Neighborhood association tries to save historic home - Tucson News Now

Neighborhood association tries to save historic home

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • About Tucson News Now

    About Us

    About Tucson News Now Tucson News Now is the Internet home for KOLD, the CBS affiliate in Tucson and KMSB, the FOX affiliate in Tucson. On Feb. 1, 2012, Raycom Media, Inc., which owns KOLD and the Belo

    Learn more about Tucson News Now.

  • Closed captioning information

    Closed captioning information

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

  • BREAKING

    SAWMILL FIRE: Blaze at 40,000 acres, but now 20 percent contained

    SAWMILL FIRE: Blaze at 40,000 acres, but now 20 percent contained

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:31:20 GMT

    Crews from multiple agencies are on the scene of the wildfire that started north of Madera Canyon on Sunday, April 23. 

    Crews from multiple agencies are on the scene of the wildfire that started north of Madera Canyon on Sunday, April 23. 

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents with the Rincon Heights neighborhood association tell Tucson News Now, a new student housing project is in the works in their neighborhood, and some historic homes will be demolished to make way for the buildings.

Residents were particularly concerned about the fate of 1300 E. 10th Street, a home built in 1897.  Laura Tabili with the neighborhood association said it was one of few adobe structures left in Tucson, and it was also the second oldest home in their neighborhood. 

The group worked for seven years to get a historic neighborhood designation.  To keep that title, neighborhood association president Colby Henly said more than half the homes in the neighborhood had to be considered historic.

"Each house that's taken away, it chips away and erodes away at the historic character of the neighborhood," said Henley.

The residents turned to Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik for help.  Kozachik said he had been meeting with residents and the developer to try and save the property.

"This thing was built over 115 years ago.  I looked inside the place it's got some really cool amenities.  I can't believe the guy would be taking a bulldozer to it."

We contacted the real estate broker Jarrett Reidhead with Pinnacle Realty Investors LLC.  Reidhead said he had no idea the home was so historic when he purchased it.  He said he really liked the neighborhood group and had tried to work with them.

Reidhead said he had a $500,000 loan on the property, and a $5,000 a month carrying cost.  He had offered neighbors a three week grace period to come up with a buyer or someone who could take over the cost. 

"I think we're still hoping for a hail Mary pass," said Henley.

The project is the latest in a wave of new off campus housing units popping up downtown. 

Dana Robbins-McMurray, with the office of Residential LIfe said the dorms on campus were "fairly" full.  She added that with the new high rise dorms being built around campus, there would be an addition of about 3,800 new beds around campus. 

They encouraged students to live on campus for their freshman year as studies show that they did better in school.  Some students said they were eager to get off campus for more freedom and privacy.

Kozachik said he would do what he could to stall demolition of the historic home, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Late Wednesday evening Kozachik said he received word that demolition would be stalled pending assessment of hazardous materials on site.

"Frankly I have called the city to follow up and make sure he's got all his abatements in terms of hazmat, whether its asbestos, or lead, or mercury, whatever might be found in the property,  just to slow this process down," said Kozachik.

Jarrett Reidhead, the real estate broker said he wanted to be a good neighbor and felt bad about the resident's concerns.  He said he was shelling out $5,000 a month in carrying fees for the properties.  He was also willing to modify the design of his student housing project to make sure residents had more privacy.

Reidhead added that his projects were in an area zoned for high density residential housing.

The plan calls for building eight 4-bedroom housing units, according to Steve Kozachik.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly