The MPHA was formed in the 1970s in response to the action of City Council to rezone property on Dartmouth, Colonial, Hermitage Ct. and Amherst from single family to multifamily. City leaders and planners determined at the time that those streets should be developed with apartments.
Alarmed that the single-family bungalows on these streets might be lost and concerned about increased density, a number of neighbors formed a committee to lobby the City Council to reconsider this policy. Because of the MPHA’s efforts, the City Council agreed to reverse its actions and rezone the property as single family. After the zoning victory, the committee continued to meet and discuss issues confronting the neighborhood.
The MPHA Board is a group of volunteers that meets monthly to discuss issues confronting the approximately 3,300 single-family and multi-family residential property owners in what is now considered “Myers Park.” We focus on the most pressing issues facing the neighborhood.
A portion of the neighborhood — Hermitage Court — is listed on the National Historic Register because of its unique and attractive layout, curving streets, tree plantings and landscape design emphasizing green space, all of which were revolutionary in 1915 and later copied throughout the country. Compare the square grid of streets in most of the Dilworth and Elizabeth neighborhoods to the curving streets of Myers Park. The layout and plan for green space was to be preserved through the restrictions placed on the property by the original developers, the Stephens Company.
However, because the majority of Myers Park is not designated as a national historic district, deed restrictions are the primary tools we have to preserve the neighborhood’s planned layout and protect against over-development. The MPHA’s effort to preserve the viability of deed restrictions is consistent with our mission, and we cannot afford to allow violations to go unchallenged. If deed restrictions are not enforced in the face of violations, they will become unenforceable over time.
Please do your part to help protect our neighborhood and join the MPHA!
The purpose of the Myers Park Homeowners Association is
to preserve and enhance the historical character and quality of life envisioned
in the original garden park design for Myers Park.