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For the purposes of consideration for tax exemption status, the term “public benefit” shall mean the following:

1. Rehabilitation or restoration of an existing structure.

2. Retention or replacement of exterior historic details utilizing period materials and design.

3. Removal of inappropriate/nonhistoric facades and/or additions.

4. Rehabilitation of structural elements of a building (i.e., foundation, framing, etc.).

Proposed work must begin within twelve (12) months of approval of application or the City will petition the State Historic Preservation Office for removal of the special assessment status of the property. Any property receiving a tax exempt status, whether in the designated Historic District or not, will have all the proposed building/planning actions reviewed by the Ashland Historic Commission. (Ord. 2417, amended, 1987)