"BC Historic Commission plans to educate owners on historic preservation" by: Jessica Shepard

  Members of the Bay City Historic Commission committee expressed concerns about businesses that don’t file Certificates of Appropriateness before making changes to historic buildings – or to those in the city’s historic district - during their regular meeting Aug. 5.
   Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) are required by the city’s historic commission for projects that would alter the exterior appearance of a designated historic property. 
   That includes alterations, additions, demolition or relocation of a landmark or structure within a historic district or new construction within a historic district.
   “We’ve got a lot of new businesses coming in downtown,” said committee chairman Michael George
   “I’m really excited to see what they are offering our community. But, they need to know to reach out before they make changes to the building,” George said.
   The Historical Preservation Code of Ordinance’s reference to the certificates states: “nothing should be construed to prevent ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior architectural feature of a property designated as a landmark.” 
   Ordinary maintenance is defined as any work that does not mean a change in design, material, color or outward appearance.

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