Changes in Five Points + or – Meet July 26th

Are all the tear-downs and re-builds a good thing? 

  • What could go on the parcels at 401 Pratt where Emma’s Tea Room and another cottage was torn down? What about the parcels right behind them, next to the Goldsmith Schiffman field?
  • How did the four huge houses at Pratt and Maysville get approval to be built?
  • How did the tall row houses on Dement get approval to go there?
  • How does a property owner get approval to split or combine lots and / or re-define what is built there?


What might neighbors do to preserve the culture and aesthetics of the mill village area?

Let’s talk about it with city planners and construction experts.

Wednesday, July 26th 6:30 pm at Optimist Rec. Center, 703 Oakwood Avenue- near Andrew Jackson Way


If you can’t be there, chime in here: 

4 thoughts on “Changes in Five Points + or – Meet July 26th

  1. The new houses being built, although on the edge of the Historic District, do not fit in with what is already there. They appear to be a distraction from the Historic appeal of the area. If new homes are to be built, they should fit in with the era of the neighborhood.

    • Many people agree that the houses are out of scale and character. The best part of Five Points is the diversity of the houses, with a bend toward mill village. Thank you for chiming in. Please join the Association; while not everyone will agree on all all topics, the power of numbers gets the policy maker’s attention and action.

  2. Some of the new houses being built are over-sized and obnoxious and do not fit in with the neighborhood. They are tearing down houses and splitting lots into three and four lots and building huge houses on them. They are so close together you could stick your hand out of your window and hold hands with your neighbor. I would like to see some guidelines established to preserve the look of the neighborhood.

    • thanks for chiming in, Erin. We learned that in most cases, the land isn’t being “split” it was already split into lots of 40 x 120 a VERY long time ago, in 1892. Folks bought several lots and could build over lot lines. So The Big Four were built on an area where one house used to stand. Everyone can see the existing lot lines on our Tax Maps and they are on line, fortunately for you AND builders. The existing zoning makes it ok to build just 5 ft from the side lot line. Many agree with you that is too close together for this area. Many agree they are too tall, also. The existing zoning allows 30 ft high; city planners are thinking that 25 ft might be a better figure. The best way to participate in the conversations about Guidelines to preserve the look of the neighborhood is to Join our Association for notices of the meetings.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s