Portions of Chaparral property will get historic designation

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Ojai councilman Paul Blatz shows an aerial view of the portion of Chaparral the body later voted to designate as historic.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai City Council voted unanimously Nov. 28 to designation a portion of the Ojai Unified School District's (OUSD) Chaparral property, the former Nordhoff Grammar School, as Ojai Historic Landmark 24.
The Council's vote was in opposition to an objection from OUSD officials.
The Council's designation differed significantly from the Historic Preservation Commission's (HPC) Oct. 12 recommendation to designate the entire 7.5 acre Chaparral property as a historic landmark.
The Council agreed that the landmark would consist solely of Chaparral's Ojai Avenue-facing buildings, including the Chaparral auditorium, the building's arcade and the land between those buildings and Ojai Avenue.
“I am grateful the Council decided to restrict the designation to a more limited portion of the property,” said OUSD Superintendent Andy Cantwell. “With this process behind us, I am hopeful the city and School District can work together, rather than in isolation, as we further explore repurposing this property for the benefit of our community.”
See also:Landmark vote: District objects to recommendation,” Ojai Valley News, Nov. 2, 2017.

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