Fredericksburg City Beat

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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Council round up

The council approved an ordinance Tuesday night  that will require getting a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Architectural Review Board before demolishing a structure in response to an unsafe structure notice.  Previously, the unsafe structure notice trumped the ARB’s position.

This comes after the General assembly adopted legislation initiated by the city that would permit localities to give more options before a structure faces demolition.

It also follows a memorandum of understanding between the city and Historic Fredericksburg Foundation that would prevent situations like the demo of 1407 Caroline St. from happening again.

Here are a few other highlights from Tuesday night: