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Los Angeles Times "Historic" article

Postby vlopez » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:34 am

Great article in the Times today



It discusses "the 1972 Mills Act, under which participating local governments enter into contracts with owners of historic properties who agree to rehabilitate and maintain them. In exchange, the homeowners receive 40% to 60% savings, and sometimes more, on their property taxes. The intent of the tax break is for participants to use the savings to keep their properties in tip-top shape."

The printed article in the paper has sidebar info about the criteria: be of historical or cultural significance to LA; be architecturally significant to a certain period, style or type of construction; or represent a notable work of a "master" builder, designer, or architect. You would think CLiff May would apply.

This may be a way for us to get a tax break while also keeping the neighborhood as original as possible. If a few neighbors start hearing about tax breaks, I'm sure that will generate some interest.

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Good idea...

Postby Stephen » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:02 am

I was actually under the impressions that there are those in the Long Beach tract already researching some type of historic designation. I know it requires a good deal of demonstrated support of the existing owners of the tract.

It's something we're definitely interested in down here in Tustin as 7-8 homeowners have expressed preliminary support. With only 33 Cliff Mays -- it seems like a very manageable goal to get a super majority.

Does anyone have any information on this...or know who's spearheading the effort in Long Beach? For us, it's a sneaky way to get our 1 story restriction back. I also know there are different types of designations. The City of Los Angeles seems to prefer HPOZs or Historic Preservation Overlay Zones which essentially create a body to help restrict *exterior* modifications but give people free reign on the interiors.
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Another Option

Postby Stephen » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:27 am

You can also request that the planning authority with governance over your area (City of Long Beach) enact a zoning ordinance for your tract. If you have support, this can eliminate second story additions, tear-downs, and McMansionization by way of height-restrictions, tear-down restrictions, and lot density restrictions, respectively. The City of Los Angeles has done this in several areas. Additionally, it can be done at the county level as well so I know that very specific geographic boundaries can be set on the ordinances' coverage.

BTW, I'm still learning at all this. If anybody has any experience in this arena....please contact me!
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http://www.CliffMaySocal.com

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Postby nichols » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:04 am

City of Long Beach
Historic Preservation Division Officer
Jan Ostashay
562) 570-6864


http://www.ci.long-beach.ca.us/plan/pb/ ... fficer.asp


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