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Publish Date: 8/25/2005

Times-Call drops appeal of group's status


LONGMONT--The Daily Times-Call on Tuesday night dropped its appeal of whether the recently formed Historic Longmont Foundation is an eligible historic preservation group under the city code.

The group was formed June 5 and applied four days later to seek to persuade the Historic Preservation Commission to place landmark designation on one property on Fourth Avenue and three properties on Terry Street. As an advisory group, decisions of the Historic Preservation Commission can be appealed to the City Council.

Three of the properties -- 320 Terry St., 415 Terry St and 814 Fourth Ave. -- are owned by the newspaper. The house at 320 Terry St. was recently torn down after requirements for a demolition permit were completed and conclusion of a voluntary 120 stay by the newspaper. The fourth building the historic organization wishes to landmark is the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel at 326 Terry St. The newspaper and the funeral chapel have opposed the attempt to place landmark designations on their property.

Before dropping the appeal, the Times-Call questioned whether the new group met requirements for experience and expertise in historic preservation as required by ordinance.

The Historic Preservation Commission voted to recognize the Historic Longmont Foundation, a decision which was appealable to the City Council.

The withdrawn appeal dealt only with whether the historic group qualified under the city ordinance.

Lauren Lehman, the Times-Call's chief financial officer, told the council that the paper has decided to put its faith in the city council to make fair decisions when it completes a planned review of the historic designation ordinance.

Text of Times-Call remarks before the City Council, Aug. 23

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