Proposed Navasota ordinance would help save city's historical character

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 3:52pm

NAVASOTA -- Navasota is known for its deep-rooted Texas history.

So in an effort to preserve the historical character of the town, the city wants to pass an ordinance that will affect the way homeowners and businesses make changes.

Take a drive down Washington Avenue in Navasota and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.

"Especially in our downtown we have all these 1900's to late 1800's buildings and we need to maintain that character," said Navasota city manager, Brad Stafford.

So the city is in the process of drafting a historical preservation ordinance to save not only the unique history of Navasota's downtown but also its historic neighborhoods.

"We have cities and investors every day trying to build what we already have and so when those people come to town they're saying, 'It's so important to maintain that,'" said Stafford.

The ordinance would focus on a building's infrastructure and facade and put restrictions on construction and renovations so everything stays true to the look and feel of the community.

Joe King Fultz, who's actually in the process of restoring his 100-year plus home, approves.

"They're just trying to make sure that for the long term that all of these structures have the ability to be shared for all the future generations."

But not everyone agrees.

Max Brand doesn't want the city telling him what he can or cannot do to his property.

"If people want to join and be a part of a historical group then great, that's wonderful but don't impose that on those who chose not too."

Brand doesn't have to worry just yet.

The city is still trying to work out the final details of the ordinance and get feedback from the citizens before any final decision is made.



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