Historic Preservation Plan Expected in Scottdale

By Basinger, Rachel R | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 12, 2010 | Go to article overview

Historic Preservation Plan Expected in Scottdale


Basinger, Rachel R, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Scottdale council will likely adopt a Historic Preservation Action Plan, which could include new oversight for property owners, next month.

Tracy Zinn, of T&B Planning in Murrysville, presented the plan to council this week. Zinn said after holding two public meeting last year and conducting a survey, the planning group concluded that any successful preservation would be on a voluntary basis.

"We do have recommendations for three regulatory actions, but we're not recommending you adopt any ordinance or change any zoning to help with historic preservation," Zinn said.

The four goals of the plan are to increase awareness and appreciation of the borough's National Register Historic District; encourage pride of historic structure ownership and voluntary historic preservation efforts; expand general awareness of the borough's history and increase heritage tourism; and avoid inappropriate demolitions, construction types and building alterations in the historic district.

The plan suggests adopting ordinances that would delay demolition of historically significant buildings in the historic district in hopes of finding an alternative.

Also recommended is adoption of a regulatory process for building alterations and new construction in the National Register Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The district contains 243 properties within the boundaries of Walnut Street, Constitution Way, Arthur Avenue and Jacob's Circle.

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