Historic designation: The misunderstood development tool

17 Feb 2023


There are several tried-and-true economic and community development tools for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. One that can be effective and sometimes even vital to such efforts is historic designation. Having properties officially listed as historic can afford local, state, and federal protections and incentives for their maintenance, repair, renovation, or restoration. Although the mention of historic designation sometimes elicits negative connotations, these are largely based on myths, misinformation, and misconceptions.

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