Making Sure Historic Districts Matter
One of the most important benefits of local historic district designation is having a process to address proposed out-sized and incompatible new construction. The process is known as "COA" review [certificate of appropriateness]. COA review, however, is only effective if the city enforces new construction guidelines for buildings within historic districts.
An important debate about the compatibility of new construction is occurring in the 18th Avenue Northeast Historic District which could have implications for all of St. Pete's local historic districts. The out-sized, incompatibly designed home proposed for 736 18th Ave. NE would dominate the street and threaten the historic integrity of the district. Preserve the 'Burg supports the neighborhood property owners in seeking to enforce the sensible guidelines for new construction. The matter is an important test case for the application of historic district guidelines in all of our local districts.
Out-sized proposed home & existing home in historic district
Click Here to see a presentation & more images of the incompatible proposed residence
Proposed residence does not meet City's COA criteria for new constriction in historic districts
New construction can be compatible in historic districts
700 Block of 18th Ave. NE Historic District
At the request of the majority of property owners, city council enthusiastically approved in 2017 the 700 Block of 18th Avenue NE Historic District. Preserve the 'Burg assisted with and supported the application. The small local district is an excellent example of an intact collection of homes dating to St. Petersburg's rapid 1920's development. It contains a diverse selection of architectural styles, all popular during the early 20th Century. Click here to see the district application, including photos of the homes within the district. In early 2018 the city's preservation commission initially rejected the COA for the new home. Subsequently, the applicant slightly modified his proposal and, at staff's urging, the commission approved the modified proposal. It is this decision which city council will be reviewing.
Benefits of Local Historic District Designation
Support Guidelines for New Constriuction in Local Historic Districts
A public hearing to hear the neighborhood's appeal of the decision to grant the COA allowing for construction of the new home will be conducted by City Council. The July 12 hearing has been cancelled. The new date is expected to be August 23 (please check back for confirmation of this date). The hearing will be at City Hall. Your help and voice is needed! Come to the public hearing and/or send your message to city council - YES for keeping local historic districts special and NO to the present COA application for new construction. Sending your message is simple to do by clicking on the link below.
Historic Designation Matters!
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