Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

St. Petersburg neighborhoods get historic status

ST. PETERSBURG — Two additional sections of the city can now claim local historic status.

The City Council voted last week to grant requests for historic recognition from residents in the 200 block of 10th Avenue NE, an area of 14 homes, and a portion of Historic Kenwood facing Seminole Park, with 24 properties.

The vote was unanimous. Ed Montanari, who has questioned whether the city will "create a patchwork of historic districts," was absent.

The new local historic districts will formally be known as the 200 Block of 10th Avenue Northeast Historic District and the Kenwood Section — Seminole Park Local Historic District.

Each already sits in a National Register of Historic Places district. Property owners, though, sought the local designation for protection from unwanted teardowns and inappropriate replacements. Exterior modifications and demolitions in local districts typically require a certificate of appropriateness, some approved by city staff and others by the Community Planning and Preservation Commission.

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