Residents of Virginia Highland are choosing sides over a proposed historic district overlay in the neighborhood before there’s even a final proposal on the table.
A grassroots committee of residents is exploring the advantages and limitations of an historic district designation for two areas of the neighborhood: Adair Park and the F.A. Ames Property/Virginia Highlands. The district would include just over 300 homes. You can see a map and find out more about the committee’s efforts at highlandandvirginia.org.
In response to the committee’s exploration work, a group of residents opposed to the idea of the historic district overlay have created a petition on Change.org. Calling themselves Property Rights for Owners in Virginia Highland (or P.R.O. VaHi), the residents behind the petition said an overlay district will place limitations on homeowners rights to improve their properties and divide the community.