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Preventing Neglect of Historic Properties Info Session
If you've been following the conversation around code changes to save Tacoma's historic structures from demolition through neglect, you may want to mark your calendar for an information session this Thursday, August 8.
If you've missed the conversation, City staff has been working to develop a new ordinance that would define neglect of a historic building as a public nuisance, a step which would give the City more leverage to step in before such buildings suffer irrevocable damages. Details are still being worked out, but staff is looking at providing incentives to encourage owners of at risk properties to sell to someone who can take needed steps to protect them. Staff is also looking at giving the City both the authority to address issues of neglect, and an emergency preservation fund to fix problems before buildings become dangerous.
The new rules would likely only apply to buildings on either the Tacoma or National registers of historic places, or within a historic district. The new ordinance would apply to commercial and multi-family residential properties, but not to single family homes.
Thursday's information session will take place at 5:30 pm at the Tacoma Municipal Building. Read more from the Tacoma Daily Index or previously from Exit133: Saving Tacoma's Historic Buildings from Demolition by Neglect.
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