PUBLIC_MEETINGWythougan Valley Preservation Council is hosting an informational meeting for property owners in Marshall County’s historic districts.  As part of Wythougan’s celebration of the state bicentennial, the county-wide preservation non-profit worked with local communities to list all of the eligible historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places.  The last district was listed late 2017.  Marshall County has twelve historic districts in Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver and Plymouth encompassing over a few hundred blocks and close to one thousand buildings.  These properties may be eligible to receive tax credits and other funding incentives for restoration.  In tandem with this effort are the culmination of Main Street activities throughout the county, some formally organized under that downtown development umbrella and others being newly-formed.

The program will be highly informative on economic development benefits of historic districts, locations of those districts in the county, the value of Main Street as a model for downtown development and Bremen’s experience with the program.  Also included will be information on grant and tax incentive opportunities through local, state and federal programs.  There will be a time for questions and answers at the end of the program.  Community coordinators including Matt VanSoest, Kurt Garner, Tracy Fox, Jordan Fuller, Dylan Colburn, and Josh Walker have been planning the program for the last several weeks.

Who should attend? Economic development leaders, municipal leaders and Redevelopment Commission members should attend. Main Street boards or members, Chambers of Commerce boards or members, builders, realtors, bankers and home owners in the historic district may benefit from attending this meeting.

The economic development and incentive opportunities in Marshall County’s Historic Districts presentation will be held on Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Wild Rose Moon, 115 N. Michigan St., Plymouth

Presenters for the evening will include Mary Shaw from Indiana Main Street and Jennifer Vanderburgh from Indiana OCRA, Matt VanSoest with the Bremen Main Street program and Kurt Garner, preservationist

The presentation will include:  Historic preservation as an economic driver, Eligible Marshall County districts and eligibility determination for historic properties, a primer on the Main Street organization and examples of successful Main Streets along with

Bremen’s experience with Main Street.

OCRA Competitive Rehabilitation Program and other OCRA programs will be explained along with the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Individual municipal incentives for  redevelopment commissions and municipal funds, Indiana Residential Tax Credit

With examples of where these have been utilized, including   before and after photos, and the explanation of what is historic and acceptable?