First, the building is safe. There will be no demolition of this 1895 classic.
The proposed rezoning will change it from an RT-4 (Residential Two-Flat, Townhouse, and Multi-Use District) to a B2-1 (Neighborhood Multi-Unit District).
The zoning notice mentions that it was previously a not-for-profit (Neon Street homeless shelter, to be specific) with office space included.
The plan is to divide the home's 5000+ square foot interior into three residential units and a 2400 square foot office space. As we mentioned in an earlier post, the room sizes are huge (a 12' x 31' foyer; a 16' x 15' sitting room; and a 30' x 24' family room). There are 11 rooms, as well as a full attic, basement, and porch. The third floor is a full ballroom.
Presumably most or all of the original elements (stained glass windows, grand staircase, and three fireplaces) will be retained, if possible.
Since the property was marketed as a potential teardown, we're happy to learn that the new owner intends to renovate it instead. Given its history as a private home, restaurant, funeral home, and homeless shelter, three residences and office space -- if approved -- will add another chapter in its history.
|a portion of the proposed rezoning letter received by neighbors of the property|