|Request discussion of fire damage at 623 Mulberry Street and
rebuilding options. Referenced by Tax Map 41A, Group F, Parcel 9.00.
Zoned R-2, High Density Residential District, located in Historic
Overlay District. Owner: Jim Wilkins
Mr. Wilkins (Former Property Owner) described his property for the
Board, and noted this is a rental property. He has been transferred to
Atlanta since he purchased it, and wants to find a buyer for it.
The house on the property burned in September, and he wants
clarification from the Board as to what he can do with it regarding
demolition or rebuilding. He only had insurance to cover his mortgage on
it, and that has been paid. He now has a burned house on a piece of
property and does not want to put any money into it.
Mr. Reynolds (Newman's Assistant) had a sketch showing how much of the
property could be rebuilt on if the house were torn down, noting a
setback may have to be considered on the Park Street side of the
property. It was determined that an appraiser would have to determine
the percentage of the property that had been destroyed by the fire. If
it is 75% or more destroyed, the house needs torn down and could be
rebuilt at a slightly smaller size, similar to Mr. Reynolds sketch. If
it is less than 75% the house can be repaired and remodeled, but
construction would have to start before September due a Zoning Ordinance
requirement that construction must begin in the first 12 months after
the fire. That requirement would grandfather in the footprint of the
building where it may violate setbacks. After 12 months variances would
be required to rebuild.
Mr. Branam (Loudon Codes Officer) also noted the lot had been
illegally divided between the two homes. At this time Mr. Wilkins could
be unable to sell either of the homes because the division was not
platted. That also destroys the property’s lot of record status. Mr.
Wilkins stated he would return to the title company to have that
With no additional comments from the Board or the public, the meeting
was adjourned at approximately 2:30 PM.