301 Grand Takes “P.G. Remodel” To New Heights

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.

543 Laurel Abandoned

“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

$42,000 Down The (Historically Reviewed) Sewer

Reviews that come in to play when a property is sold or remolded or torn down? Make the property owner foot the bill.

The City of Pacific Grove is going to pay a consultant more than $40,000 to get a better handle on the city’s historic buildings. The P.G. City Council voted Wednesday night to spend $42,400 to prepare an “historic context statement,” which will include describing how the city’s architecture evolved.

While spending $40,000 on a report in a city that is having severe financial troubles may seem superfluous, Burgess said in the long run, the report could save money for the city and residents, who must fork over from $200 to $1,000 for a historic evaluation.

$42,000 Down The (Historically Reviewed) Sewer

“P.G. Remodel” Goes Awry

A “P.G. Remodel” is one of those house modifications where 90% of the house is replaced and then the square footage increases by another 90%. The resulting structure my have a slight resemblance to the original, but there is often only about 5% of the original building there.

Over at 419 Congress Avenue, here’s the original 500 square foot structure, working toward that 10% of original building.Remodel 419 Congress Ave

Looks like too much was removed, 9% of house fell into 200% of basement.
419 Congress Sunk

Juan The Builder – should he change the name to Juan The Destructor?
419 Congress Juan The Builder

Follow up: A hysterical preservation lady spoke at the next city council meeting urging that everything possible be done to restore the damage. If they care so much why did they allow the little salt box be ‘restored’ into a forest chalet in the first place?

“P.G. Remodel” Goes Awry

Rotting House Corpse Found In Dumpster

Inspectors are on the case of how “P.G. Remodels” are made.

230 Locust Street
Google Street View

Six months ago, on the day that city inspectors found the remains of the historic house in a Dumpster on the front lawn, a stop-work order was imposed on the building project.
Several walls were supposed to be saved for a use in a larger replica of the shingled home, a design that won a historic preservation permit from the city. But after finding dry rot and termites in December, March decided to tear everything down and start a new.

Rotting House Corpse Found In Dumpster