Erie City Council Taking Steps to Research Feasibility of a Demolition Delay Ordinance

- Within the last year at least two historic properties in the city have been demolished. Now Erie City Council is taking steps to delay that process.

Erie City Councilman and architect Dave Brennan is passionate about Erie's historic buildings. That's why he's proposed an ordinance to research the feasibility of a demolition delay ordinance, following the demolition of a historic property on millionaire's row last year and this year.

An Italian villa style home on West 21st Street has been torn down and preservationists say something must be done to preserve Erie's historic buildings.

The ordinance would pertain to any building located in a national register of historic places or one that is individually listed. The delay clause would include a 30 day waiting period following the submission of an application for demolition.

The ordinance would also require the notification process to the Erie County Historical Society, Preservation Erie and the nearest neighborhood association or neighborhood.

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