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7. The "hysterical folks" (Historical Society) won't let you make any changes.
They'll even tell you what color to paint it! Although many communities have local zoning ordinances that require attention to appropriate treatment and renovation of buildings located in designated areas, this is by no means universal or consistent. Education and preparation is necessary prior to making ANY presentations to historical groups and councils. They exist to HELP us restore and renovate historical buildings. Again the feasibility study will identify these local zoning requirements. These often fall in line with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Adherence to this document can provide extremely beneficial tax incentives that you will likely want to access anyway. Architecturally creative design by professionals skilled in preservation projects can make a project function for contemporary uses, affordable and historically appropriate. It also boils down to who are the tenants in a historic structure and can they pay rent to cover the costs for the developer and debt service. It is complicated but NOT impossible.

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10. That old building is ready to fall down around our shoulders

9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.

8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.

7. The "hysterical" society won't let you make any changes. They'll even tell you what color to paint it!

6. We'll have to do all sorts of reproduction of historical stuff. It will probably cost a small fortune!

5. The building is full of asbestos and God knows what else!

4. Doesn't the city have some kind of free money or grant program?

3. The building has to come down to make room for parking.

2. My contractor says it will cost too much!

1. We'll be better off tearing it down and building something new!
Grande Venues, Inc. • Historic Property Development & Consulting • PO Box 33, New Ulm, MN 56073 Tele: (308) 384-6816 • EMAIL