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Public hearing for proposed expansion of National Register district
Wednesday October 15, 2014


The nomination process for the proposed expansion of the East Spring Street National Register Historic District continues. The nomination form has been completed, and a public hearing on the expanded district is planned for Wednesday, December 17 at 7 PM, in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission. The meeting will be held in the Assembly Room on the third floor of the City-County Building, 311 Hauss Square in downtown New Albany. The proposed expansion is of the National Register-listed district, not the locally-regulated historic district, and the listing would not place any additional restrictions on property owners within the district.
 
A portion of the East Spring Street neighborhood – roughly including Spring Street and the north side of Market Street, between East 5th and East 11th – was listed in the National Register in 2002. The proposed expansion would extend the district to the north, to include Elm Street, to the east to Vincennes Street, and to the west to abut the New Albany Downtown Historic District. The proposed expansion would not impact the boundaries of the locally-designated East Spring Street historic district, in which exterior alterations, new construction and demolition are subject to review by the Preservation Commission.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list - administered by the National Park Service - of sites, buildings, structures, districts and objects important to our history. National Register designation is primarily honorary and does not place any restrictions on property owners within the district; however, it would qualify those owners to use rehabilitation tax credits to help offset qualified rehabilitation costs.

The draft nomination form is available to review here. Property owners and residents within the proposed expansion area are encouraged to review the nomination, and attend the public hearing (details on time and location will be posted here in advance). Those who are unable to attend and would like to submit comments, or would like additional information, may contact Historic Preservation Commission Administrator Laura Renwick at 812/284-4534 or LRenwick@indianalandmarks.org. Comments




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