The city of Delaware’s Historic Preservation Commission will consider a proposal to certify renovations of 9 N. Sandusky St. in downtown to make room for residential living.
Jim Manos, the building’s owner since 2014, wishes to renovate a 690-square-foot, one-story concrete block, added in the rear, for a ground-floor apartment. While the three-story building predates the Great Flood of 1913, it’s unknown when the block addition was added.
Since 2014, the storefront has been home to J. Gumbo’s Cajun & Creole Cooking Co., which now uses the block addition for storage and a rear entrance.
City staff were unable to make its recommendation because of a lack of needed detail. Manos would need to obtain a conditional use permit from the Planning Commission and City Council to have a residential unit on the ground floor, which is designated as part of the central business district.
In other business, the commission will have an informal discussion with Bill Michailidis, owner of Hamburger Inn Diner, 16 N. Sandusky St., regarding items pertaining to the property.
Commission chairman Roger Koch expressed concerned about the diner’s front-door patio enclosure during a meeting in August.
Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.