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 city;
(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;
(3) The proposed application is necessary to construct a project of special merit;
(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 utilization;
(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 (part).)