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The Central City's Historic Preservation Commission is a six-member board appointed by the City Council for the purpose of maintaining or enhancing the historical, architectural and geographical heritage of the City. The Commission enforces the design criteria and issues Certificates of Appropriateness. The design guidelines can be found below and are titled Standards and Design Guidelines of Central City.
The commission shall not design or assist in the design of any project submitted. Creative approaches to preservation and innovation in methods are encouraged.
If the commission denies an application or approves with conditions the applicant feels are unacceptable, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the City Council.
The agenda for the next meeting is typically posted on the City Hall steps will be posted here as available. Meetings may be canceled or rescheduled due to lack of business or poor weather. Special meetings may also be called.
If you have any questions regarding the next meeting, please contact Community Development Department staff at 303.582.5251. Extra meeting material/handouts are typically available at the meeting on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like a copy of the material sent to the Historic Preservation Commission, please email the Historic Preservation Administrator to make such a request. Material is typically sent to the Commission on the Friday prior to the meeting, and can be forwarded to you upon receipt of your emailed request, but only after the material has been sent to the Commission. General parking can be found in the Big T lot across the street from the City Hall.
Any contact of a Historic Preservation Commissioner regarding any specific land case or proposal or request should be made during the public meeting or through staff prior to the meeting. No one should attempt to contact a Commissioner prior to the meeting to ensure all the information is presented and heard (testimony) at the same time in a public forum.
Alex Thome, Chair (expires 12/20)Deborah L. Wray, Chair pro tem (expires 12/18)Barbara Thielemann, (expires 12/18)David Forsyth (expires 12/18)Jackie Mitchell (expires 12/20)Ernie Dutch, Alternate (expires 12/20)
Ray Rears, Historic Preservation Administrator/Officer
6:00 p.m. – 2nd Wednesday of the month
Locally Designated “Victorian Landmarks”
1) Teller House – 110 Eureka Street – January 6, 1993 – Reso. 1-93
2) Williams Stables – 115 Eureka Street – March 4, 1992 – Reso. 11-92
3) Opera House – 124 Eureka Street – February 3, 1993 - Reso. 2-93
4) Coeur D’ Alene Mine – April 21, 1993 – Reso. 15-93
5) The Gold Coin Saloon – 122 Main Street – February 19, 1992 - Reso. 6-92
6) Clark School – 142 Lawrence Street – October 23, 1992 – Reso. 47-92
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the treatment of Historic Properties
Section 16-8-308. Administrative
(a) Administrative Recommendation, Decision, or Referral. Promptly after determination that a complete application addresses the comments and recommendations provided pursuant to Subsection (b), above (or, after finding that no revisions will be required):
(1) If the application is for an administrative approval or permit, then the Administrator (or HPO, as applicable) shall:
A.Approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application, as appropriate; or
B.Upon a determination that the development, as proposed, may have material impacts on neighboring properties or historic resources that are unusual in kind or degree, or that there is material potential for disagreement regarding whether the application complies with the standards of this LDC:
i. The Administrator may refer the application to the Planning Commission for review and decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC; or
ii. If the application is for a site plan or final plat, the Administrator may refer the application to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation and thereafter the City Council for decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC; or
iii. The HPO may refer the application to the HPC for review and decision according to the applicable standards of this LDC.
Section 16-8-309. Referrals
d) Council Notification. Promptly after a determination of sufficiency pursuant to Section 16-8-306, the Administrator shall notify the City Council regarding the application if it is subject to Council ratifications pursuant to Table 16-8-202, and shall make copies of application materials available to members of the Council. The Administrator shall thereafter make available copies of revised and resubmitted application materials to members of the Council. The Council notification that is required by this subsection is for informational purposes, and such notices and application materials may be in electronic form.
Per Section 16-8-107. City Council
(1) The City Council ratifies the following decisions of the Planning Commission:
(2) The City Council ratifies the following decisions of the HPC:
Central City currently does not have its own grant or incentive program for historic preservation. The City Council has dedicated a majority of the historic preservation funds towards the restoration and rehabilitation of the Belvidere Theater as a means of promoting economic development and establishing a community focal point/gathering space.
Colorado provides Historic Preservation Tax Credits for both residential and commercial properties.
Project cap is $50,000 (interior and exterior work), with the extent of the saving at 25% Qualified Restoration Expenses (QRE's). The City of Central / Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) as a Certified Local Government (CLG) will review the work, but you need to complete the State application to start the review process . You can find more details on the links below:
EXAMPLE: $50,000 project x 25% Colorado Income Tax Credit = $12,500 credit in which you could use over the course of 10 years or sell.
Extent of Savings
30% of QRE’s for projects less than $2,000,000- 25% for projects more
Max credit $1,000,000
State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) reviews the request, must reserve credit – first come/first serve basis ($5M Max each calendar year). You can find more details about the program within the links below:
EXAMPLE: $2,000,000 project (regardless where the funds come from) with a 30% Colorado Income Tax Credit = $600,000 credit in which you could use over the course of 10 years or sell.
20% income tax credit is also available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be "certified historic structures".