The proposed destruction of a Spanish Colonial House on Caldwell Street is the Conway Historical District Commission’s agenda Monday.
The commission, which meets at 6 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall, plans an informal discussion about the possibility of demolition since the proposal was submitted after the public notification deadlines. The commission could render a decision as early as March 15.
The house, located at 1708 Caldwell St., may be considered to be "demolition by neglect" since it is unoccupied. The house burned and the interior is stripped to the studs. There also are reports of major cracking and damage to the exterior stucco.
Demolition by neglect is defined as the destruction of a building or structure through abandonment or lack of maintenance.
The potential buyers of the property, Kathy and Ken Brents of Cleveland, Ark., own property adjacent to the west side of the house. They said they want to purchase the Caldwell property to build a neighborhood-compatible "quiet office."
The sale by owner Walter G. Harrison of Conway is contingent upon approval of the demolition and approval by the Conway Planning Commission to allow construction of an office.
The last National Register survey, conducted in 1998, listed the house in "fair" condition.
The commission also would be the entity to approve the replacement structure if the house is demolished. The Planning Commission would have to rezone the property or allow a conditional use permit for a restricted office.
The commission also will discuss new grant opportunities, including the 2012 Arkansas Certified Local Government Grant.