Rehearing for Heideloff Ruling Slated for Next Week

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the auditorium at Lakewood City Hall at 7 p.m. March 7.

The neighbors who’d hoped to make the Heideloff estate a historic landmark are going to try again next week.

The planning commission will decide whether to rehear the case, after ruling last month — in a split vote — to deny the property the historic landmark status. 

In the appeal letter, neighbor Mary Breiner points out several reasons why the planning commission should revisit the issue. 

According to the appeal, those issue are:

  • The applicants were not provided the option to have the vote deferred until which time the new member could “get up to speed.”
  • The abstention by a new member was a result of an unnecessary delay in the process caused by the city administration.
  • Unnecessary confusion caused by assistant law director regarding the designation applying to “Buildings” v. “Site.”
  • Unnecessary confusion caused by secretary regarding the matter of “affirmative maintenance” as it relates to hardship.
  • Inconsistent application of the ordinances with regards to “commercial” property and “residential” property… a distinction not made in the ordinance.

To see the entire appeal, click on the PDF at right.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the auditorium at Lakewood City Hall at 7 p.m. March 7.

The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be demolished to make way for a new $2 million lakefront home.

Members of the planning commission deliberated for about 45 minutes at a meeting earlier this month, and with a new member encouraged to abstain, the vote ended with a 3-3 decision.

That effectively denied the motion to make the property “historic” under city ordinance.

At the center of the debate was the issue of private property rights versus historic preservation.

The neighbors, not the property owners, submitted the paperwork to make the mansion a historic landmark.

ian king February 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
GOD Folks - move on! Give it up! This whole neighbor vs. home owner is such a waste of money, time, and Lakewood's reputation. And of course, the ultimate in abuse of government for one's own personal agenda - and not for the good of the community. If the noisy neighbors wanted to keep the "Heideloff/I am really not a mansion by most definitions relic" looking as rundown as it now looks, then why didn't you get together and buy it! KEEP your nose out of your neighbor's business and don't covet your neighbor's property. Get a life and help solve the real problems facing Lakewood = rundown properties on many streets, empty office and apartment buildings everywhere, street with potholes, broken sidewalks, etc. etc.
Bob Beck February 28, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Ian...are you going to the hearing March 7th? Should be great theatre. You could pass the hat among the neighbors for their "downpayment" on the property they want the owners to fix up. Whattakwazyworld!!! Hey we could take names and numbers and file some applications too! WOW! What fun!
ian king February 28, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Hi Bob, Unfortunately, I work different hours weekly, so never know what my schedule is upfront. I hope a lot of Lakewood folks who are fed up with these disrespectful neighbors show up and face their concerns at the abuse of the Historical Landmark process. How this house got this far to even being considered for what should be a rare status is mind-boggling! I think it shows there are some city connections with the leaders of this silly/nothing else to do neighborhood group. At this point, if I were the owners, and landmark status is granted - I would just let the property rot away. And maybe even transport some critters in there to help with the process - and invade their noisy neighbor's houses too! LOL Just kidding, but lets hope a lot of sane and sensible Lakewoodites show up and just mock the heck out of this same group of elitists concerned only about their property values and not at all about the real history of Lakewood.
m.z.1 February 28, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Really ?!...they just can't seem to stop themselves, and yes their connections to the city powers are strong and long.....What a shame. What a waste of time. What a waste of energy that could be used helping someone in need. I really feel badly for the owners.


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