Originally Posted by boisecynic
Here's another head scratcher, actually this one is an ass chapper.
Historic Preservation Nimbys Defy Common Sense
1715 N 7th, a real dump, has been denied a demoliton permit. Source: http://pdsonline.cityofboise.org/pds...04031554485090
I dare any of you Historic Preservation people to come on this forum and discuss this blatant abuse of power. No wonder Boise is number 5 in the nation for restrictive zoning.
I read through most of it. Seems like the commission was pretty positive about the proposal until the neighbors testified. Most of the testimonies were pretty unsubstantial. Example: "I'm worried about the trees, sounds like most can be saved so now I just don't like the idea of new construction here" (not an exact quote). Also "several of the neighboring homes were probably
brought from the mines so they are historically significant." That one seems to have been the swaying point for the board, even though there is no evidence that this particular structure had been transported from mining camps.
I agree that proposals like these should be fully thought-out, all points need to be considered before demolishing an older structure. It's like giving the death penalty, all evidence needs to be combed over and over again, because once it happens there is no going back. If in fact this structure IS a former mining camp cabin, then somebody might be willing to buy and pay to have it renovated. But bringing up that point was a definite stall tactic.
I seriously disagree with Derek Hurd from the North End Homeowners Association. He says that in 50 years these newer homes being built will not contribute to the neighborhood. How though, would a dilapidated 600 sq. ft. home contribute? The current owner testified to the fact that he does not have the financial resources to renovate the home. It's clear the price tag for a renovation would be at least $125,000. Good luck finding someone to pay that much for 600 sq. ft., and that would be AFTER paying the current owner market value for the home and land. They'd be looking at over $200k for 600 square feet. No wonder people are moving to Meridian!