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Owner says house should not be on ‘building in peril’ list


Owner says house should not be on ‘building in peril’ list

Owner says house should not be on ‘building in peril’ list
News from Rapid City Journal:

The home at 1021 St. Joseph St. may have been in bad shape years ago, its owner, James Giese said, but it no longer deserves to be on a city listing of historic “buildings in peril.”

Giese was stunned to see his home mentioned as being on the city list in a recent Rapid City Journal article about historic preservation. He said he and his wife, Pam Giese, have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars fixing up the 1930 home, which they now rent out.

But after a visit to the property from Pat Roseland, chairman of the city Historic Preservation Commission, the home was removed from the list.

“Our next meeting, your house will be off the endangered list,” Roseland told the Gieses after touring the home. The commission updated its list May 18.

The list holds no legal weight but serves as a reminder to the commission to keep an eye out for threats to notable historic buildings. The Gieses’ home was listed, along with the three others, in the 1000 block of St. Joseph Street. The other three are owned by Leslie Odegaard, and Roseland said their condition does warrant placement on the list.

Roseland said the commission was not aware of the work the Gieses had done starting in 2007 to improve the home, which was originally a single-family house, but had been used as a rental and a commercial building over the years. He said none of the…………… continues on Rapid City Journal

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2012-05-29T00:05:02Z CSU spends $ 2M on presidential home renovations in past decadeErica Perez – California Watch North County Times

California State University campuses have in the last 10 years spent more than $ 2 million renovating eight university-owned presidential residences – rehabbing kitchens, expanding garages and even hiring interior designers, according to figures provided by the university.

At least half of the spending came from state funding sources, and the figure does not include annual maintenance and repairs.

CSU Fullerton took heat earlier this month for providing incoming President Mildred Garcia with a $ 300,000 remodel to the historic El Dorado Ranch, which is the president’s residence, while CSU Northridge received criticism for spending $ 115,000 to rehab the home of newly named President Dianne Harrison.

But Garcia and Harrison are among five campus leaders in the past 10 years whose appointment as a CSU president ca…………… continues on North County Times

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