City of Dallas eases rules in historic districts damaged by hail




Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 11:54 PM

DALLAS - Harold Green takes pride in his home, located in the Munger Place Historic District in Dallas. He is so proud that he celebrated the property's 100th birthday.

"I plan on living here until they take me out of here," Green said.

Now Green's piece of history needs to be fixed, after a hail storm shattered several windows and damaged the roof.

His frustrations over the clean-up process went up a notch when he checked his e-mail Thursday morning. He received an e-mail from the City of Dallas that set him off.

"It just hit me wrong," Green said. "I could not believe that's what they were saying."

The e-mail reminded homeowners in historic and conservation districts that they need to follow the rules for storm repairs, including submitting an application and documenting the damage with photos and paperwork.

"Repairing a pane of glass with like materials is still a staff review, and will be handled as quickly as possible," the e-mail read.

News 8 contacted the city about the e-mail. They immediately called to inform us they were relaxing the rules to help homeowners make repairs right away, without worrying about applications and permits.

Theresa O'Donnell, the city's director of sustainable development and construction, sent News 8 this statement:

"The City of Dallas' top priority is the safety and well-being of our citizens. We would like to convey our sincere concern for the residents of Lakewood and East Dallas who suffered the impact of last night's storm. Many of those homes are located in Conservation Districts or Historic Districts that require additional review and permitting. Given the immediate need for emergency repairs, we strongly encourage those residents to make those necessary repairs without delay.

Once the urgency of securing their homes and property has passed, the City staff will stand ready to assist our East Dallas neighbors with any permits or applications that might be necessary to comply with district regulations."

It's a message of concern and flexibility, one Green said he and his neighbors should have received in the first place.