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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 1:06 PM
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East Side plans need sensitivity

Web Posted: 02/10/2010 12:00 CST
East Side plans need sensitivity

Scott Stroud

A peculiar exchange unfolded a few weeks ago in City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor's office when Realtor Gordon Deering came to her about a development idea he was pushing for the city's East Side.

Deering was involved in a private effort to re-envision the area between Nolan and Iowa Streets, from the Alamodome east to New Braunfels Avenue. Basing his pitch on a Lubbock success story called Overton Park, he wanted to level existing property in the area and replace it with a cohesive mix of apartments, single-family homes and commercial development.

“He took out a map and he started out saying, well, this Dignowity Hill area, it has a historic designation, but he said, really there's maybe a couple of houses that are worth saving,” Taylor recalled.

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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:18 PM
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This is the reason our inner-city will not be redeveloped. Every fifty-year old gas station gets designated "historic". We are not allowed to change. It is often more costly to renovate these outdated structures. It also takes a long time and a battle with the HDRC to get anything recommended for approval. We have some amazing historically significant structures (the Alamo, several hotels, and even SOME houses). Every fish market, miniature golf course, and gas station built before 1970 seems to be vying for "historical significance" status.

Most of these dilapidated structures are NOT worth saving. It is a huge turnoff to potential developers and an even bigger turnoff to potential residents.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2010, 4:02 PM
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They can level Government Hill Alliance, too. Maybe then my grandma will visit people that aren't in Oklahoma.
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