The Brunswick City Commission continued its exploration into a demolition delay ordinance Wednesday as a possibility to preserve historic properties.
The city’s planning, development and codes department is working on the ordinance as a way to preserve the city’s historic aesthetic and protect historic properties following demolition of the historic Dart house.
The proposed ordinance would allow the planning department, along with the Historic Preservation Board, to delay a demolition permit up to 180 days if the property was built prior to 1940 and is not currently on the city’s dilapidated structures list, according to Bren White-Daiss, director of the city’s planning development and codes department.
The idea behind the delay is to provide time to explore demolition alternatives such as developing adaptive reuse projects, locating purchasers or moving the building to a new location.
Commissioner Vincent Williams asked how the ordinance would impact the new Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank.
White-Daiss replied the ordinance will work with the land bank in accordance with the procedure for the city projects portion of the ordinance.
No action was taken on the proposed ordinance. It will be publicized and a public hearing will have to take place before the ordinance will be brought back to the commission for final approval.
In other business, a joint application grant submission between Glynn County and the city of Brunswick to the PetSafe Foundation was approved. The $10,000 grant request is for upgrades to the Howard Coffin Blue Streak Dog Park for play equipment and possible division of the dog park into two sections, one for the big dogs and one for the smaller dogs.
Additionally, a subdivision petition to divide the parcel at 1317-1325 Newcastle Street was approved. Chris Moline, owner of the parcel is in the process of rehabilitating the building at 1315 Newcastle Street and developing a portion of the remaining block addressed at 1317.
The city also recognized the Brunswick Job Corps Eagles men’s basketball team with a proclamation in honor of the their back-to-back 2016-2017 championship victories.
Jill Wright was appointed as the city’s citizen representative on the land bank advisory board and Assistant Glynn County Attorney Will Worley and Bob Carpenter were appointed to fill an expired terms on the Brunswick Historic Preservation Board.