On Wednesday, February 13, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee will be holding a public hearing to hear testimony on proposed House Bill 6552 “An Act Concerning Exemptions From Certain Historic Preservation Requirements.” We are asking all preservation proponents to contact the committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9 am, February 13 and voice your opposition to this bill.
Passage of this legislation:
- will reverse decades of work that preservationists have accomplished to make the preservation of historic resources an important tool in reinvigorating our communities;
- allows the state to unfairly sanction the demolition of historic structures that local municipalities have identified as important and meaningful to their community;
- will set up a system of “demolition by neglect” where historic buildings will be allowed to decay to the point of destruction, increasing blight in neighborhoods and further decreasing property values and local tax revenues; and
- turn Opportunity Zones into Opportunistic Zones, allowing indiscriminate destruction of historic assets.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO LET THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY KNOW THAT YOU OPPOSE HB 6552
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connect us to our heritage and
collaborate to impact community economic development
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HPA Executive Director Frank Hagaman presented Historic Preservation: The Foundation for Community Economic Development at the 2013 TEDx Bushnell Park event.