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November 9, 2012

From the November 14, 2002 Archives - Council tables historic guidelines

PRINCETON — Princeton City Council members tabled action concerning the creation of a historic buildings commission that would have provided some guidelines about how the communities historic structures could have been saved.

Todd Boggess, the architect for the city's Streetscape and Railroad Museum projects insisted that a commission dealing with historic preservation/renovation would not become another bureaucratic level of government, instead it would be a design review board to determine how the older buildings downtown and other areas could be renovated and protected.

According to Boggess, the group would come up with guidelines regarding windows, facades, colors, scale and other historic points.

"As the city progresses thorough projects like Streetscape,...we would need some guidelines on how historic buildings would be treated, what should/shouldn't be done, that sort of thing. I don't think we would want someone to come in and over the front of a historic building or otherwise change the facade or do something not in keeping with the history of the city...We want to do what we can to preserve some of these old buildings..."

The city manager said that efforts by a commission that would oversee development as it regards historic buildings, "ultimately would increase property values downtown."

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