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City committee approves designation of Henry St. John Historic District

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:43 pm | Updated: 6:50 am, Fri Jan 11, 2013.

At its meeting January 9, the Planning and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved the local designation of the Henry St. John Historic District. The designation will be passed on to Common Council for final approval next month.

The committee also continued its discussion of a proposed zoning change that would allow for increased density in the downtown area. The proposal is currently being circulated for comment. Alderperson Seph Murtagh said that comments that have been received so far have centered the on concern about the potential impact on the historic integrity of buildings downtown.

To help address the concerns, Murtagh said Mary Tomlan is compiling a “windshield survey” of the downtown buildings of historic interest that have no official historic designation. It is estimated the survey will be completed towards the end of January.

Comments on the proposal continue to be accepted.

In other business:

- The proposed MLK Jr. sculpture installation at the Southside Community Center was approved unanimously.

- Corrections to June 2012 R-1 and R-2 parking ordinance changes were tabled for further work.

- The committee continued its discussion of a proposal to eliminate minimum parking requirements.

Welcome to the discussion.

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