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SO FOUR.

[CALL TO ORDER ]

UH, I AM BEN HEIM, THE CHAIR OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION.

I WILL CALL THIS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD, UH, OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION TO ORDER.

UM, I'LL REVIEW THE AGENDA.

UM, WE WILL, UH, TAKE VOTES ON THE, UH, CONSENT AGENDA AND POSTPONEMENTS BEFORE WE PROCEED TO CASES.

BEFORE THAT, UH, WE WILL ALSO HAVE A PUBLIC, UH, COMMUNICATION.

SO IN ORDER TO GET STARTED, UH, SAM, WOULD YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLE? ABSOLUTELY.

FIRST, WE HAVE COMMISSIONER HEIM, S PRESENT, COMMISSIONER WHIT FEATHERSTON PRESENT, COMMISSIONER KEVIN COOK, PRESENT COMMISSIONER CARL LAROCHE IS ABSENT TODAY.

COMMISSIONER RE MC, ORDER COMMISSIONER HARMONY GROGAN PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER JAIME ALVAREZ.

SEEMS TO BE ABSENT TODAY.

COMMISSIONER ROXANNE EVANS IS NOT HERE YET.

SHE IS DELAYED IN TRAFFIC, BUT SHOULD BE HERE SHORTLY.

COMMISSIONER RAYMOND CASTILLO.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER JUAN RAYMOND RUBIO.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER TARA DUDLEY IS ABSENT.

SHE MAY BE LATE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, LET'S SEE.

ACTUALLY, DO WE HAVE ANY

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

PUBLIC COMMUNICATION? WHY DON'T WE GO TO THAT FIRST? YES, WE DO.

OKAY.

FIRST WE HAVE MR. SCOTT HENSON, PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, THESE ARE ITEMS THAT ARE NOT PERTAINING TO A SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEM TONIGHT, BUT ARE MORE GENERAL IN NATURE.

SO WELCOME.

ALRIGHT.

I DO HAVE SOME FOR Y THE OTHER TWO, SIR.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, MY NAME IS SCOTT HESSON.

UM, I LIVE IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN ON HEWLETT AVENUE.

AND I WANT TO JUST LET Y'ALL KNOW ABOUT A VERY STRANGE LITTLE PROJECT I'VE UNDERTAKEN HERE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

THIS IS NOT ASKING Y'ALL TO MAKE ANYTHING A LANDMARK OR, OR TAKE ANY ACTION, PARTICULARLY AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

BUT, UM, I HAD, UH, AS A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION, UH, I HAD RIGHT BEFORE THE PANDEMIC HIT HAD UNDERTAKEN CANCER SURGERY AND TREATMENT.

AND SO WHEN IT CAME OUT, I WAS NOT REALLY ABLE TO GO BACK AND DO TOO MUCH OUT IN THE WORLD AT ALL.

AND, AND AS A, A PROJECT THAT MAINTAINED SANITY DURING THIS PERIOD, UM, BEGAN RESEARCHING LITTLE STORIES FROM MY LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

THE FIRST ONE WAS THIS LITTLE SMALL BOOKLET, UM, YOU HAVE THERE, WHICH IS ABOUT A GROCERY STORE THAT TURNED 100 YEARS OLD LAST YEAR, UM, UM, AND IS STILL OPERATING A SMALL GROCERY STORE, TWO BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE.

THE SECOND ONE IS ABOUT A MURDER MYSTERY FROM THE FORTIES THAT TURNED OUT TO BE POLITICALLY CONSEQUENTIAL AND WAS PRIMARILY COVERED AT THE TIME BY ARTHUR DEWITTE, WHO YOU PROBABLY HAVE HEARD OF AS AN NAACP ACTIVIST.

BUT HIS DAY JOB FOR 23 YEARS WAS AS A, A REPORTER FOR THE HOUSTON AND FORMER NEWSPAPER.

AND ALL OF HIS WRITINGS HAVE BEEN LOST.

THEY, YOU, THEY'RE NOT IN ANY ARCHIVES OR, OR YOU KNOW, ANYWHERE.

UM, BUT I DID FIND, UH, TWO OF HIS ARTICLES OR FRAGMENTS OF THEM IN THE DA'S FILES AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH.

AND SO, UM, ALL THIS TO SAY, I'M GONNA BE GENERATING SEVERAL MORE OF THESE CRAZY LITTLE THINGS.

UM, WE'RE JUST GONNA ROLL 'EM OUT ONE AT A TIME HERE OVER THE NEXT YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF.

AND, UH, SO, AND I WANTED TO SHARE THESE WITH Y'ALL JUST TO, UM, UH, UH, SORT OF MAKE THE COMMUNITY AWARE OF 'EM THAT IT DEALS WITH SOME OF THIS.

'CAUSE I REALLY DID JUST DO THIS SORT OF ISOLATED ON MY OWN.

AND FINALLY, I WANTED TO LEAVE SOME, NOT JUST HERE FOR THE COMMISSIONERS, BUT FOR THE STAFF TO WORK ON THIS AND SOME TO PASS ALONG, PLEASE.

BECAUSE THIS ONE, THE LARGER ONE ACTUALLY WAS GENERATED BASED ON ME READING AN ANALYSIS THAT ONE OF THE CITY STAFF DID ON A DEMOLITION PERMIT.

AND, UM, AND SOMEONE HAD FOUND REFERENCE TO THIS MURDER AND FOUND A MONEY QUOTE FROM THE STATESMAN THAT, THAT SORT OF CAPTURED SOME OF THE CRAZINESS THAT WOULD MAKE YOU REALLY PERK UP AND SAY, WOW, THERE'S A STORY TO TELL THERE.

AND THAT IS 100% HOW I FOUND THAT.

AND SO I'M GONNA LEAVE A FEW ALSO TO

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PLEASE PASS ALONG TO WHOEVER THE STAFF ARE WHO DO THAT WORK BECAUSE YAY THEM.

I APPRECIATE THEM.

AND THAT WAS A FUN THING TO FIND AND A FUN THING TO DO.

SO THAT'S WHAT I GOT, WANTED TO SHARE THOSE WITH Y'ALL AND, UH, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.

AND THAT'S WHAT I GOT, SCOTT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND LET ME ALSO PUT A PLUG, SINCE YOU DROPPED ONE OF THESE OFF AT THE PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE MEETING, AND I'VE HAD A CHANCE TO READ THEM ALREADY.

UH, YOU'RE QUITE A WRITER.

UH, YOU REALLY BRING THE HISTORY TO LIFE.

AND, UH, IT'S AMAZING BECAUSE, UH, THIS ISN'T A FAR IN A WAY DISTANT PLACE.

WE'RE READING ABOUT, THESE ARE ALL STREETS THAT WE KNOW IN TRAVERSE EVERY DAY IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

OH, RIGHT.

AND TO KNOW THERE'S THIS RICH HISTORY, UH, AND, AND TO MAKE IT AS, UH, UH, EXCITING IF YOU WILL, UH, AS YOU HAVE, UH, MY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND, AND CERTAINLY, UH, UH, HOWEVER, HOWEVER, THEY NEED TO FIND YOU TO GET COPIES OR TO CONTACT THE PRESERVATION OFFICE TO MAKE REFERENCE.

YEAH.

WELL, THERE'S A, UM, I MEAN THERE'S A, UH, I'M, YOU CAN ORDER 'EM MAIL ORDER, UM, AT GB PUBS.COM.

UM, UH, ACTUALLY THEY SELL 'EM AT THE LITTLE STORE WHERE THEY'RE .

THERE YOU GO.

WHERE THEY'RE, BUT WE, WHERE YOU'RE WRITING ABOUT.

YEAH.

BUT I HAVEN'T REALLY GOTTEN A LOT OF GREAT, UM, DISTRIBUTION WORK DONE YET, MAINLY 'CAUSE I'M JUST KIND OF PUTTING THESE OUT AT THE MOMENT, AND HADN'T HADN'T FOCUSED THAT MUCH ON THAT PART.

WELL, LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO MORE, UH, MEET ME AT HUDSPETH CORNER IS THE ONE I READ.

I'M NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO ICARUS AND HEELS AND FUR.

AND OF COURSE THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE AWFULLY CUTE, SO.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NO, THEY'RE, THEY'RE FUN.

AND, AND IT'S A WEIRD PLACE IN AUSTIN TO WRITE ABOUT THAT THE LITTLE STORE, THE HUDSPETH CORNER STORE THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, WHEN THEY CREATED THE NEGRO DISTRICT IN 1928, OF COURSE, THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY THERE WAS, IT WAS SOUTH OF OAKWOOD CEMETERY WAS THE, WAS THE LOCATION WELL SOUTH, THAT BOUNDARY IS 14TH STREET, AND THAT WAS 14TH STREET TO THE EDGE OF TOWN.

WELL, THIS IS AT 14TH AND CEDAR.

SO THIS LITTLE STORE IS RIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW, AT THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY ON THE WHITE SIDE OF THE, OF, OF THE DISTRICT, ONE THAT'S CREATED.

AND IT JUST CREATED THIS VERY INTERESTING LITTLE LOCATION TO STUDY THAT WASN'T QUITE ONE OR THE OTHER PLACE, YOU KNOW, AND, AND YOU DUG HAVE SOME VERY INTERESTING PERSONALITIES, PARTICULARLY SIE MA BARTON.

UM, I HOPE WE'LL ALL BE TALKING ABOUT HER A LOT MORE.

RIGHT.

WELL, I DON'T WANT TO KEEP YOU UP.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, SEE, DO WE HAVE ANYONE ELSE? YES, WE HAVE A WOLF SITLER.

OKAY.

PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE.

UH, MR. CHAIRMAN MEMBERS, UH, MY NAME IS WOLF SITLER.

I'M A, UH, RESIDENT OF TRAVIS HEIGHTS AND HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN THE NORWOOD HOUSE FOR THE, SINCE 2008.

UM, AND I AM NOW A MEMBER OF, UH, A NEW VOLUNTEER GROUP WORKING TO REVIVE THE NORWOOD HOUSE.

IT'S CALLED A REVIVED NORWOOD ALLIANCE.

AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IN AN EFFORT TO, UH, PERSUADE THEM TO GO ALONG WITH OUR VISION OF REPURPOSING THE HOUSE.

UH, OUR ORIGINAL THOUGHT WAS TO CREATE A DUPLICATE OF THE HOUSE.

IT WAS A ARTS AND CRAFTS BUNGALOW, ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE HOUSES IN AUSTIN.

UH, SINCE THEN, WE'VE CONCLUDED THAT DUPLICATING THE HOUSE WOULD PROBABLY COST TWICE AS MUCH AS REPURPOSING IT IN ANOTHER WAY.

AND SINCE WE'RE USING, WE'RE THINK IF IT GETS DONE, IT REQUIRES SOME TAX MONEY.

WE WANT TO USE, UH, SMART STRATEGIES IN TERMS OF SPENDING TAX MONEY SO WE GET THE MOST FOR THE LEAST.

SO AT THIS POINT, THERE IS NO COMMITMENT ON THE PARKS DEPARTMENT OR BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO, UH, FIX THE HOUSE AND MAKE IT USABLE AS A COMMUNITY EVENT CENTER AND A RENTAL, UH, VENUE SIMILAR TO THE ZILKER CLUBHOUSE.

SO WE'RE WORKING, WE'RE HOPING THAT, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY JURISDICTION ON THESE THINGS, WHERE YOU CAN ENCOURAGE THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO, UH, GO ALONG WITH A PLAN TO, UH, FIX UP THE HOUSE.

IT HAS A NEW FOUNDATION, IT HAS A NEW SUBFLOOR.

THE RAFTERS ARE REINFORCED.

IT'S BASICALLY, UH, FROM A CONTRACTOR PERSPECTIVE, IT'S 25% DONE.

AND, UH, THE, UH, PARKS DEPARTMENT IS, SAYS THEY'RE NOT SURE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANNA DO WITH IT.

MAYBE FIX IT UP, MAYBE TEAR IT DOWN AND, AND PUT A VIEWING PLATFORM THERE.

SO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU HAVE A LETTER THERE FROM, UH, SOUTH RIVER CITY CITIZENS, UH, WHO HAVE ALWAYS ENDORSED THE REPURPOSING OF THIS HOUSE.

AND, UH, THE COMMUNITY WOULD APPRECIATE IF, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WOULD JUST SIGN, SIGN UP TO GO ALONG WITH IT AND HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN.

BECAUSE, UH,

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IT'S, IT'S A SITE THAT IN THAT PART OF TOWN, THERE'S NOTHING COMPARABLE AS AN EVENT CENTER OR A COMMUNITY CENTER.

AND SO IT WOULD SERVE NOT JUST OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY OF AUSTIN, JUST LIKE THE ZILKER CLUBHOUSE.

SO.

WELL, WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU'RE PUTTING IN.

UH, THAT IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, UH, STRUCTURE.

AND, UH, I, MYSELF, I'M NOT PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE, UH, WHO'S ALREADY INVESTED VOLUNTEER HOURS TO TRY TO MOVE THINGS ALONG.

I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WOULD CONSIDER OUTRIGHT DEMOLITION.

UH, THAT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE.

RIGHT.

THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, IT IS LANGUISHED, UH, THE BEST WE COULD DO.

UH, UH, WELL, I CAN'T SAY I WAS RESPONSIBLE, BUT CERTAINLY WAS INVOLVED SLIGHTLY WHEN THEY MOVED IT TO THE CURRENT REMOVED IT, I SHOULD SAY, FROM ITS SITE WHERE IT HAD BEEN, UH, PARKED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND THEN REPLACED IT ON ITS ORIGINAL SITE.

YEAH.

BUT THAT IS AUSTIN'S PREMIER BUNGALOW.

AND IF IN ITS HEYDAY THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT.

YEAH.

UM, AND THE DREAM OF PUTTING THAT BACK IN SOME FASHION AND GIVING THAT, UH, RESOURCE AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC, I, I'M DELIGHTED IT'S NOT DEAD AND , WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO HELP, PLEASE KEEP US INVOLVED.

YEAH, OKAY.

WELL, I'LL CERTAINLY DO THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I, I, COMMISSIONERS, I'M, I'M, I'M SPEAKING OUT OF TURN PERHAPS FOR ALL OF THE COMMISSION, BUT IN THIS CASE IT'S VERY PERSONAL SINCE, UH, WE'VE HAD QUITE A BIT OF TIME ALREADY PUT IN TO TRYING TO GET IT AS FAR ALONG AND, AND INDEED OBVIOUSLY IT, IT HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL.

THIS SOMETHING THAT'S AUSTIN DEPARTMENT OR AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION OR SOMETHING THAT WE COULD REACH OUT TO BOTH.

YEAH, PLEASE LET US, I KNOW PART OF COURSE IS THE OWNER, UM, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THE PARKS FOUNDATION IS INVOLVED AT ALL.

YEAH.

THE, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IS, OR, OR THE PARKS FOUNDATION IS THAT THEY WILL HELP US WITH FUNDRAISING IF WE GET THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO AHEAD.

SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST TRYING TO, UH, SET THE STAGE FOR GETTING APPROVAL FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO PROCEED WITH FIXING IT UP.

WELL, THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS OF, UH, UH, FURTHER DISCUSSION ON QUESTION OF THE, UH, PRESENTER? NOT FOR THE PRESENTER, BUT I HAVE A QUESTION FOR STAFF.

UM, IT LOOKS LIKE PARD IS DOING A ANOTHER ASSESSMENT THIS WINTER AND THEN, UM, WE'LL AT SOME POINT DO A CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATION ON FINDINGS.

WOULD PARD BE COMING HERE BUT BEFORE CITY COUNCIL, OR IS THAT SOMETHING WE'RE NOT SURE OF? STAFF.

OKAY.

CALLEN, WOULD YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THAT? THANK YOU.

YES, COMMISSIONER.

UM, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I'VE HEARD OF THUS FAR, BUT I CAN CERTAINLY INVITE THEM TO, UH, TO COME AND SPEAK TO Y'ALL, UH, BEFORE WE GO, UM, AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE AT COUNCIL.

THANK YOU.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, AND LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT, UH, IN THE MIDST OF THIS PRESENTATION, UH, COMMISSIONER EVANS HAS SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT TRAFFIC AND ARRIVED, AND, UH, COMMISSIONER DUDLEY IS, IS WITH US.

WELCOME YOU BOTH AS WELL AS COMMISSIONER ALVAREZ.

OH, AND COMMISSIONER ALVAREZ MADE IT TOO.

ALRIGHT, NOW, NOW WE'RE EVERYBODY UP AND RUNNING.

UH, COMMISSIONER, UH, LAROCHE IS THE ONLY ONE ABSENT.

UM, IS THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CITIZEN THIS, UH, UH, PRESENTATION WE DO, UM, ACTUALLY, MRS. SMOOT, UM, WE JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT WE WILL NEED TO POSTPONE THE 4 0 9 EAST MONROE BRIEFING.

UM, SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT MORE IN MAY.

UM, BUT YOU ARE FREE TO, IS SHE FREE TO SPEAK? YEAH, FEEL FREE TO SPEAK .

YEP.

YOUR COMMENTS WILL STILL BE ON THE RECORD.

IT'S GOOD TO KNOW.

I AM, I AM, UM, UH, BACK AGAIN TO, UH, JUST KEEP ON YOUR RADAR.

OKAY.

AND FOR THE RECORD, LET'S MAKE SURE YOU READ YOUR NAME IN THE RECORD.

AH, MY NAME IS SAMANTHA SMOOT.

UH, AND, UH, I AM, UM, HERE TO JUST KEEP THE PROPERTY AT 4 0 9 EAST MONROE ON YOUR RADAR.

THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT, UH, NEIGHBORS ARE CONCERNED THAT, UM, EVEN THOUGH YOU ALL, UM, UH, REJECTED, UH, UH, DEMOLITION REQUEST LAST YEAR, AND APPROVED A PLAN THAT WOULD PRESERVE THE EXTERIOR STRUCTURE OF THIS HISTORIC AND WONDERFUL PROMINENT HOME, UM, THAT THE LANDLORD HAD LEFT THE PROPERTY UNSECURED, AND WE WERE CONCERNED THAT WE WERE WITNESSING A DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT, UH, AND, UM, FURTHER CONCERNED THAT THE CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS, RATHER THAN, UH, LEADING TO AN OUTCOME OF ENFORCING THE CODE AND REQUIRING THE BUILDING TO BE SECURED AND MAINTAINED WAS INSTEAD, UH, IT SEEMED PERHAPS, UH, MOVING

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TOWARDS THE CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT, UH, RECOMMENDING DEMOLITION.

AND SO WE, THIS WAS A PLEA TO HELP US HELP, UH, DIFFERENT ARMS OF THE CITY WORK TOGETHER AND ALSO ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE OF DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT, WHICH I THINK HAS BROADER INTEREST AND IMPLICATION.

SO I WANTED TO JUST KEEP IT ON YOUR RADAR.

I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW A QUICK UPDATE WITHIN DAYS OF YOUR LAST MEETING, UM, A FOR SALE SIGN COMING SOON, UH, HOUSE WAS PLACED IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY.

THERE HAS BEEN SOME CLEANUP OF THE GROUNDS.

UM, THE DOORS ARE NOW CLOSED SECURELY, WHICH IS GREAT.

A COUPLE OF WINDOWS ARE STILL OPEN.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE OWNER IS HOPEFUL THAT HE CAN BE PART OF A SALE AND BE THE CONTRACTOR FOR THE RENOVATION.

SO, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HOPEFUL AND YET WE'RE ALSO STILL CONCERNED THAT THERE'S A CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS IN PLACE AND A LANDLORD WHO, UM, UH, AN OWNER WHO'S INTERESTED IN ULTIMATELY IN DEMOLITION.

SO, UM, THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY, THAT'S REALLY ALL.

AND I GUESS THE BRIEFINGS GONNA BE NEXT MONTH NOW FROM CODE ENFORCEMENT.

SO NO SPECIFIC REQUEST, JUST KEEPING IT ON THE RADAR FOR YOU.

COMMISSIONERS.

ANY, ANY QUESTION FROM THE PRESENTER? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

ANY FURTHER PRESENTATION? YES, WE HAVE MEGAN KING.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MEGAN KING, UM, POLICY OUTREACH PLANNER FOR PRESERVATION AUSTIN WITH MY MONTHLY UPDATE FOR YOU ALL.

UM, JUST ONE UPDATE I SUPPOSE.

UM, WE HAVE OUR 2024 HOMES TOUR COMING UP IN A FEW WEEKS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AND SUNDAY APRIL 21ST.

FIRST, SORRY.

IT'S A TWO DAY TOUR CITYWIDE WITH 10 HOMES.

UM, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT'S LIKE OVER A HUNDRED YEARS WORTH OF HOMES.

UM, WE'RE GONNA HAVE A VIP PARTY, THE, UM, THE SAME WEEK ON THE 16TH AT SOUTH WIND, THE HOME OF TEXAS, MODERNIST PAINTER, SEYMOUR FOGLE.

AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED THIS YEAR TO HAVE OUR FIRST EVER BLOCK PARTY, WHICH WE'RE PUTTING ON WITH THE CITY'S PLANNING DEPARTMENT, UM, ON SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AS PART OF THE HOME TOUR.

AND IT'LL BE IN THE ROGERS, WASHINGTON HOLY CROSS HISTORIC DISTRICT.

AND THERE'S GONNA BE FOOD AND MUSIC AND TOURS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT.

AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED.

SO ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED CAN GET TICKETS@PRESERVATIONAUSTIN.ORG.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE IT.

ALRIGHT, ANY FURTHER PRESENTATIONS? NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION OR PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, WELL THEN COMMISSIONERS,

[Consent Agenda]

LET ME PROCEED TO REVIEW THE AGENDA AND THEN WE WILL BEGIN, UH, UH, WITH OUR CONSENT ITEMS. UH, LET ME START WITH ITEM NUMBER ONE, WHICH IS THE MARCH 6TH, 2024 MINUTES, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

UH, ITEM NUMBER TWO IS A BRIEFING PRESENTATION AND RESOLUTION, UH, REGARDING THE INSTALLATION OF LG LGBTQIA PLUS HISTORICAL MARKER AT FOURTH IN COLORADO.

UH, WE'LL ALSO HAVE A, A NUMBER THREE, UH, PRESENTATION ON THE CODE DEPARTMENT PROCESSES.

UH, THOSE WILL NOT REQUIRE ANY ACTION.

UH, THE CODE PROCESSES BRIEFING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

I BEG YOUR PARDON.

THE, THE, UH, CODE PROCESS BRIEFING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

UH, OKAY.

SO WE WILL NOT HAVE THE CODE DEPARTMENT PROCESS.

SO WILL THAT BE, UH, ON OUR AGENDA NEXT MONTH? OKAY.

THEN WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT.

WE HAVE, UM, PUBLIC HEARINGS DISCUSSIONS ON HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATIONS.

UH, ITEM NUMBER FOUR, THIS IS, UH, AT 1206 EAST 13TH STREET, UH, AND 1209 BOB HARRISON, THE FASHION AT BEAUTY SHOP.

UH, THIS WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR MARCH 6TH AGENDA.

AND THAT WILL BE A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER 5 3 10 WEST AVENUE.

UH, THE RUSSELL AND JEAN LEE HOUSE.

UH, THIS IS AN OWNER INITIATED HISTORIC ZONING AND THAT IS ALSO POSTED FOR DISCUSSION.

THE NEXT ITEMS ARE, UH, ITEMS FOR HIS, UH, UH, CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS, EITHER HISTORIC LANDMARKS OR LOCATED IN A NA IN A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

UM, FIRST ITEM NUMBER SIX IS 42 0 4 AVENUE H.

UH, THIS, UH, WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR MARCH 6TH MEETING, WAS REFERRED TO THE, UH, ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE.

AND I BELIEVE, UH, STAFF, DID WE GET NEW PLANS? I KNOW THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO MAKE IT, UH, IN TIME FOR THE PO FOR THE, UH, PACKETS.

YES, WE HAVE NEW PLANS.

OKAY, AS OF LAST NIGHT, I BELIEVE.

UM, LET ME, LET ME HAVE THAT ONE AS A DISCUSSION THEN.

I BELIEVE THAT'S WHAT YOU WERE RECOMMENDING SO THAT WE CAN AT LEAST REVIEW THE NEW, THE UPDATES.

UH, ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, UH, 4 0 0 4

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AVENUE H UH, THIS IS IN THE HYDE PARK LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

A CON, UH, PROPOSAL FOR AN ADDITION OF A PORCH AND ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 8 11 14 WEST NINTH STREET, SHELBY HOUSE.

A PROPOSAL TO REPLACE THE SHINGLE ROOF WITH A METAL ROOF, UH, IS RECOMMENDED THAT THAT IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER 9 15 0 4 WEST LYNN STREET.

UH, THIS IS A PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT AN ADDITION REMODEL AND REPAINT, UH, THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 10 AT 8 0 1 LYDIA STREET IN THE ROBERTSON, STEWART AND MAYOR LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT.

UH, THAT IS A DEMOLITION, UH, REQUEST.

AND THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION IS TO DENY THE DEMOLITION REQUEST.

AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

IS THAT, THAT IS AN APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT? BEG YOUR PARDON? IT IS AN APPLICANT POSTPONEMENT.

OH, THAT IS THE DISC.

THE APPLICANT HAS ASKED FOR A POSTPONEMENT.

OKAY.

SO THAT'LL BE ALRIGHT.

UH, THESE NEXT ITEMS ARE PROPERTIES, NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICTS, UH, WHICH WARRANT OUR REVIEW, UH, ITEM NUMBER 11, WHICH IS 1409 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

UH, THIS IS A ADDITION AND A REMODEL.

IT WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR MARCH 6TH.

AND IS, UM, BEING OFFERED AS A CONSENT.

UH, LET'S SEE, WAS THAT A CONSENT POSTPONEMENT? YES.

THE APPLICANT HAS ASKED FOR A POSTPONEMENT.

ITEM NUMBER 12 23 21 HARTFORD ROAD.

NOW THIS IS IN THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTERED DISTRICT AND THAT IS, UH, ADDITION AND A REMODEL AND IT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 13 AT 10 0 8 SPENCE STREET IN THE WILLOW SPENCE NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT.

THIS PROPOSAL IS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION, UH, FOR AN ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT.

AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 14 15 10 WILDRIDGE DRIVE IN THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

UH, THAT IS A PROPOSED PARTIAL DEMOLITION AND ADDITION, AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 15, UH, THAT IS, UH, 2307 WINDSOR ROAD NUMBER TWO IN THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT.

AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE IS A DISCUSSION POSTPONEMENT.

SO, UH, WE'LL HAVE THAT, UH, OFFERED FOR POSTPONEMENT, BUT WE'LL DISCUSS, UH, WHETHER THAT'S APPROPRIATE.

ITEM NUMBER 16 27 15 WILDRIDGE DRIVE AND THE OLD WEST AUSTIN NATIONAL REGISTER.

HISTORIC DISTRICT, UH, THAT IS A PROPOSAL FOR A DEMOLITION AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

UH, THESE NEXT ITEMS ARE DEMOLITION AND RELOCATION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 17, UH, 2,200 WEST NINTH STREET.

UH, THAT IS A DEMOLITION REQUEST AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 18 21 0 2 4 OAKS LANE.

THAT IS ALSO A DEMOLITION REQUEST THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT CHAIR.

I'D LIKE TO PULL ITEM NUMBER 18 21 0 2 4 OAKS LANE.

OKAY, WE'LL POST THAT INSTEAD.

WE'LL PULL THAT AND HAVE THAT FOR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER 18 AT, UH, 2102 FOR OAKS LANE.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 19 14 0 1 ELTON LANE.

UH, THAT IS A PARTIAL DEMOLITION REQUEST AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 20 AT 32 0 5.

TOM GREEN STREET.

THAT IS A TOTAL DEMOLITION AND I BELIEVE THERE IS A REQUEST FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR A POSTPONEMENT.

AND SO THAT WILL BE A ANOTHER DISCUSSION.

POSTPONEMENT ITEM NUMBER 21.

THAT IS 24 0 7 SOUTH THIRD STREET.

UH, THAT I BELIEVE IS THAT A DISCUSSION IS SOME, DID WE HAVE SOMEONE PULL THAT? NO.

OKAY.

UNLESS THAT'S, UH, SOMEONE HAS, HAS REQUESTED THAT, THEN THAT WILL ALSO BE OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 21.

OKAY.

UM, ITEM NUMBER 22 53 0 4 WESTERN HILLS DRIVE.

THAT IS A PARTIAL DEMOLITION.

UH, THAT ITEM IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 23 34 0 5 WILLOW SPRINGS ROAD.

THAT IS A RELOCATION PERMIT AND THAT IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

AND THE REMAINING ITEMS, UH, WE HAVE ITEMS FOR COMMISSIONERS.

UH, ITEM 24.

UH, THERE'S, UH, ACTIONS REQUIRED TO, UH, ALLOW PRESERVATION PLAN, WORKING GROUP AND THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION.

UH, YOU HAVE LANGUAGE ON THAT AND WE CAN DISCUSS THAT BEFORE WE TAKE ACTION.

UH, 25.

WE

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HAVE, UH, MEMBERSHIP CHANGES OF THE COMMITTEES, UH, THAT WE'LL TAKE ACTION ON ITEM 26.

UH, BUDGET RECOMMENDATION, UH, IT BEING PROPOSED THAT WE HAVE A WORKING GROUP, WE STILL HAVE TIME TO MAKE THAT BUDGET REQUEST.

ITEM 27, UH, THERE IS A LETTER FOR COUNSEL, UH, FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THAT, UH, SEE, UM, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DISCUSS THAT AND TAKE ACTION.

UH, COMMITTEE UPDATES WILL BE GRANTS OPERATIONS, ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW AND PRESERVATION PLAN COMMITTEE.

SO THAT'S THE AGENDA.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT WERE ON CONSENT THAT ANYONE WOULD WANT ME TO, UH, POLL FOR DISCUSSION? ALRIGHT, AND HEARING NONE, WHAT I'LL DO IS I'LL REVIEW THOSE ITEMS SPECIFICALLY AND THEN I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA.

SO THE FIRST ITEM, AS WE MENTIONED WAS, UM, ITEM NUMBER ONE.

THOSE ARE THE MARCH 6TH, 2024 MINUTES.

UH, ITEM NUMBER, LET'S SEE.

THE NEXT ONE IS ITEM NUMBER 7 40 0 4 AVENUE H IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 9 15 0 4 WEST LYNN STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 12 23 21 HARTFORD ROAD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 13 10 0 8 SPENCE STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

1510 WILDRIDGE DRIVE OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

16 IS 27 15.

WILDRIDGE DRIVE IS ALSO OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM 17, 2200 WEST NINTH STREET IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

ITEM NUMBER 19 14 0 1 ELTON LANE IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

21 24 0 7 SOUTH THIRD STREET, OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

22 53 0 4 WESTERN HILLS DRIVE IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

23 23 0 5 WILLOW SPRINGS ROAD IS OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

UH, COMMISSIONERS.

I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

DID I MISS 16? HOLD ON.

UH, 27 15 WILDRIDGE DRIVE AS WELL IS ALSO OFFERED FOR CONSENT.

I DUNNO HOW I MISSED THAT ONE.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

I'LL MOVE THAT WE PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA.

SECOND, IT'S BEEN MOVED BY COMMISSIONER COOK CENTERED, UH, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER HORTER.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR INDICATE BY SAYING AYE OR RAISING YOUR HAND.

SEE, IT IS UNANIMOUS.

SO THERE'S NONE IN A PAUSE.

ALRIGHT, UM, THESE NEXT ITEM, IT, WE DO HAVE A, UH, CONSENT POSTPONEMENT AND THAT I DON'T BELIEVE WE'D NEED ANY ACTION FOR THE POSTPONING OF THE BRIEFING.

IS THAT RIGHT? THAT'S JUST GONNA HAPPEN.

ALRIGHT, SO THEN THE POSTPONEMENT REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE, UM, ITEM NUMBER 11 14 0 9 ALTAVISTA AVENUE.

UH, IS THAT CORRECT? AND ITEM NUMBER 10? I BEG YOUR PARDON? ITEM NUMBER 10 AS WELL.

8 0 1 LYDIA STREET.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S NOT A DISCUSSION POSTPONEMENT, THAT'S A, THAT'S A CONSENT AS WELL.

IS APPLICANT REQUESTED? YES.

OKAY.

APPLICANT.

ALRIGHT, SO ITEM 10 AND ITEMS, UH, WHICH IS 8 0 1 LYDIA STREET AND ITEM 11 14 0 9 ALTA VISTA AVENUE.

BOTH OF THOSE ARE REQUESTS FOR POSTPONEMENTS TO OUR NEXT MEETING, UH, WHICH WILL BE IN MAY.

UH, SO I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

SO MOVED.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER COOK.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? ALRIGHT, SO THAT IS, UH, CONSENT POSTPONEMENTS.

THE NEXT ITEMS

[15.PR-2024-018182 – 2307 Windsor Rd. #2 Old West Austin National Register Historic District ]

WE HAVE ARE THE DISCUSSION POSTPONEMENTS.

AND THE FIRST ITEM, UM, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, IS ITEM 15.

IS THAT CORRECT? MM-HMM, .

ALRIGHT.

UH, 2307 WINDSOR ROAD NUMBER TWO.

NOW BE AWARE THAT DISCUSSION IS ONLY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE POSTPONE THAT OR WHETHER WE HEAR THIS PO THIS CASE TONIGHT.

SO THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEARING, BUT WE CERTAINLY CAN HEAR FROM THE, UH, APPLICANT IF THERE IS A, UH, REASON NOT TO HAVE A POSTPONEMENT.

AND WE CERTAINLY CAN OPEN THIS TO DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT ITEM BEFORE WE TAKE A VOTE.

SO IS THERE SOMEBODY HERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST WHETHER THIS SHOULD BE POSTPONED? YES.

AND FOR THE RECORD, PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

HELLO, UH, COMMISSION MEMBERS? I'M JULES KAPLAN.

AND, UH, MAY I ASK PLEASE? UH, THE REASON FOR THE POSTPONEMENT, IT'S SOMEONE FROM THE, UM, COMMISSION

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REQUEST A POSTPONEMENT OR WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE POSTPONEMENT REQUEST? UH, I'M, I'M NOT GONNA SPECULATE.

STAFF, DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC, UH, REQUEST? WE HAVE SPEAKERS IN OPPOSITION.

WE HAD, WE HAD A REQUEST FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

YES.

OKAY.

YES.

SO THERE'S BEEN A REQUEST FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, TYPICALLY WE WILL LOOK FAVORABLY UPON, UH, THOSE REQUESTS, BUT, UH, IT IS NOT A, AN AUTOMATIC, SO, OH, I SEE.

WELL, VERY GOOD.

IF THE, IF THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS REQUESTED THAT IT BE COME IN MAY.

WELL THAT'S CERTAINLY JUST FINE.

AND, UH, WE'LL, UH, UH, HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL BACK IN MAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO IF THERE'S NO FURTHER OPPOSITION, THEN LET ME BY ACCLIMATION JUST SAY THAT, UH, IF THERE'S ANY, ANY COMMISSIONERS OPPOSED OR IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK ON THAT? OKAY.

HELLO, MY NAME IS ELIZABETH GALIK.

I LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE INFORMATION PACKET THAT WAS SENT OUT REGARDING THIS PROPERTY IS INACCURATE.

IT SHOWS THE WRONG PROPERTY BEING MARKED FOR DEMOLITION.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT BY POSTPONING IT, UM, AND IF YOU ALERT STAFF, THEN WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT.

YES, THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES, BUT THAT, THAT IS ONE THING I WANTED TO POINT OUT TO YOU REGARDING THE POSTPONEMENT.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

WE DO APPRECIATE YOU LETTING US KNOW.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS, WE'VE HAD, UH, AN AGREEMENT FROM THE OWNER.

WE'VE HAD REQUESTS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE POSTPONE THIS TO OUR, UH, MEETING IN MAY.

UH, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION MOVE TO POSTPONE THIS CASE TO R MAY MEETING.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER COOK.

I'LL SECOND.

SECOND.

UM, COMMISSIONER RUBIO.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

OKAY.

IT'S NO OPPOSITION THEN.

THAT IS DONE.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM

[20.PR-2024-025110 – 3205 Tom Green St. ]

FOR A DISCUSSION, POSTPONEMENT WOULD BE ITEM NUMBER 20, AND THAT'S AT 32 0 5 TOM GREEN STREET.

AND I BELIEVE THIS ALSO WAS A NEIGHBORHOOD REQUEST, AND IS THE OWNER IS HERE AND WOULD LIKE TO, AGAIN, WE'RE NOT TAKING THE CASE, BUT JUST, UH, THIS HAS NOT BEEN POSTPONED PREVIOUSLY.

IF THERE IS A REASON WHY WE SHOULD NOT POSTPONE THIS, UH, AND HEAR THE CASE TONIGHT.

GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS MARY INGLE AND I LIVE IN THE NORTH UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WOULD LIKE TO RESPECTFULLY ASK FOR POSTPONEMENT FOR ONE MONTH, JUST BECAUSE THE NEIGHBORHOOD WASN'T NOTIFIED, BUT THE CONTACT TEAM WAS.

THAT'S HOW I LEARNED ABOUT IT.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THE OWNER TO COME TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING IN MAY, IN WHENEVER IT IS IN MAY.

AND, UH, PROPOSE, YOU KNOW, TALK TO US ABOUT IT BECAUSE A GOOD NEIGHBOR WOULD DO THAT.

AND HE WILL, HE OWNS THE PROPERTY AND I AM INVITING HIM TO THIS MEETING.

UM, WE'D LIKE TO KNOW HIS PLANS AND WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO ENCOURAGE HIM, UM, TO RELOCATE IF THE PROPERTY CAN'T BE REPURPOSED OR WHATEVER.

SO, UM, I'M JUST EXTENDING THE OLIVE BRANCH TO MR. WHITWORTH.

THANK YOU.

WE, WE APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, IS THE OWNER HERE OR THE APPLICANT HERE? AND AGAIN, THIS IS NOT HEARING THE CASE.

THIS IS JUST, UH, IF YOU AGREE, THEN WE DON'T HAVE TO GO ANY FURTHER.

WE CAN POSTPONE THIS, IF NOT, UH, THIS IS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE HEAR THE CASE TONIGHT.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD EVENING COMMISSION.

MY NAME IS DAVID WHITWORTH.

I'M THE OWNER OF 32 0 5 TOM GREEN.

AND I WOULD PREFER IF WE COULD HEAR THIS CASE TONIGHT.

UM, THE, THE PERSON REQUESTING A POSTPONEMENT IS HERE.

UM, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE ALMOST, UH, FULLY SEATED ON THE COMMISSION.

UM, THIS IS A VERY WELL-INFORMED NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, LEADERSHIP.

THEIR EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF THE AREA IS WRITTEN, EXPLORED, AND POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE.

UM, THEY WERE NOTIFIED.

THIS ISN'T, THIS ISN'T A SURPRISE.

THEY'VE REQUESTED A HISTORIC DISTRICT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE PAST.

I KNOW THEY HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION THEY NEED AND THEY COULD SPEAK ON, UH, SPEAK ON IT IF NEEDED.

UM, AND THAT'S REALLY EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.

I JUST, I, THIS NEIGHBORHOOD'S READY TO GO.

THEY KNOW THE HISTORY AND, UH, IT'S JUST

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WANTING TO POSTPONE IT FOR A MONTH.

UM, FOR, NO, THEY'RE NOT GONNA LEARN ANYTHING ELSE.

BUT, UH, I'LL LEAVE IT TO YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, PART OF THE IDEAL REASON FOR A POSTPONEMENT IS THAT THERE'D BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PARTIES TO VISIT AND, AND HAVE PERHAPS SOME MEETING OF THE MINDS OR, UH, UNDERSTAND BETTER, UH, BEFORE THEY COME HERE.

BUT IF, IF YOU HAVE NOT MET WITH THEM OFFICIALLY, I, THAT'S POSSIBLE.

I JUST, YOU KNOW, IF, I ONLY WANNA SPEAK TO THE POSTPONEMENT HERE, BUT THE, UM, THE, THE REQUEST IS THAT WE DISCUSS THE PLANS FOR THE PROPERTY AND WE CAN, I DON'T THINK IT'S PERTINENT.

I'VE BEEN DOING THIS 20 YEARS AND I TOLD MARY WHEN SHE CALLED ME LAST WEEK, I, I DON'T GET IN MY CAR AND DRIVE SOMEWHERE TO GET BEAT UP ANYMORE.

WE WE'RE PREPARED, WE'RE ADULTS.

WE KNOW THE HISTORY OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WE KNOW THIS PROPERTY, AND WE DON'T NEED TO WASTE THE COMMISSION'S TIME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONERS, UH, WE HAVE A REQUEST FOR THE POSTPONEMENT.

UH, AND YOU'VE HEARD THE DISCUSSION.

UH, WHAT IS THE DESIRED ACTION? I HAD A QUICK QUESTION FOR STAFF.

CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT THIS WAS ALL PROPERLY NOTIFIED PER CITY ORDINANCE? YES.

THIS ONE WAS, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO HEAR THIS CASE TONIGHT AS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

I'LL SECOND I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION.

OH, WELL WE HAVE A SECOND.

YEAH, I HAVE A SECOND.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE A SECOND TO GO AHEAD AND HEAR THE CASE, WHICH IS BASICALLY TO DENY THE, UH, POSTPONEMENT REQUEST.

UH, WE CAN DISCUSS THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE.

AND THEN HAVE, UH, UH, COMMISSIONER RUBY, THEN HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSION, UH, AS WELL.

UH, I JUST ALWAYS TEND TO SUPPORT, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD INTERACTION.

AND IF SOMEONE COMES UP HERE, UH, AND MAKES THE TIME, I, I, I DON'T WANNA KNOCK IT DOWN, BUT THEY ARE HERE AND, UH, IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS NOTIFIED PROPERLY.

UM, AND IT'S BEEN POSTED PROPERLY.

UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN THERE ARE ACTUAL MISTAKES OR MISSED POSTINGS, I, I'M PUSHING IT TO THE POINT OF, UH, YOU KNOW, COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS A BIT TOO FAR, I THINK, BUT, UM, IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERYTHING WAS DONE PROPERLY AND, AND I DON'T WANT TO MAKE THE APPLICANT WAIT LONGER IN THIS CASE.

COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTONE, NOTHING TO ADD.

I'M INTERESTED IN WHAT, UH, COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER RUBIO QUESTION WAS.

DID YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER RUBIO? I GUESS MY QUESTION WAS JUST, IS STAFF PREPARED TO ANSWER POTENTIAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADJACENT HOUSE OR IT'S, IT'S THE HISTORY OF ITS LOT IF THIS WAS A, A DUPLEX GARAGE ORIGINALLY, OR NEIGHBORS, MAYBE STAFF.

DO YOU HAVE, DO YOU WANT TO RESPOND? AGAIN, THIS IS PERTINENT TO THE QUESTION OF POSTPONEMENT.

UM, COMMISSIONER, THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IS AVAILABLE IN YOUR BACKUP AND THE STAFF REPORT.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE ADJACENT LOTS, UM, JUST THIS PARTICULAR PROPERTY.

OKAY.

ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION TO, UH, DENY THE POSTPONEMENT REQUEST? AGAIN, TYPICALLY THIS IS DONE MORE AS A COURTESY, BUT I UNDERSTAND, UH, VERY MUCH THE, UH, PARTIES BEING HERE, THE CASE CAN BE UNDER, UH, CAN BE PRESENTED IF, IF THIS MOTION, UH, IS, IS APPROVED THE WAY IT IS, IS WORDED.

UH, BUT I DO WANNA MAKE SURE THAT BOTH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE APPLICANT ARE AWARE WE CAN STILL GO AHEAD AND POSTPONE THIS EVEN AFTER WE'VE GONE THROUGH THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE PRESENTATION.

SO THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A FINAL RESOLUTION TONIGHT.

IT WOULD ONLY BE THAT WE WOULD HEAR THE CASE TONIGHT.

MAKE SURE THAT'S CLEAR.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONERS, UH, WE HAVE A MOTION TO GO AHEAD AND HEAR THE CASE TONIGHT AND TO DENY THE POSTPONEMENT REQUEST.

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

OKAY.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

WELL, I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO'S OPPOSED.

ALRIGHT.

UH, IT PASSES AND WE WILL HEAR THE CASE.

UH, ITEM NUMBER 20, UH, AS IT COMES UP IN THE AGENDA TONIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

I BELIEVE THAT IS ALL THE ACTION THAT WE CAN TAKE AT THIS TIME.

AND NOW WE

[2.Presentation on Resolution no. 20230914-078 regarding the installation of an LGBTQIA+ historical marker at 4th & Colorado]

ARE READY FOR OUR, UH, FIRST BRIEFING ITEM NUMBER TWO.

AND I BELIEVE THAT'S BY, UH, TOBY JOHNSON.

YOU, IS HE DIALING IN? HI, UH, I'M TOBY JOHNSON.

I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE, UH, AUSTIN, UH, LGBT,

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UH, COMMITTEE, UM, COALITION ON AGING.

UH, WE'RE A, A COMMITTEE OF, UH, UH, CONCERNED, UH, CITIZENS, MOST OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS WHO'VE BEEN IN PART OF THE GAY COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS.

UM, ONE OF OUR PROJECTS IS, UH, PRESERVING HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY.

LAST YEAR SOMETIME CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION, UH, THE, UH, CALLING FOR, UH, A, UH, L LGBTQIA PLUS HISTORICAL MARKER AT THE, UH, FOURTH AND COLORADO AREA.

UM, AND, UH, THE RESOLUTION CALLED FOR THE CITY MANAGER TO GATHER INPUT FROM, UH, COMMUNITY LEADERS, UM, THAT GOT TO, UH, THE COALITION ON AGING.

I AM MANAGING THE, UH, UH, HISTORY PROJECT.

AND SO WE, UH, WERE ASKED OR TOOK IT UPON OURSELVES TO, UH, PREPARE A SAMPLE TEXT TO SUBMIT.

UM, I SPOKE TO YOU LAST MONTH, UH, ASKING WHAT TO, UH, TO DO WITH THIS.

UM, SINCE THEN I'VE HAD A VERY GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH, UH, COMMISSIONER COOK AND A, AND A NICE PHONE CALL TODAY.

AND, UH, I AM SATISFIED THAT HE UNDERSTANDS THE DIRECTION AND THAT, UH, THE SAMPLE TEXT THAT WE SUBMITTED WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

AND I WILL, UH, BE HAPPY TO CONSULT FURTHER AND BRING THIS BACK TO MY COMMITTEE.

SO I, UH, I I, I'M HAPPY WITH WHAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE MONTH AND I GOT WHAT I ASKED FOR.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS.

UH, YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO NOTE, UM, I, THIS TRIGGERED SOME RESEARCH BECAUSE I KNOW THERE'S, UM, DISCOVERY.

THERE'S NOT REALLY A PROGRAM FOR CITY HISTORICAL MARKERS THAT AREN'T ASSOCIATED WITH LANDMARKS OR DISTRICTS.

UM, AND THERE'S MULTIPLE PLAYERS IN THIS AND THERE'S GONNA BE ISSUES OF PUBLIC WORK.

SO I THINK IT'S GONNA NEED SOME, SOME SHEPHERDING.

UH, I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE L-G-B-T-Q-I-A, UH, QUALITY OF LIFE COMMISSION WHO'S GONNA ALSO BE INVOLVED IN, IN SHEPHERDING THIS.

I DID HAVE ON THE TEXT JUST A FEW COMMENTS TO MAKE.

ONE, UH, BEING THAT IT'S LIKELY THAT THE TEXT WILL HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED FOR WHATEVER THE ULTIMATE, UH, MARKER IS OR IS GONNA BE TEXT LIMITS.

AND, AND MR. JOHNSON HAD NOTED THAT, THAT THAT WASN'T A RESTRICTION ON THE DRAFT.

UH, I HAD SUGGESTED LEAVING OFF THE VERY LAST SENTENCE, WHICH TALKS ABOUT, UH, CURRENT DAY STATUS, WHICH MAY NOT HOLD TRUE INTO THE FUTURE, AND HAD MADE A SUGGESTION THAT A COMMENT BE MADE BE ADDED.

THAT THERE HAS BEEN A DOCUMENTED SEXUAL MINORITY PRESENCE IN THIS AREA'S 1874 WHEN THIS AREA WAS THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT KNOWN AS GUY TOWN.

AND THERE, THERE ARE NEWS ARTICLES THAT DOCUMENT THAT TO SHOW THE DEEPER HISTORY THERE.

UH, OF COURSE THAT'S ADDING SOMETHING, BUT I'M ALSO SUGGESTING THAT IT'S LIKELY TO HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED.

BUT I KNOW THERE'S GONNA BE SOME WORDSMITHING ON THIS, HOWEVER IT GOES DOWN AND, UH, YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO BE, CONTINUE TO BE INCLUDED.

AND I COMMITTED TO KEEPING MR. JOHNSON AND HIS COMMITTEE, UH, INCLUDED AS WELL AS WE SHEPHERD THIS.

UH, TO THE END.

UH, WE DISCUSSED WITH STAFF THE POSSIBILITY OF USING THIS TO START A LOCAL LANDMARK PROGRAM, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, UH, FOR STORYTELLING AND HERITAGE IN THE PRESERVATION PLAN.

BUT AT THIS EARLY STAGE IN CURRENT STAFFING, THAT'S NOT REALLY FEASIBLE.

THAT'S, THAT'S QUITE AN ENDEAVOR TO SET UP AN ENTIRE PROGRAM FOR REVIEWING LANDMARKS, UH, REVIEWING MARKERS, MUCH LESS THE LOGISTICS OF GETTING ONE CASTS MUCH LESS PAID FOR.

SO THE SUGGESTION IS IT MADE THAT THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A STATE HISTORICAL MARKER, PARTICULARLY THE UNDERTOLD STORIES PROGRAM WITH THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION, UH, WHICH IS JUST STARTING IN SEPTEMBER FROM WHAT I SEE.

SO THIS MAY BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ONE OF THOSE EARLY STORIES.

SO IT'S PROBABLY A LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR THIS.

UH, BUT I THINK THE TEXT THAT WAS DRAFTED WAS, WAS OUTSTANDING.

I THINK IT WAS VERY BALANCED, IT WAS BROAD ENOUGH TO COVER THE WHOLE HISTORY WHILE STILL FOCUSED ON THE LOCAL HISTORY OF, UH, THAT BLOCK, UM, IN THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT.

UM, AND JUST HAD THOSE THREE COMMENTS TO MAKE.

AND UNLESS ANYONE HAD ANY COMMENTS, I DON'T KNOW, IS IS THERE ANY FORMAL PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING THOSE COMMENTS OR IS THIS GONNA BE AN INFORMAL COMMUNICATION TO THE OTHER MEMBERS? SO, UH, THERE'LL PROBABLY BE, I IMAGINE SOMEWHERE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE FINAL APPROVAL THAT THERE, IT MIGHT COME BACK TO US FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF THE FINAL TEXT.

SO, UH, THIS IS THE BEGINNING STAGE AND, UH, THANKS TO MR. JOHNSON, I THINK WE AND HIS COMMITTEE, WE HAVE A VERY GOOD START.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONERS, ANY OTHER COMMENTS? ALRIGHT.

AND MR. JOHNSON? WE DO THANK YOU AS WELL.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I'LL SAY GOOD NIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

UM, SO COMMISSIONERS,

[4. C14H-2024-0011 – 1206 E 13th St/1209 Bob Harrison Fashionette Beauty Shop ]

THAT BRINGS US TO THE HISTORIC ZONING APPLICATIONS.

WE HAVE AN ITEM THAT WAS POSTPONED FROM OUR MARCH 6TH AGENDA ITEM NUMBER FOUR, THAT'S 1206 EAST

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13TH STREET AND 1209 BOB HARRISON STREET, THE FASHION AT BEAUTY SHOP.

AND I'LL CALL UPON STAFF.

THANK YOU CHAIR, AND A BIG THANK YOU TO, UH, BOTH MR. JOHNSON AND COMMISSIONER COOK FOR, UH, SHEPHERDING OUR PART OF THIS RESOLUTION.

UM, I THINK IT'S REALLY A WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR, AND I WAS, UM, REALLY EXCITED TO SEE MR. JOHNSON'S TEXT AND COMMISSIONER COOK'S INPUT.

UM, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, UH, TO SEEING THIS MARKER ON FOURTH STREET.

CASE NUMBER C 14 H 20 24 0 0 1 1 IS A, UH, APPLICANT INITIATED OR OWNER INITIATED APPLICATION, UH, FOR THE FASHION BEAUTY SHOP AND THE ELMER AND ETHEL MCDONALD JACKSON HOME.

UM, THIS IS AN ITEM THAT CAME BEFORE Y'ALL LAST MONTH, AND, UH, STAFF STILL RECOMMENDS THE PROPOSED HISTORIC ZONING FOR THIS PROPERTY.

UM, THIS PROPERTY WENT TO A RC LAST MONTH, AND THE OWNER HAS CONFIRMED THE WINDOW CONFIGURATION OF THE BACK HOUSE, WHICH WAS THE QUESTION, UM, BACK IN APRIL, UM, THE 2016 EAST AUSTIN HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEY RECOMMENDS THIS PROPERTY IS CONTRIBUTING TO POTENTIAL LOCAL AND NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICTS.

AND THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION ARE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY VALUE.

THE BUILDINGS AT 1206 EAST 13TH AND 1209 BOB HARRISON ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESSWOMAN AND COSMETOLOGISTS.

ETHEL ETHEL MCDONALD JACKSON, WHO RAN A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS FROM 1944 TO 1974, AND WHOSE FAMILY SERVED THEIR COMMUNITY AS CIVIC LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE 20TH CENTURY.

THE FASHION AT BEAUTY SHOP IS A SIGNIFICANT REMINDER OF THE RESILIENCE, CREATIVITY, AND BUSINESS ACUMEN OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN SEGREGATION ERA AUSTIN HOME-BASED BUSINESSES WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF LIFE IN EAST AUSTIN, THOUGH FEW RESIDENTS HAD THE CAPITAL TO CONSTRUCT BRAND NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS.

MANY BUSINESS OWNERS USED OWNERS USED THEIR HOMES TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THAT CUSTOMERS OF COLOR COULD NOT ACCESS ELSEWHERE.

BEAUTY AND BARBERSHOPS WERE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AS THEY BOTH PROVIDED A GATHERING SPACE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR AND AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE TAILORED TO AFRICAN AMERICAN BEAUTY AND STYLE IN AN AREA WHERE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WERE STRUGGLING AGAINST ALL ODDS TO BREAK PROFESSIONAL BARRIERS.

SALONS OWNED AND OPERATED BY BLACK COSMETOLOGISTS GAVE OTHERS A CHANCE TO LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST.

THEIR SUCCESSES WERE NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO THEIR CUSTOMERS, BUT ALSO TO THE FUTURE SUCCESSES OF ENTREPRENEURS IN ROBERTSON HILL AND BEYOND.

IN ADDITION TO THE SHOP SERVING AS A NEXUS FOR THOSE IN NEED OF COSMETOLOGY SERVICES AND COMMISERATION, THE JACKSONS ALSO OPENED THEIR HOME TO THOSE IN NEED, INCLUDING THOSE WHO COULD NOT FIND ACCOMMODATIONS ELSEWHERE.

BECAUSE OF AUSTIN SEGREGATION LAWS, THEY HOUSE THEIR EXTENDED FAMILIES FROM RURAL AREAS, INCLUDING ETHEL MCDONALD, JACKSON'S YOUNGER BROTHERS, SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE ACCESS TO AUSTIN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.

THEY BOTH FED THE HUNGRY, HOUSED THE HOMELESS, CARED FOR THE SICK RIGHTS APPLICANT, BELINDA DAVIS OF HER PARENTS, THEY STRIVE TO MAKE SURE THE NEEDS OF OTHERS WERE MET.

THEY SACRIFICED TO PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHO NEEDED EDUCATION, HOUSING, FOOD, AND LOVE.

OUR NEIGHBOR'S NEW COMPASSIONATE ASSISTANCE WAS AVAILABLE AT OUR HOME, 1206 EAST 13TH.

ACCORDING TO THE EAST AUSTIN HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEY, THE BUILDING AT 1206 EAST 13TH IS A CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW THAT RETAINS THE BUILT ELEMENTS, DEFINING IT NOT ONLY AS A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, BUT ALSO AS A HOME-BASED BUSINESS WITH DOUBLE ENTRANCES AND A SIDE ADDITION.

THE SURVEY DEFINES THE REAR BUILDING AT 1209.

BOB HARRISON HISTORICALLY USED AS OTHER RENTAL PROPERTY OR THE JACKSON FAMILY RESIDENCE AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A CENTRAL PASSAGE NATIONAL FOLK STYLE BUILDING.

THAT CONCLUDES THIS STAFF PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE, THERE WAS RENOVATIONS THAT WERE GOING ON AND WE HAD SUGGESTED MAYBE AN UPDATE WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OR SOME OTHER PRESENTATION.

IS THAT, UH, DO WE HAVE ANYTHING NEW ABOUT THE PROGRESS? UH, YES.

CHAIR, WE HAVE THE APPLICANT HERE TO SPEAK ON THE PROPERTY.

UM, BOTH STRUCTURES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RESTORED AFTER FIRE DAMAGE WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS ISSUED BY Y'ALL, UM, BACK IN FEBRUARY.

UM, AND THE APPLICANT IS HERE TO OKAY, WELL THEN WE, HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET A STATUS REPORT.

GREAT.

PLEASE COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M BELINDA MCDONALD DAVIS.

UM, AND I DON'T HAVE PHOTOS WITH ME, BUT THE 1209 BOB HARRISON PROPERTY IS 95% COMPLETE AND WE'RE, UH, MAKING GREAT STRIDES WITH 1206 EAST 13TH.

IT'S BEEN PAINTED, I MEAN, THEY'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PAINTING IT NOW AND NEW ROOF'S BEEN PUT ON AND SO WE ARE RENOVATING IT AND WE WANT IT, WELL, I DESIRE THAT IT LOOKS AUTHENTIC TO HOME.

I GREW UP IN, IN THE 1960S.

AND, UH,

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I THINK WE'VE DONE THAT.

UH, WE'VE ACHIEVED THAT AT 1209 BOB HARRISON.

SO, ANY QUESTIONS OF ME? ANY QUESTION? THE APPLICANT? UH, I JUST WANTED TO NOTE THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING YOU, YOU HAD ATTENDED, UH, VIRTUALLY AND WE ASKED ABOUT THE TRIPARTITE WINDOW, THE TRIPLE WINDOW IN THE FRONT, AND THAT WAS ONE CONCERN THAT I HAD HAD.

AND YOU CONFIRMED FROM YOUR PERSONAL LIVED EXPERIENCE THAT IT WAS A THREE PART WINDOW, SO IT WAS OKAY.

IT WAS, THANK YOU.

AND I DON'T HAVE ANY PHOTOS OF THAT FRONT WINDOW, WINDOW FROM WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

UH, I HAVE PICTURES OF THE HOUSE, BUT NOT THAT FRONT WINDOW.

BUT AS I REMEMBER IT FROM THE LATE 1950S, I LIVED THERE FROM 1956 UNTIL 1960.

IT, IT WAS A THREE PART A BIG AND THEN TWO PANELS ON EACH SIDE.

THANK YOU.

I HOPE THAT HELPS.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONERS? I APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.

THANK YOU MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

MM-HMM.

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IS THERE ANYONE ELSE TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? ANYONE IN FAVOR? ALRIGHT.

UH, COMMISSIONERS.

UH, I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING, SO, OKAY.

COMMISSIONER, UH, AND .

COMMISSIONER MCW.

AND, UH, IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, UH, INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

ALL THOSE OPPOSED? ALRIGHT, UH, COMMISSIONERS, WE MAY TAKE A MOTION ON THIS ITEM.

THE OWNER INITIATED, UH, HISTORIC ZONING.

UH, AGAIN, THE CASE WAS HEARD, UH, WITH MORE PRESENTATION AT OUR MARCH MEETING.

AND THEN, UH, SUBSEQUENTLY SOME DISCUSSION AT THE A RCI MOVE TO RECOMMEND THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE FROM FAMILY RESIDENTS NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN SF THREE NP TO FAMILY RESIDENTS, HISTORIC LANDMARK NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN SF THREE HNP ON THE BASIS OF HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY VALUE.

OKAY.

AND A QUICK CLARIFICATION FROM STAFF.

WOULD WE, WOULD WE BE ABLE TO INCLUDE THE ARCHITECTURE ONCE THE WORK IS COMPLETE? CAN THAT BE AN AMENDMENT THAT WE MAKE? OR DO WE, UH, CAN WE ADD THAT BASED ON, UH, WHAT WE'VE BEEN TOLD SO FAR? UH, YES.

CHAIR, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY ADD THAT IT IS AT THE COMMISSION'S DISCRETION.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON, YOU, YOU'RE WELCOME TO ADD THAT AS WELL.

IF YOU WOULD BE INCLINED JUST, JUST FOR ROBERT RULES PRACTICE, I'LL LET SOMEONE ELSE PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT.

OKAY.

WELL WE CERTAINLY NEED A SECOND TO YOUR, UH, MOTION BEFORE WE CAN DO ANY AMENDMENT OF MOTION.

SO IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

IS THAT COMMISSIONER RUBIO? RUBIO.

OKAY.

IT'S HARD TO SEE FROM HERE.

ALRIGHT.

UH, SO COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK TO YOUR MOTION? I THINK THAT, UM, I, I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THE HISTORIC ASSOCIATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY VALUE, UM, CONTRIBUTING TO THIS PROPERTY.

UH, AND IT NECESSITATING BEING ZONED HISTORIC AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHY I CHOSE TO STICK, STICK WITH THOSE TWO.

I THINK THEY'RE, THEY'RE VERY SELF-EVIDENT BASED ON, UH, STAFF'S PRESENTATION AND I WAS HAPPY TO MAKE THE MOTION.

COMMISSIONER RUBIO, UH, I JUST APPRECIATE THE OWNER WORKING WITH US AND TAKING THE TIME TO PUT THIS THROUGH.

UM, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT, UH, REALLY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER IN, IN THIS PART OF THE TOWN, SO THANK YOU.

OKAY.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS? UM, I'M, I'M GONNA MAKE THE PLUG, BUT I DON'T THINK I'LL TURN IT INTO A MOTION THAT THE ARCHITECTURE, UH, IN PARTICULAR THE BEAUTY SHOP AND ITS ENTRANCE, UH, THAT'S VERY DISTINCTIVE.

IT'S STILL CONSISTENT WITH THE HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS.

AND I THINK THAT MY CONCERN IS NOT SO MUCH THAT WE WOULD BE REMISS IN OUR ACTION BECAUSE IT WOULD STILL BE HISTORIC ZONING, BUT I WOULD HATE FOR THE RECORD TO, UH, BY PERHAPS IMPLICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THERE WAS SOME SLIGHT THERE OR THERE'S SOME CONCERN THAT WE HAD REGARDING THE ARCHITECTURE.

IT'S STRICTLY JUST A MATTER OF, YOU KNOW, IT'D BE A LOT EASIER IF EVERYTHING WAS FINISHED AND WE WERE SHOWN THE PERFECTLY FANCY PHOTOGRAPHS.

BUT, UH, FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN SO FAR, I'M COMFORTABLE AND I THINK THERE'S SOME VALUE TO ALSO INCLUDING THE ARCHITECTURE, UH, THAT COULD BE A, UH, A FRIENDLY, UH, AMENDMENT TO THE MAKER OF THE MOTION IF THEY AGREED.

BUT THE SECONDER WOULD ALSO HAVE TO AGREE.

IS THAT, IS THAT THE, IS IT UPON ME AS THE MAKER OF THE ORIGINAL MOTION TO MOVE? YOU CAN MOVE TO AMEND YOU.

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR MOTION IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED,

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OR WE CAN MAKE YOU DO IT IF SOMEBODY ELSE WANTS YOU TO HAVE, I'LL, I WILL LET SOMEONE ELSE MAKE ME DO IT.

UM, OKAY.

I I, I SEE IT.

I MEAN, WE'RE GETTING SORT OF SEMANTIC AND TECHNICAL, BUT WE ONLY EVER REQUIRE TWO OF THE, THE FIVE COMPONENTS.

UM, AND SO I HEAR YOU THAT YOU DON'T WANNA BY IMPLICATION, DIMINISH THE ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS BUILDING.

I'M TRYING TO LOOK AT IT THAT WE NEED TO, AND WE, WE DO HAVE TWO VERY STRONG ONES.

UH, WE DON'T, YOU KNOW, GIVE WEIGHT TO ANY ONE OF THE FIVE OVER THE OTHERS.

THERE'S JUST LIKE A CLASSICAL TWO BETWEEN ASSOCIATIONS AND ARCHITECTURE.

BUT I THINK THE COMMUNITY VALUE HERE STANDS ON ITS OWN.

SO, UH, I WOULD SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

UM, I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT INTEGRITY, UH, AFTER THE FIRE AND WITH THE WINDOWS GONE, BUT WITH THE SIDING THERE AND PRIMARILY THE, THE MASSING AND THE RETENTION OF THE MASSING AS IT IS, UM, I THINK WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY CALL THE, THE BIG HOUSE ON THE HILL SYNDROME WHERE WE ONLY THINK THE GRAND HOUSES MEET THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW.

I, I THINK ARCHITECTURAL STANDARD, I THINK, UH, THE MODESTY OF THESE STRUCTURES IN THEMSELVES, UH, SPEAK TO THE ARCHITECTURE.

I, I, I DID STRUGGLE WITH THE INTEGRITY, UH, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE WINDOWS.

BUT I THINK THE FORM, THE SIZE AND, AND THE FEW KEY DETAILS, THE SIDING AND THE MASSING AND THE LOCATION OF THE WINDOWS, EVERYTHING ELSE IS THERE EXCEPT FOR THE WINDOWS THEMSELVES.

UM, AND AGAIN, THE MODESTY OF THESE BUILDINGS AND THE, THE ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY AND PRACTICALITIES BUILDINGS AND RUNNING A BUSINESS, I THINK THAT ARCHITECTURE SPEAKS TO THE USE.

SO SINCE I DIDN'T ACTUALLY MAKE AN AMENDMENT THEN, WOULD YOU SAY YOUR COMMENTS WERE TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT FOR THE THIRD CRITERIA? I WOULD MOVE TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT OR MOVE, YES.

OKAY.

MOVE TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO ADD THE THIRD CRITERIA FOR THE REASONS I'VE STATED.

OKAY.

AND THEN WE'LL NEED A SECOND AND THEN WE'LL HAVE TO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT FIRST.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER DUDLEY.

I SECOND THE AMENDMENT.

COMMISSIONER DUDLEY.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A, UM, COMMISSIONER COOK ALREADY SPOKE.

I YOU, YOU'RE WELCOME TO SAY ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR AMENDMENT.

COMMISSIONER DUDLEY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD? NO, I JUST AGREE WITH THE, YOU KNOW, THE, HAVING THE MORE MODEST FEATURES AND COMPONENTS OF THE ARCHITECTURE BE RECOGNIZED AS SIGNIFICANT BASED ON, YOU KNOW, IN TANDEM WITH THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE, UM, COMMUNITY VALUE, UM, IN THE HISTORIC FUNCTION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WOULD ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO SPEAK? NOW LET'S VERY, VERY CLEAR.

THE MOTION IS NOT THE ACTUAL, UH, CASE ITSELF.

IT IS STRICTLY A MATTER OF DO WE AMEND COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTONE'S MOTION BY ADDING THE ARCHITECTURAL CRITERIA, YES OR NO? AND IF IT'S YES, THEN THAT MOTION WILL HAVE BEEN CHANGED.

IF IT'S NO, THAT MOTION STAYS AS IS AND THEN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WE'LL TAKE UP THAT MOTION.

SO JUST SO WE'RE, WE'RE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON, IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, THEN I'LL CALL THE QUESTION THE MOTION ON WHETHER OR NOT, UH, WELL, IN, IF YOU ARE IN FAVOR, THEN YOU WILL BE ADDING THE THIRD CRITERIA, UH, AS PER COMMISSIONER COOK'S MOTION.

SO THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

OKAY.

ACTUALLY, I BELIEVE IT'S UNANIMOUS.

SO, COMMISSIONER FEATHERSTON, UH, WE NOW WILL TAKE UP YOUR MOTION, WHICH IS TO, UH, ACCEPT THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION, BUT TO ALSO NOW ADD THE THIRD CRITERIA FOR, UH, ARCHITECTURE AND, UH, TO GO AHEAD AND, AND, AND, UH, MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR HISTORIC ZONING.

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

AND ONCE AGAIN, THAT IS UNANIMOUS.

ALL RIGHT, WELL CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.

UH, WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE YOUR WORK.

ALRIGHT, UH,

[5.C14H-2024-0016 – 3110 West Ave. Russell and Jean Lee House ]

COMMISSIONERS, WE HAVE A SECOND ONLY, OR INITIATED CASE.

THIS ONE, UH, ITEM NUMBER FIVE AT 31 10 WEST AVENUE.

THIS IS THE RUSSELL AND JEAN LEE HOUSE AND STAFF.

DO YOU HAVE PRESENTATION CASE NUMBER C 14 H 20 24 0 0 1 16 IS AN OWNER INITIATED APPLICATION FOR HISTORIC ZONING.

UM, FOR THE RUSSELL AND JEAN LEE HOUSE, EXCUSE ME, AT 31 10 WEST AVENUE STAFF RECOMMENDS THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE ON THE BASIS OF ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS.

THE 2020 NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEY RECOMMENDS 31 10 WEST AS ELIGIBLE FOR INDIVIDUAL LANDMARK DESIGNATION, ELIGIBLE FOR INDIVIDUAL LISTING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES AND CONTRIBUTING TO POTENTIAL LOCAL AND NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICTS.

THE HOUSE AT 31 10 WEST AVENUE IS DESCRIBED IN THE WEST CAMPUS, NORTH UNIVERSITY HERITAGE BRECKER WOODS AND NORTH HYDE PARK RESOURCE

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SURVEY, UH, CONCLUDED IN 2020 AS ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR ITS DESIGN BY DEVELOPER AADA PENN.

IT'S CHARACTERISTIC, IT'S CHARACTERISTIC OF PENN'S DESIGNS, WHICH OFTEN INCORPORATED ELEMENTS FROM THE CRAFTSMAN AND PRAIRIE STYLES.

IT'S RIBBON WINDOWS, AND RUSTIC STONE PORCH PIERS ARE INDICATIVE OF STYLISTIC TENDENCIES.

31 10 WEST IS PRIMARILY ASSOCIATED WITH NATIONALLY RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER RUSSELL LEE AND TEXAS POLITICAL STRATEGIST JEAN SMITH LEE WHO OCCUPIED THE HOME BETWEEN 1949 AND 1993.

BOTH LEE'S WERE EXTRAORDINARILY NOTEWORTHY OCCUPANTS FROM MARK PROPERTY OWNER AND ARCHITECT ROBIN ABRAMS AND HER SUMMARY OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.

RUSSELL LEE WAS ONE OF THE FOREMOST DEPRESSION ERA PHOTOGRAPHERS AND PHOTOJOURNALIST IN THE UNITED STATES.

AND IN 1965, HE BECAME THE FIRST INSTRUCTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

JEAN LEE WAS A PIVOTAL FIGURE IN THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

SHE BEGAN HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS A JOURNALIST AND WORKED FOR THE OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION DURING WORLD WAR II.

AFTER THE WAR, THE LEES MOVED TO AUSTIN WHERE JEAN BECAME A NOTED POLITICAL ORGANIZER WHO SERVED AS CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR EMMA LONG.

THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

LEE WAS ALSO GOVERNOR