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(A) The Hillsboro Historic and Business “G” Zoning District shall consist of the area so designated on the zoning map.
(B) Reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of structures, buildings, and open spaces within the Hillsboro Historic and Business “G” Zoning District should conform to the distinguishing, original exterior qualities or character of the structure, its site, and its environment where possible and practical, given environmental, architectural, historical, economic, and community development considerations.
(C) Rehabilitation work undertaken with federal or state grant monies shall follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
(D) Traditional exterior materials such as brick, stone, masonry, wood, and glass should be used. Contemporary materials such as aluminum, metal, fiberglass, and plastics for exterior surfaces are permitted when its demonstrated that the use of traditional materials is clearly unfeasible given environmental, architectural, historical, economic, and community development considerations, or when the use of contemporary material will not contribute to the preservation or enhancement of existing traditional materials and the overall integrity and longevity of a structure.
(E) New construction and/or additions to existing structures should be harmonious and consistent with the existing surroundings, in terms of building design and form, materials, and colors in as much as is practical and feasible.
(F) Proper signage should conform to what is typically associated with the era during which historic structures in the district were built.
(G) No demolition of any property shall be undertaken unless the owner of the premises has obtained a certificate of appropriateness. The Design Review Board shall grant the demolition and issue a certificate of appropriateness when at least one of the following conditions prevails.
(1) The structure contains no features of architectural and/or historic significance to the character of the district.
(2) There is no reasonable economic use for the structure as it exists or as it might be restored and that there exists no feasible and prudent alternative to demolition.
(3) Deterioration has progressed to the point where it is not economically feasible to restore the structure.
(4) It is in the best interest of the community development considerations to undertake the demolition.
(H) Substandard area: for the purpose of submitting an application to participate in the Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Downtown Revitalization Competitive Program, a portion of the downtown district is hereby declared to be a “substandard area”. Such area consists of High Street between Beech Street and Walnut Street, and Main Street between East Street and West Street.
(Ord. 2018-06, passed 7-9-2018, § 155.152)