The owners of these three houses in the 5300 block of Franklin Avenue petitioned to have their property rezoned from Two Family Residential to Neighborhood Commercial District. Their intention was to raise the three buildings and allow commercial uses to occupy the newly-created ground levels. The Planning Commission and Council agreed with most of the surrounding neighbors and disapproved the request. Today, forty years later, the two buildings closest to Mithra Street (the left side of this photograph) are still being used as residences, but the third one is now a beauty salon. The remainder of the block between Mithra and Fillmore is still commercial, only the specific uses of the structures has changed over the years.
[zoning docket 57/13]
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