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Appeal delays finish on new Oakwood home

Posted February 20, 2014
Updated February 26, 2014

Louis Cherry began building his new home at 516 Euclid St. in December. (Photo by Karen Tam)

— A prominent Raleigh architect could be forced to tear down his new, modernist home in Oakwood.

Louis Cherry began building his new home at 516 Euclid St. in December, three months after receiving a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

Last week, the Board of Adjustment voted 3 to 2 to reverse that decision in response to neighbor Gail Weisner’s appeal, filed in October. Discussion about the house has also prompted a review of Raleigh Historic Development Commission guidelines.

Timeline of a dispute

September 2013: RHDC approves a Certificate of Appropriateness for a new home on 516 Euclid St.

October 2013: Resident and neighbor Gail Weisner files an appeal

December 2013: Louis Cherry begins pulling the permits needed for construction

January 2014: Board of Adjustment defers the case in order to have more time to review the evidence

February 2014: Board of Adjustment votes 3 to 2 to reverse the decision by the RHDC

March 2014: Board of Adjustment will legally certify its findings. Any construction on the house must stop.


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  • QTC Feb 28, 2014

    Lightfoot3 calls it correctly. This is about a lack of communication. The story does not say when (if ever) Gail Weisner saw a rendering of the completed structure and deemed it unsuitable. Nor does it outline what communication occurred among all the parties/entities involved--other than leaving flyers on mailboxes (an act by the way, which violates Postal Regulations). Neighbors used to TALK to each other as the first step in resolving issues, and there seldom was a need for flyers and hearings. What's next? A Save Euclid Street Facebook page?

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 26, 2014

    To follow up on my own question, I see in the referenced article that the builder DID know of the pending appeal and continued building at his own risk. I still think permits should have been denied because of the pending appeal, but the builder went into this eyes open.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 26, 2014

    "April 2013: Resident and neighbor Gail Weisner forced to move after being branded the Gladys Kravitz of the neighborhood." - Mon Account

    This isn't just any neighborhood. Seems they have committees and such in place to maintain a certain look. That's fine and dandy, and I have no problem with residents challenging houses they think don't meet the criteria. However, there seems to be a disconnect between the Raleigh Historic Development Commission and the Board of Adjustment. Do they communicate with each other? Did the builder even know of the appeal? Seems like he shouldn't have even been able to get permits and start if there's a pending appeal that could completely ban the building. As soon as an appeal was filed the Raleigh Historic Development Commission should have been notified along with the builder (was that done?), and no permits or building should be allowed until the appeal process is over.

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 25, 2014
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    April 2013: Resident and neighbor Gail Weisner forced to move after being branded the Gladys Kravitz of the neighborhood.