Plan­ning com­mis­sion: Owner can de­mol­ish house

Rec­om­men­da­tion at odds with His­toric Land­mark panel.

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St. Ge­orge’s Epis­co­pal Church in East Austin.

The house at 2617 Pe­cos St. is the best-pre­served ex­am­ple of Lund­gren’s sin­gle-fam­ily homes, which fea­ture many nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as stone on their in­te­ri­ors, said Steve Sad­owsky, the city’s his­toric preser­va­tion of­fi­cer.

Ash­ley Amini said she bought the home in June with the in­tent to tear it down and was never told by the former own­ers or the city that the home might have his­toric merit.

The 2,264-square-foot home sits at the top of a steep drive­way that is dan­ger­ous to back out of, she said. Amini has said she wants to build a slightly larger home that con­forms bet­ter to the sloped lot.

The case be­gan when Amini filed for a de­mo­li­tion per­mit in Au­gust. The land­mark com­mis­sion flagged it as a home that might have his­toric merit be­cause it is more than 50 years old, the city’s thresh­old for con­sid­er­ing a build­ing’s his­toric value. Only one other mid-cen­tury mod­ern home in the city is a his­toric prop­erty, Sad­owsky said.

The His­toric Land­mark Com­mis­sion wants the city of Austin to des­ig­nate the 1961 struc­ture at 2617 Pe­cos in West Austin a his­toric land­mark.

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