A request to demolish a General Pershing Street home to build a small parking lot just off Magazine Street was unanimously rejected by a city panel Monday afternoon after sparking a heated protest by nearby neighbors.
Architect Anna Bertucci Ghelase was making the request on behalf of a client seeking to attract a tenant to the part of the large Top Drawer property on Magazine Street, she told the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee. She said the house was damaged in a fire several years ago and never seriously renovated afterward, and that the developer she represents wants to convert it to about parking spaces for employees in an effort to draw a new tenant to the Magazine property.
About seven residents from near the property spoke against the demolition, however. They said the home had been occupied until recently and could likely be renovated, and said that the parking lot would just bring the commercial activity of Magazine Street closer to their homes.
Following the residents’ comments, and without any further questions or conversation, the NCDC members voted 9-0 to deny the demolition request. The developer can appeal the decision to the City Council.
See below for live coverage of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee meeting.