Old Beechwold residents remain bitterly divided over the prospect of rejoining the Local Register of Historic Places.

Old Beechwold residents remain bitterly divided over the prospect of rejoining the Local Register of Historic Places.

Those who live in the Clintonville neighborhood have been at odds since it was discovered that a portion of the community was inadvertently left off of the register.
Many want to make it permanent.

About two dozen people spoke to Columbus City Council's development committee Tuesday night, verifying their positions on the matter.

Council must vote on whether to allow Old Beechwold to once again become part of the register. That means homeowners must uphold certain architectural standards and get permission from the city to complete various exterior improvements, such as window replacement.

Randy Black, the city's historic preservation officer, said that from 2000 to early 2009, there were 196 applications for certificates of appropriateness and only nine were denied.
"I would say denials are a rarity in all districts," he said.

Supporters say the historic designation preserves the integrity of properties in Old Beechwold, a secluded area of winding streets, thick foliage and diversity of architecture.
Opponents say the city's Historic Resources Commission, which grants exterior upgrades, is capricious and arbitrary, and that the process is complicated and inefficient.

For the complete story, see the Nov. 4 edition of ThisWeek Clintonville.