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Holme Circle to talk development

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Neigh­bor­hood plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment is­sues will be dis­cussed at the next meet­ing of the Holme Circle Civic As­so­ci­ation on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 29.

The meet­ing will start at 7 p.m. at St. Jerome School lib­rary, Stam­ford and Col­fax streets. It is open to the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to HCCA pres­id­ent Joe Raz­ler, a rep­res­ent­at­ive from the City Plan­ning Com­mis­sion is ex­pec­ted to be a guest speak­er, as is the re­cent buy­er of a prom­in­ent res­id­en­tial prop­erty in the neigh­bor­hood.

Known loc­ally as the “Stokes House,” the prop­erty at 2976-80 Welsh Road (near Old Axe Fact­ory Road) is al­most one acre in area and fea­tures a two-story stone house, por­tions of which were built in the early 19th cen­tury.

City prop­erty re­cords show that a com­pany named Olivia As­so­ci­ates bought the land in Septem­ber.

Last year, the former own­er, Samuel “Buzz” Stokes, pro­posed de­mol­ish­ing the house, sub­divid­ing the ground and build­ing nu­mer­ous new res­id­ences there.

Many neigh­bors op­posed the plan, cit­ing the his­tor­ic value of the site. Stokes with­drew the pro­pos­al. ••

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