Mass Demolition

June 22nd, 2007 by Editor B

Hmmm… looks like a certain university is aiming to demolish a whole neighborhood. Well, not quite, but 21 houses.

Housing Conservation District Review Committee
Agenda
10 a.m. June 25, 2007
Room 7E07, 7th Floor, City Hall

NEW BUSINESS:

Gert Town
947 S. Cortez St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

934 S. Cortez St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4921 Dixon St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this ranch-style single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4937 Dixon St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

7231 Dixon St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this contemporary commercial building to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4816 Drexel Dr. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this ranch-style single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4836 Drexel Dr. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

7200 Drexel Dr. — Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this contemporary commercial building to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4824 Howard Ave. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4836 Howard Ave. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4916 Howard Ave. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

4934 Howard Ave. — Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

5004 Howard Ave. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

1003 S. Clark St. — Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this altered single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

910 S. Cortez St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

922 S. Cortez St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this altered Arts-and-Crafts style bungalow to be replaced with a vacant lot.

943 S. Telemachus St. — Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this workman’s cottage to be replaced with a vacant lot.

965 S. Telemachus St. — Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

971 S. Telemachus St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

7440 Stroelitz St. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this altered single-family residence to be replaced with a vacant lot.

7940 Washington Ave. – Owner Xavier University has applied to demolish this raised basement altered Neoclassical Revival house to be replaced with a vacant lot.

Squandered Heritage has pictures.

Update: These demolitions were all approved at the HCDRC meeting on July 23.

9 Responses to “Mass Demolition”

  1. meekorouse Says:

    um.. is THIS legal?? I mean does the university actually OWN these properties??

  2. meekorouse Says:

    ok.. that didn’t sound right.. what I mean is, did someone go out there and say “hey this looks fine.. lets demolish the whole neighborhood! we needs us more parking!!” (does that sound better???) sigh.. it just sounds wrong to me.. but I don’t live there now…

  3. Editor B Says:

    Yes, the university must own the property or it couldn’t apply for the demolitions. So, yes, it is legal, and of course the idea behind the review process is to screen out unwarranted demolitions of historic buildings, and so forth. I’m not sure how well that review process works.

  4. Marion Says:

    And to think I once considered living on campus just before the storm a viable alternative. Would have been a short living.

  5. lemming Says:

    Are the buildings truly damaged beyond repair? (I saw the pictures, but I’m no construction expert.) My god, if 19th century craftsmen could salvage the White House shell after the War of 1812 when it was burned, why not – yeah, yeah, cost-benefit analysis.

    Well, this will help with the housing shortage.

  6. Jon Konrath Says:

    This is a huge boom for the local vacant lot industry.

  7. Karen Says:

    The Vacant Lot Industry is thriving here. Central City seems to be the main Vacant Lot site but fortunatly it is spreading and soon we will all get our own “green space” dump site.

  8. meekorouse Says:

    what about some sort of park space?? not for dumping.. but for maybe gardens and the such?? public space if they can’t build on it??

  9. Frank Schiavo Says:

    Maybe not on topic, but Last week there was a six-on-your-side about the LSU teaching/Charity/VA hospital that has been in the planning stages since right after the storm. They kept droping Xavier into the discussion when they were talking about the planning and this makes me wonder if some grant has come through to build some new research centers for drugs/pharms on or near the campus or something similar. This is mostly speculation on my part BTW from the tone & tidbits being mentioned in the very brief on air spot.

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