WHY ‘UP­GRADER’ BUY­ERS ARE EX­CITED RESIDENTIAL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

A PEP­PER­MINT Grove art deco home has had its her­itage pro­tec­tion down­graded af­ter its owner’s pleas to coun­cil­lors last week.

Alana John, owner of the 58A Leake Street prop­erty, said the her­itage clas­si­fi­ca­tion had se­verely im­pacted on her, at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Ms John said coun­cil staff told her last year the home did not have pro­tec­tion, and if it had she would have not bought it.

The home’s her­itage sta­tus be­came ap­par­ent dur­ing a re­cent manda­tory re­view of the coun­cil’s mu­nic­i­pal in­ven­tory, af­ter which it was pro­posed to have a cat­e­gory one list­ing con­firmed us­ing the cast­ing vote of Shire Pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas in Au­gust.

“I have since been sub­ject to two months of un­cer­tainty, and have had to pay sub­stan­tial fees,” Ms John said.

Her­itage ar­chi­tect Kelly Ar­ris said only parts of the home’s orig­i­nal struc­ture re­mained af­ter three re­build­ing pro­grams.

Ms Thomas said she was “con­cerned” the home’s sta­tus could be de­ter­mined us­ing her cast­ing vote, and she pro­posed the home be given the lower cat­e­gory two pro­tec­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Charles Hohnen said the pre­vi­ous own­ers would have been in­formed of its sta­tus.

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