City of Omaha: Stop proposed demolition of 123 year old house in Historic Orchard Hill Neighborhood
  • Petitioned Kevin Denker

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Omaha Planning/HCD
Kevin Denker
Omaha City Council
Ben Gray
Omaha City Council
Pete Festersen
Mayor-Elect
Jean Stothert
Nebraska State House
Nebraska State Senate

City of Omaha: Stop proposed demolition of 123 year old house in Historic Orchard Hill Neighborhood

    1. Paul Konchagulian
    2. Petition by

      Paul Konchagulian

      Omaha, NE

Built in 1890             

Orchard Hill Victorian Era Home

Across the street from Mercer Park and the Bemis Park Neighborhoods.

 

Please help us save this 123 year old house!

This house is the second oldest house in one of Omaha’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. This house was built before the The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition,  a World's Fair held in Omaha, Nebraska from June to November of 1898. Its goal was to showcase the development of the entire West, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast.

                           

The city Omaha Planning/HCD is tearing down many vacant and abandoned houses. There are many that are structurally unsound or burned and may need tearing down…

This one does not!

 

This magnificent house was built in 1890 and has absolutely no structural damage, it has never had a fire and does not need to be torn down. This is happening all over the city to houses that can and should be saved. The city needs to concentrate on houses that are unsound or are a danger to a neighborhood.

Architectural gems like this are what make a neighborhood and city not only great but extremely desirable to restoration!

 

Please help!

Protect our city’s history!

 

To:
Kevin Denker, Omaha Planning/HCD
Ben Gray, Omaha City Council
Pete Festersen, Omaha City Council
Jean Stothert, Mayor-Elect
Nebraska State House
Nebraska State Senate
Stop proposed demolition of 123 year old house in Historic Orchard Hill Neighborhood!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. TRO hearing tomorrow

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Our historic structures are too important to our city’s history and our city’s future to be lost in a shuffle of red tape.

      This cannot and should not be this difficult! Remember you can’t build a historic house/building…once it’s gone it’s gone…and all of us are the poorer for it.

      Barbara & Paul

    3. TRO hearing tomorrow

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      The planning departments response was, “we don’t pick and choose”. Well that seemed fair enough…for about ten minutes…then it dawned on us, they need to pick and choose! Some houses/buildings need to be restored, for the sake of the neighborhood and our city. Okay, we can figure this out!

      We believe passionately:
      The city planning department needs to concentrate on houses/buildings that are an immediate threat to the safety and security of a neighborhood.
      That not all houses/buildings with code violations need to be condemned.
      That a house/building should be assessed on it’s structural integrity, owner representation and future benefit to the neighborhood and the city.
      The city codes involving structures with code violations needs to be looked at, re-evaluated and amended.
      “It’s been on the list too long” is not a adequate answer for a death sentence. Maybe some of these structures need “parole” or at least a “parole hearing”.
      cont.'d

    4. TRO hearing tomorrow

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Hello friends and family,
      Thank you to everyone who has signed, taken the time to comment and passed on our petition to help us save this wonderful old house. We have been amazed and inspired by the response and humbled by your offers of “how can we help?”.
      When we started this petition we knew in our hearts it was bigger than just our beloved house and hoped to make aware the plight of so many of these wonderful old houses/buildings on the city’s demolition list. With that in mind we agreed from the start that we would do everything we could to save this house and if we couldn’t, then damn it we would make it the poster child, so to speak, for change in the way the city addresses code violations and condemned structures. Judging by the response we’ve gotten we are not the only ones who feel like this.
      cont.'d

    5. and more...

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      from Andrea Diehl, Omaha
      We should only tear down what is unusable..this is a beautiful home in a beautiful part of town. We need to spend tax dollars on removing buildings that are a danger due to their condition, or are becoming a criminal problem for a neighborhood
      from Gary Rosenberg, Omaha
      I am in favor of preserving any historic house in the region. This neighborhood does not need a vacant lot.
      from Paige Reitz, Omaha
      The character of our city lives in these old homes. When a home like this finds owners who are willing to put in the sweat to get them updated, the city should be grateful and offer incentives rather than challenge the homeowners and threaten demolition.

    6. Continually inspiried by your comments...

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      from Marc Trautrimas, Omaha
      Let's support the build up of areas like this house is located in. These walking neighborhoods which are closer to a more viable and healthier midtown and downtown need our help. Federal tax break programs exist for these renovation purposes after landmark status is developed. Our neighboring states: Iowa, Kansas and Missouri have state programs that match the Federal tax breaks, they got with the program! It's very profitable at the small business level, but Nebraska unfortunately has no such matching fund yet, it's a darn shame. It is so vitally important and healthy to maintain and respect our past. The western expansion of Omaha has been a travesty for this city and only benefits developers pockets.

      Recycle/Reuse !!!

    7. The City requests more time...and now a weed code violation??

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Our court date was set for tomorrow, but the City around 3pm today asked the Judge for a continuance which was granted. Then this afternoon we received a letter informing us that our entire property was in violation of a weeds ordinance. We found this odd on a few levels, one of which was we filed for a temporary restraining order on July 3rd and this was sent on July 5th (were City offices even open?) and two we work diligently to keep the property clean (mowed, trimmed, etc.) and secure.

    8. Update

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Our lawyer filed and the judge granted a temporary restraining order today! Much of this progress is no doubt the result of all of you and we can not thank you enough! We are meeting with our lawyer Friday and again on Monday for our court case on Tuesday the 9th. I know it seem like we are begging, I guess cuz we are but ... it would be awesome to have 1000 signatures to show the judge so please, please, please spread the word this is it, we are getting close and our city will be better for it.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH...
      Happy Independence Day!

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. off to the lawyer

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow I will be bringing our attorney the petition with all of your signatures and and comments to save this house. He has been in touch with the city's attorney and has informed them of the support we've received on our petition, Barbara and I want to thank all of you so much! We feel the love from all of you and the love of our city. Please keep talking and getting friends engaged and signing.

    11. Omaha World Herald Public Pulse

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Our letter to the Omaha World Herald Public Pulse was published in today's paper! Thank you friends and family for your support and signatures. Please keep posting our petition to anyone you can think of who may want to sign, we need as much support as possible when we plead our case in front of the judge!

      http://www.omaha.com/article/20130625/NEWS0802/706259952#the-public-pulse-june-25

    12. Now let's see...

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Today we got a lawyer! He is impressed with the number of signatures and comments and hopes like we do when this goes to a judge we have 1000 plus. I'm going to ask our neighbors to sign a letter in support, this will really help prove our point to the judge. Please keep on keeping on, we need all the help we can get!!!

    13. Oh the irony

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      We have had so many of our friends, family and supporters suggest we start a donation campaign to help us save this wonderful historic house. We can’t help but think how very backwards things can be sometimes. Asking for donations…to fight the city…which has just received federal money to tear down houses…paid for by you, by us and all of our tax dollars (and most likely at the expense of social security and future retirees) is difficult to get our minds around. It appears we are either fighting ourselves, not being represented properly or not having our voices heard…
      This makes me think of one of my favorite quotes (among many favorite quotes) from Abraham Lincoln; “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

    14. This country was not BUILT that way

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much. Please keep this up and help save this house for OUR city. Keep an eye out in your neck of the woods wherever that may be. This is happening in small towns and big cities across this land. Developers and "City Planners" are taking the easy way to money. THIS COUNTRY WASN'T BUILT THAT WAY!

    15. looking for lawyer pro bono or barter!!!

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      We need a (believe it or not ) temporary restraining order against the city (that we LOVE) to stop them from cannibalizing itself for no good reason. So spread the word PLEASE and stay tuned!

    16. Councilman on our side

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      My wife spoke with City Councilman Ben Gray today. He too believes this house should be saved and assured us he will be by our side when we go in front of a judge. This is huge...the house is in his district, thank you Councilman Gray! Keep telling your friends and getting signatures would love to go before the judge with over 1000 signatures.

    17. Update

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      A little update on donating this house... when we looked into HFH several years ago they did not at the time restore houses. It came to our attention recently they did, but there is no guarantee it would not be torn down and a new house built in it's place. Our goal of course is to save this magnificent home. As it stands right now we can not donate or sell the house since it is slated for demo. Right now we are trying to come up with the means to have an attorney file a temporary restraining order to give us a little more time to find someway or someone to restore this home.

    18. Tonight's Nine o'clock news

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      KPTM Fox 42 is Cox channel 10 in Omaha for anybody who may not know. They came to the house today for an interview hopefully it will be on the news tonight at 9pm.

    19. Today's OWH

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Omaha World Herald covered the story today, front page of the Midlands section and online. Thank you Erin Grace & OWH!

    20. Reached 500 signatures
    21. city got a bid to demo

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Approx. $14,000.00. No doubt about the same amount a Habitat house that will replace it cost and built to last twenty years.

    22. It's working!!!

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      I'm just sayin', get the Omaha world Herald tomorrow...

    23. Photo shoot for OWH !!!

      Paul Konchagulian
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting w/Omaha World Herald tomorrow a.m. for follow-up and photos of this glorious house...hopefully for an article this week!!! Not possible without all your goodness, just another reason why I love this city!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ashley Johnson OMAHA, NE
      • 8 months ago

      Homes like this one here can never ever be built again !!!!!! The craftsman and materials are a thing of the past, so saving homes like this is important to preserving the city and important for generations to come to be able to see such beauty that is no longer able to be constructed !

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      • 9 months ago

      Our history needs to be preserved not destroyed. This home is part of our history.

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    • Namas Somasundaram OMAHA, NE
      • 9 months ago

      we need to preserve this historical architecture

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    • Isaac Essex OMAHA, NE
      • 10 months ago

      I would be interested in possibly purchasing and bringing the home back to life, would the city sell?

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    • Jesse Tye OMAHA, NE
      • about 1 year ago

      I think we can save one house as a memoir to the history of Omaha.

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