Future uncertain for historic Hillcrest home

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 22:42:58-04

A century old home that sits across from Balboa Park faces an uncertain future thanks to a developer's plans.

The so-called Hazzard house on 6th Avenue was designated as historic by the city of San Diego about 10 years ago.

However, developer Palm Properties plans to build a 145-unit apartment and a 66-room extended stay hotel on that same prime spot.

Longtime resident Mel Black said she's noticed a lot of changes in her neighborhood, including nice restaurants and new buildings. She is worried about new construction pushing out the past.

"The history belongs in Hillcrest, where the history was," she said.

A new city memo says the latest victim could be the Hazzard House, built in 1911 and named for longtime residents George and Alice Hazzard. The city designated it historic for its Italian Renaissance style, with its stucco finish, parapets and center balcony.

A spokeswoman for the city's Historic Resources Board said there are about 2,500 historic buildings in the city, and about eight have been moved in the last decade.

The memo says part of the Palm Properties project would include moving the Hazzard House to another site.

"When you move the building, you're taking the history out," Black said.

A city report says the home was most recently used as a veterans center, but it appeared vacant Thursday afternoon and no one answered the door when 10News crews visited.

A city official told 10News the developer removed the request to relocate the Hazzard House from its project, and the memo was incorrect. The home would then be incorporated some way into the project's design.

A call to the project applicant seeking more information on the plans was not returned.