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HFFI’s role

It doesn’t seem to be on the Web site this morning, but three past presidents of HFFI have written an op-ed weighing in on recent news about the group, and making some suggestions for the future.

Sandy Staley, Larry Tomayko and Bob Wittingham say in their piece that “Historic Fredericksburg Foundation appears recently to have been going through a cycle of change, but this does not diminish the ongoing need for this organization to be the preservation advocate and watchdog in our community.”

They go on to urge the group to “ensure responsible fiscal management and transparency,” to revive a revolving loan program that helped save several buildings back in the 1970s, and to work with the city on new rules to prevent demolition by neglect.

Mayor Tom Tomzak and Councilman Matt Kelly met with the group’s board of directors on Wednesday morning, and other council members are expected to sit down with the group in the future.

Tomzak said the meeting focused on what can be done to reverse the cycle of long-neglected buildings facing demolition, and what the city’s legal options (and limitations) are in these situations.