Can landowners demolish Downtown buildings?

Buildings built in the historic Downtown area before 1945, or buildings that have a landmark designation, require a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Board if they are historic landmark properties and approval from Town Council before they can be demolished.  If the building was built after 1945 and is not eligible for landmark designation, the owner must obtain a demolition permit from the Development Services Department.

When reviewing a demolition request, the Board and Council use the following criteria:

  • Whether the property is currently landmarked and/or would be able to achieve landmark status
  • If the property is void of features of architectural and/or historical significance and/or integrity
  • Whether the effect of demolition would be positive or negative on adjacent properties or the Downtown district
  • If the deterioration of the property has progressed to the point where it’s not economically feasible to rehabilitate the property
  • Whether moving the building been investigated and is demolition a feasible option

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1. I heard that the Emporium and the Barn are being turned into apartments. Is that true?
2. Is it true that the block with the B&B cafe has been bought out by developers and has plans to be redeveloped as a high rise? What other high-rises are in the works for downtown?
3. Can landowners demolish Downtown buildings?
4. What are the height restrictions for buildings in Downtown?
5. What is happening with the burned out house on Wolfensberger just before the new roundabout that is under construction?
6. What is happening with the two gas stations for sale on the east side of I-25 and Wilcox? One is for sale, and the other may be abandoned? Any update is appreciated!
7. What is being built on corner of Wolfensberger and Wilcox by Guadalajara restaurant?
8. What are the plans for the old hotel at the corner of Fifth and Perry?
9. Any new action on the proposed Hillside Development off of Wolfensberger Road?
10. Will the Festival Park Commons project be moving forward? What is the approximate timeline for the development?
11. How is the Town planning to increase parking in the downtown area, to support the new businesses and planned residences, in addition to losing existing parking spaces?