The Commission of Architectural Review last week sent out a letter (PDF) to all property owners in Union Hill as formal notice that the neighborhood is being considered for status as an Old and Historic District. A public hearing will be held on May 14 at 6PM at City Council Chambers in City Hall.
In addition, the updated response data from the latest neighborhood survey has been released. The bulk of the neighborhood (70%) did not respond. Of the property owners that did respond, 59% voted in favor of the designation, 32% voted in opposition, and 9% indicated that they had no opinion or sent back a blank card.
Of note, Better Housing Coalition, one of the largest property owners in the neighborhood, is said to be in favor of the O&H designation but is not included in the tally. Apparently the representative of BHC send in one card to vote for all of their properties, but the survey is not tallied like that.
From the released data:
In January of 2009 response postcards were mailed to the owners of all properties within the boundaries of the Union Hill Old and Historic District. The deadline for postcards was February 27, 2009, two weeks following a public information meeting.
The owners were contacted using information from the Assessor’s Office current as of 12-20-2009. This resulted in about 4 owners, representing about twenty properties, not receiving the original notification and post cards. Staff was contacted by these owners who wanted their response to be counted and confirmed that these were the owners of record. Staff accepted letters, e-mails, or post cards from these owners until March 16, 2009.
In addition on March 27, 2009, the Union Hill Historic District Initiative and Cedar Street Baptist Church contacted staff about responses that had been lost in the mail from the church. Cedar Street wished to have all of its properties included in the survey and staff has done so.
This revised tally of the survey reflects the input from Cedar Street Baptist Church. The data is this revised and final report is the survey data that will be used in the staff reports, with appropriate mapping of the data, for the CAR public hearing. If the project advances beyond the CAR public hearing stage it will be used in the staff reports to the Planning Commission and City Council as well.