Preservation and Education of Historic Architecture, Heritage and Landmarks in Plymouth Township
Historic District Commission Members
Jack Dempsey (Township Trustee), Kevin Gurtowsky, Sybil Hunter, Dennis Cebulski (Planning Commission Chair), Wendy Harless (Historic District Commission Chair), James Salamay
The Plymouth Township Historic District Commission was created in 2019 by Ordinance No. 1016, Amendment #23. The purpose of this ordinance is to foster the preservation of historic structures and places within Plymouth Township by enabling owners to voluntarily seek the creation of historic districts for their properties under applicable laws of the State of Michigan.
Structures in Plymouth Township that are at least 50 years old or older and that have architectural or historical significance are eligible to be an historic district. A single building or structure can qualify to become a historic district.
Any property owner in Plymouth Township who wishes to nominate their structure(s) as an historic district should fill out a Historic Designation application and submit it to the Plymouth Township Community Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee to apply.
As historic preservation is a public purpose, the Commission is charged with the following:
- Safeguard the heritage of Plymouth Township by preserving districts which reflect elements of its history, architecture, archeology, engineering or culture;
- Stabilize and improve property values in each district and the surrounding areas;
- Foster civic beauty;
- Strengthen the local economy; and
- Promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of the citizens.
Using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as a guideline, the Historic District Commissioners are charged with reviewing and approving plans to exterior alterations and additions to resources that have been recognized with historic district status.
It is also the responsibility of the Historic District Commission to educate the community about the historic locations and structure that exist within the Charter Township of Plymouth. The Commissioners will accomplish this task by producing educational literature and recognizing historic locations and structures through the creation of historic markers and signage in the Township.
The seven Historic District Commissioners are appointed by the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees to the following terms:
Historic District Commission
Member Name Term Expires
Dennis Cebulski June 30, 2020
Jack Dempsey June 30, 2022
Kevin Gurtowsky June 30, 2020
Wendy Harless June 30, 2022
Sybil Hunter June 30, 2022
James Salamay June 30, 2021
Carol Souchock June 30, 2021