FOLLOWUP: ‘This is a huge day’ – Permit progress for Highland Park Improvement Club rebuild

(Rendering by Wittman Estes)

11:34 AM: From today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin, word of a key land-use approval for the Highland Park Improvement Club rebuild. Two and a half years have passed since a fire shut down the community organization’s historic headquarters at 1116 SW Holden, and HPIC has been working ever since to reach the rebuilding stage. They’ve obtained some major grants and other donations, but are still fundraising; meantime, the announcement of this city approval opens a two-week window for appeals of the decision – this notice explains how. You can read the full decision here. We have a message out to HPIC for an update on the project status (this is by no means the last stage of the permit process); meantime, here’s our coverage of their most recent “town hall” about the project, one month ago.

3:22 PM: Responding to our request for comment, HPIC board president Rhonda Smith says this is very good news for the project:

We also received notice this morning that SDCI has approved the MUP [Master Use Permit]. Finally we know that we can proceed with the building permit process without having to make any changes to the design we submitted that triggered the MUP. This is a huge day for HPIC and the community as we were not certain which direction SDCI would take.

We can now finalize the standard building permit set for the project and reactivate plans to remove unusable portions of the building. This involves the architects and our general contractor’s schedules. Demolition work will be the first opportunity for community hands-on involvement on the property since the fire, and will make such a big visual change to the site to get ready for construction.

In addition, we can begin in earnest actively fundraising now that we know the City is on board with this project. As we reported at the January Town Hall, we have about a $2M funding gap. This is where we will be emphasizing our focus this year, along with community outreach and events.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 'This is a huge day' - Permit progress for Highland Park Improvement Club rebuild"

  • Monica Cavagnaro February 20, 2024 (3:00 pm)

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see this new building take shape and bring neighbors together!!

  • PDiddy February 20, 2024 (3:45 pm)

    Based on the picture is this going to be a total teardown? I just assumed it would be rebuilt.

  • Lux February 20, 2024 (4:10 pm)

    The rendering looks nice, but I really hope they don’t go with the corrugated sheet metal cladding. 

    • Hebs February 20, 2024 (8:57 pm)

      Eyeroll, Lux. This group of people has given their hard work, time, and energy FOR FREE to give our neighborhood back its heart and all you can think to do is complain about the siding choice?  Lame.Thank you to those who gave so much to make this a reality. The neighbors can’t wait to have this amazing community resource back.

      • Lux February 20, 2024 (10:02 pm)

        I commented that the design looks nice. You feel the need to fixate on the negative?

        • Hebs February 21, 2024 (1:18 pm)

          No one ever thought “that looks nice, but…” was a compliment.

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