Historic Buildings in Las Vegas should not be demolished without public input

Historic Buildings in Las Vegas should not be demolished without public input

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Nevada Preservation Foundation started this petition to Councilwoman Olivia Diaz

With the sudden demolition of the Wee Kirk o' the Heather Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, October 3, we are asking Councilwoman Diaz and the Las Vegas City Council to immediately enact an ordinance that is known as a "Demolition Review" for any buildings, structures, or sites constructed at least 40 years ago.

Why should you sign this petition?

We love our city and all of its history. The community deserves to have a seat at the table when decisions are being made to demolish a building that has long been part of our town.

What was Wee Kirk o' the Heather?

Wee Kirk o' the Heather was built in 1925, now just five years shy of its centennial. This same year Fremont Street was paved for the first time, and Las Vegas's population was 2,304. It was the oldest and the longest continually running wedding chapel in Las Vegas, the most popular wedding city in the United States.

What is a Demolition Review?

Demolition review is a legal tool that provides communities with the means to ensure that potentially significant buildings and structures are not demolished without notice and some level of review by a preservation commission. This process creates a safety net for historic resources to ensure that buildings and structures worthy of preservation are not inadvertently demolished.

Demolition review does not always prevent the demolition of historically significant buildings or structures. Rather, as the name suggests, it allows for review of applications for demolition permits for a specific period of time to assess a building’s historical significance. If the building is deemed significant, then issuance of the permit may be delayed for a specific period of time to explore preservation solutions such as assisting the owner with re-envisioning the property's use, selling the property to a purchaser interested in rehabilitating the structure, or finding alternative sites for the project that would be built on that site.

How could Nevada Preservation help?

With a demolition review ordinance in place, Nevada Preservation can work with  owners to find a better solution than demolition. We are adept at finding ways to reuse historic buildings for new uses, finding grants and tax credits for rehabilitation, and working with owners to save money on their renovations. We are Nevada's old building troubleshooters.

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