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124-Year-Old Decker House Facelift will Give Homeowners an Affordable Taste of History

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The house was moved once already in 2015, for its protection during construction of the nearby 70-unit Heritage Square complex for low-income seniors by Bridge Housing  HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff The Historic Decker house located at 750 N. Fair Oaks Avenue will be strapped up and transported up the street to its new and permanent location as a part of an ambitious affordable housing development set to open in 2018.The Queen Anne style house, which was constructed in 1892 and designated a city landmark in 1998, has sat vacant for over a decade in Northwest Pasadena and is gearing up to to receive a full restoration that will provide two affordable units in conjunction with a larger development that intends to revive the city’s old into something vibrant and new.“We’re very happy that this historic resource is going to remain in Pasadena and that it will provide first-time homebuyers the opportunity to invest and put down roots into the community,” said Dept. of Housing Director William Huang, who noted it’s “almost impossible” for low to moderate income individuals to acquire property in Pasadena.The city-owned Decker House is the former home of the cigar shop owner Frank Decker and his wife Anna, for home’s first occupants after it was built in 1892. It is revered by many as one of Pasadena’s treasured Victorian-era buildings.The development of a 70-unit Heritage Square complex for low-income seniors by Bridge Housing required the temporary relocation of the Decker House for its protection during construction.The Decker House is already moved into the adjacent lot next to the three acre Heritage Square site and is temporarily situated behind a Church’s Chicken that is bounded by Orange Grove, Fair Oaks, Painter and Wheeler Lane, according to Huang who says the house is currently in bad shape and in need of a full restoration.The City recently teamed up with Heritage Housing Partners, a local non-profit affordable housing corporation founded in 1998 that promotes long-term affordable homeownership through the preservation of existing historic homes and the construction of new, contextual single-family residences to draw up plans to re-locate the house up the street to a new site.“It’s essentially a ‘gut rehab,’ but we will preserve the exterior siding and the windows and any other interior features,” said Heritage Housing’s Executive Director Charles Loveman.There are two projects being developed side by side at the newly secured location at 1661 N. Fair Oaks, just blocks from the Heritage Square location, where the Decker House will permanently reside in coming months.The city proposed to offer up to a $450,000 loan or grant to help the relocation and restoration process.The development will feature 16 new units with the Decker House accounting for two separate two bedroom units totaling approximately 1,200 square feet each.“I think we’re realistically around six to nine months away from breaking ground,” said Loveman. “This will be 2018/2019 completion.”The entire project at 1661 N. Fair Oaks is estimated to cost around $11.5 million with a grand total of approximately $600,000 to move the Decker House, situate the house on a new foundation and rehabilitate the structure to current standards, according to Loveman.The renovation will include a new foundation, plumbing, roof, mechanical systems and much more.“We’ll probably have to repair or replace the structure because it’s most likely not built to code,” said Loveman who explained that the wooden structure has more than likely deteriorated from age and weathering.According to a document released by the Housing Department, historic architecture will be carefully combined with contemporary architecture to create a striking contrast that accentuates the best qualities of each style.“The new architecture doesn’t mimic the old, rather its sympathetic, or compatible, with the historic quality,” said Huang.Pasadena Heritage’s Executive Director Sue Mossman is relieved and excited to see the Decker House stick around and take on a whole new life.“It’s one of our oldest residential properties still standing and it represents the pre-1900 Victorian Era chapter and we don’t have much left from that time in Pasadena. Preserving historic buildings is one of the most economically sounds things that we do and Pasadena is such a unique and rich environment in large part because we have this history,” said Mossman on behalf of Pasadena Heritage whose mission is to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy and education.It is still undetermined how the Decker House will be transported — a feat that can include being separated into two or more pieces or hauled in a complete fashion.Loveman said that HHP is experienced in coordinating and executing these moves and the Decker House is not the first time they have done something like this.“We’re working with our contractor and house mover to figure it all out,” said Loveman.The two Decker House units are expected to be put on the market in the low $300,000s.“For the same cost, you get something that’s got a lot of history and a lot of character and our experience is — given a choice between a new unit and a historic unit of the same quality — our home buyers prefer the historic unit,” said Loveman. Community News 124-Year-Old Decker House Facelift will Give Homeowners an Affordable Taste of History By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Monday, December 5, 2016 | 6:24 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribelast_img read more

Press release: 3km oil slick threatened local beauty spot.

first_imgEnvironment Agency officers have contained the oil slick with oil absorbent booms and pads, and are now starting the clear up process. As oil floats on the surface of the water, these booms prevent the oil from spreading and the pads soak it up, without interfering with wildlife or the flow of the river.Whilst the exact source of the oil has still not been established, it has been narrowed down to the nearby Balby Carr Industrial Estate area. There is no further oil coming from the drain, but protective measures will stay in place over the weekend in case the forecast rain washes more through the system.Rosie Foster, Area Incident Controller, at the Environment Agency said: If you see pollution or fish in distress, please call the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Alternatively, If you suspect illegal waste activities, call the Environment Agency or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111. We look to have contained the pollution for now with the booms we put out across the river so we can now concentrate on the clean-up. It is hard to judge the environmental impact at this point, but as oil generally sits on top of the water the aquatic life below should be ok. Although we will be keeping a close eye for wildlife that has come into contact with the oil and the riverbanks for any effects. Investigations are ongoing to find the exact source of the oil and we have taken samples to allow us to identify the exact type of oil involved. If anybody has information about where the oil came from or if a local business has had an accident that they have not yet reported to us could they please contact our helpline.last_img read more

Batting at Home Plate: How My Rural Home Town Helped Create the South’s Newest Wilderness

first_imgUnloading the truck on the border of the Citico Creek Wilderness, I wrestle on my pack full of a weekend’s worth of supplies—including my old crosscut saw. As I walk through a smoke cloud of bacon grease smoldering off the neighboring hunting camp’s stove, I threw up a friendly wave. A few respond, but from behind the campfire, someone grumbles, “You probably ain’t even from around here, Ranger Boy.” After a few seasons as a Wilderness Ranger, your gut tells you when to stop or keep moving, and though his words weren’t the most welcoming, something said differently. Turns out he and Norman (my grandfather) and Norman’s brother Cub were pals from way back. I sat down with the 10 of them and talked for no minute short of an hour. We chatted about everything from traditional crosscut saw techniques to ironing out misguided rumors following the Tennessee Wilderness Act (TWA). “Matter of fact, you got a second?” I replied. The old man kept his feet propped up by the campfire while he motioned me in. “Turns out, I’m fifth generation Monroe County.” He perked up, so I began to share with him the history of my family and our ties to the land we were standing on. Within a few groups in Monroe County, the new Upper Bald River Wilderness designation was undesirable, an opinion formed on false information about the proposal. Road closures and hunting changes were a real concern for these men, but to their surprise, there weren’t going to be any changes. Hunting is still allowed in all wilderness areas, for example. They’d been misled about those issues, so we reviewed maps and language from the Act itself and finally straightened things out. Fours years ago, I was working as a development manager for an out-of-state start-up when I met Laura Hodge. She was working with the Tennessee Wild campaign to protect the same areas I enjoyed in my youth. The passion Laura exuded for protecting those special, personal places in the Cherokee National Forest made us instant family. The experiences I’ve benefited from in these wild places left me with a debt I’m happy to pay. Eventually, I joined forces with Tennessee Wild as a second job, working on local campaign efforts in Monroe County while educating the public on the Tennessee Wilderness Act and the potential victory it could one day be for our county, state, and nation with its passage. The old man piped up, “So that makes you Norman’s grandson?” I’m one of those young people that now makes a living as a homegrown Wilderness Ranger & Outreach Specialist for SAWS in the Cherokee National Forest. It’s humbling to walk the same trails and carry the same tools that my great-grandfather did over a hundred years ago. My job allows me to connect with the locals and with those who’ve traveled here from near and far to experience these rich and wild places. “Yeap, that’s me.” If you never get the chance to see your home county’s wildest places receive Wilderness protection, I hope you can live through my joy. Though we celebrate the victory of the Tennessee Wilderness Act, our work doesn’t end. Through the continued efforts of organizations like SAWS, the U.S. Forest Service and many others, our work goes on knowing the payout is far greater than any put in. I’m just glad you don’t have to be a fifth-generation local to reap its benefits because thankfully, it’s yours as it is mine. He jumped out of his chair, “Hell boy, get in here. Grab him a biscuit and here’s the gravy.” Today, with the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act that many fought so hard for, places like the Upper Bald River Wilderness will endure for future generations. There are transformative experiences waiting to be had. From mountaintop to stream, it guarantees a place we all can enjoy, but its permanence isn’t only for us. It’s now an enduring refuge where natural processes dominate and sensitive ecosystems and wildlife thrive. Downstream from the new Upper Bald River Wilderness sits the majestic Bald River Falls. Nearly the entire length of this river is now protected in perpetuity, allowing future generations to share in the same natural wonder that my great-grandfather must have experienced even as he worked to clear the surrounding hillsides of their trees. For these things, I am grateful. Growing up in these hills has its benefits, not just credibility with the locals. I spent my summers at our family cabin fishing Citico Creek until the sun went down. In high school, after our football games, we’d drive up the Cherohala Skyway to camp or backpack. Later, I began paddling the beloved Tellico River. After traveling and moving away for college, I came back, planting my own roots and working to protect the Wilderness where I grew up. He would later work for the Civilian Conservation Corps rehabilitating the land. They planted trees, built campsites, trails, and fire towers in the mid 1930’s. The first C.C.C. camp in Tennessee was later restored and is now the Tellico Ranger Station-the same place I work out of today. My great grandfather and his brother worked for Babcock Lumber Company in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, after its establishment in 1906. Eventually, his two sons, my great uncles, would also become lumberjacks. Their work was spread throughout the Tellico Plains area, but more specifically, it was focused in the Bald River and later in the Citico Creek watershed in the 1920’s—right where they were camping. In 1925, Babcock sold 44,000 acres to the United States Forest Service, forming a portion of the Cherokee National Forest. My great grandfather’s focus then began to shift. Through my association with Tennessee Wild, I met Laura’s husband, Bill Hodge. Bill started Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), a non-profit conservation organization that worked to engage young people in the protection and stewardship of Wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians. In the early days of the Tennessee Wild campaign, a group of volunteers that maintained the Appalachian Trail in northeast Tennessee urged their congressman, Dr. Phil Roe, to oppose the designation. They argued that if these areas were to become Wilderness, the trail couldn’t be maintained by their organization, especially with the lack of involvement from younger generations at the time. This became the birthplace and launchpad for SAWS. Since 2010, SAWS has generated over 150,000 hours of service to Wilderness stewardship and employed and engaged over 150 young individuals. If you’d like to join efforts and get involved, visit wildernessstewards.org, follow along on instgram @wildernessstewards, or find us on Facebook.last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Hedge fund investors confident despite rocky 2018

first_imgCredit: Rudy and Peter SkitteriansAre blue skies ahead for hedge fund managers?Amy Bensted, head of hedge funds at Preqin, said: “This is a pivotal moment for the hedge fund industry, as investors initiate a sea-change in their allocation patterns. After several years in which hedge fund returns have failed to keep pace with the historic equity bull market, investors felt they could be getting higher returns at a lower cost.”However, capital protection and risk mitigation were coming to the forefront of investors’ minds, Bensted continued, which could play into the hands of some hedge fund managers. The vast majority of investors polled by Preqin said they expected their managers to perform in line with (46%) or better than (37%) expected in 2019.In addition, 29% of investors indicated that they had long-term plans to increase their hedge fund allocations, when asked at the end of 2018 (see below). This compared to 19% a year earlier.Investors’ longer-term intentions for hedge fund allocations (% of respondents)Chart Maker“This does come with a caveat, though,” Bensted concluded. “Investors are looking to rebalance their holdings, and many are trimming the number of managers and funds that they invest in as they seek to create more concentrated portfolios.“Fund managers may be optimistic about their longer-term relationship with investors, but they will need to work hard in the coming months to effectively attract and retain capital.” In addition, of the six alternative asset classes monitored by Preqin for its H1 2019 outlook report (private equity, private debt, hedge funds, infrastructure, real estate and natural resources), hedge funds were decidedly unpopular.Proportion of investors decreasing allocations to alternativesChart MakerBut it was not all bad news for hedge fund managers, according to the data company. Explaining the above numbers, it reported that “four out of five investors plan to maintain or increase their exposure to hedge funds in 2019”.Preqin said it expected investors to “redeem and rebalance in favour of less correlated strategies” to protect against downside risk. It added that, although a “plateau” in overall assets under management for hedge funds could indicate less activity in the market, “beneath the surface we expect high levels of movement of capital”. Last year was a bad year to be a hedge fund manager. Not only were markets weak, but investors pulled $34bn (€30.4bn) collectively from the sector, according to Preqin.The alternatives data firm reported this week that investors were, unsurprisingly, unhappy: more than half (55%) of allocators polled by Preqin said their managers had failed to meet their expectations.Have your hedge fund allocations lived up to expectations?Chart Makerlast_img read more

Instacart workers go on strike after the company does not meet demands

first_imgEmployees of Instacart are reportedly on strike after they say the company’s response to their demands for more coronavirus protections was more like a “slap in the face.”The Gig Workers Collective announced that the worker’s strike on Instacart will take place on Monday after the company’s response did little to appease their demands.Due to the coronavirus, many families are now turning to online grocery delivery services such as Instacart to do their shopping and to cut down on the amount of time they spend in public, however, this still leaves the workers “risking their lives for pocket change.” Employees for Instacart specifically, are demanding that the company provide hand sanitizer and facemask to all workers, add an extra $5 in hazard pay for every trip they make, and for the company to offer sick pay for workers who have to stay home due to underlining health conditions among other demands.After hearing from both workers and shoppers, the company has responded to the demands saying that it has sourced hand sanitizer that will ship next week, that they will enact a “leave at my door” feature to cut down on face to face interaction, 14-days of sick pay for all employees diagnosed with the coronavirus, and that part-time employees are now how access to paid time off as an accrued benefit.Despite the response, the Gig Workers Collective says workers have been asking for change for months and that the response is too little too late.It is unclear how many workers plan to participate in the strike, however, the impact may be significant as many people have come to relay on delivery services as a way to acquire their household basics and the company was already struggling to keep up with it’s increased demand.last_img read more

Inslee Issues Additional Guidance on Construction Activities

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeOn Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan to allow current construction projects to be completed. Today, the governor clarified the initial guidance memo and issued a guide to frequently asked questions about construction activities.The guidance is an addendum to his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation, the construction requirements that apply to all previously and newly authorized construction activities in Washington as long as Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25, or any extension, is in effect.Authorized construction now includes:Construction previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and Gov. Inslee’s March 25, 2020, memo on construction.Construction not previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and the March 25, 2020, memo that was in existence on March 23, 2020. For purposes of this memo, in existence means construction activity that is a) needed to fulfill an obligation under a contract effective prior to March 23, 2020, or b) authorized by a government-issued permit obtained prior to March 23, 2020.Read the full guidance here.last_img read more