The permit process begins for the restoration of Red Rest and Red Roost cabins


As the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed La Jolla’s historic Red Rest Cottage and damaged the adjacent Red Roost Cottage looms, plans are underway to restore the beachfront bungalows.

The cottages, considered the oldest structures in the village, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

San Diego City spokesperson Scott Robinson said preliminary plans to rebuild / rehabilitate and relocate the on-site cottages have been submitted by the owners.

From there, the city will review the plans and provide commentary. After that, owners will have 30 days to apply for a Site Development Permit for Historic Resources and a Coastal Development Permit.

When the time comes, the plans will also be submitted to local planning groups for review.

The Red Roost and Red Rest cottages are pictured three days after a fire destroyed the Red Rest on October 26.

(KC Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Red Rest and Red Roost, built in 1894 for George Leovy and Dr. Joseph Fishburn, respectively, can be found at 1187 and 1179 Coast Blvd. virtually unmaintained for three decades in what Tories called “negligent demolition.”

The property and adjacent suites at La Jolla Cove were sold in 2018 to a group of hospitality investors.

At the start of October 26, Red Rest burned down and Red Roost was damaged. At the time of the fire, the cabins were uninhabited and covered with protective tarps. Investigators with the San Diego Fire Department’s Metro Arson Strike Team called the cause of the blaze “undetermined.” The estimated damage to the structures was $ 175,000.

A week after the fire, the city’s historic resources and code enforcement staff and a building inspector visited the site to assess the damage, said Suzanne Segur, senior planner for San Diego.

In December, a civil sanction notice was issued, requiring owners to submit an application for stabilization of structures before carrying out restoration work and to “obtain all permits required for the work to comply with all regulations on the site. historical resources, ”Segur said. ??


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