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Historic Preservation Workshop

If historic preservation of Grass Valley’s 1872 Townsite is important to you, an upcoming workshop should be of interest. The 1872 Townsite includes 370 acres within the center of Grass Valley and contains approximately 1,165 lots and 1,928 buildings such as the Holbrooke Hotel, the old post office and many more historic buildings in downtown. Tom Last, Planning Director with the City of Grass Valley’s Historic Preservation Subcommittee would like to invite home owners within the area to a workshop on a draft Historic Preservation Ordinance.

“The ordinance establishes a review process for homes that have the highest historic character, that are ranked, basically, as a one or two. It’s a process that we went through a while back and so this creates a process that if you are ranked a one or two, it encourages basically, trying to restore the historic character and maintain that if you do do an addition or remodel your home.”

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., in the Grass Valley City Council Chambers (125 East Main Street). Since 2007, the City has completed a series of steps intended to enhance the historic values of the 1872 Townsite. The draft ordinance is available for review on the City’s homepage at www.cityofgrassvalley.com under “What’s New/Historic Preservation”.

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