You are correct and I misspoke when I wrote that the new Design District Review process replaced the Historic District Design Review process. They are separate albeit similar processes.
The NRP project went through deign and review through the Near West Committee because the project is not located within the Brooklyn Centre Local Landmarks District.
Nonetheless, my understanding is that the underlying design standards, when projects are utilizing federal funds, are identical in terms of utilizing the Secretary Standards, i.e., National Trust for Historic Preservation. There is also a role and requirements the City's Landmark Commission manages for projects that receive federal funds but are not in a local landmarks district, such as the NRP Denison Elderly project. Dan Musson (664-2575) in Landmarks can provide additional information on that if you like.
I am working with Nora McNamara in Community Development to pull together summary information as well as references to the process and documents involved with all relevant City Departments that have a role in this project.
There has been and will continue to be opportunities for public comment and review of information pertaining to this project. And, I've asked Nora to help outline that process. We anticipate being able to provide additional information within the week.
Departments we are coordinating information from:
- Community Development
- Plan Examiner/Building and Housing
- Division of Engineering and Construction
- Division of Water Pollution Control
- Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District
- Fire Prevention Bureau