Monthly Archives: May 2012

114 McKoy Street

Another faux prairie infill overlooking Oakview Road.

817 East Lake Drive

Infill mansionization.

817 East Lake, May 2012.

621 East Lake Drive

621 East Lake Drive. Credit: 2009 City of Decatur Historic Resources Survey.

621 East Lake Drive, May 2012.

232 Cambridge Avenue

Another urban homesteading dollar home.

232 Cambridge Ave. Credit: 2009 City of Decatur Historic Resources Survey.

232 Cambridge Ave. Work in progress, May 2012.

232 Cambridge Ave. Rendering of proposed completion. Credit: Thrive Homes Website.

232 Cambridge Avenue. Completed. August 7, 2012.

232 Cambridge Avenue. August 7, 2012.

608 Third Avenue

608 Third Avenue. Credit: 2009 City of Decatur Historic Resources Survey.

608 Third Avenue (left) after teardown and new home construction. May 2012.

205 Maxwell Street

205 Maxwell Street, March 9, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street, March 9, 2012.

Chimney removed at 205 Maxwell Street, May 4, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street, May 10, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street, May 10, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street, May 15, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street, May 10, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. June 7, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. June 15, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. Mansionization as seen through neighbors trees. June 15, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. July 15, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. August 5, 2012.

205 Maxwell Street. August 26, 2012.

05 Maxwell Street. June 3, 2014.

05 Maxwell Street. June 3, 2014.

Rendering of proposed new construction at 205 Maxwell Street. Screen capture from Segway Properties <http://segway-properties.com/205_maxwell_street.html&gt;.

Go drive down Maxwell and tell me the enormous home under construction that cantilevers out over the double-wide driveway leading to a two-car garage is “in character” with the neighborhood. It’s freaking huge and dwarfs everything around it.

Putting a couple tapered columns on the front porch doesn’t make something that wide “fit” with surrounding buildings. The scale of craftsman architecture breaks down when you try and force it onto a 5 bedroom, 3 story home. — “Red92S, July 26, 2012.

… it’s hardly “in character” with the neighborhood, and I think it’s pretty offensive. Adhering to building ordinances does not make something automatically kosher. That thing would never get off the page if the lot were in the MAK district, which in my opinion would have been a much preferable situation. I’m sure agents working in the area love these huge things and the commission checks that come along with them. Hard to fault anyone personally benefiting from this development for being in favor of it’s continuation. It’s obviously a product people want, I just wish it didn’t have to come at the expense of older homes. — “Red92S, July 29, 2012.

It’s interesting to compare comments like those Red92s left at the http://www.city-data.com site to how builder Arlene Dean describes her work and its relationship to the existing built environment:

No matter the style, utmost consideration for the existing neighborhood ensures that Arlene Dean always complement as well as enhance the streetscape. — Arlene Dean Quality Homes Website.

209 McKoy Street

One inartful addition was replaced by a faux Prairie.

209 McKoy Street prior to demolition. Credit: 2009 City of Decatur Historic Resources Survey.

New “Prairie Modern” under construction, April 2012.

209 McKoy Street completed. June 7, 2012. Note the mailbox — it’s really compatible with the others along McKoy Street (and all of Oakhurst).

209 McKoy Street rear and garage as seen from W. Benson Street. June 7. 2012.

117 Maxwell Street

117 Maxwell Street. Credit: 2009 City of Decatur Historic Resources Survey.

117 Maxwell Street teardown in progress, December 20, 2011.

117 Maxwell Street. New home under construction at teardown site, March 9, 2012.

117 Maxwell Street. May 4, 2012.

916 East Lake Drive

916 East Lake, October 17, 2011.

916 East Lake Drive during teardown, October 20, 2011.

916 East Lake Drive, October 21, 2011.

916 East Lake Drive, new home completed, February 22, 2012.

Read this post for a complete rundown on this teardown. This was the teardown that raised my awareness to Decatur’s unsustainable policies.