Petition to Detroit City Council
Save The Historic Woodstock Apartments
Join us in urging the Detroit City Council to pass historic designation to preserve the Woodstock Apartments. Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) is preparing to demolish these historic buildings for a surface parking lot. The Woodstock Apartments are located at 475 Peterboro and were built in 1914. The Beaux-Arts style buildings have 80 apartments in the center of Detroit's Cass Corridor. During the 1920s, Peterboro Street was home to 12 similar apartment buildings. Today the Woodstock Apartments are the only two such remaining buildings. Olympia has allowed the the buildings to sit vacant since purchasing them in 2015. The Detroit Free Press recently reported that ODM took out a construction loan that lists 475 Peterboro as a future surface parking lot. 475 Peterboro is among five parcels that are listed under “LCA Surface Lot 7." The Free Press acquired this information from the Wayne County Treasurer. In 2015, Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) publicly committed to the rehab of 15 historic buildings throughout the arena district as part of their campaign for permission from the Detroit Historic Districts Commission to demolish the historic Park Avenue Hotel to make way for the new hockey arena. ODM should honor their public promises to preserve historic buildings throughout the district. ODM has yet to redevelop any historic buildings in the district, and has demolished several additional buildings for surface parking lots. It should be noted that ODM received hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding for Little Caesars Arena on the premise that it would catalyze redevelopment of the surrounding area — not generate additional surface parking lots. Despite being the owner of the new arena, the city derives no direct revenue of any kind from the arena. The area adjacent to the Woodstock has seen considerable economic activity in the last few years. Buildings that were considered too far gone have been completely restored such as the Cass Plaza and The Davenport. Many others are being renovated right now, including the once-collapsed Scott Mansion and Standard Accident Insurance Co. Building. New restaurants and retailers have opened just across the street and on the same block. This beaux-arts building is in good shape and could be restored with relative ease and returned to productive economic life. We urge City Council to take action to protect these buildings and the unique economic opportunities they represent. Detroit's historic architecture is a major catalyst in its economic recovery, if not the single most important factor. These opportunities must not be discarded carelessly. City Council should create a historic designation for the Woodstock and request that the Historic District Advisory Board document and study preserving these 20th-century historic apartment buildings. Please hold Olympia to their promise to maintain the historic character of the Cass Corridor and renovate this and other buildings.
Petition to Mayor Erik Larson, Aberdeen City Council, Coates Design Architects
GATEWAY CENTER: SAVE THE SELMERS FACADE
GATEWAY CENTER: SAVE THE SELMERS FACADE We believe our history is worth saving, and progress should not come at its expense. We, the undersigned residents, property owners, business owners and community leaders of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and the greater Grays Harbor area, respectfully request that due consideration be given to preserving the historic brick facade of the old Selmer's building upon the Gateway Center site, and tastefully incorporating it into the design options for the 8+ million dollar Gateway Center construction project. We ask that Coates Design Architects present several design options to the community using the existing historic brick facades of the Selmer's building as part of the new construction, along with design options that do not, so that the public may vote on their preference, and the cost of preserving the historic brick facade can be properly determined. We understand that though we have been told by city officials that preserving the brick facade is "too expensive", no specific bids have been made for the preservation. We believe the cost of such preservation should be accurately determined, before demolishing yet another part of our history that can never be rebuilt. We believe it would be a powerful statement of respect to past generations alongside our belief in economic growth and modern innovation, to create a design that combines both the old facade and new building techniques in our Gateway Center, for a truly unique, iconic building that represents the best of the Harbor Spirit in 2016 and beyond. With Harbor Pride, Roy Vataja - Local Historian, Aberdeen Museum of History Aria Alexandra - ARM Volunteer & Former Board Member Douglass Orr - Owner, Aberdeen Art Center and the Undersigned
Petition to Victoria Woodards, Anders Ibsen, Robert Thoms, Keith Blocker, Catherine Ushka, Chris Beale, Lillian Hunter, Conor McCarthy, Ryan Mello, TPU Board Members
Save Cushman & Adams Substations from developers!
Whereas the historic Cushman and Adams Substations were built by the residents of Tacoma for the benefit of Tacoma residents; and Whereas these buildings of nationally historic significance have been listed on national, state and local registers of historic places and their value recognized as integral to our shared collective history as a community; and Whereas the Tacoma Comprehensive Plan Policy UF-13.28 for this area of Tacoma states that the City should "Encourage the conversion of electrical substations for recreational purposes if the sites are no longer needed for their intended purpose (pg. 2-61)”, Therefore, we the people of Tacoma, request that the Tacoma City Council & TPU Board: 1. protect the Cushman and Adams Substations from private for-profit development and work to ensure that the buildings and property be retained for public use in perpetuity; 2. direct staff to conduct a thorough and robust public process to engage residents in planning for the future community use of these publicly-owned assets and the development of a master plan for the entire site; 3. conduct a study of examples of other cities that have repurposed similar surplus electrical facilities for productive community uses, the means through which such facilities were funded, and to provide the results of such a study to the Council and the residents of Tacoma; 4. work with community nonprofit organizations toward the goal of repurposing and managing these buildings as public facilities for the benefit of the community.
Petition to Aiken County Council, S.C. Department of History & Archives
Stop Exploitation Of Vaucluse History
Unchecked development is threatening the destruction of three historically significant buildings in the center of Vaucluse, South Carolina. Dating to 1904, these three contributing structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Vaucluse Mill Historic District. This designation commemorates the integral role of Vaucluse and its hard-working families in the development and growth of the textile industry as a cornerstone of South Carolina's turn-of-the-20th-century economy. Already, one of the buildings has been destroyed by profiteering developers. Two other buildings are in the crosshairs of demolition. -- including a tiny U.S. Post Office and another building that served as a theater in the 1920s, showing films of Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn and other icons from Hollywood's silent-film era. These iconic buildings are now threatened by Atlanta-based developers, operating under the guise of a "non-profit" historical trust. The plan is to build ultra-modern commercial properties under the New Urbanism philosophy that will directly profit from the destruction of history and dilute and forever poison the cultural character of South Carolina's oldest remaining mill village. This brand of development also promotes gentrification and could force out of the village many lower- to middle-class descendants of families who have lived here for generations. SAVE VAUCLUSE respectfully asks to Aiken County Council and the County Administration and the South Carolina Department of History & Archives to immediately block the wanton destruction of these historically-vital buildings and demand responsible plans that incorporate the existing historic buildings into future development.
Petition to Producers Dairy
Save the Historic Central Valley Cheese Buildings From Being Demolished
UPDATE: On 3/22/18 City Council denied Producers Dairy permit to demo these historic buildings. BUT, THIS ISN'T OVER. We will keep this petition running to encourage Mayor Lee Brand and the City of Fresno to hold Producers Dairy to the covenant that they signed 26 years ago when they purchased these buildings, where they agreed to the City of Fresno and the Tower District neighborhood residents to maintain these historic buildings, which at the time had only been vacant for FOUR years. The buildings current state and their deterioration over the past 26 years, is because of Producers Dairy lack of maintenance and lack of compliance to the covenant that they signed and agreed to. Please sign this petition if you would like the City of Fresno to hold Producers Dairy accountable to the legally binding covenant that they signed. The Central Valley Cheese Buildings, located on Belmont & Roosevelt in the historic Tower District neighborhood, will be DEMOLISHED and turned into a PARKING LOT. IN DANGER: The City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Committee found the buildings eligible for designation on the Local Historic Register, but the Fresno City Council voted not to designate them (a 4-3 vote). Producers Dairy (who owns the property) is asking the City of Fresno for permission to demolish these historic buildings, to create a parking area for their trucks, since a portion of their parking will be taken away due to the High Speed Rail. _________________________________________________________________ DANGER TO TOWER DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD "This industrial project will host a 24 hour operation of truck and trailer ingress and egress. Producer's does not deny that the operation will also include trailer maintenance, tire changes, cleaning, and the associated operation of powered maintenance equipment and tools in the midst of this residential neighborhood. The proposed project would also allow regular, heavy, and, normally prohibited, truck-trailer traffic on residential streets (Roosevelt and Ferger Avenues) to enter and exit the parking lot. The southern half of the perimeter of the subject property is surrounded by at least 8 residential properties." "Why is an already marginalized and disadvantaged community made to suffer the worst impacts of industrial, economic activity? The proposed project will increase the number of parked truck trailers on the site from the current 30 to a new maximum of 67 trailers, a whopping 123% increase of parked refrigerated truck trailers." "The project will "result" in an additional 20 round-trip truck-trailer trips per day, for a total of at least 70 round-trips daily, seven days a week (for a total of 140 trips per day) and "approximately 182 truck movement events."" "Again, 24 hours, day and night." -Bruce A. Owdom, Attorney at Law -Paul E. Pierce _________________________________________________________________ Recommendation by the Historic Preservation Committee to the City of Fresno: "Staff recommends that the Commission find that the Mission Revival style masonry brick buildings constructed in 1929-1932 and located at 405-450 E. Belmont Avenue are eligible for listing on the Local Register of Historic Resources under Criterion iii. Staff further recommends that the properties be forwarded to the Fresno City Council for designation pursuant to FMC 12-1609." *Click here for the recommendation made by the Historic Preservation Committee to list these buildings as historic properties, based on their meeting the criteria: Designation as Historic Properties The City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Committee clearly found these buildings worth designating as historically significant to Fresno. This petition is to show Producers Dairy and the City of Fresno that we want Fresno’s history saved! If you believe we have lost enough historic buildings in Fresno, show your support to not add another to that list by signing this petition. HISTORY: The building wrapping the Belmont/Roosevelt corner was initially constructed in 1929 as a one story Milk Bottling Plant for the Parkside Dairy. The one-story complex to the south facing onto Roosevelt was initially constructed in 1932 as an ice cream plant. By 1932 both buildings were owned by Golden State Company Limited and by 1963 the complex was identified as Golden State Division of Foremost Dairies, Inc. ARCHITECTURE: The buildings are a late expression of the Mission Revival style architecture. Mission Revival developed first in California in the late 1890’s as an attempt by architects and contractors to create an American style, based on an indigenous building tradition. Character defining features include the curvilinear gables (roof parapet or dormer) red tile roof, visor roofs, coping at the cornice line, wide overhanging waves and bell towers on larger commercial buildings or homes. Both the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific adopted the style for stations and resorts throughout the West. Mission Revival architecture faded from view following World War I as the Spanish eclectic style developed and spread. *There are relatively few commercial examples of Mission style in Fresno. The argument has been made that these buildings have sat in disrepair for too long and would need to be retrofitted in order to re purpose/renovate the structures. A prime example of a brick building (in Fresno) that was in similar condition, is the historic 1913 Parker Nash building, located at 1460 Broadway. Cliff Tutelian retrofitted the structure that had sat vacant for decades and was only used for a parking garage, and today it is home to Kepler Neighborhood Charter School. Click here: Parker Nash Building
Petition to UT Arlington - Housing, UT Arlington Residence Life, Mari Duncan
Save Brazos House
Brazos House will be torn down after Spring 2018! Let Mari Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the rest of the Residence Life Department know that you don't support this. Brazos House is the second oldest building on UT Arlington's campus, completed in 1936. Originally an army barracks housing the men of ROTC, Brazos was once named Davis Hall. Some even report that the hall is haunted by 'Old Man Brazos'. Brazos is sometimes called the 'Love Shack' due to the number of relationships and even marriages that have developed in the building. The 96 residents residing in Brazos have started a number of UTA traditions over the years including Zoo Hours and the annual Bra Bridge. The window A/Cs are loud, the heaters bang in the winter and the bathrooms are like dungeons, but the community of this residence hall make it a place to call home. It's where friendships were made, it's where residents stayed up too late in the lobby "studying" and it's where we hung our underwear outside of windows in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. It's a place where I and countless others met friends. Help save the last affordable place to live on campus!