Are you ready for this? Nothing in Pensacola will be able to be demolished.
The following buildings are subject to review by the Planning Board for the purpose of determining whether such buildings are significant:
Any building located in the Neighborhoods of the city of Pensacola if:
(b) Such building, or the portion thereof to which the application relates, was built prior to 1940, or
(c) Such building is listed on the City of Pensacola’s “Local Registry of Historic or Significant Buildings”, or
(d) Such building or the portion thereof to which is determined to be a significant building pursuant to subsection (4) 3, herein.
Yes I know that it does not have a letter (a). What was A? It is an error and should result in the ordinance being pulled for this meeting but watch Spencer drive it through.
Now read the following definition of Significant Buildings:
Criteria for Determining Significance. The Planning Board shall determine that the building to which the application relates is a significant building if:
a. The building is historically or architecturally significant in terms of its period, style, method of building construction or use of indigenous materials; or
b. The building is a significant reminder of the cultural, or architectural history of the city, state or nation; or
c. The building is associated with a significant local, state or national event; or
d. The building is associated with one or more significant historic persons or events, or with the broad architectural, cultural, political, economic, or social history of the city, state or nation; or
e. The building is a representative example of its period, style, or method of construction; or
f. The building is identified with a person who significantly contributed to the development of the city, state or nation; or
g. The building is identified as the work of a master builder, designer or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, state or nation; or
h. The building value is recognized for the quality of its architecture, and it retains sufficient elements showing its architectural significance; or
i. The building character is in a geographically definable area possessing a significant concentration or continuity of buildings united in past events or aesthetically by plan or physical development; or
j. The building character is in an established and geographically definable neighborhood united in culture, architectural style or physical plan and development.
EVERY BUILDING IN THE CITY IS POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT IF BRIAN SPENCER DEEMS IT SO TO HIS CRONIES.
Lets play with this subjective criteria that the UNELECTED BODY of the PLANNING BOARD gets to hold citizens hostage.
- A 2 bedroom 1936 cottage worth $75,000 built with indigenous heart pine in EPH would be a historic property that would be held up by the Planning Board indefinitely from a $250,000 redevelopment in East Pensacola Heights.
- The Mayor's wife's former Hallmark Elementary development BUILT IN 1936 would be historically significant and part of the architectural history of the City. OOPS!
- Does the house that they found Willie Junior under become a historical property?
- Ashton Hayward's parents could not rebuild their Cordova Park home as it was the childhood home of Pensacola' first strong mayor. WOHOO!!
- Every single house in Pensacola could be considered an example of its period, style, or method of construction (Pilcher ranch, brick, wood) This is the open door to unending delays, hearings, meetings, appeals.
- Define development of the city (economic, construction, form of government)
- Who is a master builder? Designer? Architect? If Spencer designed it, it stands FOREVER!
- Sufficient elements showing its architectural significance? Hope you don't have an arch!
- Geograpically definable area=in the city? United by past events=survived Ivan?
- United in physical plan. ANY SUBDIVISION!