Question of the Day: Are Demo Laws Too Loose or Too Tough?

Where do you fall?

As an area that was settled in 1640, Southampton has many historic landmarks and historic districts. Historic designations afford houses and other structures protections from demolition. Some places are seen are historically significant by some but not by others, and advocates have no means of getting in the way of a property owner's decisions to tear down a building.

, Patch columnist warned that in some areas property owners could demolish their houses without the consent of their spouses or mortgage holders.


Do you think that local demolition laws are too loose? Or are they too restrictive? Does the desire for preservation outweigh individual rights? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sally Spanburgh June 14, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Great question Brendan! Southampton DOES have many historic resources, but only literally contains 11 landmarks - 9 of which are owned by the Town - and ZERO historic districts. As for demolition, it is easy and cheap......and in 28 years Southampton will be 400 years old. I wonder, how many historic pieces of architecture will be left?
Roger Blaugh June 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Fortunately for Southampton Village, the Epley, McGann & Robinson board voted to place greater restrictions on the demolition of village homes dating before 1927. However, everyone is entitled to have a hardship case heard by the ARB when a home is simply in too bad a state of repair (termites, rot, structural deficiencies, etc.) to be repaired without the enormous costs associated with a complete rebuild. Most homes benefit from being rebuilt to today's codes, however, from an energy consumption and efficiency view and from a fire safety standpoint. Keeping the old brick and mortar may seem like a nice idea, but it may not always be practical. Fortunately, our local architects can replace an old relic with a newer rendition, giving the appearance that it is "the real thing"..
David D'Agostino June 14, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Too loose


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