Ann Wyche Jones: Oakwood house a monstrosity

April 8, 2014 

Regarding the Oakwood controversy: Photographs of Lewis Cherry’s house fail to depict its hugeness compared with the tiny lot it sits on.

Recently, I rode by it to see what all the fuss was about, and it was much, much worse than had been described or than I expected. This house is a monstrosity!

Almost always, there is a minimum set-back distance that comes with any building permit. This requirement must have been waived for Cherry. His house fills his entire lot, is built to within a couple or 3 feet of the front curb at the street and leaves no room on his lot for any yard! When I said this house is a monstrosity, I meant monstrosity!

Its immenseness towers so far above the street and other houses nearby it causes the street to become a narrow, claustrophobic space.

I feel certain that the presence of this house, located on its lot as it now sits, diminishes the property value of every other house on Euclid Street and probably in all of Oakwood.

Ann Wyche Jones

Raleigh

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