Friday, May 29, 2015
Two CORNEAL Stop-Work Orders Issued on DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES
City Planning and Building Director David Birchim earlier today wrote residents, staff and Commissioners that he had issued two (2) stop work orders on the DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES property:
I have gotten together with my staff and have taken the following actions regarding your inquiry.
1. A building permit was not issued for the masonry wall inside the DOW property. A stop work order was issued requiring the property owner to obtain HARB approval, obtain an after the fact building permit to include inspections and obtain archaeology clearance. An archaeology permit has been submitted, but the city archaeologist has not had time to go out to the property yet, he is busy on Spanish Street. Failure to obtain after the fact approvals would result in a code enforcement action being taken.
2. A building permit was not issued for the small masonry knee wall on the southwest corner of Bridge Street and St. George Street. I sent the city’s historic preservation planner to take a look at what was done and asked her to give me her professional opinion, which I trust. I will forward her email regarding this wall for your records. A stop work order was issued today requiring the property owner to obtain an after the fact building permit.
Let me know if you have any questions.