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Southampton weighs changes to landmarks code

The Town of Southampton held a public hearing at Tuesday night’s town board meeting on legislation that would refine its code language regarding the process of considering a building in the town as a historic landmark.

The town would add the term “historic districts” to its code for the first time. A historic district is an area or group of buildings that represents a particular time in history and is considered significant.

Owner consent would still be required for an individual home to be changed to a historic landmark.

All applications would be submitted to the Landmarks and Historic Districts Board, and ultimately the town board would approve them. To enact a new landmark district, there must be a public hearing after 20 percent of the owners in the area file a petition supporting the application.

Once the house is considered a historic landmark, it must abide by certain rules on alterations to the property. Landmark properties are considered for a tax abatement if improvements are made to the structure.

In addition, the town has hired a company to inventory present historic buildings, and survey other buildings that may be considered for landmark status.

Southampton is one of the oldest settled towns on Long Island, and has many buildings 100 years old or older.
 

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