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Demolition amendment postponed indefinitely
Monday, February 6, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Curious about what’s happened to that resolution that would change how the city handles demolitions of civic buildings? Well, as of last Thursday, the amendment that would require civic-use buildings 50 years or older to appear before the Historic Landmark Commission has been “postponed indefinitely,” which is a delicate way of saying it won’t be moving forward anytime soon. At the last meeting of City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, who was the person leading the charge to change the rules this past summer, made the motion to postpone. She explained that Council has “heard concerns about this item from Travis County, from the school district and from some other organizations” and that the city had begun work on other policies and practices that Tovo hoped would “further increase preservation of civic buildings and other kinds of buildings within our community.”