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Readers Comments on Preservation and Demolitions

8HeathcoteFramingLast week the Scarsdale Committee for Historic Preservation voted to preserve two homes and to clear the way for demolition of several more. We received many comments about the news from readers.... some about the preservation process and others about the members of the committee... when an architect who serves on the CHP also signed the application to demolish 11 Carstensan Road. See below for a few thoughts from our readers:

#1: I don't think 11 Carstensan is a particularly attractive house. The scale of the timbering on the facade is skimpy and the window sizes and shapes are not particularly attractive. It seems sort of like a Tudor - craftsman hybrid. And 1023 Post Road isn't likely to appeal to most buyers. Anyone who buys it won't have any economic incentive to do long-term, high-quality renovations, So it will sell cheap and get run down. That is NOT the best outcome for the neighborhood. Wouldn't it be better to create stricter architectural guidelines for ALL new homes, instead of imposing extreme penalties on a small minority of homeowners who want to demolish existing structures? I see so many multimillion dollar new homes in Scarsdale with glaring architectural defects. I bet these homes have the highest quality interior finishes, but the designs and lot placements are AWFUL! Misplaced stone facades, poorly sized dormers, snap on shutters, ugly roof lines, oversize for the lot... creating higher architectural standards for new construction would remove some of the economic incentive to demolish, without somewhat arbitrarily penalizing a small minority of homeowners. There many attractive homes in Scarsdale that date from 1900 - 1930. These are old homes, and many have had ill-advised renovations during their 100-year life spans. As time goes on, it will make sense to demolish more and more of these. Rather than impose draconian penalties on the owners of these homes, why not do something to ensure that the replacement homes will add as much to their neighborhoods in 2115, and some of these home do now?

#2: Shame on Choura: The corrupt face of developers architects trying to line their own pockets while appearing to volunteer their time is there for everyone to see. I would hazard a guess that Bana sold her services to the owner on her special ability to obtain the approval of demolition. The committee at the minimum should dismiss Choura and consider banning all people who live off the profession in town. What more evidence do you need of blatant abuse of position?

#3 I respect the people who have donated their time and energy to serve on the committee but more rules need to be put into place to preserve the homes, character and overall feel of the town. I live down the street from 110 Brewster Road. I am disgusted that this house will be torn down. The property is only .17 acres!! What will be built on that tiny lot that is worth it?! The house will likely overwhelm the property, tower over neighboring homes (see current homes being built on Huntington and Brewster Road). A particular HOME may not be deemed overall "historical" but a home that is nearly 100 years old is adding to the charm and character of this town. It is sized appropriately on the lot in comparison to neighboring homes and creates an overall community feel. The town is losing this. Please be careful.

#4: It's difficult to understand the need to demolish 110 Brewster but I'm sure builder will speculate that a new home towering over its neighbors with a prominent two car garage will sell.

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Comments   

-1 #5 One more Greenacres resident 2015-07-31 07:14
Acutally Brewster Road is being built by a Greenacres resident for their own use...
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+10 #4 Another Resident 2015-07-30 21:52
Gravel surfaces aren't a proper solution to the "over development" problem. Having the homes correctly sized and sited on the lots would make a big difference in how the neighborhoods feel. Look at what happened to poor old Brewster Road. It used to be a perfectly nice street, right by the school. Now it looks like a bunch of crammed-in houses, just sitting in a desert with scorched front lawns! That's what happens when developers with no taste or neighborly manners run amok!
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+12 #3 One more Greenacres resident 2015-07-30 14:28
You know, maybe there could be some type of heigh restriction where a house can only be 15% taller than its neighbors?
Just a thought?
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-2 #2 Shameful 2015-07-30 13:43
Shameful. How low will you go Ms. Wallenstein? Your initial coverage of both the CHP meeting and the Trustee meeting on gravel surfaces were inaccurate, incomplete, and cherry-picked quotes in an effort to illicit the abundance of uninformed and ignorant comments that your site seems to thrive on. Many of those comments being unsubstantiated personal attacks on residents who volunteer their time. Other comments clearly show a gross lack of understanding of the process and the rules that the Trustees and Committees operate under. However, those articles weren’t enough for you as is now evidenced by this blatant regurgitation of a “best of” list of comments. Your advertisers must be so proud. Try doing some accurate reporting Ms. Wallenstein, or if not, shut your site down, and go write for the National Enquirer.
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-2 #1 greenacres resident 2015-07-30 06:42
Enough with the saving a house because of it's "charm and character". I live in one of those 89 year-old "charming" houses. It also has 89 year-old plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation, awkward room layouts, and a semi-creepy basement that you can barely stand up in! We have poured in money and updated as much as possible, and it still needs work. Sometimes you just have to face reality and start from the ground up again. However, the village should definitely make builders put up homes that are truly in keeping with the tone of the entire neighborhood.
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