The purpose of the Downtown Design Guidelines is to provide guidance for improvements to properties within the Downtown and Ancillary Corridors within the Borough of Mars, Pennsylvania. The Guidelines are prepared in common vernacular to allow for property owners planning exterior alterations, additions to or the rehabilitation of existing buildings to be able to understand and interpret their meaning. They will provide necessary documentation and explanation for design professionals that are commonly involved in renovation, rehabilitation or new construction projects. While the guidelines provide direction for design standards for the built environment, there should also be consideration for basic principles of historic preservation. The following preservation guidance or principles apply for Mars:
Borough council adopted the original set of guidelines on 08/01/2017 and the amended guidelines on 08/01/2020 by order of resolution No.2020-031
All guidelines were prepared for implementation within the above outlined geographic area. The boundary description for the geographic area is as follows:
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