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LUZ Special Committee Meeting Minutes
June 6, 2017
Topic: 2017-358 (Appeal of Final Decision on COA-17-236)
Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street
In attendance: Council Members Danny Becton (Chair), Jim Love, Doyle Carter, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Matt Schellenberg
Also: Folks Huxford – Planning & Development Department; Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Jessica Matthews, Crystal Shemwell, and Adri Maguire Segui– Legislative Services Division; Dan MacDonald – ECA Dist. 11; Yvonne P. Mitchell – Research Division
Meeting Convened: 4:55 p.m.
Chairman Becton called the meeting to order and reviewed the outline of the hearing procedures. Ms. Sondra Fetner reviewed information regarding the appellate process for a Certificate of Appropriateness Final Order from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC).
Mr. John Wells, the appellant, was provided 15 minutes to present his case. He applied for a demolition permit for the structure at 1423 Rensselaer Avenue. He wants to buy the property from Ms. Berlin, demolish the existing structure, and rebuild a new home. Mr. Wells stated it is not economically feasible to repair the structure due to the foundation and other issues. He presented two options to prevent demolition: move the structure to neighbor’s backyard or relocate to another property in Springfield area.
Ex Parte: Love and Ferraro
Public hearing opened for comments:
Public hearing closed.
Ms. Sondra Fetner was provided 15 minutes to present her case. It was established that the property was listed as a contributing factor in 1998 when the neighborhood was designated historic. Ms. Fetner provided current (March 2017) external and internal pictures of the existing house. Additional information was provided by Mr. Joel McEachin. Ms. Fetner rebutted the appellant’s comments regarding the economic return of the property. JHPC maintains that structures should be restored whenever possible.
Mr. Wells was provided five minutes for rebuttal. He reiterated that the foundation of the structure is in need of repair.
Motion/2nd move deny appeal and uphold JHPC decision – Schellenberg/Gaffney (6-0)
Motion/2nd move as amended – Schellenberg/Gaffney (7-0)
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Meeting Adjourned: 6:05 p.m.
Minutes: Yvonne P. Mitchell, Council Research
06.07.17 Posted 4:30 p.m.
Tapes: LUZ special meeting– LSD
Materials: Zoning Code handout
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