The biggest method has been cleared for the demolition of A house Inbuilt 1889, shut to the East Falls Church Metro station.
The Fellows-McGrath House, located at 6404 Washington Blvd and profiled Inside the Falls Church Information-Press earlier this yr by native historian Charlie Clark, was house to Harry Andrew Fellows. Fellows was Mayor of Falls Church and in 1932 turned The primary chairman of the newly shaped Arlington County Board. The house was later a mattress and breakfast Usually acknowledged as “Reminiscence House,” Based mostly on An exact property itemizing.
There’s additionally a 130-yr-previous chestnut tree on The state of affairs That Can be destroyed Inside the redevelopment now that demolition permits have been accredited for The state of affairs.
Earlier this yr, Clark reported that the house was purchased by Manassas-based FNM Investments LLC for $1.1 million and decided to be “uninhabitable.”
A demolition permit has since been filed and accredited for the property. A county spokeswoman said such permits For private houses are outdoors of the discretion of the County Board.
“On August 18, the County accredited a Land Disturbing Exercise (LDA) permit for the Fellows-McGrath House… and on September 3, the County accredited a demolition permit,” said Erika Moore, communications specialist for Arlington County. “Each LDA and Demolition permits are accredited administratively. Neither the County Board nor the County Supervisor has authority to cease their issuance when all requirements are glad.”
Simply like the Febrey-Lothrop property, which was demolished earlier this yr, the Fellows-McGrath House’s run-dpersonal state makes the land it sits on extra useful to builders than The house itself.
“Manassas realtor Masum Kahn, who purchased The house after eight months Out there on the market To assemble trendy houses, has not set a demolition schedule,” Clark reported in September. “Although he would think about promoting ‘for The biggest worth.’”
Local preservationist Tom Dickerson, after an unsuccessful bid To save tons of the Febrey-Lothrop, launched a equally doomed effort To save tons of the Fellows-McGrath House.
“This unhappy state of affairs Regarding The matter property solely serves To strengthen The fact that the County Supervisor and County Board Might not care much less about preserving and conserving distinctive, vital historic houses and property in Arlington,” Dickerson said. “In distinction to our neighboring jurisdictions in Alexandria and Fairfax, Arlington Is completely oblivious to the civic, group, and even financial worth tied to historic properties… [it’s] one other unhappy and unjustified loss to The complete group to see A extremely effective, completely restored, distinctive 1889 Victorian crushed and bits and gadgets hauled to a landfill.”
Dickerson said he filed an software with the Historic Affairs and Landmark Consider Board to designate the property as historic, Neverthemuch less The equipment was tabled — and the destiny of The house was probably already sealed Provided that the proprietor had already filed for a demolition permit.
Now, Dickerson said He is advocating …….