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Re: “Morehead Hill neighbors fighting destruction of 90-year-old bungalows

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Not to split hairs here, but there are a couple important factors here that add a lot of complexity to the neighborhood seeing the school as a liability vs. an assest:

The first is that Healthy Start is a charter school and not part of DPS, and therefore not under the review processes/public hearings like other "public schools". Additionally, the school has not acted like a good neighbor with this situation in how they've dealt with neighborhood residents, potential buyers, and the City.

Second, while I'm not familiar with the background @ Immaculata, there is a real danger here that the school's demo action will leave two vacant lots in the neighborhood if the public alley is not closed. There are houses on the corner of Jackson/Shepherd and Jackson/Arnette that will be negatively affected by the demo (where I don't know that there are/were redisential houses next to the K Center).

Third, and this was not mentioned in the article, is that there are tremendous environmental and public health issues that accompany an irresponsible tear-down. Old houses of this vintage could contain lead paint, asbestos, old fuel oil tanks, etc. which need careful abatement when removing from a site. Given the fact that the school wants to convert the sites into a playground for K-8 children should raise enormous alarms with both current and potential parents of school's students that their children could be playing in dirt that is contaminated.

Fourth, again not mentioned by the article, is that demolition of houses, not to mention any hazardous material abatement, is expensive for the property owner. The fact that the school could sell these properties, recoup some of their investment, avoid a costly demo/abatement, and avoid the possibility that they'll be owners of vacant lots if the City Council does not approve the site plan/close the alley is very baffling to those of us in the neighborhood who want to see these houses saved.

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Posted by casprouse on 12/04/2009 at 7:56 AM

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