Prop. 207 making it tougher for Phoenix to save this historic house

Jessie Trujillo's home was built in 1901 and placed on the Phoenix historic register in 2007. (Photo credit: Bill Coates)

[Source: Bill Coates, Arizona Capitol Times] — This William Grier House, built in 1901, could be among the last of its kind in Phoenix – a “unique example of colonial-revival style,” according the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office.  It could be the last of its kind in another way as well. It was placed on the city’s register of historic properties in November 2007.  No homes have been listed since.

It comes down to 2006’s Prop. 207, officials say.  “Right now, with Prop. 207, our whole approach has been to do nothing,” says Kevin Weight, a city historic preservation planner.

The voter-approved initiative bars state and local governments from classifying or rezoning property in a way that would decrease its value – without compensation.  An historic designation can be a roadblock to development plans..  Eighty-one-year-old Jessie Trujillo, though, wants to spare her own home from future development and preserve it for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She moved into the Grier House near the Capitol on West Adams Street in 1967, more than six decades after it was built.  “I guess I always loved old houses,” Trujillo said one morning while seated in her living room on an antique-looking couch that’s well-suited for a 108-year-old house.[Note: To read the full article, visit Prop. 207 making it tougher for Phoenix to save this histoic house.]

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Posted on September 19, 2009, in Governance, Historic Preservation, Visioning and Planning and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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