Check back frequently for updates on additional teardowns and new construction progress at each of the properties.
Over the next few weeks, three houses on Ansley Street between Jefferson Place and Greenwood Avenue will be demolished to make way for three new homes. A fourth house, recently listed for sale, may join these 1940s homes as Decatur’s latest Oakhurst teardowns.
The three homes slated for teardown by Thrive Homes will contribute about 90 tons of waste to area landfills. The new homes to be built at the teardown sites will be significantly larger — McMansions, by definition — than the existing homes and the Ansley Street streetscape will be significantly altered once they are completed.
Although Thrive is developing each of these properties independently, cumulatively the completed projects will bear Thrive’s “historically inspired” brand of faux Craftsman features and other architectural bric-a-brac. The street will lose its historically authentic character; it may not have a new subdivision name, but it will look and feel just like a new “historically inspired” subdivision.
Is this the type of unsustainable development Decatur envisioned in 2007 when Oakhurst builders and land use attorneys successfully defeated a proposed Oakhurst Historic District? Did Oakhurst residents really contemplate this type of development without the opportunity to provide their input as community stakeholders?
The new Ansley Street “Subdivision”:
450 Ansley Street
454 Ansley Street
Thrive Homes demolished 454 Ansley on Saturday, March 17, 2012:
470 Ansley Street
Displacement and Disruption in Action
A drive down Ansley Street in April 2012:
Read a related post about a resident displaced by these teardowns.