2017-07-14 / Government / Neighborhood

Shandon denies demolition request of house on South Walker

By Josh Cruse


A proposal by a Shandon Neighborhood resident calls for this house on South Walker Street to be torn down and a new single family dwelling to take its place. A proposal by a Shandon Neighborhood resident calls for this house on South Walker Street to be torn down and a new single family dwelling to take its place. At the bimonthly meeting Monday, July 10, the Shandon Neighborhood Council voted against a proposal six to four to support the demolition of the house on 140 South Walker Street. The owner, Allen Rutter, purchased the property recently, as well as the adjacent property, and is proposing to put two single family dwellings on the two lots.

However, lack of more information and the desire to have more time to understand the situation turned councilmembers like Joe Berry and former Council president Mary Roe from supporting the plan.

Russell Jones, a Shandon neighborhood councilmember and Columbia real estate agent, brought the issue to the Shandon Neighborhood Council in hopes of getting its support before he and Rutter go in front of the Design/Development Review Commission.

In his proposal to the Shandon Neighborhood Council, Jones states the three key factors in his argument before DDRC focuses on the inability of the property to earn a reasonable economic return on its value, the removal of the property and subsequent replacement with single family residencies, and the condition of the existing structure.

Also in his proposal, Jones provided quotes from Cantey Foundation Specialists and Ram Jack for estimates of $45,505 and $50,360 for foundation repairs to the house.

The proposal for 140 South Walker Street is the latest project for Rutter, who has completed similar projects at 128, 131, and 136 South Walker Street.

In other news, Representative James Smith announced he was elected as chairman of the Richland

County Legislative Delegation. Among the work he has done since being elected to the position is working to remove the previous members of the Richland County Recreation Commission and find replacements.

Smith said the delegation has received 68 applications and interviewed 48 people. Currently, the delegation is working on hiring an executive director.

Smith also said he worked to fix the election commission. He authored a state-wide piece of legislation to put the state election commission in charge in an oversite role of the various county election commissions.

Richland County Councilman Seth Rose announced he voted against a $1.3 million proposal to renovate Richland County Council chambers. Rose said he believed there were more pressing needs.

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