Originally published June 25, 2013
Historic Board hears requests
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 5:00 AM
Madison's Historic District Board of Review considered three applications to demolish structures Monday.
Correction - June 26, 2013
Cathy Hale did not receive permission from the Historic District Board of Review to demolish two homes at 1212 and 1214 W. Second St. Incorrect information was published in Tuesday's paper.
Two requests came from Cathy Hale who wants to demolish two abandoned homes sitting side-by-side at 1212 and 1214 W. Second St.
Hale said she bought the properties last year because her son wanted use of the garage on the land.
She wants to demolish the homes, she said, because she believes them to be unsafe.
Three separate builders came to inspect the homes, Hale said, and all three confirmed that repairing the homes would be costlier than rebuilding them.
"It needs everything from A to Z," she said.
"We started exploring what to do with the houses because of the property taxes involved and the fact that they're not worth the money it would take to put into them," she said.
City Building Inspector Mark Johnson inspected both homes, and said that while both structures need large amounts of work, neither was found to be unsafe.
Board members felt uncomfortable issuing a certificate of appropriateness to allow Hale to demolish the homes without more information.
"I think before I would feel comfortable recommending demolition, I feel like I would need to know more. I guess I don't know enough about the building, I don't know if there's any significance to it," said board member Mike Pittman.
The board voted 3-2 to extend the matter 30 days until the next board meeting. However, because board members Pam Newhouse and Bob Schoenstein weren't in attendance the board did not have the required four-vote majority for the extension..
Another request came from Michael Anthony, who requested a certificate of appropriateness to demolish a barn behind his property at 732 W. Third St.
"The doors are somewhat non-functional. Looking back east at it, you'll see we've got some plywood holding it together," Johnson said of the property.
Anthony said he was debating whether to tear it down, and that he's been thinking about it for six months.
"It wasn't built that big when they first built it. It was a smaller structure," Anthony said. "It's really not a big barn structure."
The first part of the barn was built in 1907.
The board voted 5-0 to allow the demolition.