Developer will not have to repair Spanish Town homes

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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 3:03 PM by Katherine Gouner, Anna Brown
Updated: Dec 1, 2009 5:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baton Rouge, Historic Preservation Commission, Richard Preis, Spanish Town, citation, demolition by neglect

A developer will not have to repair the homes he owns in a historic Baton Rouge neighborhood.

The Historic Preservation Commission cited Richard Preis for "demolition by neglect" and wanted him to repair the Spanish Town properties.

The HPC said seven homes owned by Preis were so run down that they presented structural and health problems. The commission lifted the citation because there was a question about the inspection reports.

Another developer wanted to erect an apartment complex where the houses stand but neighbors were adamantly opposed. They felt it would disrupt the "feel" of the area.

Preis thinks the commission's definition of "demolition by neglect" needs to be more specific.

"They cannot hurt a landowner because theirs process is bad," said Preis. "That's what I have to address with my attorney because we will go forward in some fashion."

The HPC is looking to make the "demolition by neglect" citation more specific. Preis says he's going back to the drawing board after losing at least one investor worth $100 million.

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