I reported today that the State Historic Preservation Office disapproves of the city of Mitchell’s plan to build a pole-barn storage shed for the Public Safety Department in the city parking lot south of the Navin Apartments.
The site of the proposed building is within the Historic Commercial District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. State law requires a review by the State Historic Preservation Office prior to any governmental action — such as the issuance of a building permit for this pole barn — that could impact the overall visual appearance of a historic district on the national and state registers.
The state office says that if the city is going to go ahead and build the pole barn, the building should at least have a flat roof and brick siding in order to blend better with the historic buildings in the district.
As we’ve seen in the past with the Holy Family school building, DWU’s Graham Hall and the new electronic sign on the front of the Corn Palace, historic preservation laws rarely stop progress and often fail to make any kind of impact whatsoever.
It’ll be interesting to see if the state office’s objections to this building get dismissed, or if the city makes some concessions.
What do you think the city should do?