Historic Homes Important For The Cultural Fabric Of The Community Essay

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Introduction Not only are historic homes important for the cultural fabric of the community, they also provide economic benefits. The adaptive reuse of existing structures is the greenest form of building as it recycles all valuable parts, as opposed to the process of demolition and construction that creates unnecessary waste and is more expensive. The preservation of existing structures within historic districts provide a layer of protection for property values within the neighborhood. Through the Mills Act, California has been successful in preserving the cultural fabric of communities, preventing unsuitable alterations, and increasing the property value of neighborhoods. San Diego is the leader in Mills Act contracts and has a documented history of its effects. With the proven success of the Mills Act in San Diego, communities throughout various states can use the Mills Act as a blueprint for a better preserved environment. Mills Act History The rezoning of Coronado Island in 1971 impacted the taxation of historical landmarks like the Hotel Del Coronado. In response, Senator James Mills developed the Mills Act in 1972. The Mills Act allows local municipalities the option of starting a historic designation program. Before his service as a senator, James Mills was known in San Diego as a historian, author, and preservationist. A short year later, the Mills Act was deemed unconstitutional by the State Board of Equalization. The Act was reviewed and reworked. By 1978, the

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