- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials are exploring a plan to help protect the historic status of the city’s Rose Hill neighborhood.

There currently are no guidelines in place to promote historical conversation in the Rose Hill neighborhood, which includes 152 parcels on 40 acres, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1PLcvpK ) Saturday.

The plan includes a rezoning of the area, which will set a design standard for exterior building renovations, according to Charlie Cowell, a planner in the city’s community development department.

Rose Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Property owners in the neighborhood gave preliminary approval in November for the guidelines, which dictate requirements for maintenance, windows, fences, architecture and other infrastructures.

Cowell said if approved, the new standards would not require any owners to make immediate renovations.

“It would be for any future projects they want to do on their homes,” he said.

Last year, Councilman Keith Radig - a proponent of saving the city’s historic buildings - voted several times against demolition orders of a historic mansion in the neighborhood. The mansion was a source of heated discussion for more than two years before being razed last month.

Radig is now pushing for the Rose Hill preservation plan.

“This has been a pretty long process to get something going to saving and protecting historic homes in our city,” Radig said.

The City Council is set to discuss the Rose Hill plan on Monday.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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