The Daily Journal ran this piece back on June 5th, but I know the public has a short attention span so I have waited until today to post this notice of the City Council meeting item for this coming Monday. This has been in the works for a while and one can only hope it sails through on Monday. As we noted here, it's a win-win.
Plans to bring a historic resource program to Burlingame are being set into motion and will be up for a vote by the City Council June 16.
The council introduced the ordinance, which is modeled after the California city of Dana Point, on Monday. Burlingame officials have been working on the potential ordinance for a program that lets people apply to signify a historic building within its downtown specific plan. For now, the city is looking to start a program downtown which could then be expanded elsewhere. There are currently 23 potentially historic properties in the city’s downtown inventory that was established in 2008 and includes the Burlingame train station, the G.W. Gates House, Bank of Burlingame and Farrell residence on Chapin Avenue.
Now, the city has drafted a historic resource preservation ordinance, which would add Title 21 to the Burlingame municipal code. The main incentive of the program is that, under the Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program, homeowners get a substantial discount on property tax if they put together a plan for maintaining and restoring their historical property.
Tune in Monday night to see if we catch up to the 20th century here in B'game! Maybe losing the Sherman (see next post) will be the catalyst for saving some local treasures.