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Pensacola Considers Historic Structure Safeguard

The Pensacola City Council will consider on Monday a temporary moratorium on the demolition of “historic structures.” City Councilman Brian Spencer has been working up the moratorium’s language, and it now appears on council’s August 8 agenda.

“My goal is to author a resolution that council will pass,” Spencer said last week, “and I’m trying to create a moratorium on the demolition of historic structures until the Land Development Code is amended to address the demolition review process of historic structures.”

The councilman had said the moratorium could not be a “broad sweep,” but needed to basically define what was meant by the term historic. The 180-day moratorium Spencer crafted curtails “historic” to structures “built in the year 1916 or before,” which mirrors protections already afforded such structures in areas of the city designated as historic districts.

During it’s July 14 meeting, council directed the city’s planning board to determine if the current building and land codes afforded adequate protections for historic structures, and if not to draft a demolition application process aimed at protecting historic structures. The moratorium is intended to give the planning department time to assess such and ensure that historic structures — such as the recently demolished Sunday house — do not continue to get torn down in the interim.

City Council will discuss the possible moratorium during its agenda review meeting Monday, 3:30 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

 

For post-meeting update, click here.

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