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Preservation group chairman: Change 'Longview' to 'LongView'; four other recommendations

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
March 9, 2015 at 12:03 p.m.


Gerald Bratz, who has helped guide the Longview Historic Preservation Commission since its inception in 2012, gave the body a list of five goals last week after his final meeting. 

Gerald Bratz, left, speaks during a Historical Perservation Commission meeting Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Among the recommendations was the group petition to have "Est. 1870" added to city entryway signs, to progress the group with a paid executive director, and to push for the name of Longview to be changed to "LongView."

"Consider changing the spelling of 'Longview' to 'LongView' to emphasize the historic naming of the city for the 'long view' from Rock Hill," Bratz wrote in the recommendations.

Bratz, a local architect, was recently appointed to a second, two-year term on the commission and announced in January his plans to cut his service short.

"I am retired, but I have personal commitments as well as family commitments, just some things that I knew were going to limit me," Bratz said at the time. "I feel like especially as chairman you've got to be involved in all of it, and I just wasn't going to have the time to do that."

Bratz's other recommendations were to appoint a task force of local public relations professionals to craft a plan of action for the commission and to compile a list of endangered historic properties and publish them with photos and a historic narrative each May, during National Historic Preservation Month.


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