By STEVEN NALLEY
The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission will discuss neighborhood information sessions it has held and will continue holding for its proposed local historic districts, as well as maps of those districts, at its meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Hallâ€™s Building Department.
In October, commission chair Michael Fazio and other members of the HPC have held information sessions to explain the â€śStandards for Starkvilleâ€™s Historic Districtsâ€ť the commission completed in late summer. Fazio said he has met not only with residents in neighborhoods targeted for local historic districts â€” Overstreet, Greensboro and Nash Street â€” but also with realtors and other groups. Fazio said he will report on these information sessions at the meeting.
â€śI (run) the informational meetings, generally, so Iâ€™m just going to tell everybody what has happened,â€ť Fazio said. â€śWeâ€™ll just take account of where we are and think of what our schedule can be going forward.â€ť
Fazio said the informational sessionsâ€™ results have been positive so far with no unusual consequences.
â€śThere have been questions of all kinds,â€ť Fazio said.
Also on the commissionâ€™s agenda is a set of maps outlining the boundaries of the three proposed local districts. Fazio said these boundaries are â€śpretty much the sameâ€ť as those of the corresponding districts already on the National Register of Historic Places. These maps are available in an e-packet for the commissionâ€™s meeting on the city of Starkvilleâ€™s website at http://www.cityofstarkville.org.
There is a critical difference between the existing NRHP districts and the local historic districts the commission is working to create.
Compliance with NRHP standards is optional, and those who do comply are eligible for tax benefits. If the city approves the local districts, the corresponding standards would have the force of law within the districts, establishing design guidelines for local historic buildings.
Finally, Fazio said the commission plans to elect its chair at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. This election was scheduled to take place at the HPCâ€™s Sept. 25 meeting, but the commission delayed the election when only four commissioners attended the meeting out of a total of seven.
â€śWe prefer to have as many people as possible there to elect a chair,â€ť Fazio said.