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Preservationists fight to keep 100-year-old Phoenix home from demolition

May 3, 2019, 11:00 AM | Updated: 3:43 pm
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PHOENIX – A home that has stood in Phoenix for 100 years is on the chopping block after owners recently applied for a demolition permit.

The house at 7019 N. Central Avenue, just off Glendale Avenue, was built in 1918 and sits on 1.2 acres, according to the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission planned to discuss the possibility of “historic preservation overlay for the William F. McElroy/Young America House” at its May 20 meeting.

Since the 2,162-square-foot home is eligible to be included on the Phoenix Historic Property Register, a 30-day hold on the demolition request was put in place.

A public-notice sign of the demolition request had been posted at the two-story, three-bedroom property April 26.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting showed the house, last bought in 1998, was item No. 8.

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“It’s up to the city council whether to list it or not,” Michelle Dodds, Phoenix’s historic preservation officer told a north-central neighborhood blog.

The city website explained the difference between a listing on its historic property register and that of the National Register of Historic Places as “Properties listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register are actually rezoned with an “HP” or “HP-L” zoning overlay.”

After rezoning, properties are protected through a special permit review process administered by the city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office.

Properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places are not rezoned and have no formal protection, the explanation said.

Online real estate marketplace Zillow has the house listed for sale at $1.85 million as of Feb. 4. It had been listed in May 2017 at $1.9 million, but was pulled.

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Preservationists fight to keep 100-year-old Phoenix home from demolition