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CAR to consider major rehab in Sugar Bottom, new house on 24th Street

The agenda for Tuesday, August 23, 2016 meeting of the Commission of Architectural Review includes a number of local projects:

  • 607 N. 23rd Street – Construct a covered gate at the rear of the property.
  • 2428 Venable Street – Rehabilitate existing structure to include the replacement of windows and doors, painting of the structure, and the construction of an addition at the rear.
  • 1902-1908 Princess Anne Avenue – Modify previously approved plans to change the color of the proposed brick.
  • 2400 E. Franklin – Construct a single family dwelling.
  • 3005-3007 E. Franklin Street – Rehabilitate a multifamily building and construct new multifamily buildings.


3005-3007 E. Franklin Street
3005-3007 E. Franklin Street

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The U.....nion Hill 08/17/2016 at 9:46 PM

The design for 2400 E. Franklin couldn’t be more out of place.

Bridgette W Huff 08/18/2016 at 1:23 PM

The proposed “design” in Sugar Bottom (3005-3007 E. Franklin) looks like a morgue or crematorium.

EDS 08/18/2016 at 2:40 PM

I wish 24th St good luck

Lee 08/18/2016 at 3:52 PM

I actually think the Franklin Street building (3005-3007) would be a vast improvement over what used to be there/is there now. I think a building like that is much better tucked into a wooded landscape on the edge of a cluster of historic buildings – less of an extreme juxtaposition.

Out of curiosity, why does the façade rendering have all those white lines? Are they meant to be elevation lines? Perspective Guidelines? What exactly is going on there?

D 08/18/2016 at 4:45 PM

@5 Topography lines. The hill next to the location has a steep grade

Bill Hartsock 08/18/2016 at 10:48 PM

3 – You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s…

Matt Jarreau 08/19/2016 at 8:18 AM

@ 3 & 5 we would love some constructive criticism on that design. Please let us know what you’d like to see. Bridget I know you lived across the street for many years and probably have a idea or two in mind, obviously this wasn’t it, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please email or call me anytime.

@ 5 Bill we are in fact gutting the entire building and re-designing the floorplans on the existing units and all will be very nice….granite, tile, hardwoods, as well as redesigning the skin of the building as a whole…..nothing on the cheap.

@5 Lee thanks for your comments. I always like hearing your thoughts! Those white lines are in fact topo lines showing the hill side climb to N 30th.

We look forward to CAR’s review next week and will meet with CHA first part of September. Please join us for discussions.

Brian Colegrove 08/21/2016 at 12:58 PM

That residence looks as out of place and ridiculous as the one on Leigh.

jean mcdaniel 08/21/2016 at 2:26 PM

Why exactly is there a CAR in existence? If it is to make sure ugly, inppropriate buildings get built in a Historic District, they are doing a great job!

There are mirror houses across the street from me, (three attached matching) and they couldn’t be more disjointed and unattractive. One has blue trim and gray porch color, one has white trim and white porch with a LIME GREEN door, and one has red trim with a blue door that dose’t come close to matching the blue on the other house. Someone drove me to the end of Marchall St. to show me the monstrosity that was built there.

How can CAR state that their mission is to protect the Historic neighborhoods with a straight face?

Jeff 08/25/2016 at 1:39 PM

So, what did CAR do with 2400 E Franklin?

crd 08/25/2016 at 7:07 PM

@11 you might call Ms. Pitts at the city, she’s the staff person there, 646-7550 for an answer.

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