The City Council halted a mid-city condominium project after neighborhood residents raised concerns over the proposed removal of two pre-1930 bungalows from the site.
The 4-3 vote overturned the Planning Commission's approval of the project, which the city staff had recommended because it met all city requirements.
But the council was swayed by a small turnout of residents who contended that the bungalows were historic structures that should be preserved and that the new project was not compatible with the neighborhood.
The city's Landmarks Commission, however, voted 4 to 3 last week not to designate the project's area a historic district and 7 to 0 that the structures were not landmarks. Approval of either category by the commission would have also halted the three-story condominium project.