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City wants to remove damaged storage space, awning at Maola building

For safety reasons, the City of Washington is seeking permission from the Historic Preservation Commission to remove a damaged storage space and metal awning from the former Maola building on Water Street.

The commission, during its meeting today, will consider the city’s request for a certificate of appropriateness to remove the damaged parts of the building, which is owned by Maola of N.C. Inc., according to the commission’s tentative agenda for the meeting. “The damaged portions are add-ons and the removals will not damage the original building,” the city’s code-enforcement division states in its application for a certificate of appropriateness.

The application is signed by John Rodman, the city’s director of community and cultural resources.

SAFETY WORRY: This damaged awning at the former Maola building should come down because it presents a hazard, according to the city. (City of Washington)

A staff report concerning the request reads: “At this time, the City of Washington’s planning department has deemed these two components a hazard to the public. The city would like to remove these two items for safety reasons.”

The commission could take at least three possible actions pertaining to the request. They are:

  • grant the certificate of appropriateness;
  • grant the certificate of appropriateness with conditions;
  • deny the certificate of appropriateness because the request is not congruous with the commission’s design guidelines.

Whenever exterior renovation work is being conducted in the Washington Historic District, all property owners within 100 feet of the proposed construction activities are required to be notified by the city.

The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 102 E. Second St.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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