JEFFERSON CITY – While not being proposed, Jefferson City plans to create building standards to preserve its downtown neighborhood, primarily along East Main Street.
Planning Director Eric Barron will present the idea to the Planning and Zoning Committee on Thursday before moving forward with the project. His work will focus on conservation around High Street and Madison Street.
The city already has two neighborhood talk overlay neighborhoods, one on Main Street between Brooks and West High Streets and the other on East Capitol Avenue.
Mayor Carrie Tergin said neighborhood business owners want to maintain a historic feel to the neighborhood, but it’s too early to say how the standards will be implemented.
“We are so early in the stages and we are currently in the idea phase of whether the community wants it or not. And part of the reason is that standards can be any range and if you look in our downtown area there are some boarded up buildings and that’s something we don’t want to see, ”Tergin said. .
The mayor said there is a balance between having a historic feel and planning for the future with building standards.
“It will all depend on how bright or how heavy the community wants to see in the district,” Tergin said.
Several preliminary standards for the district include:
- Buildings should be aligned with each other along the street,
- The building would have a minimum height of two floors,
- Exterior walls must be brick, stone or manufactured stone,
- Parking lots must be at the rear of the property.
The Jefferson City Code of Ordinances defines preservation and conservation efforts as “to promote and encourage the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, areas and neighborhoods in the city.”
Matt Green, owner of Barvino on East High Street, said he is delighted the standards are being implemented in the future.
“I guess the details of the building standards wouldn’t change much for our two buildings. It would basically improve the look and function of all downtown buildings. Our buildings are generally traditional,” Green said.
Green also mentioned that residents enjoy going downtown and enjoying the neighborhood’s various restaurants and shops on East High Street.
“Overall, I support these building standards based on the exact details of the overlay,” Green said.
It comes as several buildings near the Capitol were demolished as part of the city’s initiative to inspect dangerous buildings that were vacant.
In 2013, Jefferson City was named America’s “Most Beautiful Small City”.