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File #: 21-1301    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/17/2021 In control: Historical & Landmarks Commission
On agenda: 10/7/2021 Final action: 10/7/2021
Title: Public Hearing: Consideration of a Historical Preservation Agreement (Mills Act Contract) for 1390 Madison Street
Attachments: 1. Legal Property Description, 2. Historic Survey (DPR 523 Forms A and B), 3. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, 4. 10-Year Restoration and Maintenance Plan, 5. Draft Historic Preservation Agreement.pdf
Public Hearing: Consideration of a Historical Preservation Agreement (Mills Act Contract) for 1390 Madison Street


Property owner Giacomo Russo is requesting a Historical Preservation Agreement (Mills Act Contract) for the property located at 1390 Madison Street. A requirement of the Mills Act is that the building must be a qualified structure, listed on either a local, State or National register. The property is currently listed on the City's Historic Resource Inventory (HRI).

The approximately 9,500 square foot property is located on the southwest corner of Madison Street and Lewis Street. The existing two-story residence is of Queen Anne style architecture architectural style constructed circa 1890. The property was initially designated as a Historically Significant Property and placed on the City's list of Architecturally or Historically Significant Properties in 1981. The property is zoned R1-6L-HT (Historic Combining), which allows for both the current residential use and which has also permits commercial use of the house and property as a bed and breakfast inn, which operated from the mid-1980's until it closed in 2020.

The proposal includes approval of a Mills Act Contract and adoption of a 10-Year Restoration and Maintenance Plan associated with the Historical Preservation Agreement.

A State Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 Form was prepared by William Kostura in January, 2021, assessing the historical significance of the property, and is attached to this report. According to the evaluation, the distinguishing architectural features of the building include the front and side gables with their decorative bargeboards, shingles, and the trim around the attic vents; brackets with spindles at the top of the front bay window; the covered front porch and turned porch posts with brackets; the staircase's newel posts; window trim; flash glass in the u...

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