Civic Affiliation Launches Petition to Halt Historic Household from Being Torn Down


Update: The North Ridge Civic Association and the operator of the historic residence at 506 N. Forget Drive reportedly will be inquiring the Alexandria Arranging Commission, which has this concern on its March 2 docket, to defer the make a difference for now. The owner of the home had submitted a request to re-subdivide the assets, and if the Arranging Commission accepted the new ton traces, the house would have to have to be torn down to make room for two new homes on the new tons. 

The North Ridge Civic Association is finding history fans involved in a campaign to prevent a 19th century house from being torn down.

The civic association has introduced a petition to stop the new proprietor of 506 N. Overlook Dr. from tearing down the house and building two new residences in its position.

“The new owner of 506 N. Neglect Travel is proposing to demolish this historic Civil War period household, subdivide the house, and create 2 new homes in its location. This home was constructed in 1850, owned by a cost-free African American male named Hampshire Fractious in the several years instantly right after the Civil War, and is mentioned to have been employed as a medical center during the war. It is listed as a Documented Historic Internet site in the 1992 Alexandria Learn Plan for Historic Preservation,” according to the petition.

Fractious in the late 1860s was shown as owning a property and large amount on Queen Road.

Close to 900 persons have signed the petition so significantly relating to the North Overlook Property.

“Please guidance this petition inquiring the Alexandria Planning Fee to defer acceptance of this request, at least until finally the Business of Historic Alexandria can complete the needed evaluation and report on the heritage of this web page. We would like to examine alternate strategies that would protect this important framework as a image of North Ridge and as a important element of Alexandria’s background.”

Being detailed as a Documented Historic Web site does not make it impossible to tear down the home.

The house at 506 North Ignore Drive offered in the summer time of 2020 for $1.2 million (see listing pics here). It has 3 bedrooms and a few and just one-fifty percent baths and sits on two a lot that were being bought as one that full two-thirds of an acre.

Acceptance of Subdivision Appears to Require Demolition

The North Ridge Civic Association’s petition will come to be aspect of the document right before the Alexandria Organizing Commission, which has the product on its docket for Tuesday, March 2.

The item prior to the Planning Commission on March 2 only focuses on authorization to subdivide the large amount into two reconfigured parcels it does not directly handle the demolishment of the present historic house.

The city staff members report reads, in element, “The applicant states that they intend to demolish the existing dwelling and build a solitary-loved ones dwelling on each and every new lot, subject matter to the R-8 zone requirements. The demolition of the existing dwelling is not the topic of this subdivision request.”

Even so, dividing the whole lot in the way proposed would necessitate getting rid of the present property on the house.

Later in the report, metropolis staff members wrote: “Staff supports the applicant’s re-subdivision request. The proposed reconfiguration of the a lot would also be compatible with neighborhood character in phrases of ton size, frontage and width as necessary by Area 11-1710(B). Proposed A lot 500 and 501 would also comply with the R-8 zone demands provided that the applicant demolishes the existing dwelling on Proposed Good deal 501.”

Metropolis officials appears to be to believe that the dwelling was created afterwards than the 1850s — it may perhaps have been created as late as 1878.

“A one-family dwelling manufactured circa 1878, occupies Present Whole lot 13. The subject matter house is not integrated on the City’s checklist of properties about 100 a long time previous. Attributes on this list are topic to Board of Architectural Critique for alterations pursuant to Zoning Ordinance part 10-304,” according to a city team report.

The applicant in advance of the arranging commission is JS Investment LLC and is remaining represented by an lawyer. JS Expense is centered at 917 Prince St., a private home. Town documents expose JS Investments is wholly owned by an Alexandria resident named John Schmidt.