Hill Historic District
am opposed to this. What are the laws regarding not going through the
Historic Commission to get work done?
appeals to the Historic District cost anything?
if someone replaces a broken original doorknob with a new keyed-entry
self-locking security device without permission? Will they get a $3,000
fine from L&I?
work is done without obtaining approval, what are the consequences?
will historic district designation prevent what the UCHS showed on their
poster in any way that's not already covered by zoning or other existing
(Laura) said that 19 applications were denied most for unauthorized work.
How did the violations come to the attention of the historic commission?
What were the penalties? What is the worst case penalty?
the Commission has approved a change for a building, how does the Commission
verify that changes were made according to the "approved" method?
Inspections? IN what time interval? By what agency? And if a non-confirming
use is done, what then?
is your enforcement mechanism? I know that permits can be denied but for
work that does not require a permit but is deemed unacceptable, what happens?
says its policy is not to regulate color of paint or trim. But the preservation
ordinance says no person can alter a building without approval. And alter
is defined as any change in appearance. Can't commission change its "policy"
and dictate color wherever it wants?
the Historical Commission have authority in the regulation of population
density? What if a (sleazy) landlord with our without permission want
to cram 15 to 20 tenants (students) to a building which may create damage
to the historical exterior along with parking problems?
is the procedure followed for work done without obtaining proper permits?
Is the homeowner fined? Would the work have to be re-done? Would a permit
after the fact automatically be denied or would the PHC review the work
done and render approval/denial based on the work?
the historic district status give better tools to get our irresponsible
neighbors to repair their roofs, etc. that affect my neighboring property?
or is L&I still the only game in town?
the strict requirements for even the smallest repair jobs make it possible
for people to "report" neighbors who they don't like or whose
personal preferences differ from theirs?
have the requirements for restorations/rehab changed since this block
was certified historic in 1965-67 (4100 Pine Street)? How would the proposed
district be different from this block?
asked the PHC about things like windows and roof and I've gotten very
different answers each time. And none of these answers match what the
SHCA or the UCHS say. A frequent answer was "that would be considered
on a case by case basis." Doesn't that show that the PHC's decisions
are a little arbitrary?
isn't there a notification program? I bought my house (which is designated)
in 1995. I didn't even know that my house was designated until I had some
brick repairs done. I received a violation. Yet in the last seven years,
I have seen dozens of illegal exterior projects that have not received
violations. I estimate that less than 10% of illegal projects have been
issued violations. If you can't regulate one street, how will you regulate
a whole neighborhood? If CVS sends me coupons the week after buying my
house, why can't the historic commission do the same?
this area becomes a district and I refuse to comply, what will happen
to me? If ¼ of the owners refuse what will happen? If I refuse
to pay a fine, will my wages be garnished? Will any jail time be given?
Many of these questions address very specific situations. Without knowing the subject property's address or having photographs showing the existing conditions, it is difficult to give answers that take into account every instance that may occur on every building. If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Historical Commission directly at 215-686-7660.
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