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City Council approves pause in demolition/CDE review process

To address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council has approved moving any action associated with landmark review of demolition and certificate of demolition eligibility (CDE) applications for properties deemed potentially historic to after August 3, 2020.

The intent of the landmark demolition review process is to allow for community dialogue when a potentially historic property faces demolition. The city’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus, including the closure of the Denver Public Library and ongoing limited access to historic resources often used to inform the process, has made meeting that intent increasingly difficult. This move is part of ongoing efforts by Denver Community Planning and Development to continue its work while making changes and providing additional time where necessary to prioritize community health. Landmark staff estimates that the pause will affect no more than 5 applications.

What this means:

  • Applications for demolition and CDEs are still being accepted and reviewed by landmark staff.
  • For properties not deemed potentially historic, landmark will continue to observe the current timeline (10 business days from application submission) to approve of the demolition or CDE.
  • For properties deemed potentially historic, the timelines and deadlines associated with posting notice to the community, submission of a notice of intent to file a designation application, submission of a designation application and City Council review of a designation application will all be paused and will not resume until August 3.
  • This pause applies to all applications received before August 3, including applications that were under review when the bill was approved on June 15 and applications for properties for which notice had already been posted. Timelines for properties in the middle of the process are paused and will not resume until August 3.

Send questions or comments to Landmark Preservation Manager Jennifer Cappeto (Jennifer.cappeto@denvergov.org).