Monthly Archives: June 2014

702 South McDonough Street

Demolished in 2013.

702 South McDonough Street. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

702 South McDonough Street. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

702 South McDonough Street. Credit: Google Maps. Screen capture June 30, 2014.

702 South McDonough Street. Credit: Google Maps. Screen capture June 30, 2014.

702 South McDonough Street, June 2014.

702 South McDonough Street, June 2014.

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Recycling

I have visited and photographed more than 100 teardown and construction sites in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. I have seen only one example of recycling:  the removal of gutters and downspouts at the first teardown I watched in Oct. 2011. I have never seen a sight like this one in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward — a bin for recycled construction waste:

Recycling bin, Randolph Street construction site, Atlanta. June 2014.

Recycling bin, Randolph Street construction site, Atlanta. June 2014.

Randolph Street construction site, Atlanta. June 2014.

Randolph Street construction site, Atlanta. June 2014.

This recent post to the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page likely explains why. Resident Mike Curtice commented on June 21, “Generally from a business point of view (profitability) a builder would prefer to tear down, completely.”

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Facebook post comments. Screen capture June 25, 2014.

Oakhurst Neighborhood Association Facebook post comments. Screen capture June 25, 2014.

Readers, please send me photos/details if you see recycling at Oakhurst teardown and construction sites.

447 Ansley St.

447 Ansley St. April 11, 2014.

447 Ansley St. April 11, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 12, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 12, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 12, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 12, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 30, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Prepped for demolition, June 30, 2014.

447 Ansley St. existing conditions and future replacement.

447 Ansley St. existing conditions and future replacement.

447 Ansley St. Demolished July 1, 2014.

447 Ansley St. Demolished July 1, 2014.

447 Ansley St., Sept. 2014.

447 Ansley St., Sept. 2014.

447 Ansley St. Zillow.com listing screen capture, June 12, 2014 .

447 Ansley St. Zillow.com listing screen capture, June 12, 2014 <http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/447-Ansley-St-Decatur-GA-30030/14470281_zpid/&gt;.

More about this teardown: Progress Or Pity? $950K Contemporary To Replace 1942 Home (Curbed Atlanta, June 16, 2014).

Ocotber 2014 update: The new house briefly was pulled off the market and reappeared with a new price tag: $1.1 million.

Zillow email, Oct. 11, 2014.

Zillow email, Oct. 11, 2014.

 

841 East Lake Drive

841 East Lake Dr. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

841 East Lake Dr. Credit: 2009 Citywide Historic Resources Survey.

841 East Lake Dr. Demolition underway, June 2, 2014.

841 East Lake Dr. Demolition underway, June 3, 2014.

841 East Lake Dr. New construction underway, July 2014.

841 East Lake Dr. New construction underway, July 2014.

841 East Lake Dr., August 2014.

841 East Lake Dr., August 2014.

 

Decatur defines “Demolition”

On May 19, 2014, the Decatur, Ga., City Commission unanimously voted to amend the  city’s zoning law to include a definition of “demolition.” Before that vote, demolition was not defined in law nor in regulations implementing the code.

Without a definition of demolition, the city had no way to quantify the number of teardowns. “The City has had a long standing practice of defining demolition for zoning purposes to be when 50% or more of a structure has been removed,” Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson wrote in a May 16, 2014, memo to City Manager Peggy Merriss.

Demolition, in Decatur, is defined as,

The complete removal of structure or a scope of construction (alteration, addition, renovation or reconstruction) of a structure where only the foundation of the original structure remains.

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