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City Council to Study Plan for Goode House

August 04, 1988

The Glendale City Council next week will consider a plea by historic preservationists seeking an environmental study on a plan to restore the Victorian Goode House and build senior citizen housing around it.

The council on Tuesday set an Aug. 9 hearing on a proposal by developer Joe Ayvazi of the Cedar Broadway Partnership to construct a 40-unit, horseshoe-shaped apartment building around the 100-year-old house at 119 N. Cedar St. Ayvazi plans to convert the house into office space.

The Glendale Historical Society contends that the developer's plan could jeopardize the house's eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

David L. Smith, society president, said the proposed construction is too close to the house and will hide the Queen Ann-Eastlake architectural features.

The historic house is the only one of its kind remaining on its original site in Glendale. It was the home of Edgar D. Goode, a pioneer businessman who led the city's incorporation drive in 1906.

The society is appealing a June ruling by the Environmental and Planning Board that no environmental impact study is required because a series of conditions imposed by the city will ensure that the integrity of the house is maintained.

The board upheld its decision last month after it added another requirement that the house be restored according to federal guidelines for renovation of historic places. Society members argue that construction on the site--and not just the house--also must conform to federal standards.

The public hearing will be conducted during the 2 p.m. City Council meeting at City Hall.

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