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Despite persistent lawyerly expositions from Wm. Kefalas's legal representation stating that a once likely historic house can no longer be judged historic because it has lost its historic features through an unpermitted demolition, and therefore somehow qualifies the applicant for a demolition permit after this unfortunate fact, the Planning Commission last night unanimously denied the request.
It seems quite obvious to me that, even after hiring what obviously was some high-priced legal fire power, Kefalas's request never really stood a chance. Despite what I found to be a really hilarious argument made on his behalf last night. Even if nobody was laughing.
Here's the point. Asking the Planning Commission to grant this permit is tantamount to asking them to fly in the face of the kinds of codes and ordinances they are there to help create, and then enforce. Not only was this an absurd request for a permit the applicant clearly does not deserve, it was also an assault on the core mission of any Planning Commission. Here or elsewhere.
This was not the venue for tricky lawyerly tactics designed to help avoid a clearly delineated and enforceable law. That would be the City Council, which is where this long running drama is headed next.
Which was probably the point all along. It just took quite a while to get there.