Historic Doc Webb home nears end

Pinellas County
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The Doc Webb house sits in the Allendale neighborhood of St. Pete. At Thursday’s city council meeting, it was the topic of discussion as to whether it was going to be designated as a historic landmark.

The city’s historic preservationist, along with resident Anne Dowling, presented their thoughts on why the house should have this designation, stating it met all local landmark requirements.

However, the homeowners, Karen and Merill King, have lived in the home for 33 years and are opposed to this designation.

“On October 24 we signed a contract selling our property. We told none of our neighbors or any of our friends about this,” said Merrill at Thursday’s meeting.

King says it was not until after they signed a contract selling the property that Dowling filed the paperwork to make this a historic landmark.

“On November 5 2018,  Anne Dowling filled out the third party status on our home without even talking to us,” said King.

Nonetheless, dozens of people spoke at Thursday’s city council meeting, both in favor and against the designation of making this house a historic landmark.

But, the homeowners’ attorney says this all comes down to a broken historic designation process.

“It allows nearly anyone for $200 to submit an application to designate someone else’s property as historic,” said attorney Jay Kramer. 

The city council voted 4-2 to reject the historic status of the Doc Webb house, giving way for demolition and new homes to be built on the property.

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