98 Year Old Cottage Demolished on Del Mar Ave in Ocean Beach

by on October 16, 2017 · 2 comments

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By Kathy Blavatt

After years of blight at 4706 Del Mar Avenue in Ocean Beach, the 1919 cottage and other structures have been demolished.

Photo by Kathy Blavatt

OB historian Ruth Held described the property many years ago as having a beautiful garden.

Photo by Kathy Blavatt

A two house project was approved several years ago and will soon be built.

Photo by Kathy Blavatt


In a post about the agenda for the OB Planning Board for December 4, 2013, the OB Rag reported:

On deck is an application for the demolitions of 2 single family houses at 4706 Del Mar and the construction of 2 tw0-story homes in their stead.  The new houses would be 2836 and 2117 square feet. The Project Review Board made an unanimous recommendation to approve the project.

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The project to demolish the cottage and other buildings and construct two houses was approved unanimously by the OB Planning Board on Dec. 4, 2013.

Here are the appropriate minutes from that meeting:

Action Item #3: [4706] Del Mar Units. Project # 306989

Architect : the project involves demolishing one permitted and one run down home and replacing it with 2 homes. General discussions of the design and examination of a great scale model.

Kathy Blavatt : I’m a neighbor and many of us did not know about this project. I think that they should have the opportunity to weigh in. This is an historical home that has been purposely blighted in order to get out of the designation and I’m worried about that as well as some of the setbacks. I think a lot of people are concerned about the historical cottages.

Architect : we are not asking for anything except what the zone permits. The setbacks are to code as is everything else.

Discussion of the historical review.

Jane reviewed it and determined it met all 4 criteria to be deemed historic but the city overruled her determination. Discussion of code compliance and general agreement that the city is doing a poor job enforcing policies and the community should work together to ensure that we recognize and prevent purposely blighted homes.

Scott makes a motion to approve the project as presented if the city confirms that proper notification has been given per the city requirements of noticing. Seconded by Barbara . Vote 12-0-0

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly October 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Where’s the design of the new structures?


kh October 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

The house is a piece of garbage with a bunch of illegal add ons. Expecting any sort of historic designation is far fetched.

New construction requires that the neighbors within a certain distance be notified. Not sure how that neighbor wasn’t aware.

To search for any pending construction near you, or to check is something has a permit… go here. You can search by street or view a map.



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