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Aug. 12, 2005, 12:28AM

More historic markers ahead?

City is weighing a plan to allow property owners to seek permanent protection for sites

By MATT STILES

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

In what would be a victory for preservation advocates, the City Council is considering a new ordinance that would safeguard Houston's historic sites by allowing voluntary designations of "protected landmarks."

The effort, designed to strengthen the city's 10-year-old preservation ordinance, would allow property owners to seek permanent protection for historic buildings they own if the sites meet specific criteria. That protection would remain, even if the property ownership changed.

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