Wick & Trautwein, LLC
Call Today
Local: 970-237-5694
Toll Free: 866-686-1410

Ordinance related to historic home impacts commercial real estate

The destruction of a residential home known as the Button House, a staple of the Fort Collins, Colorado, area, has brought about a new ordinance that could change the way that commercial real estate can be developed in the future. It sets a lasting precedent for historic areas and what can be done with them, something that was not previously in place, and those behind it specifically have referred to the demolished home as their inspiration.

The home was leveled because a new development was being put in for student housing. This development was going in nearby, and so they wanted to clear the area of older homes. The city initially ruled that the home had to stay, and residents of the area even put in a lot of work in attempting to save it, but it was eventually found that the structure itself was not safe. As a result, the home was destroyed, despite its historic value.

The new ordinance would change the way that cases like this are handled in the future. Specifically, for both commercial real estate development and new residential buildings, the developers would have to know that historic sites in the area were protected, and they would be informed of which sites were protected up front. This would make development more predictable. It would not keep the commercial spaces from being built, but it would insure that the project proceeded in a way that did not damage historic areas.

All developers or those who own -- and who perhaps are looking to sell -- commercial real estate in Colorado need to know how these ordinances change the way that property can be used. Only with a full understanding of the law can they do things correctly and keep the historic areas in Fort Collins intact.

Source:  The Coloradoan, "Fort Collins council backs changes to historic preservation rules" Kevin Duggan, Apr. 01, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Lead Counsel Rated | LC
  • BBB | Accredited Business
  • 10 Best 2017 Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute Of Family Law Attorneys
  • Preeminent AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | PeerReviewRated
  • Best's Client Recommended Insurance Attorneys Listed Over 25 Year
  • Expertise Best car accident Attorneys in fort collins 2018

Fort Collins Office
323 South College Avenue #3
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Toll Free: 866-686-1410
Phone: 970-237-5694
Fax: 970-482-8929
Fort Collins Law Office Map

Estes Park Office
513 Big Thompson Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone: 970-586-3505
Fax: 970-586-3269
Estes Park Law Office Map

Windsor Office
421 Main Street
Windsor, CO 80535

Toll Free: 866-686-1410
Map & Directions

Review Us
Providing You With The Information You Need To
Make The Right Choices For Your Future

We Take Your Emails Seriously

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy