY SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL FOR US, THE RESIDENT.

I AM SENDING YOU AN EMAIL TO YOU CONCERNING THE PROPERTY BECAUSE I FEEL AS TAUGHT I DID NOT PROPERLY EXPLAIN THE SITUATION DURING THE PREVIOUS HEARING.

AFTER I PURCHASED THE PROPERTY IN THE LAST MAY, I HAD MY CONTRACTOR FILE FOR A DEMOTION PERMIT.

DURING THE REVIEW, WE LEARNED THAT CITY HISTORIC STAFF REQUIRE THE BUILDING BE SENT TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION WITH A RECOMMENDATION FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION.

HAD I NOW THIS WOULD HAPPEN, I WILL HAVE NEVER PURCHASED THE PROPERTY TO ME THIS COM THIS RECOMMENDATION IS PUZZLING AS A HOUSE IS IN A BAD IN TROUBLE CONDITION.

I HAVE GONE TO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE EXPECT REPORT.

VERIFYING THE CONDITION.

THE PROFESSIONAL HOUSE IN INSPECTION WAS VERY TRUE.

ONE FOUNDATION FELLER FELL DESTROYED BY LEAKING THE ROOF EXTERIOR WALL CRACK TWO SYSTEM OF FOUNDATION PROLONGING ELECTRICAL MECHANICAL TREE, THE HOUSE FULL OF THE MOLD AND THE BASEMENT WITH A FULL OF WATER.

AND THE MOLD THROUGHOUT THIS CONTRACTOR REPORT, WHICH I HAVE PROVIDE TO A STAFF, ARE ONE IN A INSPECT PROPERTY INSPECTION REPORT DETAIL IN A 14 MB REPORT TO ALL NATION RESTORATION, LLC, MOLD RESTORATION BUILDING IN THE TWO BAD CONDITION RE REMEDIATION OR RESTORATION WILL NOT POSSIBLE.

THREE.

THIS DISCONNECT REMODELING L-L-S-C-A LOW ESTIMATE FOR THE VERY BASIC WORK.

THIS CONTRACTOR DID NOT DEAL WITH THE MOLD OR GIVE ANY WARRANTY THAT HIS JOB WOULD RESULT IN A REVIVAL HOUSE.

FOUR.

I SEND THE INSPECTION REPORT TO MY BANKER AND HIS LETTER SAID THAT THE BANK WILL NOT

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PROVIDE A LOAN FOR THE RESTORATION TO EXISTING STRUCTURE.

I HAVE GONE TO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO GET AN ADDITIONAL BED TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE RECEIVED, THIS CONTRACTOR HAS ADVISED THAT THE ONLY ELEMENT OF THE EXISTING STRUCTURE THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE REUSED WOULD BE CONCRETE PRI PERIMETER BEAM CONDITION.

MR. AJA, THAT IS, THAT'S YOUR TIME.

AND SO WOULD YOU MAKE YOUR LAST, YOUR LAST COMMENT, WHATEVER YOU'D LIKE TO WRAP UP.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

UH, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OF THIS OWNER? UH, YES.

CAN YOU CONFIRM THE AMOUNT THAT YOU WERE REQUESTING A LOAN FOR FROM KLEBERG BANK? 1,210,000.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

OKAY, ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? ONE MORE QUESTION HERE.

YES.

UH, LOOKING AT THE REPORT, IT SAYS THAT THERE MAY BE ORGANIC GROWTH OR THERE MAY BE MOLD.

WAS THIS ERROR CONFIRMED BY A MALT INSPECTOR? UH, I, I'M SORRY, WOULD YOU REPEAT IT AGAIN? WAS THERE EVER CONFIRMATION OF MALT IN THE CRAWLSPACE BY A CERTIFIED MALT INSPECTOR? UH, I, I, YES, UHHUH .

AND IS, IS THAT A DOCUMENT THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO US? YEAH, YOUR QUESTION, EVERYTHING SHOULD BE, THE INSPECTION SAYS THAT MOISTURE BUILDER SEND IT TO CAN LEAD TO MILDEW AND THEN IT SAYS THIS SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO BY A CERTIFIED MOLD INSPECTOR.

SO ALL THE REPORT BE SENT IT TO YOU.

YOU SHOULD HAVE IT.

OKAY.

THAT'S DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE CLEAR IN THE INSPECT PROPERTY INSPECTION REPORT.

OKAY.

UNLESS THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL REPORT.

UM, THERE ARE, UH, SPECIFIC REPORTS TO IDENTIFY THE TYPES OF MOLDS AND WHAT KIND OF HAZARDS THEY MIGHT REPRESENT.

IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT'S NOT WHAT WE HAVE AT THIS POINT.

WE JUST HAVE IDENTIFIED THAT MOLD DOES EXIST.

IS THAT CORRECT? NO, I THINK, I THINK THE MOLD IS IN THE BUILDING.

I BE SEND A REPORT TO YOU, I THINK.

BUT YOU HAVE NO OTHER, NO, NO REPORT SPECIFIC TO THE TYPE OF MOLD OR IT'S CONDITION OR IT, WHATEVER OTHER, UH, REMEDIES MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO ADDRESS IT.

THAT'S A SPECIFIC REPORT.

YEAH.

THERE THERE'S NO, YEAH, THERE'S NO EXACTLY EXPLANATION, BUT THERE IS MOLD IN THE BUILDING.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, YOU'RE WELCOME.

ANY OTHER COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS? OKAY.

UM, WE, AS THIS IS A INITIATION OF ZONING, UH, THOSE IN FAVOR, WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO REBUT.

UH, SO MS. MYERS.

HI EMMA.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY, UM, AGAIN, THAT CONDITION IS ONE THING.

PROBABLY A LOT OF US SPEAKING HERE TODAY HAVE HAD SIMILAR CONDITION IN OUR HOUSES THAT WE HAVE REPAIRED OR MAINTAINED.

I THINK THAT THIS IS NOT A FOREGONE CONCLUSION.

THIS HOUSE WAS OCCUPIED, UM, MAYBE AS, AS LITTLE AS 10 MONTHS OR 12 MONTHS AGO.

UM, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY THIS MIGHT BE THE PURVIEW OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OR THE CITY COUNCIL, BUT I ASK YOU PLEASE TO CONSIDER LANDMARK STATUS BASED ON THE FIVE CRITERIA THAT WE HAVE AND THE IN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INTEGRITY IN THE ORDINANCE, IT'S THE SEVEN ASPECTS OF INTEGRITY AS ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL REGISTER, FOLLOWED BY THE CGS.

AND THAT'S INTEGRITY OF LOCATION, ASSOCIATION, DESIGN, WORKMANSHIP, MATERIALS, FEELING, AND SOMETHING ELSE THAT I CAN'T THINK OF OFFHAND, BUT IT'S NOT REPAIR.

AND, AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO TAKE THAT IN CONSIDERATION.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT I THINK YOU HAD 43 PEOPLE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD WRITE YOU ON THIS IN FAVOR OF, UH, HISTORIC ZONING.

AND I'D LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE HERE WHO IS HERE IN FAVOR OF LANDMARK STATUS, WHETHER YOU'VE SPOKEN OR NOT TO PLEASE STAND.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

SO NOTED.

THANK YOU ALL FOR