I don’t know if you all were aware of this but the Historic Advisory Board has been attempting to revise the Historic Preservation Ordinance for some time now. The purpose is to, ostensibly, preserve more of Alameda’s historic assets, however sometimes there’s a pretty fine line that the HAB walks between trying to protect those assets and just being super difficult.
Now I don’t claim to know much about preserving Historic assets, but I know that sometimes, I feel as though the HAB tends to trend on the side of “Preservation at all costs” even though there is a real cost to homeowners and business owners and not everything can be done at the idealistic perfection that I think most people would like. Generally no one ever says this to the HAB though. But this public speaker did and for that, I salute her:
To briefly summarize: her house is awesome and old and she did a great job of renovating it. However she got a lot of push back when she first started the process way back when, but now everyone loves it. Sounds like HAB is making this process way too difficult and it is already pretty onerous to begin with. If City keep going down this path way they’re going to do the opposite of what they really want to do which is maintain historic assets.
Word. This lady for the HAB!