CHAPTER 12A. HISTORICAL LANDMARKS AND DISTRICTS.*
Article IV. Permit System.
Sec. 12A-4-6. Special considerations.
(a) If an application affects the exterior appearance of a structure or
proposes to move, remove, or demolish a structure which the commission considers
will be a great loss to the city, the commission shall attempt to work out an
economically feasible plan for the preservation of the structure.
(b) If the
commission is satisfied that the proposal construction or alteration will not
materially impair the historic or architectural value of the structure, it shall
approve the application.
(c) If the commission finds that the retention of
the structure constitutes a hazard to public safety and the hazard cannot be
eliminated by economic means available to the owner, the commission shall
approve the application for demolition.
(d) If the commission considers the
structure valuable for the period of architecture it represents and important to
the neighborhood in which it exists, the commission may nevertheless approve the
application if any of the following circumstances exist:
(1) The structure
is a deterrent to a major improvement program which substantially benefits the
(2) The site is required for a public use which will be of more
benefit to the public than the building which is the subject of the application,
and there is no feasible alternative location for the public use;
proposed application is necessary to construct a project of special
(4) Denial of the proposed application will result in unreasonable
economic hardship to the owner, and it is not feasible to preserve or restore
the building, taking into consideration the economic feasibility of alternatives
to the proposal, and balancing interest of the public in preserving the historic
resource or portion thereof and the interest of the owner of the building in its
(5) Retention of the structure is not in the interest of the
majority of inhabitants of the city.
(e) The commission may approve the
moving of a structure of historical or architectural value as an alternative to
demolition. (Ord. No. 1004, § 2 (part); Ord. No. 1310 § 4