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Clock Ticking for 1950s-era One-story in Athens, Ga.

A demolition permit has been filed for the house at Pinecrest and University.

 

A demolition permit has been filed for a house at the corner of Pinecrest and University Drive. Built in the 1950s by Alwin Stiles, it's a self-possessed, one-story home on a street with a mix of styles and sizes, including larger, older, two-story buildings. Its thin bricks and tidy landscaping set it apart.

But the clock is ticking on this building: the deadline for demolition to begin is March 15. There was a slight outcry on the FOFP listserv on Tuesday as members learned of the proposed demolition of the house, a three car garage in the back and a swimming pool.

"Better than a mcMonster or Craftsman copy -- a least it is an honest midcentury modern -- which will someday be greatly appreciated," wrote Conoly Hester. "And one of the nice things about older Athens neighborhoods is the diversity of building styles and time periods."

One member wondered if it would be replaced with a Giant Hacienda, one of which has appeared on University in recent years. Throughout Five Points, smaller homes have ballooned into bigness or have been knocked down and replaced with huge houses.

Unless Commissioner Allison Wright, whose District 4 includes the University Drive house, asks for a delay, the demoltion will proceed, said officials in the ACC Planning Department. But she can request a delay, which could be up to 90 days. The commissioners could take action on the building, review its historic properties or move to create a historic district.

The planning department official said a 90-day delay is unusual; they are usually shorter.

What do you think of the practice of tearing down smaller older homes and replacing them with bigger ones? is this a positive thing for the neighborhood, showind that people want to invest in it, or not?

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JEC February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I HATE that huge "hacienda house" on University and O'Farrell. It is totally out of proportion and character for the neighborhood. Several house to it's west have been successfully remodeled, adding second stories in keeping with the look of the area. I fear the unique house in question will be replaced by another "monster."
Rebecca McCarthy February 21, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I guess we will have to wait and see!
athens May 15, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I have heard that the house will be a cute Cape Cod style which certainly would a positive thing for that street. Agreed on the "hacienda house" but hope that that was the 1st and last.
Kate Crenshaw May 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
My parents were the original owners of a one-story, white brick ranch with a "daylight" basement living area built on a sloping lot in 1958 in Buckhead. Mom still lives there and wouldn't consider moving. Several houses on the street have been remodeled into McMansions that are way too big for their lots and crowd the houses on either side, but Mom's house is proportionate and beautiful with its driveway lined with rosebushes, grassy lawn, pink dogwoods, and large magnolia tree. Some houses just can't be remodeled and still remain a proportionate size for the lot, so please don't ruin the neighborhood and its historic appeal just because you want a big house. Find that perfect house in a newer neighborhood; you'll be happier with it in the future.
Rebecca McCarthy May 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Kath, good for your mom! I've seen what's happened in Buckhead,and it's not pretty. Thanks for writing.

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