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File #: 19-7279   
Type: Resolution
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/17/2019
Posting Language: Resolution to initiate historic landmark designation for 214 Lotus and waive application fees. Funding for application fees is available in the Office of Historic Preservation General Fund FY 2020 Adopted Budget. [Roderick Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Shanon Shea Miller, Director, Office of Historic Preservation].
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance, 2. Resolution 2019-10-17-0060R, 3. Staff Presentation
RFCA - 214 Lotus

Department: Office of Historic Preservation

Department Head: Shanon Shea Miller

Council district impacted: District 1

Subject:

Resolution to initiate landmark designation for 214 Lotus

Summary:

This resolution requests direction from City Council to move forward with historic landmark designation for the property at 214 Lotus. On September 4, 2019, the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) agreed with the finding of historic significance and supported the designation of the property as a local landmark.

Background Information:

On June 10, 2019, a demolition application was submitted to the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) by contractor Orlando Sanchez on behalf of the property owner of the structure at 214 Lotus, located in the Lavaca neighborhood of District 1. On July 12, 2019, the applicant was notified that the structure was eligible for local landmark designation. The Demolition & Designation Committee (DDC) held a site visit on July 24, 2019. The request for a finding of historic significance was heard by the HDRC on August 21, 2019. The Commission referred the case back to the DDC for an additional site visit, which was held on August 28, 2019. The case was heard again at HDRC on September 4, 2019.
214 Lotus is a single-story Queen Anne residence built in 1909 for (and likely by) Adolph J Wernette. It is located in the Lavaca neighborhood of District 1. Hector Ubaldo is the current owner. The structure meets criteria 5, 8, and 13, meeting the eligibility requirements for local landmark designation outlined in the UDC.
On September 4, 2019, the HDRC agreed with the finding of historic significance, recommended approval, and requested a resolution from the City Council to initiate the designation process. The property owner does not support designation.

Issue:

214 Lotus meets the criteria and is eligible for landmark designation. If Council approves a resolution to proceed with landmark designation, OHP would a...

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