Sunday, May 20, 2018

Another One Bites the Dust

Despite Hudson's alleged commitment to historic preservation and the oft lamented shortage of housing for people who want to live here, buildings keep getting demolished. Last year, this house at 13 Worth Avenue was being advertised on Zillow as a "fixer upper." Asking price: $65,806.

This afternoon, I was surprised to discover that the house is no more.

Assessment records indicate that the house was sold on May 26, 2017, for $39,500. The prior owner was Wells Fargo Bank, suggesting that the house may have been foreclosed on. 

No buildings on Worth Avenue are included in any historic district, so there was nothing to prohibit the new owner of 13 Worth Avenue from demolishing it. By the same token, if something new is to be built on the lot, there will be no review of the design of the new construction for appropriateness or visual compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood.

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