Fast forward to today. What follows are current photos of this historic Mira Monte house, the one that the current owners famously proclaimed they were going to preserve. What they did instead was all done without a demo permit, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) allowing more than 25% to be demo-ed, or a historical review.
The city has since placed a belated "stop work order" on the project. Because of this action these erstwhile preservationist owners are now asking for a CUP to make legal an already committed misdeed. The owners having since proclaimed that once work started, this demo became necessary.
Apparently for them the city regulations governing their obviously bad decision making were not as necessary.
The Planning Commission will hear this latest "after the fact" CUP request this coming Thursday. Anyone starting to detect a pattern here? Here is how an early morning commenter describes it:
I am not surprised. They took a page out of the Salisian playbook. Do whatever you want, without permits, say sorry later, plead ignorance, and the City lets you go. No penalty, just issue permits after the fact. The abandoned house on South Lima is going to be the next example. The owner has claimed at various times that his daughter lives there, (she doesn't), he has a water pipe that needs repair, (who knows), or he is adding 1,000 square feet, etc. Meanwhile two years have passed with no activity, virtually all landscape is dead. He only cuts the weeds down once a year. I am sure these two are not the only homeowners taking advantage of the Salisian situation.
Here are the pictures of what once was the Henry A. Darling house.
A link to the Planning Commission staff report for this agenda item can be found here. The meeting will take place on November 3rd.
Expect some fireworks.