Show All Answers
Neither the Cultural Heritage Commissioner nor the City Council currently expends funds to rehabilitate or maintain privately owned landmarks. However, on occasion, the City has information available concerning grant programs that might be available through other resources.
The preservation and protection of your designated landmark is of interest to all within the community. Your landmark provides the community with a sense of identity and promotes community pride. You are strongly encouraged to attend the meetings of the Cultural Heritage Commission and assist them in promoting a greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the heritage of our community. There are also City programs, like City Guides, that teach interested individuals in how to be a docent for Architectural and Historic Walking Tours as well as lecture series and special tours of historic buildings and sites. Your participation in a strong preservation program is greatly needed and public input is extremely valuable, welcomed and encouraged.
The normal process whereby a landmark is designated is as follows:
Neither the Cultural Heritage Commission nor the City has to be notified or approve the sale or lease of a designated landmark. However, notice of designation should be registered in the chain of title and the new owner/lessee should be made aware of the designation status. In addition, in order to maintain proper ownership lists and provide valuable information to owners, it is requested that the secretary to the Cultural Heritage Commission be notified upon the change of ownership of a designated landmark.
There are three basic categories into which significant cultural resources are designated:
Due to perhaps age or alteration, some may not qualify for more formal designation and protection. Others may qualify for more formal designation and protection when the owner desires to have the building or site considered for designation.
Once a landmark has been designated it is afforded certain protections and privileges. These include the Site Plan Review Process, Historic Building Fee Waiver, Historic Building Code, and Mills Act Tax Relief.
The purpose of designation is to identify a structure, site, or object which is significant to the City’s history, is associated with an individual or event significant to the City’s history, or plays a significant role in the cultural continuity of the community. By means of such designation, the community is able to place some means of control and oversight upon the landmark, as well as offer its owner benefits in the hope of ensuring its continued existence for the benefit of present and future generations.