Downtown Historic District Approved | News Sun

KENDALLVILLE — Kendallville has officially established its first historic district.

This means that in the future, owners of downtown buildings will have to have their building alteration plans reviewed by the Kendallville Historic Preservation Commission before obtaining a building permit.

At Tuesday’s Kendallville City Council meeting, council members approved the Historic District’s ordinance at second reading, then suspended the rules and completed a third and final reading at the same meeting.

Council Speaker Jim Dazey suggested the stay to expedite the approval process as the city is set to finalize and put its $2 million PreservINg Main Street facade project up for auction.

This state grant program was funded to encourage the revitalization and restoration of historic town centres. Part of the requirement for this grant was that the city establish a Historic Preservation Commission, a regulatory body to review building plans to ensure that changes to buildings retain the historic character of downtown. , not only for the grant, but for the future as well.

The Kendallville Historic District is narrowly defined downtown with a few exceptions.

The district boundaries run along Main Street from Rush Street to just north of the railroad tracks, taking up both the former pawnbroker’s property on the west side of the road and the vacant land near Sargent Street on the side is.

The eastern and western boundaries are the two driveways behind the structures on Main Street, with two bumps to pick up the Old Post Office Building on West Mitchell Street and the Old Modern Printing Building on East William Street .

Buildings off Main Street on Mitchell, William, and Rush Streets as well as buildings on State and Orchard Streets are not part of the neighborhood, so it remains fairly tightly bounded.

In other business Tuesday, the Kendallville City Council:

• A proclamation acknowledging Arbor Day was read into the minutes, with Mayor Suzanne Handshoe noting that the city will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration at 1:30 p.m. on April 29 at the North Side School Elementary.

• Approved the change of the next regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm to avoid a conflict with polling day on May 3.

• Approval of a bond ordinance allowing Carriage House to access up to $14 million in tax-free state economic development bonds to fund improvements for its 150 units in the complex. Council members suspended the rules and also held a third reading, approving the bond ordinance.

• Approved on first reading an ordinance that would not lift any parking restrictions on the 900 and 1000 blocks of South State Street at the request of a resident who lives in the area. The no-parking ordinance appears to have been passed in 1987 with the idea of ​​allowing mobile home access in and out of the Colonial Mobile Home Park, but city engineer Scott Derby , said that there is enough space nowadays, so the parking ban is no longer necessary. .

David H. Henry