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The Source: Group Seeks To Change Historic Designation Process

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David Martin Davies
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Texas Public Radio

  The battle to change the city's ordinance dealing with neighborhood historic designation, and the process for attaining it, continues.

A very motivated group of homeowners in the Mahncke Park neighborhood, upset about the ongoing attempt to make their neighborhood "historic," has been calling  city councilors, emailing media outlets, filing open records requests, and trying to change it to a "more democratic" method. They say they aren't being listened to.

The group, who opposes the designation, wants the threshold of neighborhood support to be 51% of current residents. Currently the city requires 30%. 

Last month we brought you a conversation with the city's Office of Historic Preservation on the disputes in Mahncke Park wherein Director Shanon Miller disclosed the neighborhood's support of going historic had dropped below the threshold and would not continue in the process until they had more support. The application remains viable for two years. 

Unsated, the Mahncke Park residents want the policy changed so the majority rules in neighborhood matters.

Guests:

  • Gary Cox, Mahncke Park homeowner and spokesperson for opposition.
  • Michael Lockridge, homeowner and former VP of Mahncke Park Neighborhood Association
  • Mark Fasshold, Mahncke Park homeowner. (Mark was unable to join us for the program)

*This is the first segment in the September 8 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. 

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive