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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