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March 21, 2010

Historic recognition sought for Ti downtown

Town applies for place on National Historic Register

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Reynolds said Pride has accumulated the information that Engelhart needs.

"A huge analysis was done on the buildings for Pride. AARCH is able to look at that."

She said 32 buildings would make up the historic district, and so far she has nine letters of support from building owners with more coming. Seven buildings in the district are already on the National Register. No one has had a negative reaction to the concept, she said.

Benefits

Engelhart said the historic district would make building owners eligible for tax incentives and loan programs. He said there would be no government controls on property usage in the district unless someone entered into a funding program that had restrictions.

Reynolds said they may have money available for repairs or façade restoration when the district is created, but they wouldn't impose any severe restraints.

"The restrictions are minor. We may recommend a color (for a building), but that's all. You may want to make these kinds of repairs to your building."

The National Historic Preservation Act established the National Register of Historic Places and the process for listing properties on it that are qualified for preservation. There are more than one million properties on the National Register, 80,000 listed individually and the rest within historic districts.

Reynolds said Engelhart has been doing a fabulous job so far putting together background information on the history of the downtown.

'Excited'

"I'm excited about it. He put a soul into the district. It is a special place to be."

She said Ticonderoga's business district has much to offer, and a streetscape project now under way will further beautify it.

"You have a river, a walking trail, a park with a waterfall. It's only going to get better as we get the streetscape done."

E-mail Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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