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Commission sends Goodrich back to the drawing board

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
September 18, 2009
— The owner of the Lovejoy Manor has another 30 days to resubmit his plan for the historic home after members of the city’s historic commission told him to choose more suitable materials in his renovations.

Brad Goodrich started renovations last year without first getting approval from the historical commission. He stopped work but never appeared before the commission.


More recently, he was cited for demolishing a portion of the structure without a permit or review by the historical commission. He was at that time told to appear again before the commission with his plans.


The commission this week rejected those plans, said Gale Price, manager of building and development services.


Goodrich proposed to use such materials as vinyl shake siding and a stucco-type material with a smooth finish, Price said.


The manor is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the federal guidelines require that materials be the same as the original unless the original materials cannot be replicated.


The commission asked Goodrich to choose more suitable materials and return with a revised request.


Goodrich has 30 days from Wednesday to resubmit his application with revised materials.


According to the city’s ordinance, Goodrich could go ahead with his plans even if the commission doesn’t approve them. But Goodrich must wait for six months after the review.



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