Plans for regulating historic district in Salem under review

Most of the regulations have to do with outside of the privately-owned structures

Changes could be coming to the regulations governing historic neighborhoods and businesses in Salem.

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – The Design Review Board in Salem will meet Thursday to draft new rules that would clarify regulations to preserve historical buildings in the downtown area.

Board member Ginger Grilli most of the regulations have to do with the outside of the privately owned structures.

Homeowners are interested in how any new regulations would impact them, and which properties would be included in the historic district.

Even though the historic district was established in 1995, the properties never came under the review of the Design Review Board. Now that paper work has been filed at the county recorder’s office, the properties will be subject to review by the board, mainly for any work being done on the outside of the structures.

Thursday night’s meeting will be an informational session for homeowners who have any questions about the regulations. Grilli said much of the information will be about what structures are included in the historic district, what that means, and what would a property review entail for any changes or updates to the buildings.

The Design Review Board is recommending that people who live within the district should be informed about the design review process.

The Design Review Board will present its final recommendations at a meeting Thursday scheduled for 5:30 p.m. inside Salem City Council chambers, 231 S. Broadway Ave.

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