What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Would you please provide the addresses for each of the homes demolished in Oakhurst during the last 5 years?

Anonymous said...
Would you please provide the addresses for each of the homes demolished in Oakhurst during the last 5 years? Also, how many of those homes were uninhabitable?

We will provide the addresses in a separate post. The attached map shows major renovations (green) and new construction (orange) in the Oakhurst area from 2000 - 2005. We will update the map with 2006 & 2007 (so far) data soon. Some of the new construction on the map was on vacant lots.

We are not certain we can really answer your second question. The homes have been demolished and therefore the question of whether they could be inhabited is lost. Our own recollection is that in most cases someone was living in the home prior to the demolition. We do know that one demolition that does not show up on this map - 220 Third Avenue - was not inhabitable.

The map shows another very important detail. On a larger view Oakhurst has more demolitions than any other part of the City of Decatur. The proposed boundaries of the nominated local historic district has fewer demolitions and therefore is one of the more intact areas with a consistent bungalow housing style and time of development.