Alterations to Laguna's oldest home, 154 Pearl St., will go forward despite the objections of Mayor Toni Iseman, who appealed the approval of the Design Review Board, and other critics of the project.
A council majority denied Iseman's appeal at the Dec. 7 meeting and voted to support the board and Heritage committee approvals of the removal and reconstruction of much of the existing house — the portions added onto the 117-year-old, two-room, oceanfront cottage in the decades since it was built. Twenty-one members of the public testified at the 1 ½-hour hearing, 14 opposed the project and seven were in favor.
"I voted for the project and I wish I could take my vote back," said Heritage Committee member Anne Frank.
The committee held five hearings on the project and the board held another four before approving the project on Oct. 28.
In her appeal, Iseman stated her belief that the house should be preserved in its entirety. She also stated that the decision-making process for reviewing the proposal and perhaps for other historical structures was flawed. It may have resulted in decisions that do not further the city's historic preservation goals.