The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is resisting demolition permits requested to level low-rise properties in Dinkytown, and residents were able to put the plans on hold on Tuesday.
The permits were up for review at a Heritage Preservation Commission meeting on Tuesday afternoon, and the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association asked the group to deem connected properties at 1315 and 1319 4th Street SE to be historic resources in order to deny the demolition permits and prompt a designation study to be prepared for the area.
Residents argued the demolition of existing low-rise buildings may impair Dinkytown's eligibility for a National Register of Historic Places listing, "a natural next step to preserve Dinkytown's historic resources and identity," a news release read.
Yet, although the structures didn't get historic status on Tuesday, the demolition plan was put on the backburner out of concerns that a development might disrupt the character of the neighborhood and the businesses that are already there. The developer, Doran, is likely to appeal the interim protection of the affected buildings.
The association cites 4 reasons for their request:
1. These low-scale, one-story buildings are important to the historic value of Dinkytown and help provide the pedestrian scale that is typical of the district.
2. These buildings all play an integral part in forming the unique fabric and historic feeling that Dinkytown possesses.
3. The city's 2013 market study emphasized that Dinkytown's character remains its most important market strength, an "increasingly important differentiator," especially with light rail serving other University district commercial areas.
4. These buildings are being rented by successful small businesses that support the social and commercial life of the area.