GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A modern housing development proposed in a historic Georgetown neighborhood is at the center of an ongoing debate.
Action at a meeting Thursday night could help move the Maple Street Condominiums project forward, but neighbors in the Old Town Historic District are sharing their concerns.
Georgetown’s Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC) scheduled a public hearing Thursday for the project, which is located at 1310 Maple Street. The board’s members may also grant a “certificate of appropriateness” to the architect, which means the design follows the guidelines required of any construction project in the historic neighborhood.
The contemporary condos would feature two buildings with eight units as well as a playground and park area for residents, according to renderings and documents submitted to HARC. A row of three-story structures would stand 30 feet tall along 14th Street.
This particular part of the development would be located directly across from the historic yellow house that Anthony Fusco and his family moved into last year. He said the condos’ modern look does not fit with the neighborhood, and the height is too imposing.
“It will be towering over my house,” Fusco said, “but it’s going to be towering over a lot of the neighbors here.”
He and his wife planned to make a presentation at the HARC meeting Thursday. The applicant, however, pulled the agenda item ahead of the meeting in order to address concerns from neighbors.
It’s unclear when HARC might take up the project again for consideration.
Even with the certificate of appropriateness secured, the condo developer would still have several hurdles to clear before construction could begin.
A city spokesman said the company would then have to submit a site development plan. Then, if that’s approved, the developer would only have building permits left to start construction.