Commission votes down plan to relocate historic house for SAISD use

Bonham Academy denied new playground

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 21 2012 12:16:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 01:20:33 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A century-old home sits abandoned and boarded up at 114 Cedar Street in the King William Historic District.

Right behind it is Bonham Academy, a school about to undergo renovations.

The San Antonio Independent School District owns the Cedar Street property and hopes to remove the house to make way for a new playground and portable buildings to use during the construction process.

SAISD cannot make changes to the property without first getting approval because it is in a historic district.

The house could either be relocated or demolished.

On Wednesday, the Historic and Design Review Commission voted down the plan to relocate the house, citing its historical significance and questions surrounding where and how the home would be moved.

The city says it was also unclear to the HDRC how the property would be used.

“We do know we have a couple of options,” said SAISD spokeswoman Leslie Price. “We can appeal that decision or we could just proceed and use the backyard of the house as a playground. But we would have to keep the house boarded up.”

Neighbors we spoke to say they would like to see something done with the property.

“You see a lot of people come and go and the upkeep, unfortunately, has not been good,” said Essie Ramahi, who works nearby.

While it is back to the drawing board for SAISD, the HDRC says it wants to make sure all options are considered.