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Commissioners mull potential landmarks

City: More than two dozen properties up for historic status tonight

Posted: February 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The Santa Clarita Planning Commission will consider giving historic landmark status to more than two dozen local properties during its meeting tonight.

Under a new historic ordinance, the owners of nine institutional properties, six commercial properties, three industrial properties and nine residences in Newhall would be subject to special construction guidelines to maintain their historic integrity.

Among the list of properties proposed for historic preservation are Newhall mainstays such as Newhall Ice Co., Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, chosen for their historic relevance to the community or for an architectural style that reflects a historic period.

These property owners would be eligible for special business incentives, too.

If the city deems a property a historic landmark, the property’s owner would be eligible for special incentives including up to $10,000 in savings in building permit fees, tax breaks and less stringent building guidelines under the California Historical Building Code.

City planners considered several factors when compiling their recommendations for the historic landmark properties, said David Peterson, assistant city planner.

“There are no two properties that are the same, all were considered on a case by case basis,” Peterson said.

Properties such as the Pioneer Oil Refinery and Beale’s Cut, which already hold a state or federal historic designation, were not considered in city planners’ survey for the preservation ordinance.

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