Hickory Street story elements that didn’t make the cut

Local history buffs have been concerned about some of the older buildings on East Hickory Street since Denton code enforcement opened a dangerous building case at 211 E. Hickory Street.

This week, I worked on a story about all the Hickory Street code enforcement happenings. It’s scheduled to run in Sunday’s paper.

Someone complained to code enforcement about 211 E. Hickory St. late last year and the  department opened up the case. Today, they provided the City Council with the following report: 2013-055 Р211 E Hickory Update Informal Staff Report

The 1920s era building needs a new roof. Photos in the report show daylight shining through the ceiling and the air conditioner dangling from the rafters.

The building is next door to Travelstead.¬†There had been some confusion in the community about a potential threat to Travelstead. It’s owned by Rob Storrie and he recently moved out and is having some roof work done, too.

But code enforcement reassured that they aren’t working any cases on the Travelstead building.

The Travelstead building has a rich history and a bit of a following among antique car collectors. Here’s a little bit about that, too, most of which I wasn’t able to fit into the story.

I also spent time with Jimmy Normile, who has decided to sell his 1936-era building, after code enforcement came calling this week. Tim Beaty was there, as was an auctioneer, to talk business. Jimmy says he’ll sell and he will likely sign with the auctioneer to move his inventory, which catered to owners of older cars, too. Some DIYers knew that if you needed a part for your jalopy, you could check with Jimmy before heading to the junkyard.

It was kind of amazing to me how fast word spread when Jimmy decided to sell. But, I think Jimmy knew that potential was there, too. He complained about how much his values — and thus his taxes — had gone up in the past few years.

And it wasn’t like he didn’t know he was on code enforcement’s radar. He pulled out a stack of certified letters from the city to show them to me.

UPDATE: David Shelton emailed me this morning to say that, “It is important to note that I called Tim Beaty and the auctioneer. Neither had any prior knowledge of the code violations. I grew up with Tim and I knew of his kindness and outstanding character. I do not want for it to reflect poorly on Tim that he was there a few hours after the code inspector gave the citation.”

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