Thank you all for a great 2018 Tour. Ticket sales were way up with 1972 tickets sold. It was a busy weekend with happy tourists and great Tour houses and buildings. The Voigt House reported 2,500 people toured so many volunteer and sponsor tickets were used in addition to our paid guests. Ahh … on to next year – May 18 and 19, 2019.
Tour one of the country’s largest urban historic districts and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Heritage Hill Association. The Annual Heritage Hill Tour welcomes you inside 7 restored private houses and three historic buildings on Saturday, May 19 from 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday, May 20 from 12 pm – 6 pm. Tour offers an interior view of stunning turn of the century homes each uniquely styled by current owners. An elegant Greek revival, amazingly modern Queen Annes, a Chateaux mansion, a Craftsman beauty, a creatively converted 1900 carriage house, and more await you. It’s a celebration of the grandeur and art of the past fused with present-day livability. We’ve come a long way since 1968 when 75% of the neighborhood was slated for demolition.
Advance tickets are $18.00 are available on line at www.heritagehillweb.org. or at the Heritage Hill Association office. Beginning May 7, tickets will also be available at Family Fare and D&W Food stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard, and Art of the Table. Advance ticket prices end at the close of the listed businesses on May 18.
Tickets on the weekend of the tour are $25.00 and only available at the ticket booth at GRCC DeVos campus – 435 East Fulton. Free shuttle bus transportation for the tour is provided. Pick-up and drop-off is at each of the featured properties and also at the ticket booth. Many if not all the homes are within walking distance (1.5 miles from end to end).
Heritage Hill dates back to 1843 and was named by This Old House as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country. Its 1,300 homes represent Michigan’s finest collection of 19th and 20th century American architecture.
_____________________________________________________________________The City Commission’s public hearing regarding the proposed zoning text amendments is on March 27, 2018. For info and maps of the impact on each neighborhood go to: http://westgrand.org/updates/2018/2/7/proposed-zoning-ordinance-changes
The City has posted a “Data Compendium for Informed Housing Policy” document online that contains data points on 10 topics relating to the Housing NOW! recommendations.
The Planning Commission approved and expanded the zoning code text changes that you received via e-alert in the past 2 weeks. The Heritage Hill Association and most every neighborhood in Grand Rapids opposed the recommendations. There were public presentations, 49 letters of opposition and 3 letters of support presented to the Planning Commission. (Thank you).
The recommendations now move to the City Commission for adoption. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 27.
These “by-right” text changes remove neighbors’ input in development/conversions in their neighborhood. The stated goal is to provide more affordable housing. There was no data provided to support this.
· #3 Incentives for Small Scale Development –This allows by-right 2 unit conversion/development on every corner property and 2 to 4 unit conversion/construction on parcels within 500’ of commercial districts (500’ = one to one and half City blocks).
· #8 Accessory Dwelling Units – allows adding 2nd unit to any owner-occupied dwelling by-right.
· #9 Non-Condo Zero Lot Line Units – Allows attached 8-unit townhouses by-right within 500’ of commercial districts.
In Heritage Hill, no demolition of houses would be allowed but in neighborhoods without historic preservation protection, houses can be demolished for new construction.
We will provide updates as they become available. The blue area is where development of 2 to 4 units would be allowed by right. The map on the home page is a smaller version of below – HH and surrounding areas.
HHEastHillzoning– This is the area effected in Heritage Hill and EastHills.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm at 1120 Monroe NW, 2nd floor.
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Promote YOUR Business & support the Heritage Hill Association Heritage Hill’s Annual Weekend Tour of Homes is our largest fundraising event all year. Over 4000 visitors tour our houses and you can put your business information in their hands. Each ticket comes with … Continue reading
The Heritage Hill Study Report presents a great historical resource of the development of the Heritage Hill neighborhood from 1920 – 1960’s. The GR City Commission adopted this report in April and established 1845 to 1968 as the Period of Significance of the Heritage Hill HIstoric District.