Two of the 16 demolition requests scheduled for Monday’s meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee were in the Mid-City area, according to the agenda:
- At 517 North Solomon Street, a demolition contractor is seeking to tear down a single-story home, according to the permit application. No explanation is given for the request, though the application contains a number of photos of the house.
- At 416-18 South Olympia Street, the owners sought an after-the-fact permit for a house demolished there by the previous owner, before they bought the property. New owner John Cody Stringer is “requesting to have [the] illegal-demolition fee waived” because he purchased it as a vacant lot with the intent of building a new two-family home there, according to his application.
The NCDC meeting was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Monday (July 7), but committee chair Ed Horan said it could not begin because only six members had arrived. Seven are needed for a quorum that can vote, Horan said.
After waiting more than 30 minutes without any other members appearing, Horan announced that the meeting would have to be canceled, and all demolition requests would be postponed two weeks until the next meeting.
“I apologize. It’s supposed to be a committee of 13, but unfortunately we only have 8 of the members appointed,” Horan said. “It makes it really hard for us to get seven of our eight appointees here at one meeting. Hopefully we’ll get some new appointees to fill these spots.”
Each of the seven City Council members appoints one member to the NCDC, the mayor appoints one, and five are representatives of various city departments — Safety and Permits, Code Enforcement, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the City Planning Commission and the Department of Health.
“We are working to fill the one position appointed by the Mayor,” wrote mayoral spokesman Tyler Gamble in an email. “All of the City representatives on the Committee were present yesterday.”
The NCDC will convene again at 2 p.m. July 21.