Fighting a new neighbor who wants to tear down, rebuild, and flip
January 29, 2013 11:12 AM Subscribe
A couple recently purchased a beautiful Hacienda-style home on my street. They want to tear it down and replace it with a soulless, bland, aggressively imposing mini-McMansion. Luckily, I live in a really special city with an incredibly strict design review committee. What can I do to fight them?
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We successfully fought the first iteration of their plans by having a few dozen people speak against various design aspects such as window size, symmetry, lack of distinct style, lack of side-wall articulation, etc. But the new owners have informed us that they plan to be extremely aggressive, and already have three back-up plans ready to go.
A few of my neighbors are pursuing the possibility of attaining historic preservation status. I'm planning to do the following things once we receive the new plans:
- Find homes with a similar silhouette in nearby cities and take photographs to demonstrate that they disrupt the style of a historic neighborhood
- Find proof that similar homes have actually decreased the property value of their neighbors
- Find dissatisfied neighbors of the other houses this couple has flipped
- Find examples of good Italian Renaissance homes in the city to demonstrate that the proposed home does not qualify
- Get signed statements from architecture experts criticizing the design
- Collect more signatures from residents (we already have 100)
What else can I do? The ultimate goal is to oppose the new owners so strongly that they just give up and sell the house.