Everyone knows the trick. “Leave one wall standing” and the project is not considered a teardown, it’s categorized as a remodel. It’s simple, the owner’s want to save $$ on taxes. I get that. The problem is these projects are not remodels. Not even close. They are teardowns from the inside out. Some might say this is a loophole that cost cities, counties and states revenue. The question is: why do cities, counties and states continue to allow this to happen?
Sure I could whine about the fact there are six of these “remodeling” projects going on in my neighborhood—one next to me, one across the street from me and three behind me—all at the same time. I would not consider any of them simple remodels. I have included pics to prove my point. However, I’m not going to whine. Instead, I am going to point out that the city is losing much needed revenue, ( I have called for a teardown fee numerous times in this forum and in public.) So you can see I feel strongly about it.
Let’s consider a teardown fee, but first we have to redefine teardown from remodel and that may be a state matter. OK, Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullen, Congresswoman Jackie Speier…you want to raise some serious dough? Consider looking into this loophole. Let’s not fall for the “leave one wall standing” BS.