First Street home demolition OK'd
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11:00 AM
A late-1800s-era building on West First Street could soon be demolished and replaced with a new structure.
Ben and Becky Canida received permission to build a new home at 801 W. First St., where the historic building is located.
The Canidas brought a motion to the Historic Board in November 2011, to demolish the home. That request was unanimously voted down by the board. The Canidas are using a provision within a state law that allows them to sidestep the board's vote.
According to the city's preservation coordinator, Julianne Steger, if it is determined that the building cannot get an economic return on its value, and the demolition is advertised over a one-year period, then the building can be demolished.
On Monday, the board was allowed to vote only on the future building plans presented for 801 W. First St.
"The building was in terrible shape," said board member Mike Pittman. "No one was going to make an investment to bring it back to modern use."
The building, most recently was a house and might originally have been the office for the Dow and Brown Lumber Company.
The board voted unanimously to approve the building plans.
In other business:
The board approved three certificates of approval.
John and Maureen Wurtz requested a certificate of approval to make several repairs to the building at 509 E. Third St. The building was formerly the rectory for St. Michael the Archangel Church.
Repairs to the building include fixing existing wood windows, covering up two basement windows, repairing and reinstalling window shutters, modifying the west door on the north facade, replacing a door with a window on the north facade, replacing the existing rear porch, constructing a new porch off the west facade and replacing pipe rail at the southside of the east porch with a wood handrail.
The building is zoned historic district residential.
Michael and Debra Fine also requested a certificate of approval to remove tin from the front facade of their building at 118 W. Main St. The facade on the second and third floors of the building will be replaced with brick. The Fines also requested to replace existing second-floor windows with wood frame windows and to install three new windows on the front facade of the third floor. The building is zoned in the central business district.
Mike and Harriet Straub sought a certificate of approval from the board to install three double-hung, argon-filled windows to the side of their house at 754 W. Third St. The home is zoned historic district residential.