What I'd found was the Montrose and Darien bathhouse and pool, which was built more than 100 years ago to served the dense neighborhood around the Italian Market. Today it is the city's oldest public pool, but its days are numbered.
Back in 2004 the Department of Recreation closed the pool in due to budget cuts, and subsequently sold the property to a developer whose plans never materialized.
Last year the property was listed for a cool $477,500
, and US Construction is currently under contract to purchase the property pending zoning approval.
Tuesday night, US Construction's John Farina came before the Bella Vista Town Watch
(BVTW) zoning committee to present his plans to demolish the pool and build three homes on the site with parking for one car below each unit. Because of the planned configuration, the developer needs variances for rear-yard area and rear-yard depth.
To near-neighbors along Darien, Montrose and Schell streets the pool's condition has become a nuisance. Neighbors complain about falling bricks, weed trees that have also destabilized their walls along the pool, a homeless inhabitant, and summer mosquitos. Still, some neighbors lamented the loss of this piece of neighborhood history.