Hill Historic District
Tax Incentives & Economic Hardship
(?) support historic zoning. I am an artist (PAFA 1969) and want to stop
the rape of art and history in the neighborhood in the name of freedom
and rights. However, taxes the house on the block looks the were should
be taxed the most for bringing property values down. Not the reversed.
Can I get a tax break for improving the historical value of my properties?
Dick Tyler or Laura Spina give us some concrete examples of how the hardship
provision works? Is the process private or public?
The second type of financial hardship is when the owner cannot afford certain maintenance, such as new wood windows [Section 14-2007(7)(k)(.7) of the ordinance]. In this case, the person's private financial papers are not made public, but are reviewed by a single Commission staff member who certifies the hardship to the Commission and seals the personal record.
hardship applications, is information other than tax returns, made public
and isn't this an invasion of privacy?
is the process and criteria for gaining exemption due to economic hardship?
Could you discuss what if any tax incentives, rebate programs or grants
that would be available with a designation. For landlords and also for
financial aid available for exterior maintenance like painting? What are
the standards determining the projects that qualify for financial aid?
it more expensive to fix exteriors in an historic district than in a non-historic
district? If so, how much more? If not by much, what is it that keeps
to overcome the inevitable added expense due to additional time and paperwork
that will be required, even before the work begins?
is the process for economic hardship? How often are economic hardship
their any grant monies available for restoration and repairs? Low interest
there any funding available to help lower property owners conform to your
standards? I am deeply concerned that the historic designation will destroy
the inter-racial and inter-class and inter-ethnic character of West Philly.
The Historical Commission has designated other areas of the city without altering the general racial, ethnic and economic status of the community. Diamond Street in North Philadelphia has been a historic district since 1986. The Commission also has numerous individually designated properties in Germantown, Juniata Park, and South Philadelphia.
the properties within the district qualify for technical assistance or
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 215-683-4590.
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