Historic Preservation

Description: Historic designation proceedings need to be streamlined with a maximum of 180 days for completing the process.  Ordinances need to be strengthened and strictly enforced to discourage illegal demolition of historic structures.  Adaptive reuse has added a strong component to our resource base and value recognition.  There’s the potential to partner with ASU to become a stronger voice for teacher and community education.

Top Three Challenges

  1. Education
  2. Designation
  3. Demolition

Possible Solutions

  • Re-inhabit buildings with stories of our history
  • Better coordination with City of Phoenix and other groups
  • Story telling workshops, being a vehicle for recording and codifying the history of downtown, fun and educational
  • Partnership with ASU (various programs)
  • Develop interpretive signage
  • Not being exclusive to a specific geographic area to be advocate/ally with emerging groups and neighborhoods
  • Create/conduct data research for potential designation sites and neighborhoods
  • Alternative revenue streams to assist Historic Preservation Office staff in getting work done
  • Become advocates for political candidates who support historic preservation
  • Create a “legacy” project for sites
  • Assist with streamlining adaptive reuse for larger buildings
  • Community benefit agreements be put in place with development team, City of Phoenix, and community immediately adjacent to site
  • Recognize good works and play them up (vocal support)
  • Utilize social and career network (with or in?) coordination efforts
  • Use the 2012 Arizona Centennial as a platform for advocacy and individual celebration
  • Broaden the story (streetscape, site amenities, open space)
  • Adaptable to and from other communities
  • Create a “primer” on why it is important, and pros and cons of doing designation

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Review 2004 Historic Preservation background information

Review 2004 Historic Preservation challenges and solutions (including 2010 analysis of progress)

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