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(A) Demolition of a landmark, other resource on a landmark site or contributing resource within a historic district constitutes an irreplaceable loss to the quality and character of the city. Therefore, no permit shall be issued for demolition of a landmark, landmark site, or contributing resource within a historic district unless the applicant demonstrates clear and convincing evidence of unreasonable economic hardship as defined in §§ 4-224 or unusual and compelling circumstances as defined in § 4-225.
(B) It will be a violation of this article to demolish any landmark, other resource on a landmark site or any property located within a historic district without a permit. If less than 50% of the property has been demolished at the time work is stopped, the owner or person having legal custody or control of the property in question will be required to rebuild the demolished portion of the resource. If 50% or more of the resource in question has been demolished, the owner or person having legal custody or control of the resource will be fined in accordance with this article for each day of violation until the total fines collected equal the greater of the following:
(1) The appraised value of the property on record with the County Assessor’s Office at time of demolition; or
(2) The fair market value of the resource, as determined by the average of at least two independent appraisals made by appraisers licensed by the state.
(C) The fines collected will be used to further preservation efforts in the city.
(Ord. 3075, passed 3-20-01)