City-FSDB plan may calm Nelmar Terrace

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Historic City News local reporters will be watching Monday night as City Manager John Regan presents a proposed interlocal and partnership agreement that will address some of the recent conflict between the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and their Nelmar Terrace neighbors.

At issue is the governance of properties known as the “Main Campus”, the “Collins House”, the “President’s House” and the “Genoply Block”.

The proposed agreements state the city’s position on neighborhood concerns, calling for adherence to city codes, single-family styling of the Collins House, replacement of an existing institutional fence with a four-foot fence in “a style consistent with that appropriate to a residential neighborhood,” and notification on future expansion plans along Genoply Street.

The language specifies, “Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall submit governance of the use of the Collins House and President’s House properties to the jurisdiction of the City’s Planning and Zoning Board, Historic Architectural Review Board and City Commission; all in accordance with the requirements of procedures established by the City’s Code.”

It also calls for “an appropriate style and design of the south elevation” of the Collins House, now being renovated, to “include the extension of the balcony along the entire length of the structure, and installation of a window and a false window in the westerly extension of the structure.”

If you are planning to attend — the regular St. Augustine City Commission meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Monday and will be held in the Alcazar Room; on the first floor of City Hall, located at 75 King Street in St. Augustine. It will be broadcast live on Comcast Government TV (Cable Channel 3) and is streamed over the Internet.

Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News staff photographer

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