In order to preserve its history and protect the structures that chronicle that history, in 1973, the City of Muskegon made a commitment to historic preservation when the City Commission adopted the Historic District Ordinance to safeguard, stabilize, and maintain many of Muskegon’s old and distinguished structures; improve property values; foster civic beauty; strengthen the local economy; and promote the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City and State.
The Historic District Commission (HDC) serves to identify and evaluate structures or sites worthy of preservation and be involved in projects or programs to this end. The HDC disseminates public information concerning these structures and sites, and considers ideas regarding them with groups of individuals interested in historic preservation. This board also makes appropriate recommendations to the City Commission for encouraging and achieving historic preservation.
There are nine areas defined as historic districts within the City of Muskegon. By designating these districts, important structures will be preserved, maintained, and protected. Property taxes are not different from those in other areas of the City, and regular maintenance and repair is permitted and even encouraged within these districts. However, the HDC must review all applications for, among other things, proposed new construction, demolitions, major exterior repairs, or alteration of the exterior appearance of a building, site, or structure.
Staff Liaison: Jamie Pesch – (231) 724-6702
First Tuesday of each month at 4:00pm – Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace St., Muskegon, MI 49440 in the Conference Room 204.