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Applicants sought for Niles Historic District

Published 4:16pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Applications are now available for Niles city residents who would like to serve on the Local Historic District Commission. The purpose of the Historic District Commission is to conduct architectural reviews of exterior alterations in the Local Historic Districts. The mayor, subject to the approval of the city council, will appoint the members of the commission

This commission will be composed of seven city residents. Applicants should clearly demonstrate an interest in or knowledge of historic preservation. It is hoped that at least one member will be a registered Michigan architect. One member must be appointed from a local historic preservation organization.

According to Fredda Zeiter, chairman of the Design Committee, the Local Historic Business District Ordinance has gained the support of a majority of Niles property owners.

“Attendees of our presentations have seen the wisdom of enacting this ordinance and of forming a Historic District Commission, which will protect the integrity of the Niles Business District,” said Donna Ochenryder, Design Committee member.

Zeiter said a public hearing willbe held at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the city council chamber at the fire department at 1345 E. Main St., Niles. Amanda Reintjes, Greater Michigan Field Representative, will do a presentation and answer questions about the Commercial Historic District Amendment.

Commissioner applications will be available at the public hearing. Applications are also available at the Niles Main Street office, 210 E. Main St.  To receive an application by mail, call Lisa at Niles Main Street office at 687-4332.

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