With 2104-2106 Cedar Street apparently safe for now, there is some decidedly mixed news coming to light about 2116 Cedar Street.
David Herring of ACORN gave a short presentation about recent developments at 2116 at the recent Union Hill Historic District Study Group meeting. Having spent much of the past few years trying to save this house, David shared that, despite his efforts, this iconic house will soon have to be demolished (possibly as soon as the coming week).
The property is supported by 2 retaining walls. The retaining wall perpendicular to Cedar Street has been degrading, and the April’s record-breaking rain has only hastened the wall’s inevitable collapse.
An interesting and novel development, though, is that there is a plan in the works to save as much of the original detail of the house as possible and rebuild a new version of the house (PDF) on the lot. The thinking is that renovation of the current structure would involve having to shore up the house so that the retaining could be dealt with, and that in all likelihood the house would not hold up to all of this activity.
This plan to rebuild will require the ok of the community, as under current code the lot would be considered unbuildable.