301 Grand story continues. I recall the apartments that were there were classic P.G. Old, kind of sketchy but cheap.
Neighbors said they have no complaints with the building under construction but object to the one containing affordable units, which is also two stories. Based on elevation poles outlining the proposed project, it is lower than a three-story neighbor on Fountain Avenue to the project’s north boundary.
Pam Silkwood, a Carmel land-use attorney representing Carolyn Hill, who owns the three-story house behind the project, told the Architectural Review Board that the affordable units “impair the desirability of investment or occupation of the neighborhood.”
NIMBYs Still Believe Affordable Means Ghetto
Usually when someone buys a 600 square foot cottage and adds 3,000 square feet to it with nothing left of the original but the threshold it gets awarded with a historical building sign.
So Doctor buys building, offers to restore it and get waivers on parking spaces required. City discovers building is beyond repair and orders it torn down and parking waivers voided. City Director wants Doctor to make more low income dwellings in new plan. Doc is in it for the money, not social issues.
Doctor should be able to replicate the old building and keep the parking waiver.
“Once a historic building is demolished, it loses its historicity,” explained Pacific Grove’s Community and Development Director Mark Brodeur. That in turn changes certain parameters that accompany such a project. In this case those parameters involve parking.
“I informed the new owner that once the demolition is in place his plans as previously approved are no longer going to work because I don’t have the flexibility to allow five parking spaces off site,” explained Brodeur. Instead, Adeeb would have to change the project to accommodate eight parking spaces on site.
301 Grand Takes “P.G. Remodel” To New Heights
City Building Official John Kuehl who issued a notice and order to vacate and demolish the building located at 301 Grand Avenue because it was deemed “unfit for human occupancy.” Kuehl gave the tenants until the end of January to move out of the structure, which is listed on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory.
Specifically, the notice addressed to the building’s owner Manal Mansour noted that the building’s exterior surfaces have decayed to a point of allowing water to enter the building and that its structural members aren’t properly maintained and are in a deteriorated condition.
The two-story structure was a mixed use building that had primarily commercial and office uses on the ground floor and three apartments on the second floor, according to Mark Brodeur, the city’s community and economic development director. But Brodeur said the owner had future plans to build out the second floor because in its current capacity it wasn’t a full two-story building.
301 Grand Avenue Gets Orders To Be Torn Down