Several community members said during the
"It's a railroading and a rush to judgment,"
The commission said the buildings still could be brought back for consideration at a later date, if needed.
The decision came after a preliminary report by the 106 Group assessed the potential historic qualities of 200 buildings in the city's core. The group found 20 properties were potentially historic and would warrant a more thorough review in the second phase of the consulting.
Among the 20 properties are the
"What we surveyed and recommended roughly became about 10 percent," said
"I think this is a beginning, a step in the right direction," Guimaraes said. "We have to start somewhere ... I don't by any means think this is the end."
Before the HPC voted to remove the list of properties, commission member
"I feel that (the report) is incomplete at this point," Bjerkaas said. "I'm sure that all the best practices and methods were followed ... I just don't know that they've had the opportunity to review all the information that could provide context."
The report, consisting of four documents with about 900 pages of content, was released less than a week ago.
None of the properties on
"We did not come prepared to speak because we felt as though your group would use diligence and prudence in taking time to review this report,"
"This is not something that can be done in an hour and a half," Lund said. "To make this decision as quickly as you made it is more than disturbing ... It really calls into question whether a commission like this is serving any purpose."
The commission's chair,
"Part of what we've been struggling with is what it means to be historic as opposed to old," Allman said.
The 106 Group will do a preliminary survey on all the additional properties on the Stark list, a so-called "inventory of inventories" that includes about 400 buildings deemed potentially historic by the city. A phase two process will need to be done on the properties that make it through the phase one preliminary research, though funds are only available at this time to conduct additional phase one work.
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