The economic burden of necessary renovations is considered in two ways:
- there is no requirement to restore original features which have been lost prior to the historic designation of the property, although many owners do choose to do that;
- if repair or maintenance of an existing feature will impose an extreme economic burden, an exception to the standards can be considered; the Commission will look at:
- the cost of the rehabilitation work compared to the value the property will have once repaired;
- the record of the applicant’s effort in ongoing maintenance;
- alternative means of preservation or restoration available to the applicant.
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