possible historic districts for north shore and normandy isles

Normandy Isle , North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

possible historic districts for north shore and normandy isles:

historic preservation board to review

The HPB will consider possible historic district designations within North Shore and Normandy Isles. In recent years, there have been two recommendations for these historic districts: one in September 2014 which was denied by the City Commission and the most recent which was included in the new North Beach Master Plan. At next week’s HPB meeting, the Planning Department will present its recommendation that the Board reconsider the September 2014 designation maps, which have smaller footprints than the Master Plan recommends.
 
North Shore recommendation: generally bounded by 73rd Street on the south, Dickens Avenue and the western lot line of the properties on the west side of Harding Avenue on the west, 87th Street on the north and Collins Court on the east.
 
In the North Beach Master Plan (but not recommended for designation by the Planning Department): generally bounded by 77th Street on the south, Hawthorne Avenue and Crespi Boulevard on the west, 87th Street on the north and Tatum Waterway Drive and Byron Avenue on the east.
 
Normandy Isles recommendation: generally bounded by the southern lot line of the properties on the south side of Marseilles Drive to the south, Ray Street and Rue Notre Dame to the west, the Normandy Shores Golf Course and South Shore Drive on the north and North Shore Drive and Bay Drive on the east.
 
In the North Beach Master Plan (but not recommended for designation by the Planning Department): generally bounded by Biscayne Bay on the south, Rue Versailles and Bay Drive on the west, the northern lot line of the properties on the north side of Bay Drive and 71st Street on the north and Indian Creek and Biscayne Bay on the east.
 
What this means: Locally designated historic districts contain certain protections against demolition or alterations for “contributing” structures – those buildings that are deemed as having significance to the “historical, architectural, cultural, aesthetic or archaeological heritage of the city, the county, state or nation.” The City code also provides for tax benefits and other incentives for these contributing structures.
 
Why the Planning Department is recommending the September 2014 map versus the increased areas within the North Beach Master Plan: Staff notes the City’s priority on increasing its resiliency in the face of sea level rise and the challenges of protecting one-story buildings that will be below future base flood elevation and the impact of future street raising to these buildings which fall within the expanded areas in the Master Plan.
 
Process: This is step three within a seven-step process so we are in the early stages. In this stage, the Historic Preservation Board determines if it will direct the Planning Department to proceed with a designation report. Within 60 days of such direction, the City Commission considers the proposal and can deny or modify it by a five-sevenths vote. If the proposal moves forward, the HPB then holds a public hearing before sending it on to the Planning Board and City Commission. When it goes back to the Commission, it also requires a five-sevenths vote.
 
 

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