In late 2014, yet another vintage Monrovia house was set to be demolished at 256 N. Encinitas Ave, a 1920 cottage. This house is right across the street from ours. Virginia, my wife who is disabled, told me with tear-filled eyes that she looks at it every day as she sits in her favorite chair. It wasn't just Allen and Virginia Holmquist that were devastated by this proposed demolition. Scores of Monrovians were concerned, many outraged. Two dozen alarmed and angry residents of the 100 and 200 blocks of N. Encinitas Ave. came together to save 256 and find a way to end the destruction of any more of our vintage houses. And more than just individual houses, we were concerned about the erosion of our beloved neighborhood.
The 200 block has especially endured this destruction. In the last 20 years alone, seven vintage homes have been demolished and replaced by much larger new houses with varying degrees of compatibility with the “feel of our neighborhood.” We appealed to the City for reason; and for help.
The Monrovia Planning Division told us that the only tool that will halt this disturbing trend is the Monrovia Historic District program. Once created, the Encinitas Historic District would prohibit the destruction of restorable vintage houses and institute reasonable design guidelines for additions and new construction, safeguarding the "character of our neighborhood." This HD Designation aims to strike a wise balance between preservation of the much-admired, diverse, vintage character of Monrovia and individual property owner’s rights.
We need the $11,153 by June 1, 2016. The City of Monrovia requires it before accepting our HD Application. Afteran affirmative City Council vote, we will finally have the guarentee that our remaining vintage houses and our charming neighborhood will be protected. Any amount you can contribute toward our preservation effort will be enthusiastically acceptedwith heartfelt appreciation, by Virinia and I and scores of people that own and live in our 65 homes. You literally will be saving our neighborhood for many generations to come! No way we can thank you enough!