Sexton's House plan redux
City Commissioners have approved paying an architect $17,269 to modify and redo plans for a more modest Sexton's House than was originally pitched.
Michael Miller told the commission at its Wednesday meeting he could work from his original plans for a 1.5-story, 875 square-foot Sexton's House to replace the 50-year-old building at the corner of Angela and Margaret streets.
Miller will work on a one-story design. In August, the commission balked when construction bids this year came in at about $160,000 over the original estimate of $370,000 and sent city staff back to the drawing board. Two of the bids came in at $610,000.
Commissioners approved the payment to Miller by a 6-1 vote with Commissioner Mark Rossi dissenting.
Fantasy Fest will close roads
The annual "Masquerade March" on Friday will take two routes leaving the city cemetery at 5 p.m. with an estimated time of arrival on Duval Street of 7:30 p.m., the city has said.
Streets will not be closed along the routes so the city asks drivers to expect delays or take alternative routes.
"Revelers are reminded that nudity is absolutely prohibited during this event," city spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.
Also on Friday, Duval Street closes at noon from Front to South Street for the street fair. On Saturday at 10 a.m., Duval closes from Front to United Street. From 4 p.m. until the parade's end, Whitehead Street will be closed from Southard to Front Street. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 11 p.m. Streets will stay closed until the police department decides it is safe to reopen them, Crean said.
Artist's house needs approval
Debra Yates is on the Tuesday agenda of the Historic Architectural Review Commission's meeting to request permission to demolish her 717 White St. house and replace it with a two-story home with new fences, walls, gates, a "detached habitable space" and a driveway.
The commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.
In its report to HARC, city staff says Yates' design "fails in compatibility" with the neighborhood, a "prominent corner" of Newton and White Streets.
Yates' design is two separate two-story "pavilions" attached with walls that create an open yard and the house's entrance, along with a swimming pool and a "roof grass area" over the front pavilion which faces White St. The pavilions' height will be 24-feet, six inches, below the maximum allowance of 30 feet.