Monday, July 10, 2017

Interesting item on agenda at Historic Resource Preservation Board (HRPB) meeting this Wednesday.

HRPB meets in City Hall Commission Chambers the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00.

Remember the Hummingbird Hotel in Downtown Lake Worth? Here is Item E3 on the agenda:

HRPB Project Number 17-00100137: Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for exterior alterations and a pre-construction approval for a historic preservation ad valorem tax exemption for the commercial structure located at 631 Lucerne Avenue . . . The subject property was constructed c.1922 and is a contributing resource within the Old Town Local Historic District.

This iconic Downtown structure just may be getting its long-awaited facelift:
Use this link to download the HRPB agenda; go to page 40 to see photos of the interior as it stands now.

From this blog in September of 2014, some history of this building courtesy of The Lake Worth Herald:

“The Hummingbird Hotel was, since 1921, the McCarty or New McCarty Hotel. The original owner was Mary A. McCarty. McCarty was part of the company owned by A.D. Clark Insurance. Clark, Mayor from 1923-1926, sold insurance and was a prominent realtor in Lake Worth for 39 years. She was an active member of the Board of Realtors.
     The hotel remained the McCarty Hotel until c.1995 [see image below] when Rose Belanger and JoAnn Davis purchased the hotel. They changed the color, refurbished the rooms and renamed the hotel - The Hummingbird.”

The applicant is seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness approval and pre-construction tax abatement for the building. Exterior changes are consistent with historic guidelines and staff is recommending approval. There would be two retail bays along Lucerne Ave. and office space throughout the rest of the first floor. There would be three apartment units on the second floor.
     The plan includes restoration of the “hotel” sign that is on the building.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. . .

Click on image to enlarge:
The Palm Beach Post, July 27th, 1995.

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