Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Another Upzoning Request From The Owners Of 4642 N Magnolia
Well, this should be interesting.
A RECAP: Many readers remember the high emotions surrounding the fate of an 1896 Victorian house at 4642 N Magnolia (above). Last winter, it was sold by the only family who had ever owned it to developers, who proposed building a modern six-flat on the double lot. The property is zoned for a single-family home (RS-3), so the new owners applied for a zoning change.
Many lots in Sheridan Park have been downzoned in past years to preserve the historic character of the community, and to discourage developers from demolishing single-family homes to build higher-density homes in their place. Much spirited discussion about what the best course of action should be took place among neighbors, preservationists, the original owners, and the new owners over the course of several months.
Because the price of the proposed development was less than ten million dollars, the decision on whether to approve the proposed upzoning didn't go before the 46th Ward's Zoning and Development Committee, but instead fell to residents living within the boundaries of the house's block club, Magnolia Malden Neighbors.
The new owners of the property said that if residents didn't vote in favor of the requested zoning change, they would knock down the house and leave the lot vacant for years. When the residents at two different community meetings voted against upzoning the property, the new owners kept their word. In February, the house, garage and several trees on the lot were demolished. What remains is an empty lot.
PRESENT DAY: We are hearing that the new owners are requesting another zoning change for the lot, this time to an RS-3.5 designation. They propose splitting the lot into two parcels. On one, they want to build a single-family home, and on the other, a three-flat.
Once again, the community will make the decision on the upzoning. This time it will be made by residents of all of Sheridan Park, who will hear the proposal and vote. The meeting should take place in a couple weeks and will be announced when a date and location have been determined.
If you live in the areas covered by Magnolia Malden Neighbors, Graceland Wilson Neighbors, Dover Neighbors and Beacon Block Club, start thinking about hearing the presentation from the vacant lot's owners on why their latest upzoning request should be considered and what your vote will be.
You can see all UU's posts about 4642 Magnolia here.
Update: As of 6/12/2014, the owners of the property have withdrawn their request for upzoning.