Over the past few years, the Compo Beach Historic District has lost several homes to demolition.
Next up to go down: 15 Roosevelt Road.
The other day, neighbor Larry Hoy wrote to the Historic District Commission:
Please halt the demolition of this 92-year-old home in our historic Compo Beach neighborhood.
The destruction of our neighborhood must stop. Too many of the original homes have been destroyed to make way for McMansions. Two homes on Roosevelt Road were torn down in recent years and replaced with homes that are out of scale in our neighborhood.
Both new homes required variances for which the owners claimed they had large families. As it turns out, both homes are now occupied by single people. These illicit variances have paved the way for the destruction of this once beautiful street.
11 Roosevelt Road has recently been saved and tastefully restored. This is the approach that should be taken with 15 Roosevelt Rd. Preservation — not destruction — is the only acceptable solution for this house in our neighborhood. Please help us halt this destruction!
Speaking of history: Two streets in the Compo Beach Historic District — Roosevelt and Quentin Roads — were named after Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son. Quentin Roosevelt was killed in his airplane over Normandy on Bastille Day, during World War I.
(The Historic District Commission will consider the application for demolition tonight at 7 p.m., in Town Hall Room 201.)