13 out of the 17 homeowners in the proposed district oppose designation. They fear it will limit their property rights.
Any type of work on a landmarked house requires permission from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The changes must match the architectural style of the building, which in this neighborhood ranges from Mediterranean to Dutch Colonial and English Tudor.
“Landmarking restrictions are stringent and suffocating,” said White. “They tell you what to do with your roof, what kind of siding, what kind of shutters, what kind of porch.”
The [community] board...voted against the expansion of the historic district. The nature of the vote is advisory, explained Steven Newman, chair of the board.
The opposition - from the residents and the board - will play a significant role when the Landmarks Commission votes on whether to extend the historic district, said Lisi de Bourbon, spokesperson for the Commission.
Douglaston Historic District plans rankle residents
Whoops...someone forgot that education regarding historic preservation is necessary before getting people on board in the land of the tweeded.