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Historic district for Coral Way homes moves forward

Residents who live on Coral Way will likely face a new level of review if they want to change their home, under a proposed historic district.

The city’s Historical Resources Department is proposing the district, which would include approximately 60 homes on Coral Way, between Alhambra Circle to the west and Anderson Road to the east. Many of the homes along Coral Way are among the city’s oldest, dating to the 1920s and ‘30s.

Luis Palacio, who lives at 1401 Coral Way , said he is in favor of the designation.

“I don’t mind going through that extra level of review,” he said. “As long as we keep the place looking good.”

Palacio was one of seven residents who attended the informational session on Wednesday evening. All seven voiced their support of the district.

The next step: The city’s Historic Preservation Board will consider the proposal at its next meeting, 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way.

Dona Spain, the city’s historic preservation officer, told the group the historic designation would add another level of review from city officials before significant changes could be made to any properties in the district.

Modifications like painting a home or changing the landscaping would require approval from the city’s Historical Resources Department before a permit is issued.

Larger projects, like additions or demolitions, would have to be signed off by both the department and the city’s Historic Preservation Board, the nine-member body that holds hearings.

“I think it’s a good idea for the neighborhood,” said Spain.

At least one resident echoed that assessment. “I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Dolores de la Guardia, who lives at 1261 Coral Way. “It will preserve the value of our homes.”

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