During the next several weeks, City staff will conduct an inventory of downtown buildings to help determine which may be candidates for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The City is also asking the public to help by providing appropriate memorabilia.
The two-phase project, conducted by the City’s Planning Department, begins with taking photographs of each building and gathering recorded data about construction type, architectural features, and current physical condition.
During the second phase, an architectural historian will determine which buildings may qualify for the national register and re-survey the current Downtown Greensboro Historic District to document changes, determine if district boundaries should be expanded, and certify buildings that were previously placed on the national register.
Residents with memories of downtown buildings, businesses and people, as well as those with old photographs and other documents, are urged to contact Rachel Hobbie, Planning Department, at 336-373-2144 or by e-mail. Items that can be reproduced will be returned in the condition they were received.
Project updates will be posted on the Planning Department's website and its Facebook page as they are available.
When a property is listed on the national register, its owner becomes eligible for federal and state rehabilitation tax credits. Since 1976, historic tax credit projects represent about $2 billion worth of investments statewide, much of which was used in downtown areas.
“When a building is determined eligible for the register, it gives the owner confidence to proceed with an official nomination and tax credit application, often closing the financial gap and making restoration or renovation work possible,” says Sue Schwartz, Planning Department director. “We believe this is an important step in ensuring the momentum we are seeing in investment downtown continues in the future.”
For more information about this project, call Mike Cowhig, City senior planner, at 336-373-2755.