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BREA : Council Approves Preservation Plan

The City Council this week endorsed plans to preserve some of Brea’s oldest buildings in the downtown redevelopment area.

A “site plan” detailing a historical block to be established on the east side of Brea Boulevard, north of Ash Street, was given unanimous approval by the council.

Since June, the city’s Historical Committee has been working with an architect on the preservation plan. Six buildings were recommended for preservation, including Sam’s Place, Delaney House, Brea Hotel, Wall Building, La Habra Valley Bank and the Kinsler House.

In addition, the committee has also recommended converting the historic buildings to apartments and businesses, and turning the Kinsler House into a museum.

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The cost of rehabilitating the buildings and moving them is not known at this time. However, despite a lack of cost estimates, the council did endorse pursuing various potential funding sources including grants, loans and redevelopment money.

City Planner Rad Bartlam said that the staff will now begin putting together more detailed plans. Bartlam said they will work on a piecemeal basis, bringing portions of the project back to the council for approval as they are completed.


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