Judge won't act on demolition of building damaged in fire

January 09, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

An Anne Arundel County judge decided yesterday that because the Historic Preservation Commission will take up the question Jan. 27, he will take no action on two pending civil TC cases over whether to demolish the charred remains of a building in Annapolis' historic district.

After an hourlong meeting in his chambers with attorneys for the city, property owner Ronald Hollander and the Historic Annapolis Foundation, Circuit Judge James C. Cawood Jr. decided there was no reason for him to intervene.

A letter formally notifying Hollander that his request to demolish the facade would be on the commission's agenda went out Wednesday, said Paul Goetzke, the city attorney. The commission has jurisdiction over architectural changes within the historic district.

On Dec. 9, a fire in Hollander's building at 184-186 Main St. brought the historic district to a standstill. Ever since, Hollander has wanted to knock down the brick facade, but historic preservationists and city officials have blocked his efforts. Parts of the facade are nearly a century old.

Less than two weeks after the fire, when Hollander refused to brace the unstable structure, the city did, and the bill is expected to top $30,000.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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