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I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 18, 2015 NEWS commission for removal of out buildings By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney's Historical Preservation Commission reviewed several applica- tions for changes to historic buildings as part of a busy schedule at its bimonthly meeting June 3. The commission voted to hold a special meeting in July and directed staff to explore other options than de- molition as a response to an application for waiver of certificate of appropriate- ness for the Dave and Bessie Lowe House, located at 306 F. St. The home is owned by Eta Psi House Corpora- tion and serves as the home of Eastern Washington University's Alpha Phi - Eta Psi chapter. The owners are requesting the waiver in order to remove a pair of out buildings on the property in order to increase the number of parking spaces - the home's former carriage house and a tool shed. According to the application, the buildings have not been maintained over the years and consequently not in good shape, having been used only for storage of application for certificate of appropri- an elementary school in the Cheney appliances and equipment that are no ateness for improvements to the Rubey School District. longer needed. Kelly House, located at 202 D St. Ap- City planner Brett Lucas told the Commission administrative assis- plicant John Wilson's daughter Katie commission that the university had tant Sue Beeman told.the commission purchased the home last summer at a already performed an asbestos abate- that the home is on the local state and foreclosure auction, and after they were ment study and identified areas where national historic registers. The national able to gain entry to the home found the material needed to be removed. register carries no restrictions on what many items needed repairs. The only area of mitigation for the city the building owner can do, while the "I guess in foreclosure you get a lot is in the area of preserving historical local register is stricter. ' of surprises," John Wilson said.information about the building, which "Thefact they're on the local register Wilson presented a detailed plan is being done by the university's Ar- gives you the design review," Beeman for work to be done in phases through chaeological and Historical Services said. 201& making the home more useable Department. Beeman said there are options other inside while maintaining its historical Commission chair Charles Mutschler than demolition, and Public Works appeal outside, said AHS program director Steve Emer- Director Todd Ableman added that be- "We want to keep the character of son has been working on preserving the cause the carriage house is not a major the house outside, but to do it right it information. The process has been aided structure, it could simply be moved. Af- really needs to be torn into," Wilson by the fact that the university owns the ter discussion, the commission directed said. original architectural drawings, there city staff to look into the feasibility of The commission also received an up- are numerous photos from when it was moving the carriage house, date from city staff on the SEPA review built in 1959 and by a university student The decision to hold a special meet- comments and mitigation measures for project done on Robert Reid a couple ing in July was due to the need to make a EWU's Robert Reid Lab School. The uni- years ago. decision on Eta Psi's application within versity has applied for an application "It looks like all the pieces are com- 45 days of it coming before the commis- with the city to demolish the 56-year- ing together," Mutschler said. sion, which meets every 60 days. old building that served as a training John McCallum can be reached at The commission approved another ground for education students, and as continued from page 1 program from the Bonn- eville Power Adminis- tration. The university will advertise the program through signage at Roos Field and Reese Court, along with in-game pro- motions from the public address announcer and one 30-second radio com- mercial during football and two 30-second spots during men's basketball. In addition to the adver- tising the city receives four tickets each for foot- ball, men's and women's basketball and volleyball ncil home games, along withIn the Public Works other opportunities. Department portion of Contributed photo by Jill Weiszmann Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove (left) presents Light Department Director Joe Noland with a plaque of ap- preciation at Noland's final council meeting June 9. the agenda, the coun- due to cost consider- ington Pedestrian Safety cil approved a change ations. Improvement Project. order to the city's 2015 "Asphalt price is goodCheney recently received Street Preservation Proj- this year," Ableman told an $88,000 federal grant ect for $43,089 in asphalt the council, to pay for 86.5 percent of improvements at the The change order the project that will im- city's Utility Building on brings the total cost of prove pedestrian cross- Anderson Road. Public the preservation project ing at five points along Works Director Todd to $466,500. 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