Isn't there a very clear, deliberative process laid out for making adjustments to a building designated historic -- like partial demolitions -- when other factors such as economic development come into play? I'm having a hard time understanding why City councilors don't want to cover their butts and see that process engaged to handle these complications. The historic review and planning commission both recommended the designation; that's enough political cover right there, and partial demolition through the Historic Review code means councilors wouldn't have to play architect by drafting retrofits and sufficient protections at the table.
I've heard it floated around that "They granted St. Nick's Church historic designation, and look at what a mess that turned out to be!!" but it's too easy to pick out the single most complicated instance in the City (no matter how irrelevant to this case) and malign the entire process.
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