By Krista Daly
The question of historical preservation is still lingering for the 1040 Oak Grove Place house, which was built by Wallace Neff in 1955. The case was on the San Marino Planning Commission’s agenda for the Aug. 26 meeting, but the applicants requested and were granted a continuance to Sept. 23.
The application for a new 9-bedroom single family house initially came before the commissioners on June 24. Because the home was built by Wallace Neff, an architect recognized in the community as having a role in the development of the architectural heritage in the city, the board was not sure how to proceed. They continued the case to consider the property’s historical value.
The San Marino City Council, when deciding what a historical preservation ordinance should look like during their June 26 meeting, agreed a home should have been constructed by someone on a list of master architects approved by the council as well as built over 85 years ago. This draft ordinance still needs to be approved by the city council. Even so, the historical preservation ordinance does not prevent a tear down, it only mandates additional consideration before the planning commission and design review committee.
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