The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved a six-month ban on demolitions of historical buildings in the Old Sixth Ward neighborhood west of downtown.
Even though it's temporary, it doubles an existing waiting period on demolitions that still applies in other neighborhoods, and is among the most restrictive measures the city ever has adopted regarding privately owned historical structures.
Councilwomen Addie Wiseman and Anne Clutterbuck cast the only votes against the measure, which passed without discussion.
Clutterbuck said later that she supports historic preservation but thinks any new protection measure should apply citywide.Wiseman could not be reached for comment.
The measure exempts buildings in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District from a provision in the city's preservation ordinance that allows owners to alter or tear down historical structures after a 90-day waiting period, even if the city's Archaeological and Historical Commission disapproves.