My contact with the Meridian Kessler neighborhood association, Mary Owens, has contacted me about an emerging issue in the neighborhood. Three times in the last year, citizens have demolished small single family homes in order to construct a larger home on the same lot. She sent me a an application for another such case, located at 5855 Central Avenue (pdf warning). Here is a Google Street View of the current house:
This house is not tiny. Additionally, it is almost a guarantee that it is constructed with better materials than what it would be replaced with. Here is the rendering and siteplan of the proposed house:
The city planning staff is recommending approval for this application.
It is good to know that people continue to want to raise families in Meridian Kessler. However, I do think it is a shame to lose these individual links to our city’s history. Mary Owens is pushing for Meridian Kessler to become a conservation district to offer some protections for the older buildings. I am curious as to the thoughts of the readers of this blog on this issue.