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A. Maintenance of historic resources is important for property owners to maintain property values and for the cultural and aesthetic value to the community. Maintaining historic and preserves the special sense of place that encourages tourism and further investment in historic areas.
B. All historic resources shall be preserved against decay and deterioration and kept in a state of good repair and free from certain structural defects. The purpose of this section is to prevent an owner or other having legal custody and control over a property from facilitating the demolition of a historic resource by neglecting it or permitting damage to it by weather or vandalism.
C. Consistent with all other and codes requiring that and be kept in good repair, the owner or other having legal custody and control over a property shall maintain such or in the same or better condition than that indicated in the most recently available inventory for the HPZ in which the property is located. The following defects shall be indicators of a need for repair:
1. elements are in a condition that they may fall and injure members of the general public or damage other property;
2. Deteriorated or inadequate foundation;
3. Defective or deteriorated flooring;
4. Walls, partitions, or other vertical support members that split, lean, list, or buckle due to defective material or deterioration;
5. Ceilings, roofs, ceiling and roof support members, or other horizontal members that sag, split, or buckle due to defective materials or deterioration;
6. Fireplaces or chimneys that list, bulge, or settle due to defective material or deterioration;
7. Deteriorated, crumbling, or loose exterior plaster;
8. Deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of exterior walls, roofs, foundations, or floors, including broken windows or doors;
9. Defective or lack of weather protection for exterior wall coverings, including lack of paint, or weathering due to lack of paint or other protective covering; or,
10. Any fault, defect, or deterioration in the that renders the same structurally unsafe or not properly watertight.
D. If the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission has reason to believe that a property is being neglected and subject to damage from weather or vandalism, the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission shall so advise staff. Staff shall meet with the owner or other having legal custody and control of the property and discuss ways to improve the condition of the property and shall assist those with an economic hardship in obtaining financial resources to accomplish such . If there is no subsequent attempt, or insufficient effort is made, to correct any noted conditions after such meeting by the owner or other such having legal custody and control, the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission may make a formal request that the Official take action to require corrections of defects in the subject or so that it is preserved in accordance with the purposes of this section. The Official may also require the property owner to remedy any defect or deterioration that constitutes a threat to the public health, safety, and welfare in accordance with the authority vested in him by the adopted building codes and neighborhood preservation ordinances. Deterioration caused by deliberate neglect of maintenance or repairs are not considered valid grounds for the approval of a demolition permit application.
E. Vacant properties shall be maintained in a clean and orderly state.
(Am. Ord. 11127, 11/6/2013; Am. Ord. 11150, 3/18/2014)